Our Therapists

All Child’sPlay therapists are trained and experienced in various areas of pediatric therapy. They are also caring people who want the best for you and your child.

Anne Abernathy Anne Abernathy

Anne was born and raised in Alexander City, Alabama and graduated with a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Services from Auburn University in 2014. Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. She has experience working with children and adolescents with autism as well as children with emotional and behavioral disorders. She is excited for this opportunity at Child'sPlay to further her passion of working with children and helping them meet their social, educational, and personal goals to maximize their success and independence. Anne provides after school therapy in our Hoover and Chelsea locations.

Lacey Ellis Lacey Ellis

Lacey Ellis is a licensed physical therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She began her work experience in Bradenton, FL working with children in a private outpatient clinic and through the school systems, as well as working with adults in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. Since moving to Birmingham in 2013, she has continued to further her pediatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings, providing physical therapy services for infants through teenagers.

Ashley Hopkins Ashley Hopkins

Ashley Hopkins is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Communication Disorders in 1997 and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology in 1999 from the University of Arkansas. She has worked in early intervention and school settings with children and adolescents. She enjoys working with children with a variety of diagnoses.

Jaime Pears Jaime Pears

Jaime Pears has been a certified speech-language pathologist since 2013, working primarily with children. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama. Jaime has years experience working in the Shelby and Jefferson County School Systems. In addition to her full time position at Child'sPlay, she also works PRN for a local hospital. Jaime is well versed in articulation and language therapy. She loves working with children and seeing all of the progress they make!

Talitha Rector Talitha Rector

Talitha Rector is a licensed Physical Therapist. Her passion has to been to work with children with disabilities since she was a young girl. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University where she specialized in pediatrics, spent three months of fieldwork at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and received awards for excellence in community service and research. Since becoming a physical therapist in 2007, Talitha has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings.

Her work experience includes Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Baltimore City Public Schools, and home health care. Talitha values the importance of patient/parent education and believes it is her job to assist in integrating therapy into the daily lives of her patients. Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference.
Laura Vickers Laura Vickers

Laura Vickers is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Laura received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Auburn University and received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from UAB. Laura began her career here in Birmingham at an in-patient rehabilitation hospital. She then followed her passion for pediatrics into a job at a local public school system and providing after school therapy at Child's Play. After leaving the public school system following the birth of her son, she is now at Child's Play several days a week.

She is excited to work closely with children and their families. She is passionate about providing the very best occupational therapy services to both children and their parents. Laura possess certification in Integrated Listening Systems (ILS), Interactive Metronome (IM), and has attended a number of continuing education courses including Handwriting Without Tears Workshops, Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding, Pediatric Feeding Institute workshop, and has attended course 1 of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).
Shelley Wyatt Shelley Wyatt

Shelley is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She graduated from UAB with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005 and earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007. Shelley has experience working with children in the school system and private practice, as well as, the adult population in various settings. She has special interest in helping children with autism and sensory processing disorder and has training in Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) and Handwriting Without Tears.

Shelley is excited to be providing therapy services to families and children at the Birmingham and Chelsea locations. Her personal interests include reading, listening to live music and watching college football. Shelley resides in Chelsea with her husband and son.