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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.

Ellisa Baker Ellisa Baker

Ellisa is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in Health Sciences in 2017 and an M.S. in Occupational Therapy in 2019. As a part of her Master’s program, she completed a 12 week level II rotation at an outpatient pediatric clinic and has experience as an OT in the school setting. She has completed extensive volunteer hours working with youth groups, group homes, special Olympics, etc. in addition to advising and mentoring undergraduate students interested in occupational therapy.

She is passionate about advocating for children of all abilities through caregiver and teacher education. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to participate in his or her environment to his or her fullest potential. She is excited that, as an OT, she is able to play a part in equipping children and their families with the tools necessary to make this possible.

Ellisa and her husband recently moved back to the Huntsville area to plant a church. In her free time, she enjoys cooking with her husband, being outside, playing with her dog, playing games with her friends and family, crafting, cleaning, and serving her community.
Jenni Boerner Jenni Boerner

Jenni Boerner is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She has 11 years of experience providing diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders in the preschool through middle school age population. Her areas of specialty include articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, language delays. She has training in adult foreign accent modification.

Jenni received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Communication Science Disorders from the University of Montevallo. Jenni enjoys providing therapy for children of all ages and motivating them to be excellent communicators.

She is committed to engaging the family and other caregivers of her clients to maximize therapy results. She enjoys reading, exercise and old movies. She and her husband, Bob, have 3 boys.

Taylor Callicutt Taylor Callicutt

Taylor is a speech-language pathologist who started at Child'sPlay in June of 2018, and serves as the Clinical Supervisor of Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders(War Eagle!) and earned her Master of Science from the University of Montevallo in 2017.

She has clinical experience working with children in various settings including school systems, early intervention, and private practice. She is eager to build relationships with her clients and their families, facilitate communicative success, and encourage each child to reach his or her full potential. Taylor enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, serving in student ministry, and attending music and theatre events.

Laura Cole Laura Cole

Laura is the Clinic Director of our Huntsville location. She joined the Child's Play team in November 2016 after her family moved to Huntsville from the Chicago area. She has been a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist since 1994 and has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses and disorders in outpatient pediatric settings as well as in early intervention. She has training in and experience with LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) and SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory feeding approach), is a certified provider of the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention Protocol as well as an Early Intervention Specialist in the State of Alabama. Laura also has extensive experience in clinical supervision and clinical management as a pediatric clinic director in the Chicago area.

Hollye Dickey Hollye Dickey

Hollye Dickey is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated from Alabama A&M University with a Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2010. Prior to working at Child’s Play, she worked with the adult and geriatric populations in skilled nursing settings and with children in elementary, middle, and high school settings. She has experience working with articulation disorders, language delays, social skills, fluency, dysphagia, and dementia. She loves traveling and spending time with friends and family. Hollye enjoys working with people of all ages and hopes to have a positive impact on their lives and their ability to communicate effectively.

Heather Dragash Heather Dragash

Heather Dragash is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders in 2000. Prior to working at Child’s Play, she worked with children with a variety of diagnoses and disorders in the outpatient, home, and school settings as well as in early intervention. She has training and experience with LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning). Heather enjoys working with the pediatric population and is honored to play a part in helping children progress and achieve their communication goals.

Danielle Elkins Danielle Elkins

Danielle is a speech-language pathologist who joined Child’sPlay in May of 2021 after graduating with a master’s degree in communicative sciences and disorders from New York University. She completed a clinical field placement at Child’sPlay as a graduate student from August to December of 2020. As a student, Danielle gained experience treating communication disorders in the pediatric population, both in person and via telepractice. Her clinical experience includes treating language delays and disorders, speech sound disorders, and social communication disorders in children with a variety of medical diagnoses. She is passionate about working with families to provide individualized treatment and practical advice for facilitating treatment generalization at home. Danielle’s goal is to continue growing as a speech-language pathologist by staying up-to-date on research relevant to the field. She is always looking for new ideas to make sure her clients are engaged and having FUN!

Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and trying new foods. She is a mother to a daughter, a dog, and a cat.
Jeannie Gilmet Jeannie Gilmet

Jeannie is a certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She joined the Child’s Play team October 2020 after moving to Huntsville from the Orlando area. She has over 22 years of experience working with children, preschool through high school. She also has prior experience working with the geriatric population in skilled nursing & assisted living facilities. She has experience working with language delays and disorders, articulation disorders, fluency, autism, hearing impaired, children with special needs, dysphagia, dementia, and other cognitive disorders.

As a recent empty nester, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs and cat, in anticipation for the next visit from her son & daughter. Jeannie enjoys hiking, being in the great outdoors, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys helping people and giving to others.

Lauren Goodson Lauren Goodson

Lauren is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. who joined the Child'sPlay team in 2017. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2006 and received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from UAB in 2010. Lauren has worked in a variety of settings including: Early Intervention, school system, acute care, pediatric and adult outpatient and geriatrics. Lauren loves the pediatric population and is excited to be a part of helping these children and their families reach their goals. Lauren's interests include all things Auburn, Disney, sewing/embroidering, and spending time with her family/friends.

Chandon Hines Chandon Hines

Chandon is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist from Florence, Alabama, who joined Child’sPlay in 2021. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Alabama in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and obtained her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama in 2020.

Chandon has been working with children for over 10 years through various avenues of volunteering, babysitting, coaching, and hosting birthday parties. She became interested in OT as an undergraduate as it married her passions of health and wellness with her love for teaching and pediatrics. She is most excited about making a positive impact on the families Child’sPlay serves and helping them reach their goals. In the future, she hopes to receive additional trainings in feeding as well as sensory integration techniques to greater expand a child’s function in their home and school environments.

In her freetime, Chandon enjoys participating in and leading an array of group fitness classes, learning to ballroom dance, spending time with her family, volunteering, and traveling.
Trista Kegley Trista Kegley

Trista is a licensed and registered occupational therapist who joined Child'sPlay in February of 2020. Trista graduated from Saint Ambrose University in Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010, and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011. She and her family recently relocated to the Huntsville area from Central Illinois, where she worked for 8 years with the pediatric population.

Throughout her career she has provided services in an outpatient clinic, school setting, and early intervention to a variety of children and families with different needs. During this time she was also part of the Autism Diagnostic Team, completing OT evaluations and ADOS-2 evaluations.

Trista has training in sensory processing, Autism, Zones of Regulation, Handwriting Without Tears, L.A.M.P. and Cortical Visual Impairment. She has a strong passion for children and loves being part of a team to help children and their families reach their highest potential and grow towards their goals.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, doing household projects or outdoor activities. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.
Laura Schertz Laura Schertz

Laura is a licensed and registered occupational therapist who currently provides Early Intervention services for Child'sPlay. She does not provide in-clinic services at this time. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Development and earned her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from UAB in 2007. Additionally, she has 20+ hours of PhD coursework.

Laura has worked in multiple pediatric settings including early intervention, school system, outpatient, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and higher education. She has worked at Children’s of Alabama since 2008, providing weekend therapy services for all OT needs, including neuro rehabilitation, physical rehab, and acute/ inpatient treatment of burn injuries.

Laura has specialized training and experience in all sensory, behavioral, and motor aspects of infant and pediatric feeding including swallowing/ dysphagia, the Pediatric Feeding Institute transdisciplinary approach, and Beckman Oral Motor; infant and toddler neuro-developmental treatment, routines-based intervention and caregiver coaching strategies in early intervention; custom pediatric upper extremity splinting; assistive technology and adaptive equipment throughout the lifespan; behavior modification principles; sensory processing and integration; management of congenital muscular torticollis; CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics); iLs (Integrated Listening Systems); LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning); Handwriting Without Tears; and evaluation and treatment of pediatric visual impairments in early intervention.

Laura is deeply committed to her clients and their families. Her primary goals as a therapist are to provide individualized, supportive, and evidence-based therapy services for each client; connect and build relationships with her clients and their family; and empower families to help their child reach their maximum potential. She believes you cannot “treat” a child in isolation and emphasizes the importance of a strengths-based approach and seeing the child first, rather than the area of concern or their challenges. Laura grew up in Huntsville and enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and 2 rescue dogs. She enjoys decorating, arts and music, and watching baseball and college football.
Kathryn Williams Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She relocated back to her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama from Naples, Florida and joined ChildsPlay in April 2021.

She studied at Auburn University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 2016 and Master’s Degree in 2018. Kathryn has worked in various settings, providing skilled therapy from children to adults. Her experience includes an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, a children’s hospital, school settings, and a private practice. She is trained in LindaMoodBell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing program and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).

Kathryn provides individualized therapy to each child to promote growth and builds rapport with families and caregivers to encourage generalization of skills into the home environment. Kathryn enjoys baking, running, and spending time outdoors with her husband and pets.