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
Anisha Patel is from Buford, GA. She is currently a full time speech language pathologist with Gwinnett County public schools. She attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate education and New York Medical College for her graduate education. Her background is in pediatric feeding, but she has a wide range of experience in articulation, language, social skills and fluency. Outside of speech, she enjoys running and working out along with spending time with her dogs and family!
Christina is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia (Gooo Dawgs!) and her Master’s in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. She’s had the pleasure of working with both children and adults in various settings, including the school system, private practice, outpatient rehab, and skilled nursing facilities. While she loves working with all populations, pediatrics is her favorite! When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, and traveling.
Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of West GA in 2013, and received her Master’s of Communication Disorders from Auburn University in 2015. She is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as licensed by the State of Georgia.
Jennifer has experience working in the public school system, private clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. She has experience working with early language developmental disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency disorders, dyslexia, hearing impairments, autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, trach/vents, adult dysphagia, aphasia, and voice disorders.
Jennifer’s special interests include early intervention, down syndrome, autism, and pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders. She is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (S.O.S.), “a trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.” She is trained in Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention program, which addresses issues concerning Oral Motor Patterns and Oral Motor Impairments. Jennifer has also completed the Talk Tools “Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach” course.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, being outdoors, photography, and anything creative!