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 of speech-language therapy in 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 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.

Allison Goad Allison Goad

Allison Goad joined our staff in September of 2017. Allison completed her Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish from Harding University in Searcy, AR in 2013 and recently received her OTA degree from Wallace State in 2017. Allison previously worked with non-profit organizations in Kentucky and Huntsville prior to joining our team at CPTC. Allison has traveled to 8 different countries for various mission trips and enjoys photography and running as hobbies. She also enjoys cooking Cajun food as she is originally from Louisiana!

Lauren Goodson Lauren Goodson

Lauren is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. 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.

Julie Jean Julie Jean

Julie is a speech-language pathologist who joined our Huntsville office in October of 2017. She was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, and she received her masters degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Alabama A&M University. Julie has clinical experience in the school system, private practice, skilled nursing, and Early Intervention. She has worked with individuals ages 1-101 years and she enjoys developing a family centered approach unique to each child's needs.

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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