Sarah received her BS.Ed in Health and Physical Education from the University of Virginia in 2004. She received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2008. Sarah has a wide range of knowledge treating children with neurological conditions, orthopedic conditions including torticollis, respiratory conditions, genetic conditions, and developmental delay. She has taken extensive continuing education, including in neuro-developmental treatment, breathing and postural mechanics, decreased and increased tone, and interventions for high-risk infants, among many others. Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including a pediatric hospital setting (including neonatal and pediatric ICUs, acute care, and inpatient rehabs), and pediatric outpatient settings (including day rehab, outpatient clinics, aquatic therapy, and hippotherapy). She also has experience in a teen and adult rehabilitation hospital for brain and spinal cord injuries. Sarah enjoys helping children and their families reach their therapy goals in a positive environment.
Ms. Julie is south Georgia born and raised where she received her Master’s degree from Valdosta State University in Speech Language Pathology. She moved to the Atlanta area after she married her husband Mark. They have a daughter is college and a son in high school. Ms. Julie specializes in working with the birth to three population, and is looking forward to expanding her expertise to children of all ages.
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University and completed her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia). Jennifer completed training in local school systems, hospitals, and outpatient clinics while volunteering for the Miracle League and Camp TBI. She specializes in pediatric therapy services for a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, sensory processing, and other developmental delays. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome and has experience utilizing the Handwriting Without Tears Program. She has specialized training for the treatment of fine motor and visual motor skills as well as sensory integration. Jennifer is licensed in Georgia and registered by the National Board of Occupational Therapy. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. They enjoy going to the beach, going to concerts, and traveling.
Julia graduated from the University of Georgia with her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and went on to get her masters in Speech Language Pathology from Armstrong State Atlantic. Julia has clinical experience with both pediatric and adult therapy. She has worked in outpatient neurorehabilitation and in elementary through high-school education. Julia currently works for Dekalb County schools while working with Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy. Julia has assessed, diagnosed, and treated pediatric patients with a variety of disorders and special needs such as Trisomy 21, cerebral palsy, autism, apraxia of speech and severe developmental delay.
Crisany is a state licensed and nationally registered occupational therapist who was born and raised in Buford, Georgia. She loves that working for Helping Hands affords her the opportunity to pour back into her local community! In addition to her master’s degree in occupational therapy, which she received from Brenau University, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She worked for several years as a behavioral therapist prior to her OT career, and she enjoys incorporating that experience into her OT sessions. In addition to being an OT (who really loves her job), Crisany is also a wife to Hunter and mom to Asa. She thrives off of trying new things and doing just about everything with her family.
Paige was born and raised in Gainesville, GA. After graduating from West Hall High School in 2005 she received a Softball Scholarship from Alabama Southern in Monroeville, AL. While in school she studied Early Childhood Education and graduated in 2007. She then moved to Mobile, AL to continue her education and ended up living there for 12 years. Living on the gulf coast was amazing and she spent numerous weekends and summers on the beautiful beaches of Pensacola, FL. She married her best friend in 2015 and they had a son together in July of 2016, which led them to move back to her hometown to be close to family.
She recently found out her son has special needs and that he needed therapy, this was a very difficult time for them, but the therapist they have worked with has brought them so much comfort and positivity. Through their experiences she is determined to learn as much as possible and help other parents and children like themselves to feel comforted and loved. She has worked in office administration for the past 10 years and truly enjoys what she does. Joining Helping Hands has been a blessing to her family and she enjoys being surrounded by the children and families that are just like themselves, along with the amazing therapists who are full of knowledge and encouragement.
Kaitlyn Cheek is a state licensed and nationally certified Speech Language Pathologist. She graduated from Valdosta State University with her Bachelors and Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has experience with toddlers, adolescents and geriatrics. She also works as a public school SLP and has experience writing and implementing IEPs for children across a wide range of ages and etiologies. She is so excited to be a part of the Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy Team and making a difference in the lives of those in her community.
Taylor Harrington is a state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist working towards national licensure through ASHA. Taylor attended Valdosta State University for her undergraduate degree and for her master’s degree. She has experience treating toddlers, children, teenagers and geriatrics with a wide variety of speech and language disorders including: autism spectrum disorders, articulation, phonology, expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and social language/pragmatic language disorders. Taylor also works in a school-system and serves many clients with augmentative alternative communication devices ranging from low tech to high tech. She is trained with LAMP Words for Life and TouchChatsoftware for high tech AAC devices. During her free time Taylor enjoys distance running, hiking, and being outdoors.
Tracy is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 28 years experience serving patients ranging from birth to 21 years of age in the pediatric private practice setting. She was born in North Carolina into a military family, and while they moved frequently, grew up in the “Aloha State” of Hawaii. Tracy received her Bachelor and Master degrees from The Florida State University. She has extensive training, including but not limited to the areas of: oral motor/placement techniques (Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson/TalkTools OPT; Debra Beckman’ Oral Motor Protocol); myofunctional therapy (Sandra Holtzman’s “Myo Manual” – OROFACIAL MYOLOGY: From Basics to Habituation); feeding therapy (Cheri Fraker, Laura Walbert, & Sibyl Cox’s Food-Chaining Courses I, II, & III; Kay Toomey’s SOS Approach to Feeding); DSE’s See and Learn visually-based teaching programs which support development in four key areas – speech, language and reading, number and memory skills – through the early years and into primary school. They are designed to meet the additional learning needs of children with Down syndrome with practical, developmentally appropriate and individualized teaching activities, however benefit children across diagnoses; and Signing Time! – Baby Signing. Tracy is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Buford and surrounding areas here at Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy.
Making a difference…one child at a time, inspired by The Starfish Story