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.

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.
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Laura Cole Laura Cole

Laura is the clinical supervisor for speech-language pathology in the Huntsville location. She joined the Child'sPlay 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. Laura also has extensive experience in clinical supervision and clinical management as a pediatric clinic director in the Chicago area.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication disorders from Augustana College and her Master of Science degree in communication disorders from Eastern Illinois University. Laura enjoys working with children of all ages and diagnoses and she has a special interest in early language development.
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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.

Merry Grace Harper Merry Grace Harper

Merry Grace is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Merry Grace has experience working with children in a local school system, as well as experience working with adults in the inpatient rehab and acute care settings. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and dog and traveling. Merry Grace is excited to be a part of such a wonderful team of therapists that share passion and joy for working with children.

Andrea Hunter Andrea Hunter

Andrea Hunter is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services in 2009. She received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she completed rotations in Madison City School System and Huntsville Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit. Prior to working at Child’s Play, she worked with the geriatric population in home health and skilled nursing settings. Andrea is an active member of both state and national occupational therapy associations, ALOTA and AOTA.

Julie McInnis Julie McInnis

Julie McInnis is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She has over 2 years of experience working with children and adults. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama. Julie has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, early intervention, preschools, and hospital. She has experience in autism, articulation, phonology, language delays, and oral motor therapy. Julie loves children and is dedicated to helping them communicate better with their families and others.

Laura Schertz Laura Schertz

Laura is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. 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.
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Kelsey Sharp Kelsey Sharp

Kelsey is a licensed and registered occupational therapist who joined the Child's Play team in March of 2017. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Berry College in 2009 with a major in Psychology and is a graduate of Alabama State University where she earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Kelsey has experience working with children in the school system and outpatient setting as well as the adult population in various settings.

Kelsey has always had a passion for working with children and their families to help them reach their fullest potential. Kelsey is married with a dog and a cat. She and her husband enjoy camping and fishing.
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