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.
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 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 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. In addition to providing after school therapy in our Chelsea location, Jaime currently works in the Shelby County School system and PRN at UAB 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 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.
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.