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Pooler

Beth Adkisson Fleming, M.S., CCC-SLP

CCC-SLP Owner and SLP

Beth received her Bachelor of Science from N.C. State University in Communication Disorders and graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Beth has extensive experience with Applied Behavioral Analysis/Verbal Behavior Therapy and has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe/Profound Developmental Delays. She is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor, Talk Tools and LAMP therapy approaches. She also enjoys working with children with articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, language disorders, fluency disorders, and a wide variety of developmental disabilities.

Beth has worked with the public school system, serving preschool and school-aged children in both school and community based settings. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia. She lives in Thunderbolt, GA with her husband, son, and daughter. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and going to Georgia Southern football games.

Jenna Rose

Area Manager

Jenna moved to the Savannah area with her husband and two children in 2015 from Memphis, TN. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a BA in psychology. She has experience working for several hospital systems in the greater Memphis area. Jenna is thankful to work with such a great staff at Chatterbox.

LeAnn Chavis

Pooler Manager

LeAnn joined the Chatterbox team in November 2018. She has over 10 years medical office experience in the outpatient rehabilitation field. She is a native of Effingham county and lives in Rincon with her husband, Chris, and her two children, Gracy and Landon. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to concerts and spending time with her family.

Terri Johnson

Front Office Manager- Medical Records/Office Coordinator

Terri Johnson is a Savannah native. She has a wide variety of experience working in the medical field. She has been working at Chatterbox since 2015. She loves seeing the smiling faces of children here and working with our fantastic staff. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her three beautiful kids and friends.

Tanya Arroyo

Front office - Authorizations Specialist

Tanya moved to Hinesville Ga in 2004 from the Bronx New York. She has over six years experience working in the medical field. She loves working with children, and has a daughter of her own. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and friends. Tanya is Bilingual and is happy to assist our Spanish speaking families access the services they need through Chatterbox.

Lisa Henriquez

Front Office- Referrals Coordinator/Scheduler

Lisa was born and raised in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan NYC. She describes her self as a “Theater Nerd” and frequented Broadway shows while living in NYC. Some of her favorites are Hamilton, Rent and Wicked. Lisa had never really left the city prior to moving down to Savannah two year ago with her boyfriend for his job. She has been working in the medical field for the last thirteen years in a variety of settings and by far, pediatrics is her favorite area to work in! Lisa is Bilingual and is happy to assist our Spanish speaking families access the services they need through Chatterbox.

Magen Brown

Billing Specialist

Magen graduated from Savannah Technical College in 2012 with a Certificate in Medical Billing, Coding and Insurance. She is a Pooler native and has a family ties to the area going back to her grandparents. She is a member at Rothwell Baptist Church of Pooler. She enjoys cooking, anything outdoors and traveling

Sandra Mullis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Lead, Speech Therapist

Sandra graduated from The University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She completed her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Sandra previously worked in the public schools, providing assessment and treatment for preschool children within self-contained classrooms and various levels of inclusion support. She has experience with wide range of speech and language disorders including articulation disorders, developmental delays, vision and/or hearing impairment, autism spectrum disorders, and use of augmentative/alternative communication methods. Sandra is passionate about helping children communicate and interact within their environments to reach their fullest potential. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.

Brittany Tyler, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lead SLP

Brittany graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA with her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Brittany developed her passion for helping people communicate in an outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation center in Savannah while still in high school. A few years later, that passion continued to grow when she was able to spend a semester as an intern in that center. She also spent time interning in an acute TBI clinic, elementary, and middle school. Brittany completed graduate research in the areas of traumatic brain injuries and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She spent the beginning of her career as a speech therapist in a childhood development center in southwest Wyoming. She then moved to
Fort Collins, Colorado and began working in a private practice with primarily children before returning home to Savannah. Brittany’s love
for speech pathology increases with every client, but she is particularly interested in working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Down’s Syndrome. In her free time, Brittany enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and traveling with her husband and their two dogs.

Mallie Best, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Mallie Best graduated from Armstrong State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She stayed in Savannah and received her Masters degree from Georgia Southern University (Armstrong campus). Mallie has experience working with children of all ages in both the school setting and private practice. Working with children who have a variety of speech/language disorders is a passion of Mallie’s and she decided to let it guide her career path. She has worked with a behavioral therapist to learn and implement ABA strategies to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Mallie has always had a strong passion for individuals with disabilities and she enjoys helping both the individuals and their families to improve their day to day lives. Mallie is a local of Savannah, GA and her favorite activities are usually outdoors and include her faith, family, and friends.

Morgan Sydow, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Katherine “Morgan” Sydow graduated from Armstrong State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She completed her Master of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Valdosta State University. Before switching to pediatrics, Morgan worked with the geriatric population where she provided assessment and treatment to adults with a variety of speech-language and swallowing disorders in long-term care, outpatient, and skilled nursing facility settings. In addition, she has experience providing early language intervention to children who are deaf or hard of hearing at an auditory-oral program. Morgan has always had a passion for children and helping them learn and communicate to effectively navigate their environment and reach their fullest potential. Morgan is a Savannah native, who enjoys spending her time at the beach, watching Georgia football, running, walking downtown and playing with her dog, Bristol!

Kate Kellum, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Kate graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She completed her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia Southern University. Before obtaining her Masters degree, Kate worked in the public school system serving children from PreK-12 grade with a variety of disorders.

Kate’s clinical experience includes a focus on language delays, articulation disorders, vision and/or hearing impairments, pragmatic language disorders, phonological processing, augmentative/alternative communication methods, and autism spectrum disorders.

Kate is passionate about helping children communicate and interact with their environments and enjoys collaborating with families to provide ideas for home practice. Kate strives for creative and fun therapy sessions. Kate is originally from Tupelo, MS but has found Savannah to be her home. She loves walking her dog around downtown, going to the beach, and traveling to new places.

Candace Christianson, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech Therapist

Candace graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She earned a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to earning her master’s degree, Candace worked as an ABA therapist/ RBT serving a variety of ages in the Autism population. Candace has previous experience assessing and treating pediatrics and adults with a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in both the hospital and private practice settings. Candace’s passion for becoming a speech-language pathologist began when she was younger and went through speech therapy herself, and also when she saw her great grandmother receive speech therapy after a stroke. She is a native to Bluffton, SC where she resides with her two German shepherds, Koda and Moose. In her spare time, Candace enjoys traveling, going to the beach or on the boat, and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Laura Millhouse, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Laura graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Masters in Communication Disorders both from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She recently moved to Savannah from Collierville, Tennessee where she worked in the public school system with preschool, elementary and middle schoolers. Prior to working in pediatrics,she worked with adults in a hospital/acute care, inpatient and outpatient facilities. When Laura was younger, a friend’s brother had a speech impediment and that is what really got her interested in learning more about communication disorders. She loves working with others and it’s so rewarding when families see their loved ones making progress in different areas! Outside of work, She loves going to the gym, visiting the beach and sitting down to read a good book!

Randi Wilson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Randi graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology. She earned a Master of Science in Speech- Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree, Randi worked as a private nanny for a family of a child with special needs, which is where her true passion for becoming a speech- language pathologist began. In addition, she taught a variety of courses in grades K- 12 at a local private school in Savannah. She has served both pediatric and adult populations in the school system and skilled nursing setting, and her experience includes a wide range of speech and language disorders including articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, dysphagia management, and fluency disorders. She is very passionate and has extensive training in the assessment and implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) gained through graduate level training and attendance of workshops hosted by Tobii Dynavox and Lingraphica. She hopes to increase her knowledge in this area by attending hands on training sessions to reach a more diverse population of clients who have difficulty communicating. Randi is from the Savannah area, but she now resides in Effingham county with her husband, daughter, son, and 2 labs. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks through Target.

Jamie Jones, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech Therapist

Jamie graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Working with children with a variety of disabilities and helping others has always been a passion of hers, which is what led her to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. Jamie has experience assessing and treating adults with various speech-language and swallowing disorders in the hospital setting, and working with children ages K-12 in the school setting and outpatient facility. She is originally from Vidalia, Ga (home of the famous Vidalia onions), but recently moved to the Savannah area. She loves meeting new people, playing sports, going to the beach, watching Netflix, and playing with her dog, Rocko.

Nora Mills OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, Lead Clinician

Nora comes to Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy most recently from Charlotte and Monroe, North Carolina and was previously from Mobile, Alabama.  Nora graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  She has been an occupational therapist for 27 years and has worked in all areas of pediatric practice including: NICU, acute care, early intervention, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, medical clinic, private practice, schools, and teletherapy.  She has worked with a large variety of clients with various diagnoses including: ADD/ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, Feeding Disorder, Learning Disability, Sensory Integrative Disorder/sensory processing challenges, and more.  She has had specialty training in the areas of assistive technology, feeding, sensory integration, seating and positioning, and therapeutic listening.   Nora has developed an eclectic treatment approach based on her years of experience and as a result has assisted her clients to demonstrate progress in all areas.

Katie O’Hara, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Katie graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, GA. She earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in Norcross, GA. Katie currently maintains her board certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in the state of Georgia.

Katie enjoys working with children of a variety of ages and diagnoses. Her clinical experiences include a focus on sensory integration, early intervention, and outpatient adult and pediatric rehabilitation. Katie was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to gain clinical experience as an OT while working for 3 months in Yucatán, Mexico. This cultural and unique experience helped to provide her with a well-rounded approach for evaluating and implementing interventions. Katie enjoys working as a team with the physical therapists, speech therapists, and other occupational therapists to ensure the best care possible for each child.

Larie Vaus, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Larie graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from The University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She currently maintains her board certification in occupational therapy with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in the state of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Larie has experience working in pediatric outpatient, school, and in home settings with a variety of diagnoses. Larie has a passion for working with children in the areas of sensory integration, motor dysfunction, neurological impairment, developmental delays, and skill acquisition to promote independence. Throughout her schooling she has taken a special interest in sensory integration, and has researched the effects of sensory adaptations used in a dental office to promote successful dental visits for children with developmental disabilities. Through volunteer experience, she has explored the effects of sensory adaptations in environments such as swimming lessons and aquariums for children with autism spectrum disorder. In her free time, Larie enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, running, swimming, and playing with her dogs.

Anne Pugh, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Anne recently moved from Alaska. After living in many places with her husband, who served in the military, she is excited to finally put down some roots in beautiful Richmond Hill, Georgia. Anne graduated from the University of Florida and has been practicing for 16 years working with pediatrics for the majority of her career. Clinical experience includes outpatient pediatric rehabilitation, early intervention, school system, and some hospital experience. Treatment approaches include sensory integration, fine motor and visual-motor development, handwriting, and sensory feeding. Anne is excited to continue working with children to help them reach their full potential. Anne has two young boys and enjoys being outdoors in the sunshine and spending time with her family.

Marlee Murphee OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Marlee graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in Union, NJ. She currently maintains her board certification in Occupational Therapy with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in the state of Georgia and New Jersey.

Before switching full time into pediatrics, Marlee worked for 4 years within the brain injury population working with young adults and adults with traumatic brain injuries.  In addition to this, her clinical experience includes working in a community-based setting with teens with a variety of special needs to help facilitate life skills including home management, community integration, and developing safe and appropriate interpersonal relationships.

Marlee recently moved to Savannah, GA from Northern New Jersey with her husband.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, hiking, and overall just being active; especially through yoga!  She is currently enrolled in a 200- hour registered yoga teacher training program which she will graduate in September 2020.  She hopes to share her love and passion for yoga with her kids and their families!

 

Courtney Rainey, PT, DPT

Lead Physical Therapist

Courtney Rainey graduated from the University of Scranton with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Courtney has a 3 year background in skilled nursing before switching to pediatrics. For the last 3 years, she has been working in the outpatient settings. She has experience with working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, traumatic brain injuries, mitochondrial disorders, William’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, Autism and Torticollis. Courtney has a passion for working with children since her cousin was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and required numerous open heart surgeries and years in physical therapy. Courtney moved to the area 3 years ago and enjoys spending time outside running.

Kayla Braun, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kayla Braun recently graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Mary Baldwin University, where she recently completed a clinical rotation with pediatrics. On the clinical rotation she gained experience with developmental delays and non-verbal children. She also completed her Doctoral Project on pediatric autism, which she plans on continuing her research in the field. Kayla also graduated from Walsh University with her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre- Physical Therapy and Physical Education Non-Licensure. She is in the process of obtaining her Masters of Business Administration specializing in Healthcare Administration at Walsh University. She has always had a passion working with children, from childcare to teaching drivers education. Kayla enjoys fishing, baking, and watching a good movie.

Kelli Hernandez, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kelli graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Applied Exercise Physiology and from Texas Woman’s University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Kelli recently moved to Georgia from Dallas Texas where she worked for Children’s Health primarily in the outpatient setting. Kelli has treated a wide range of diagnoses including torticollis, gross motor delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, seizure disorders, toe-walking and various other syndromes. She is also certified in kinesiotaping and has experience working with older children with orthopedic injuries and pain. Kelli has worked with children in home health and hospital settings as well. Kelli has a passion for helping children reach their full potential while educating and supporting their families. Kelli and her husband have one daughter, Aria, who is 16 months old and keeps them very busy. Kelli enjoys traveling and exploring new places, watching Texas A&M sports, running/working out and spending time with friends and family in her spare time.

Karen Bessinger, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Karen received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has worked in outpatient pediatric settings for the last fifteen years. Karen believes that working with the entire team is crucial to ensuring the children she treats achieve their highest potential.  Karen and her husband recently returned to the Lowcountry and are very excited to be home. In her free time she enjoys reading, going to the beach, hiking, crafting and baking.

TDiT Maggie

Therapy Dog Extraordinaire

You may spot this sweet, shaggy girl hanging around our offices. But don’t be fooled by her looks of leisure! She is hard at work earning her certification as a Therapy Dog. Maggie lives at home with her owners, Jenna and Alan, and her human siblings, Kaylan and Preston.

In her free time, she enjoys long walks, car rides and chasing her tail.

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