President and Occupational Therapist
Stefanie is a certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist with more than 25 years of experience in early intervention and pediatric therapies. Stefanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992. She has worked in a hospital setting treating acute, rehab, and outpatient programs, as well as outpatient facilities. She has experience working with infants & children ages birth through 3 in the early intervention programs in Tennessee, Indiana, and Georgia areas. Most recently, Stefanie has worked with children primarily between the ages of 2 and 14 years, in the clinic setting, with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabled, Cognitive Deficits, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, and Coordination Disorder. Stefanie has taken several post graduate courses on Sensory Integration, Neuro-developmental Treatment, Vision Therapy, Oral-motor and Feeding Issues in Pediatrics, Executive Functioning, and is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears Program, Interactive Metronome, as well as Therapeutic Listening and the Astronaut Training Program. Stefanie started Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy, Inc. in 2001 after moving to Georgia, primarily employing therapists to treat in early intervention. Her company has grown from this to providing both early intervention and clinic based therapy with over 10 therapists. Stefanie is the sole owner and director. She and her daughter live in Buford, GA.
Pam was born in Georgia. She Graduated in 1992 with Diploma in Practical Nursing from Gwinnett Technical. She then graduated in 2012 from Brenau
University with Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Pam has volunteered work with adults and children with special needs in the community
for past 17 years. Her experience includes pediatrics & early Intervention. She is certified in the following therapies/programs:
• Interactive Metronome™
• Handwriting Without Tears Program™
• The Print Tool™
• Beckman Oral Motor™
• S.O.S. (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Feeding Program™
• Completed level one mentor program with the Star Institute
Therapeutic Listening Program
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
Ali Davis is a national certified and state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with 15 years+ of pediatric speech therapy experience. A long-time resident of Buford, she loves giving back to the community she has called home for so long. Ali attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree and Georgia State University for her master’s degree. She has experience treating infants, children, and adolescents with a wide variety of speech and language disorders including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hearing Loss, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation, Phonology, Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Social Language/Pragmatic Language Disorders, Language-Based Literacy Disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorders, and Oral Motor/Feeding Disorders. She enjoys working with children with a variety of etiologies and across a wide range of ages and has a real heart for pediatrics. Ali and her hubby Chris have two precious little ones, Cooper and Finley Jane, who keep them smiling and on their toes. Ali is honored to be part of the speech therapy team at Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy Clinic!
Julia is a certified speech-language pathologist with her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and 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 has served on the PCORI Autism Advisory Board through the Emory School of Nursing, focusing on transition supports for individuals on the autism spectrum. 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. Julia is also certified in Beckman Oral Motor assessment and intervention techniques for feeding
Cindy has been an occupational therapist for 23 years. She earned her BS degree in Exceptional Education from the University of South Florida and her MSOT in Occupational Therapy at Florida International University. In 2011, Cindy completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at St. Augustine University. She has worked for 23 years for the Dekalb County School System and began working at Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy clinic in May 2012. Cindy has experience working with children and young adults ages 3 years through 22 with ASD, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabled, Cognitive Deficits, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, and Coordination Disorder.
She and her husband, Steve, live in Suwanee. She has two children; her daughter Callie Jo is a student at GGC and her son Colin attend North Gwinnett High School. Cindy is originally from Florida and is an avid Florida Gators, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays fan.
Shamara received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Columbia University in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from William Paterson University. Shamara has been an active speech therapist for over 19 years, treating children and adults from infants to over 90 years old. Shamara’s areas of special interest include articulation, AAC, fluency or stuttering, language and learning disorders, literacy based treatment approaches, and incorporating a universal approach to language development into therapeutic activities. She has a range of experience with many pediatric and adult disorders across various settings including hospitals, schools, rehab centers, home care, nursing facilities, and private clinics. Shamara enjoys spending time with her family and their 2 dogs. Her other interests include traveling, cooking, dancing, attending festivals and live sport events
Kelita is a nationally registered and Georgia licensed occupational therapist serving the pediatric population. She earned a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Augusta University. Kelita has volunteered at Mustard Seeds Communities, a group home for adults and children with disabilities in Jamaica, and Steps of Grace, a dance group for kids with special needs. She has completed additional training in the Handwriting Without Tears and SOS Feeding programs. Kelita enjoys being outdoors, doing yoga and Zumba, and cooking.
Taylor Harrington is a state and nationally licensed speech language pathologist. 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 was previously a speech therapist in a school-system and understands IEPs, RTI, and the school system process. Taylor specializes in augmentative alternative communication devices ranging from low tech to high tech. She is trained with LAMP Words for Life and TouchChat software for high tech AAC devices. She also loves doing early language therapy with toddlers. During her free time Taylor enjoys distance running, hiking, and being outdoors.
Natalia Montalvo Ayala, M.S. CF-SLP, is a state-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist working towards national certification through ASHA. Natalia attended The University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Science and Albizu University—Miami Campus for her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Georgia, she is fully
bilingual and proficient in both Spanish and English. Natalia has experience working with children of all ages from toddlers to adolescents, adults, and geriatrics with a variety of disorders and special needs. Her clinical experience includes treating expressive and receptive language disorders, social-pragmatic language disorders, articulation, phonological disorders, and voice. During her free time, she loves
traveling, watching and attending sporting events, and spending time with her family!
Natalia moved back to Georgia to fulfill a need in the community as a bilingual speech pathologist. She is happy to be back in the Buford/Sugar Hill area and excited to be a part of the Helping Hands family!
Kacee Green graduated from Brenau University in 2019 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Since graduation, Kacee has concentrated on pediatric physical therapy, yet also provides physical therapy services in geriatrics as well. In such a short time, Kacee has gained clinical experience in genetic and chromosomal disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and general gross motor delay caused from sequalae of prematurity, failure to thrive, and childhood infections. Kacee evaluates and treats with a whole-body approach that combines knowledge and understanding of localized anatomy within the context of full body structure, function, and movement. She works to restore compromised stability, strength, mobility, and movement patterning through a variety of progressive exercises, manual techniques, and well, through play. Kacee enjoys building rapport with her patients and their families, and assisting children in progression towards activities they want to do and have potential to do. She finds pediatric caregiver burden an important topic of interest. In her free time, Kacee enjoys spending time with her dogs, outdoor activities, and being a mom.
Julie is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in treating young children, ages birth to three, with communication delays and disorders. She earned her Bachelor and Master degrees from Valdosta State University. Julie holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and her state licensure from Georgia. She has over 25 years of experience, having worked in both public and private settings including the Hall County school system, in-home therapy through Babies Can’t Wait (early intervention), and now Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy.
Julie is heavily influenced by Laura Mize of “Teach me to Talk,” who believes you begin therapy “where a child is.” She has training in PROMPT Treatment Method of Apraxia of Speech, as well as experience in articulation disorders, fluency, and language disorders across varying diagnoses. Her heart is with children who are ”late talkers” or are on the Autism Spectrum.
During her time off, Julie enjoys family time, shopping, crafting, and eating at Chicken Salad Chick!
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.
Laurie Tison was born in China and was adopted at age 5. She was raised on a family farm in South Georgia. She earned an Associate of Science in Allied Health, in 2014, from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. In 2017, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Exercise Science and Wellness and a minor in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University. Laurie moved to Gainesville in 2018 where she continued her education at Brenau University and graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021. Through her schooling and fieldwork rotations, Laurie has gained experience working with children and adults with various conditions including ADHD/ADD, Autism, Down Syndrome sensory processing disorders and other developmental delays. Laurie plans to continue her education in areas related to pediatric such as feeding, sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening and oral motor in order to better serve her patients.
Lindsey has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 10 years. She earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University In 2009. Lindsey has experience working with children with varying diagnoses from birth to 21 years old. She has worked within the pediatric inpatient hospital setting, home based therapy, k-12 school based therapy as well as pediatric outpatient therapy/ private clinic settings. She enjoys collaborating with patients and families together as well as using the multi-disciplinary approach. Lindsey and her husband live, work and volunteer in the local community with their 3 young and very active boys.
Tracy was born and raised in Flowery Branch, Georgia, and has been married to her high school sweetheart Hank for over 39 years. She has one daughter, a daughter-in-law and a grandson. Tracy worked in the insurance industry for 21 years before deciding to retire. After retiring she decided to help care for her grandson, after her daughter moved back home from Alabama. Tracy’s grandson is on the Autism Spectrum and started receiving speech, occupational and physical therapy services from Helping Hands in 2018. Tracy has been amazed by the progress her grandson has made, thanks to the amazing, caring and exceptional staff at Helping Hands. So, when the opportunity to join the administrative staff was presented, Tracy did not hesitate to take the position. In her free time Tracy enjoys watching HGTV, going to the beach any chance she gets and spending time with her family.
Piper De Maine, M.S. CF-SLP, is a GA state-licensed SLP working toward national certification. Piper attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Boston University for her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Piper has had training in pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations across a variety of clinical settings (outpatient hospital, clinic, teletherapy, and school). She has experience in receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation, phonological treatment approaches, and social-pragmatic language. In her free time, Piper enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dancing, and being outdoors! She is excited to join Helping Hands!
Tierra was born in Chicago Illinois and raised in Milwaukee WI. She received her Masters in Occupation Therapy from Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 2011. She started her career in geriatrics working in a SNF then pursued working in a mental health hospital before finding her passion for working primarily with the pediatric population. She has provided pediatric services in a variety of settings such as mental health, home health, schools and outpatient clinic-based settings. She practiced in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Colorado before becoming a licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Georgia. Tierra has experience working with a variety of conditions including ASD, ADHD, Developmental Delay, sensory processing disorder, mental illnesses and oppositional defiant disorder.
Office Staff / Translator
Carmen was born and raised in GA. She graduated from Duluth High School in 2010 and went to the University of Phoenix for business management. She got engaged to her high school sweetheart December of 2019 and got married November 4th of 2021. She owns a small business called Precious Milestones where she personalizes most items. She has two fur babies one is a Shih Tzu named Manchester and the other is mixed (Shih Tzu, Maltese and chihuahua.) her name is Ashe. Carmen is very excited to be a part of a sweet and helpful team that changes children’s lives every day! Carmen joined Helping Hands to assist with translation needs and assisting the authorization department.
My name is Tracy Frazier and I am one of the speech-language pathologists at Helping Hands! I earned my Bachelor's degree from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and Master's degree from the University of Virginia. I've had the pleasure of working with both children and adults in a variety of settings including schools, skilled nursing facilities, home health, private practice, hospitals, and daycares. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, volunteering, spending time with my friends and family, and trying out new recipes. I am very excited to be part of the Helping Hands family!
Jennifer was born and raised in Bradenton Fl, she moved to Georgia in 2005. Jennifer has worked several different jobs over the years, from customer service manager to CNA. She is a wife and mother of 4. Her youngest is 2 and currently receives
Rachel Pass, M. Ed. CF - SLP, is a Georgia state-licensed SLP working towards her national certification. Rachel attended the University of North Georgia for her dual-major Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, Florida State University for her Bridge Program Certification in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the University of West Georgia for her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel has 9 years of pediatric experience and taught for 2 years as a first grade teacher at Chestnut Mountain Elementary. Rachel has pediatric experience across in a variety of clinical settings including schools, out patient hospital, clinic, and tele-therapy. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, baking, and playing with her dog Annabelle. Rachel is so excited to be part of the Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy Team!