About Kiddos

About Us

Why Kiddos’ Clubhouse?

Kiddos’ Clubhouse, in addition to being the name, provides an image of fun – an image that many of these children may not have considered a reality, considering their circumstances. It implies acceptance, friendship and fun without boundaries or limitations. At Kiddos’ Clubhouse, we have seen children reach levels of independence that surpasses all expectation.

Our Vision

Kiddos’ Clubhouse is a place where children and their parents gain the confidence and motivation to believe that they can do anything they set their mind to do. Kiddos’ Clubhouse is a friendly, happy place that changes children’s lives for the better by incorporating an atmosphere of caring, trust and fun into their therapy sessions. Kiddos’ Clubhouse is a place where children go to maximize their potential, independence and achieve their dreams.

Our Mission

We understand how hard it can be to find the right therapist for your child. At Kiddos’ Clubhouse, parents and therapists partner to set goals that lead to the greatest level of independence for you and for your child. We also work with parents to ensure they are comfortable supporting their child at home. Kiddos’ Clubhouse provides a safe, structured and stimulating environment for the parents and the children.

Alpharetta Team

Brett DeVore

Brett has been working to better the lives of children with a wide range of disabilities as a practicing occupational therapist for over 22 years. Brett’s focus has been work with kiddos from birth to age 21 and his passion is working with patients to improve quality of life, increase physical and emotional capabilities and strive for greater independence for parents and children. Brett also sees mentoring other therapists as part of his service to the kiddos and their families.

Brett’s past experience as a practicing occupational therapist includes 2 years at Memorial University Hospital in Savannah, Georgia and 1 year at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Alpharetta, Georgia. In 2001, Brett started TOTS, Inc., a traveling occupational therapy service, where he was providing care for over 30 kiddos a week in their homes.

Frustrated by his physical limitations for additional case load and in recognition of families in need of quality care, Brett decided to bring a number of experienced therapists together to extend his services, building on the success of TOTS, Inc. Brett opened Kiddos’ Clubhouse in June 2005 to extend his bandwidth and provide exceptional care to more children and families.

Brett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 and his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia in 1998. He is a Registered Occupational Therapist with National Board Certification. He received his license to practice occupational therapy in Georgia in 1998 and is certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Brett is also trained in Advanced Therapeutic Listening. He has presented his research work on movement differences in persons with autism on the state and national level. His areas of focus in treatment continue to be children with sensory integrative difficulties and children who utilize augmentative/alternative communication.

Brett has been married to his wife Nell, a fellow occupational therapist, since 2002. They have a 17-year old son, Hayden and another son, Parker, who is 15. Brett is involved in Boy Scouting as an adult leader in Troop 1857 in Alpharetta, he is the past Northern Ridge District Chairman and is currently the Atlanta Area Council Vice President of District Operations. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, photography, Star Wars, watching the Steelers, Penguins and the Red Sox, Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Munich!

Brett and Nell started Kiddos' Clubhouse Foundation in 2009, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to children and families throughout the state of Georgia. In the fall of 2017, Nell opened a second office in Dunwoody focusing on serving children birth to six years old.

Lisa Broussard
Insurance Coordinator

Lisa has been with Kiddos’ for 7 years. She has been in the Medical Billing/Practice Management arena for 20 plus years. Her experience is in Family Practice, OB/GYN, and Therapeutic Medicine . She takes pride in her work and the ability to be of service to man. Her joy comes in the success and growth of others. Lisa is a native of Louisiana. She is a 1992 Graduate of Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. Lisa enjoys, Church Fellowship, traveling, movies and dinner out. She currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA. She has one son, Anthony.

Mandy Buffington

Mandy graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005 with a Master’s of Science degree in Communicative Disorders, Speech Language Pathology. After graduation, Mandy relocated to Georgia . She worked in the Fulton County School System for 6 years. Mandy mentored five Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) members in Speech Language Pathology throughout her career in Fulton County Schools. In the home health setting, Mandy worked for the Babies Can’t Wait Program for Early Intervention. She has been a member of the Kiddos' Clubhouse team since 2011.

Mandy has worked with special needs children with various disabilities such as significantly developmentally delayed, chromosomal abnormalities, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia of speech, Autism, Down syndrome, and Language delayed. She attended continuing education courses specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices such as Dynavox . She also has experience utilizing and programming Proloquo2go, which is Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device for IPAD users. Mandy has been trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) , PROMPT, Beckman Oral Motor, SOS for feeding, and the Oral Placement Program for feeding and speech production . She attended additional Continuing Education courses specializing in Autism, Apraxia of Speech, Feeding Disorders, Fluency Disorder, Auditory Processing, Early Language Development Strategies, and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Mandy enjoys co-treating with various professionals to gain additional therapeutic knowledge. She also enjoys attending continuing education conferences to acquire new strategies and skills in addition to working with the families for the patient plans of care. Mandy enjoys spending time with her husband and her two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and being outdoors.

Kelly Crews

Kelly Crews, PT, DPT is a Board Certified Physical Therapist. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2016 from The University of Florida. She attended University of South Florida (USF) and received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science in 2012. Kelly worked as a Behavioral Technician in 2012 after graduation from USF later taking the course for Registered Behavioral Technician in 2019.

Since a very young age Kelly has always had a passion for working with children, especially those with special needs. Kelly’s passion for physical therapy grew after she experienced many injuries throughout her childhood participating in multiple sports. Kelly has worked with children from 2 months to 21 years of age with a variety of diagnosis such as Autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, developmental delay, torticollis, cerebral palsy, Pierre Robin Syndrome, metabolic conditions and more. She is excited to be a part of the Kiddos’ Clubhouse Team and to assist the children and their families in reaching their goals!

Outside of work Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, Florida State sporting events (GO NOLES), cooking, the beach, the mountains and being outdoors.

Ryan Daddino

Ryan has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist, since 2017. Ryan has worked with children from the ages of a year and a half to 19 years of age. Some areas of particular interest to Ryan are activities of daily living or self and reciprocal play. These two occupations are not only important for a child’s development, but also quality of life.

After graduating from Milton High School, Ryan earned an associates degree from Georgia Perimeter College in Early Childhood Education. Ryan then transferred to Kennesaw State University where he earned a bachelor of science in Health and Physical Education and a minor in coaching.Through most of undergrad and graduate school, Ryan worked as a substitute teacher for Fulton County, and at an ice skating rink, as a Zamboni driver. In the summer of 2016, Ryan graduated from Brenau University with a master of science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating from Brenau University, Ryan has also become certified to use physical agent modalities to increase therapeutic benefit for those with physical disabilities or injuries.

Ryan has always enjoyed working with children. Ryan’s first, and often referred to as his favorite job, was as a summer day camp counselor for children in grades kindergarten through fifth. At that time, Ryan was only in middle school; however, Ryan developed a passion for working with those whom were younger than he.

Tia Fortes Denkinger

Tia Denkinger began her career as a speech pathologist in California. She left sunny California to enjoy the southern hospitality of Alpharetta, Georgia. Tia has worked with children who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, hearing impairment, auditory processing deficits, speech delay, feeding and/or swallowing disorders, language disorders, and articulation disorders. Tia truly enjoys working with children of all ages.

Tia completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Disorders. During her undergraduate studies, she became interested in neurological communication disorders. Tia’s interests lead her to graduate school, away from her native Florida, at the University of Arizona where she earned her Master’s of Science in Speech Pathology, in May of 2002. Tia has been a practicing pediatric speech and language therapist for over a decade.

In order to further her learning, Tia has participated in continuing education programs to expand her knowledge. These programs have included information regarding oral motor evaluation and treatment, teaching children with ASD, and the diagnosis and treatment of CAS. She received P.R.O.M.P.T. (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) training in October 2006. Tia has also been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and the Kaufman speech praxis method. She has been trained in treatment methodology for cognitive therapy and auditory processing. She has also attended a coursework sponsored by Down Syndrome Education International.

When Tia is not playing at the Clubhouse, she and her husband Brad love learning and exploring with their son, Brauner and their daughter, Marlowe.

Ashley Gibbs

Ashley officially joined the Kiddos' Clubhouse family in May of 2014. She graduated with her Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from The Medical College of Georgia in 2013 after completing undergraduate coursework in Psychology at The University of Georgia. Ashley was inspired to become an Occupational Therapist in high school after participating in early intervention services while working as a caregiver for premature two-and-a-half year old twins. After starting at Kiddos’, Ashley returned to school and graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Georgia State University in 2017, and becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Psychology at Georgia State.
Ashley has experience working with pediatric patients in outpatient, home health, school, and community settings. She has worked with children with diagnoses including autism, sensory processing disorder, developmental dyspraxia, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and anoxic brain injury. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Association for Behavior Analysis International and enjoys keeping up with the newest research and contributing to field as well. Ashley has conducted several research projects at Kiddos’ that have been published in behavior analytic journals, and she has presented multiple projects at state and national conferences. Ashley loves creating motivating and client-centered treatment plans, as well as developing close bonds with both her patients and their families.
Ashley was born in New York, but relocated to Georgia when she was 6 and was raised in Alpharetta. She lives in Chamblee with her husband, and recently welcomed her first child, Ezra. In her free time, Ashley enjoys baking, reading, and doing yoga. In the Fall, you can find her wearing red and black and cheering on the Georgia Bulldawgs.

Carla Heinsch

Carla grew up just down the road in Woodstock, Georgia. From an early age she knew she wanted to work in a pediatric setting after growing up watching her sister participate in Occupational Therapy. She attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia majoring in biology and then graduated from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 2001 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She has always worked in pediatrics beginning at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 7 years. She then became a medical missionary using her Occupational Therapy skills to support orphanages in Kingston, Jamaica that take in abandoned children with disabilities with hands on caregiver training, gathering of wheelchairs and supplies, and treatment plan development. She pursued her graduate degree in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She joined the Kiddos Clubhouse team in October 2014.

She has had further continuing education training in Beckman Oral Motor strategies, sensory integration techniques, Alert Program for Self-Regulation, Therapeutic Listening, NDT handling strategies, Handwriting Without Tears, Keyboarding Without Tears, fine motor strengthening techniques, Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits, among others. She believes in utilizing an individualized treatment plan that best fits the needs of each child in order for them to meet their maximum potential. She loves being a part of the Kiddos Clubhouse team!

Alix Tillem Johnson

Alix has always been interested in working with young children. She began her career by interning at a clinic in Atlanta working with children diagnosed with autism and social skill deficits. Since this experience, Alix has provided ABA therapy for children diagnosed with autism in an in home setting and school setting since 2010 as well as worked within an inclusion model in preschools in the Atlanta area for almost 3 years. She has experience in developing programs, implementing behavior plans, and teaching a variety of developmental skills. Alix is passionate about early intervention and collaborating with other professionals to provide the best care for all children.

Alix received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and completed her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Maryland-College Park. She also earned her BCBA from Florida Institute of Technology. Alix joined the Kiddos' Clubhouse team in November 2014. She was born and raised in Atlanta and currently lives in Sandy Springs with her husband Paul and chocolate lab Bosco. Outside of the Clubhouse, you can find her drinking sweet tea and enjoying time with her family and friends.

Sarah King

Sarah joined Kiddos' Clubhouse in April of 2021, and is so happy to be a part of the team! She attended Ithaca College, where she received her Bachelor's degrees in both Aging Studies and Occupational Science, as well as her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Sarah started college with a plan of working with the older adult population, but after various classes and fieldwork placements, she realized that pediatrics is what she is most passionate about. Sarah loves helping children live their lives to the fullest by reaching their potentials. She loves the holistic approach outpatient allows you to take; involving the whole family in treatment planning

Sarah moved to Atlanta in February 2018 from upstate NY. She has spent her career working in the pediatric outpatient setting with a variety of children from ages 7 months-21 years. She has experience working with Autism, Down syndrome, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Some particular areas of interest to Sarah are working on fine motor skills and sensory processing.

When she is not at the Clubhouse, Sarah loves being active and working out, spending time with her friends, and exploring new parts of Atlanta.

Jenny Lazansky

Jenny Lazansky graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with her Master of Physical Therapy in 1999. She began her career in San Antonio working for the school system then transitioned to a hospital setting working with both children and adults. In 2002, she began working as a travel physical therapist working short term assignments in hospitals and clinics in Virginia, Connecticut and North Carolina. Jenny decided to settle in Atlanta in 2003 and began working in an outpatient clinic at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In June of 2013, she joined the Kiddo’s Clubhouse team. She has a wide experience of evaluating and treating children with developmental delay, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, torticollis, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial disease and other genetic and congenital diagnoses.

Jenny loves to learn and implement new techniques during physical therapy treatment. She implements Kinesio taping and neuro-developmental techniques as indicated with children. She also has experience with aquatic therapy. She enjoys working with children as well as implementing individualized treatments that are play-oriented while targeting strengthening, flexibility and development of new gross motor skills.

Jenny spent most of her childhood in Angleton, Texas and moved to San Antonio to attend college. She married her husband, Brett, in March 2004 and moved to the Alpharetta/Johns Creek in April of 2004. She has a son, Seth, and daughter, Riley. She enjoys running, hiking, going to church and spending time with her family and their dog, Sawyer.

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Sonya Reid
Medicaid Coordinator

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Jocelyn Priester

Jocelyn received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2001. While completing her undergraduate course work, she developed a passion for teaching children and adolescents with autism and other related disabilities by working in an early intervention school program and residential settings. These experiences motivated her to further her career in the field and to pursue a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology.

Jocelyn is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), with experience in multiple settings, such as, residential, school, and home-based settings. Since 2000 she has worked with individuals who exhibit challenging behaviors at home, in the community and in school environments. Jocelyn has over 10 years of experience conducting functional behavior assessments, writing behavior support plans and conducting trainings for staff, parents and teachers. She is skilled in developing and implementing behavioral programs for kids and adolescents with various disabilities to teach and maintain social, play & leisure, communication, and adaptive skills. Since moving to the Atlanta area, more than 7 years ago, her focus has been in providing home and school consultations while working closely with families and other therapists in maintaining behavior support plans and collaborating as a team in order for the child to reach their learning potential.

Jocelyn was raised in Central Florida and lived there until she moved to the Atlanta area after graduate school. She is married and has two young sons, Luke and Jackson. She enjoys reading, playing tennis, traveling and spending time with her family.

Crysta Reddock

Crysta joined the Kiddos' Clubhouse team in February, 2014. She has been working with children with special needs for over 17 years as Teacher’s Assistant, Teacher, Teacher Specialist, Home Therapist, and Behavior Analyst. Crysta first became involved in serving kids with special needs while working on her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Oglethorpe University. In 2001, she began providing ABA home therapy under the consultation of BCBA’s in the Atlanta area. Her love for this work inspired Crysta to pursue a Master’s in Special Education from Georgia State University and complete her coursework for the BCBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Crysta taught in Atlanta while working on her BCBA in a classroom of students with autism. She moved to Virginia in 2009 and taught for another 2 years. Upon receiving her BCBA in 2011, Crysta moved into a Behavior Analyst position with the Virginia Beach School System. Crysta moved back to the Atlanta area in 2013 and returned to doing direct therapy for kids with autism and other special needs.

Crysta is experienced in developing and implementing behavioral programming for clients with challenging behaviors at home, in school, and in the community. She has worked with kids and adolescents from ages 2-22. Crysta has extensive experience with the IEP process and school consultations.
Crysta is from Knoxville, Tennessee and moved to Atlanta for school. She, her husband Craig, their two kids, and their dog Haskell enjoy spending time together, finding new outdoor adventures, and exploring fandoms. The family is eagerly anticipating their acceptance letters from Hogwarts and are awaiting their chance to be sorted. They are playing it safe and also applying to Starfleet Academy, as a back up in case Hogwarts doesn’t pan out. Live long and prosper. This is the way.

Brittany Seaberry

Brittany joined the Kiddos’ team in November 2019. She has always been interested in working with younger children since she got the opportunity to work in the school setting in high-school as a teacher’s assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of West Georgia in 2016 and went into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She began her career as a Registered Behavior Technician and then decided to get her Master of Science in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University.

Brittany has been providing ABA services since 2016 and has worked with pediatric patients in the home, school, community, and clinical settings. She has experience providing therapy to children with autism, social skills deficits, challenging behaviors, and developmental disabilities, and also has experience implementing behavioral plans, discrete trial training, and natural environment training. She is skilled at conducting behavior analytic assessments and utilizing antecedent or consequence-based intervention strategies. Brittany is currently taking classes and accruing supervision hours to become a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

Brittany lives in Roswell with her turtle Aura and is also a plant mom. She is a cat lover although she can’t keep them as pets due to being allergic to them. She enjoys spending her time out in nature watching the sunset or the moonrise, reading, cooking, and being crafty. She also spends a lot of her time volunteering to spread awareness for holistic living and mental health. Brittany’s favorite quote is: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”.

Tali Schussler

Tali joined the Kiddos’ Clubhouse team in January of 2021, after relocating to Atlanta from her hometown of Nashville, TN. Tali attended Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!), where she received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Criminal Justice. She received her Masters of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, at Tennessee State University in 2014. Tali has spent her career working in the pediatric outpatient setting, in addition to the daycare setting, and a residential treatment center for children and adolescents. She has worked with a variety of clients ages 6 months-20 years, with varying treatment needs, including; articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, fluency disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, hearing loss, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), and feeding delays and disorders. Tali truly enjoys helping children of all ages gain independence and confidence through improved language and communication.

Tali has received trainings from Vanderbilt University on treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, feeding delays and disorders, as well as improving communication and play skills in children with ASD. She has also received training in the SOS approach to feeding, as well as Food Chaining.

Tali lives in Atlanta with her boyfriend, Andrew, and their golden doodle, Willie. Tali enjoys being outdoors, going for hikes, and traveling.

Heather Vansau

Heather joined the Kiddos’ Clubhouse team in 2019. Heather attended Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, where she received Bachelor’s degrees in both public relations and communication sciences and disorders, and her Master’s in speech-language pathology. Heather has experience working in the public schools, acute care rehabilitation, home health, and outpatient settings. She has worked with a variety of clients, including articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, phonological processing disorders, fluency, voice, dysphagia, aphasia, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), and other special needs. Heather is passionate about helping each child succeed, and she delights in helping each of them gain more knowledge and ability to communicate with the world around them.

Heather has training in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), Rapid Syllable Transition (ReST), Kaufman Speech Praxis Method, and Beckman Oral Motor.

Heather lives in Brookhaven with her husband Jonathan, and dogs Maverick and Millie. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, graphic design, working on DIY projects, exploring Atlanta, and spending time with her family and friends.

Roheen Virani

Roheen joined the Kiddos’ Clubhouse family in June of 2019. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Predictive Health from Emory University in 2015. During this time, she always knew that she wanted to work with children, and when she came upon occupational therapy, she knew that she had found her calling. She then went to Fort Wayne, Indiana to pursue her Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Huntington University. During this time, she happened to select Kiddos’ Clubhouse as one of her Level II Fieldwork rotations, and knew she had fallen in love with not only all the kiddos and families she interacted with, but the therapists and environment at Kiddos’ as well.

Despite the many experiences and populations that she encountered during her experiences as a student, she knew that she would want her future career to be in pediatrics, and therefore designed a Residency project that would include the population she was most interested in and that was also backed by evidence based research. As a part of her doctoral experiential component, she created and implemented a residency project, creating a Peer Mentoring Program for Youth on the Autism Spectrum at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Throughout her time as a student, she also gained experience working in a rehabilitation hospital, a psychosocial facility, and an outpatient facility focusing mostly on patients with upper extremity injuries. As her career at Kiddos’ has unfolded, she has worked with children with diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorders, and developmental delay, to name a few. She has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2016, and looks forward to furthering her knowledge and experience in the field. Currently, Roheen has training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Prevention, and has most recently completed her continued education training in Beckman Oral Motor strategies.

Roheen lives in Johns Creek, and enjoys reading, spending time with her friends family, going on hikes, and doing pilates!

Stephanie Whitaker

Stephanie joined Kiddos' Clubhouse in June 2021. She grew up in Tennessee, has lived in Virginia and Ohio, and relocated to the Atlanta area in June 2021. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) in 2017 and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Radford University in 2019. Stephanie has always had a passion for working with children and has worked in childcare since 2014. After a brief stint in skilled nursing facilities and interning in schools, Stephanie found her niche in outpatient pediatric settings. She has worked with children of all ages, with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury (TBI), childhood apraxia of speech, feeding delays, hearing loss, fluency disorders, language disorders, and phonological disorders, as well as use of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC).

Stephanie’s favorite part of being a speech therapist is watching a child take home the skills they work on in therapy and use them functionally and independently. She keeps her skills up to date with regular continuing education courses. Stephanie and her husband live in Buford with 2 cats who keep them very entertained. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going out with friends, and traveling.

Perimeter Team

Nell DeVore
MHS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Nell received her BA in psychology from Davidson College in 1992 and Masters of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1997. She has had the opportunity to work at several children’s hospital systems in her 20+ year career, including Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, CHOA at Scottish Rite, and Northside Hospital’s Level III NICU. During her tenure at these hospitals, Nell served on Neonatal Developmental Teams, providing assessment and treatment and infant massage to patients in the NICU setting, as well as being a part of the NICU Follow-Up Clinic team.

Nell has also been a team member on Therapeutic Feeding teams, providing clinical assessment and treatment for feeding and swallowing disorders. For the last 15 years, Nell & her husband, Brett, have owned and operated Kiddos’ Clubhouse.

Nell lives in Alpharetta with Brett, her two great boys, Hayden and Parker, and their adorable dogs, Snaps & Tucker.

Lauren Ambrose
MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren graduated with both her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016 and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Appalachian State University in 2018. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds state licensures in both Georgia and South Carolina.
Lauren has experience providing comprehensive assessment and treatment to patients aged birth to 21 with language delays and disorders including articulation and phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child Apraxia of Speech, Cerebral Palsy, Global Development Delay, Cognitive Impairment, and other developmental disorders impacting speech and language. Additionally, she has experience providing consultative services to children needing Augmentative and Alternative communication (AAC) devices. Lauren enjoys collaborating with families and therapists to provide a holistic approach to treatment, supporting each childs’ unique needs. Lauren has a passion for cultivating close relationships with her patients, other treating therapists, and their families to provide support and ensure improved quality of life.
To further her expertise within the field of speech and language pathology, Lauren participates in continuing education courses weekly. She has a drive for learning about and treating a variety of disorders and delays.
Lauren was born in Oregon and moved to North Carolina with her family in 1997. She fell in love with working with the pediatric population when volunteering at World Vision and N’Djamena English School in Chad, African for 4 months. She moved to Atlanta in 2020 to join her fiancé, Cory. In her free time, Lauren enjoys being active outdoors, traveling, playing games, being a “foodie”, and reading.

Lindsey Rosenberg
MHS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Lindsey officially joined the Kiddos’ Clubhouse family in January of 2018. She has known, since she was younger, that she wanted work in the healthcare field with the pediatric population. It wasn’t until summer 2012 when Lindsey started to nanny for a little boy diagnosed with Down syndrome that she knew she wanted to be an occupational therapist. Lindsey studied Human Development and Family Science at The University of Georgia before graduating from Augusta University (formerly known as Medical College of Georgia) with her Masters of Health Science in Occupational Therapy in August 2017.

Lindsey has experience working with children and young adults who present with a variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delay, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, traumatic brain injuries, stroke patients, and cardiac conditions. In January 2017, Lindsey and her research team at Augusta University, designed an app, called OT at Home. This app focuses on creating a bridge between the clinic and home environments by providing an accessible resource of activities for caregivers to use at home, under the direction of their child’s therapist. OT at Home is currently available for download on the iTunes store.

Lindsey was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has a twin sister and a younger brother. Lindsey currently lives in Smyrna with her twin sister. In her free time Lindsey loves spending time with her family and friends, playing basketball, watching movies, and going for walks outside.

Clare Mackie
Front Office Coordinator

Clare graduated in May of 2021 from Davidson College (go wildcats!) with a degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a career in physical therapy and plans to begin her doctorate program in the summer of 2022. Clare is especially passionate about healing through connection, trauma-informed care, and widening her worldview. She first discovered her passion for therapy after witnessing the miraculous impact physical therapy had on her brother’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury in 2013. Her work at Kiddos’ Clubhouse has only further instilled a desire to help others find the strength within them, strive for new goals, and initiate long-lasting change.

Clare identifies as an introverted-extrovert. She enjoys playing all kinds of sports, spending time with friends and family, and trying new restaurants, but is ultimately happiest on a beach with a good book in hand. Her favorite hobbies including eating chocolate, spending time outdoors, and planning her next adventure.

Come say hello to Clare at the front desk!

Taylor Rapaport
MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Taylor has always had a strong interest in treating the ‘whole child’ and has worked with children since her first job in high school. She became interested in occupational therapy while working as a respite care professional for individuals with Cerebral Palsy and through her work in the community to develop dance programs for at risk youth. Taylor received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Florida in 2015, and completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida in 2017… go Gators!

Taylor has had experience working with children aged 0-21 with a wide variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delay, Neurologic, Orthopedic and Genetic Conditions. In addition, she has experience working with adults, children, and infants in the hospital setting. Taylor has continuing education in reflex integration, Handwriting Without Tears, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Taylor has a strong interest in community inclusiveness and has spent her free time providing lectures to local community organizations on sensory processing and developing inclusive dance classes.

Taylor was born in New York, was raised in Florida and has two brothers and a sister. Taylor currently lives in Atlanta. Taylor is always on the go, and splits her time between being active outdoors, listening to live music, and baking yummy treats.

Sarah Plascyk
MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah graduated with her bachelor’s degree in English and minors in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Medieval and Early Modern Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. She continued as a Tarheel and graduated with her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds state licensures in both Georgia and North Carolina.

Sarah has experience evaluating and treating children with a variety of speech and languages disorders, including receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound/articulation disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), pragmatic deficits, fluency and voice disorders, phonological awareness/literacy delays as well as children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Her goal is to enhance the lives of children with disabilities by supporting their ability to communicate and form relationships with loved ones. While in graduate school, Sarah also developed a passion working with children with feeding and swallowing disorders. She has experience working closely with other healthcare professionals on interdisciplinary teams and believes in the importance of taking a holistic, big-picture approach to treating children with feeding and swallowing disorders. Sarah has experience treating children with delayed oral motor skills, NG/G/J tube dependence, restricted diet, and swallowing problems resulting from a variety of medical conditions (neurological conditions, cardiopulmonary involvement, structural anomalies, tracheostomy/ventilator-dependence, gastrointestinal issues, allergies/intolerances, etc.).

Sarah was born in New York and moved to North Carolina with her family in 2002. She discovered her passion for working with children with disabilities in 2003 when her younger sister, Shannon, was born with Down syndrome. She recently moved to Atlanta from North Carolina in August 2020 to join her fiancé, Franck. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Alicia Matthews
MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Alicia graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working in outpatient/inpatient rehab, private practice and has a love for pediatrics! She has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Down syndrome, ADHD, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, and developmental delay. She is a Therapeutic Listening provider, and has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of vestibular processing related to primary movement patterns, oculomotor function, visual efficiency and visual information processing impacting daily function. Alicia is a self-proclaimed foodie, an avid coffee drinker, and loves to travel!

Sydney Shine
PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Sydney received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2019. During her time there, she had clinical experience in outpatient, inpatient and school settings, working with children from infancy to young adulthood. Sydney has helped those with diagnoses such as torticollis, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as infants working towards meeting their motor milestones.

In her spare time, Sydney enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, spending time with her husband and two cats and volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome achievement center in Atlanta where she serves on their Board.

Lindsay Blackstock
MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Lindsay graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Samford University in 2016. She continued her studies at Samford and graduated with her Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2018. Lindsay is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds licensure in the state of Georgia.

In her graduate school clinical rotations, Lindsay worked in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, and school settings. After graduating, Lindsay worked full time as a SLP for Dekalb County Schools. During her time in the school system, Lindsay had experience evaluating and treating a wide variety of communication disorders including articulation disorders, receptive/ expressive language disorders, and fluency disorders. Lindsay also has experience working with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Lindsay is from Dunwoody, GA and loves living in the Atlanta area. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Will. Lindsay strongly believes that everybody deserves a voice, and she will do anything she can to help your kiddo communicate to the best of his or her ability!

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