Meet The Team
Phil Bissoondial President & Founder
Philip is originally from Normal, IL. He received a master’s level entry degree in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University and he knew before graduating that he wanted to focus on pediatrics. His career began in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Systems. He worked there for 6 years; learning and crafting his trade . He started Milestone Therapy Inc. back in 2003 with a vision of providing the absolute best OT to the children of our community. “It is so rewarding to watch a child become more independent and have a better quality of life because of the work you do. The smile they get on their face when they accomplish something they couldn’t do before they met you is priceless.”
In my spare time I enjoy golfing and fishing and spending time with my wife and 2 sons who are the light of my life.
Aimee Denne Occupational Therapist
Aimee was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from California State University of Chico with a bachelor’s of science in Criminal Justice in 2012 and from Nova Southeastern University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2017. She spent her first year as an Occupational Therapist working with the pediatric population ages 0-21 in Florida within the home, school, and clinic environments. She relocated to Charlotte, NC in January 2019 and is excited to continue pursuing her passion working with the pediatric population. Aimee is licensed to practice occupational therapy in both North Carolina and South Carolina and has experience serving children with a variety of conditions including: autism, torticollis, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and sensory processing disorder.
In my free time I enjoy exploring North Carolina, reading, walking my dog, boating, hiking, and traveling.
Akenya McGhie Speech-Language Pathologist
Akenya was born in Livingston, New Jersey and raised in Greensboro, NC. She attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, in Greensboro, NC where she received her Bachelors’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduating, she attended North Carolina Central University, in Durham, NC where she received her Masters of Science (2018) in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After graduate school, she returned to Greensboro where she worked in early intervention for 1.5 years. She then moved to the Charlotte area in August 2020 where she works as a school Speech-Language Pathologist. Since graduating, she has had a variety of experiences including working in early intervention with late talkers and school-age children with autism and developmental delays.
In her free time, she enjoys singing, performing arts, and spending time with my family and close friends.
Allison M. Hermans Occupational Therapy Assistant
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Allison received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, NC. She became an OT to continue her love of teaching but in a therapeutic environment. She has a Masters in Fine Arts and taught at several universities in PA and NJ before moving to North Carolina. She also works with acute and inpatient rehabilitation at Rowan Medical Center.
The best part of working with children is seeing them light up as they master a new skill. Teaching kids independence and becoming successful in their everyday activities is rewarding, but doing it in a fun way gives them more enjoyment and increased success! In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, working in my clay studio, yoga, biking, running, swimming, gardening, and hiking.
Amy Tandy Senior Billing Coordinator
Originally from Greenwood, IN, Amy recently relocated to Waxhaw, NC with her husband and 4 children. Amy attended Indiana University, receiving her Bachelor’s of Journalism.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, gardening, camping and spending time with my family.
Ashley Crouch Speech-Language Pathologist
Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. After completing her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at St. Ambrose University, she move to Charlotte. Ashley has worked in a variety of settings including private practices, schools and hospitals. She is extremely excited to dive into home health! Ashely has experience working with the deaf population, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, children who are hard-of-hearing, children with Down Syndrome and children with a variety of genetic disorders. She is trained in Visual Phonics, cued speech and has taken courses in Social Thinking, LAMP and using AAC devices. She has treated children with language disorders, stuttering, children who use AAC devices, late talkers, articulation disorders, apraxia, auditory processing, feeding (ages 3+) and social/pragmatic disorders.
In my spare time I love to hike, sing and hang out with my two dogs.
Ashley Myers Physical Therapist
Ashley was raised in Starkville, MS. She attend Mississippi State University in Starkville, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2009. After graduating from Mississippi State, she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013. Since graduating, she has worked in various pediatric settings including: outpatient, aquatic, school and PPEC facilities for children that are medical fragile. She has treated a wide range of diagnosis’s including: neurological disorders, genetic abnormalities, congenital torticollis, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Ashely also has experience with evaluating children from various equipment needs as such wheelchairs, orthotics, gait trainers, walkers and other specialized equipment.
When not working, I love spending time with my husband and two children, being active outside, traveling, visiting my parent’s beach house in FL, reading and cheering on the MSU Bulldogs.
Autumn Bell Physical Therapist
Autumn, a former special education teacher, is now a physical therapist with a varied background in neurology, orthopedics, wound care and lymphedema. She has experience both as a clinician and as an administrator and clinical director. In addition to supervising the PT department for an Early Intervention and Pre-school services company in New York, Autumn also teaches at Winston-Salem State University in their physical therapy doctorate department, lectures at national conferences and works as an educational consultant.
In her time outside of work, Autumn loves to hike and camp with her family and has recently joined a women’s soccer league.
Brandon Scott Occupational Therapist
Brandon currently lives in Concord, though is originally from Albemarle, NC. While attending Cabarrus College of Health Sciences he received his Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. He returned to Cabarrus to further his education, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Health Systems. Brandon is currently working towards receiving his Master of Occupational Therapy. I love being an OT and helping kids to increase their abilities to do what they need or want to do. I enjoy getting to be a kid everyday at work and see the joy my job provides for kids.
I love movies, sports, and spending time with my family. I like any kind of mystery and adventure movie and I am a huge basketball and football fan. I love the home town teams, go Hornets and Panthers.
Brianna Marino Physical Therapist
Brianna has been living in Mooresville, North Carolina since 2001, and considers Mooresville and Lake Norman to be her home. She attended Elon University in North Carolina, where she received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Brianna worked at Levine’s Children’s Hospital here in Charlotte in the inpatient rehab setting. She received a lot of experience with spinal cord injuries and rare neurological disorders. She has had experience with music therapy, hippotherapy, and early intervention during her time at Elon.
In my time outside of work, I enjoy physical activity, including hiking and paddleboarding. I also enjoy singing at my local church and spending time with my dog, Lucca.
Brittany Jones Physical Therapist
Brittany was born and raised in south Florida. She attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where she received her Bachelors in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (2006) and her Doctor of Physical Therapy (2010). After finishing school, she stayed in Gainesville, where she worked in outpatient pediatrics at UF Health Shands Hospital for 8 years. During her time there, she also had the opportunity to treat adult orthopedics and women’s health patients, and started the clinic’s Pediatric Pelvic Health program. Her expertise includes treating patients with and without neurodevelopmental diagnoses throughout the lifespan with diagnoses such as pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, orthopedic concerns, torticollis, gait and coordination disorders, and gross motor delay. Her continuing education experiences have included training in Pelvic Health, TMR Tots, Visceral Mobilization, and Kinesiotaping.
Brittany now calls Indian Land, SC home. She enjoys spending time exploring outside with her husband and 2 young children.
Caryn Pirko Occupational Therapist
Caryn is originally from Tampa, FL. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of South Florida then moved to earn a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Caryn is skilled in working with children with a wide range of motor, cognitive, genetic and neurologic disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, TBI, Autism, Torticollis, prematurity, developmental delays, sensory and motor based feeding disorders, handwriting delays, fine motor, and visual motor delays. Caryn has taken advanced coursed in Sensory Integration, handling with neuro-developmental treatment (NDT), and feeding using The Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. She is also certified in Therapeutic Listening and Handwriting Without Tears as well as MNRI Approach training. Caryn believes in focusing on the child’s strengths and interests to gain skills to improve overall engagement with the child’s environment.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and going hiking with my dog Milo.
Catherine Ireland Occupational Therapist
Catherine Ireland earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and recently moved to the Charlotte area after graduating in 2019. Beginning her career in pediatrics, she has gained experience working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Down Syndrome, genetic disorders, fine and gross motor delays, visual-motor deficits, Cerebral Palsy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She is an eager learner and has completed additional continuing education in Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), Handwriting Without Tears, Reflex Integration, and Feeding Disorders. She has always had an innate passion for working with kids and believes in developing strong therapeutic relationships with the children and their families in order to help facilitate positive outcomes and independence. Catherine strives to provide the highest quality of care by using a client centered and individualized approach—using unique and motivating interventions to address the needs of each child and family with whom she works!
In her free time, Catherine enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, exploring new fitness classes, painting, and spending time outside with her fiancé!
Christina Smith Occupational Therapy Assistant
Christina has been working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2007. She graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with an Associate’s degree in the spring of 2007. Christina has worked in the school system, home health environment, and clinical settings. She is often described as being incredibly patient, and thinks that is the best way to describe her personality in interacting with her kiddos. Christina loves working with children and adolescents with all diagnoses including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays and accidental injuries, just to name a few.
When I’m not working, I enjoy vacationing at the beach and spending time with my two mischievous cats. I look forward to meeting you and your child soon!
Christine Onthank Referral Coordinator
Christine Onthank was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended SUNY of Brockport where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Christine moved to North Carolina in 2014 with her husband and four children.
In my spare time I enjoying getting outside! I love running, playing soccer, going camping and escaping to the beach.
Cindy Russell Occupational Therapist
Cindy currently resides in Monroe, NC. She graduated from The Medical University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.
I enjoy working with kids of all ages. My hobbies include reading and making scarves. I love spending time with my family.
Cinzia Of Physical Therapy Assistant
Cinzia (chin-see-a) was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY in 1995 where she received her Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Cinzia started her career at a Child Development Center operated by a hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. She treated children with autism, sensory disorders, visual disorders, auditory disorders, neurological disorders and cerebral palsy. She moved to North Carolina in 2004 and has continued her work as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Cinzia loves to think outside the box when working with children and brings a lot of creativity to each treatment session. She enjoys treating outdoors when possible and incorporating dance into sessions to help children achieve their goals.
In my spare time I love to learn about other cultures, cooking and crafting. I have two boys and am often found on a soccer field cheering them on.
Cortney Guido Physical Therapist
Cortney was born in Virginia but spent most her of childhood in Windermere, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors in Health Science and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. After finishing school she started working at UF Health Shands Hospital for two years. She moved to Charlotte, NC in 2018. Since graduating, Cortney has been pursuing her passion for the pediatric population of physical therapy. She has completed continuing education in NDT techniques, Kinesio Taping and early intervention in 0-3 year olds.
While not working, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and husband. We love to go on family hikes and bring our two labs along with us.
Courtney Leonard Occupational Therapy Assistant
Courtney graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with an Associate’s Degree in Science as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient rehab, skilled nursing, private outpatient pediatric clinics but found her love for working with children within their homes, daycare’s and schools. She has specialized training in Beckman Oral, Handwriting Without Tears, DIR Floortime, as well as Sensory integration. She has expertise with working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Opposition Defiance Order, ADHD, as well as Cerebral Palsy.
In my time outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and 4 year old son as well as hiking and cooking.
Elissia Gonzalez Occupational Therapy Assistant
Elissia is originally from Roswell, New Mexico and received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Brown Mackie College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Elissia has worked in different environments starting off in the school systems on Native American pueblos, along with skilled nursing facilities, home health, and pediatric clinics. Elissia’s experience includes working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, fine motor delays, visual motor delays, cerebral palsy, sensory feeding difficulties, and developmental delays. A passion of hers is exploring new ways to assist individuals and their caregivers on developing skills they will use throughout their life in a fun therapeutic way. She knows that there are no two children alike, which fuels her desire to continue gaining new knowledge through any professional development opportunities.
In my spare time I enjoy eating food, reading, yoga, the outdoors and spending time with my loved ones, which includes my dog.
Elizabeth Camp Occupational Therapist
Elizabeth is originally from Rhode Island, but has lived in the Carolina’s for several years now. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She chose OT because she loves helping children develop the skills they need to become more independent.
In my spare time I enjoy working with and riding horses and doing crafts.
Elizabeth Piña Speech-Language Pathologist
Elizabeth Piña is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist who joined Milestone Therapy Inc. to collaborate with a strong multidisciplinary team. She attended Western Carolina University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Elizabeth continued her education at Western Carolina University, obtaining a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2019. She has clinical experience in a variety of adult and pediatric settings. Clinical experience includes working with various populations, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Autism, stuttering, developmental delays, selective mutism, and other speech-language delays/disorders. Areas of interest include working with bilingual children and Augmentative and Alternate Communication. Elizabeth is passionate about working with children of all ages, helping to strengthen their communication needs and help give them a voice. She strives to advocate for children and families navigating a community with language barriers.
Elizabeth was born in Chicago and moved to Canton, North Carolina in 2004. While Elizabeth loves the mountains, her heart will always belong to city life. She moved to South Charlotte in May 2019 with her Australian Shepard, Coco. In her spare time, Elizabeth likes to read, hike, travel, adventure with friends, and spend time with family and Coco.
Ellen Downs Occupational Therapy Assistant
Ellen was born and raised in Columbia, SC and now currently resides in Charlotte. She attended Central Piedmont Community College and graduated with her AAS degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She loves working in the pediatric field and has broadened her knowledge with continuing education with Beckman Oral Motor and Therapeutic Listening programs. Ellen decided to seek a career in Occupational Therapy after homeschooling her son who had ADHD, Sensory Integration disorder and Auditory processing issues. With her children launching out into the world, she choose OT as a career due to techniques from OT helping her son work and live life more independently.
Ellen loves writing, walking in the beautiful Carolina sunshine and spending time at home with her husband and their Bengal cat named Colbie.
Emily Simmons Speech-Language Pathologist
Emily is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who received a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Previously, she attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish. She also spent time studying at la Universidad de Sevilla in Spain.
Emily has worked with both pediatric and adult clients in private practice, public schools, outpatient, and long-term acute care settings. She has experience working with a variety of individuals, including those with language delays/disorders, autism, articulation disorders, substance exposure, apraxia, stuttering, and genetic disorders. Graduate research helped Emily find her passion in understanding bilingual speech-language development and in working closely with children and their families to achieve their communication goals. She strives to facilitate a team-based approach, collaborating with families and other professionals to support overall health and communication skills.
Emily is from the Detroit, Michigan area and is enjoying life in Charlotte with warmer weather and no snow. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes, yoga and traveling.
Erin DeGrauw Physical Therapist
Erin has been working as a Physical Therapist since 1992, with a specific focus in Pediatrics since 2002. She loves working with families and other team members to facilitate a child’s maximum potential for functional independence.
When I am not working with children, I can be found playing with dirt, either in the garden or the pottery studio.
Erin Lundy Physical Therapist
Erin is originally from Easley, South Carolina. She graduated from Furman University for her bachelors of science degree in 2012. After sustaining many injuries from running cross country and track at Furman, she decided to pursue a career in physical therapy to help others the way she was helped during those injuries. She earned her doctorate of physical therapy from University of North Florida in 2016. She began working at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina in the cardiac ICU and cardiac step-down units for three years before transitioning into the pediatric physical therapy setting in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina.
She has a variety of experiences in pediatric while providing outpatient, daycare, charter school, adult daycare and long-term care facility for developmentally-challenged residents and home health physical therapy services from ages birth to 18 years of age. She is a certified clinical instructor and American Red Cross Basic Life Support certified. She is currently studying for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam as well as the American Physical Therapy Association Pediatric Clinical Specialist exam. She has completed continuing education in pediatric NDT handling techniques, torticollis and plagiocephaly, biomechanics analysis in runners, pediatric firearm injuries, aquatic therapy for children with cerebral palsy, creative dance for children with cerebral palsy, playground environment for children with cerebral palsy, and prenatal fitness.
In her time outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, oil painting, cooking, playing piano and spending time with her husband and two black Labrador retrievers.
Grace Thao Occupational Therapist
Grace’s passion for occupational therapy began in high school while volunteering with children and adults with different disabilities. She graduated from Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Health Studies. After, she attended East Carolina University where she received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Grace began her career in North Carolina as a school Occupational Therapist for students 4-17 years old. She has also worked in Detroit as an early intervention home based therapist. Grace has had experience working with children with autism, Down syndrome, children born premature, cognitive deficits, cerebral palsy, fine motor delays, developmental delays and other health impairments. Her favorite part about being an occupational therapist is being able to see kids and their families grow into their potential.
Outside of work, Grace loves spending time with her family and friends over good food, traveling, and exploring the city of Charlotte.
Jenna Lowery Occupational Therapist
Jenna was born and raised in Navesink, New Jersey. She attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, where she received her bachelors in Health Science (2007) and her Masters of Occupational Therapy (2009). After finishing school, she returned to New Jersey to work at Children’s Specialized Hospital for 1.5 years. She then moved down to Charlotte in July, 2010. Since graduating in 2009, she has had a variety of experiences working in pediatrics including a sensory integration focused clinic, school based, community based, and early intervention. She has completed continuing education in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, and a variety of other pediatric focused areas of treatment.
In my time outside of work, I enjoy physical activity, including running and a variety of sports and spending time with my husband and 2 children.
Jennifer Bejian Physical Therapy Assistant
Jennifer received her Physical Therapy Assistant Degree from Central Piedmont community college in Charlotte, North Carolina after receiving a Bachelors of Science from Appalachian State University. She has almoct 20 years of experience working with the pediatric population in home health, daycare, and the outpatient clinic setting. She specializes in Down syndrome, torticollis and developmental delay in the 0 to 3 population.
When Jennifer isn’t working, she enjoys watching her girls play travel softball, vacationing with her family and cheering on the Carolina Tarheels and New England Patriots!
Jennyfer Nunez Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jennyfer Nuñez was born and raised in Miami, FL. Her first language was Spanish, and of course through her school years learned English, making her bilingual. In high school, she took three years of American Sign Language (ASL), and knows the basics. Her goal in life was to always find a way to help those in need, no matter how little the impact. This drive aided with her choice to further her education and join the occupational therapy assistant program at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she graduated in August 2010 with an Associates of Applied Science degree. She began her career in an outpatient pediatric clinic in Miami Lakes, FL, where she worked for three years. Eager for a change she ventured off to New York, working in the Upper East side of Manhattan at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) for a little over a year.
I enjoy trying new foods, traveling, outdoor activities, crafting, and spending time with my loved ones.
Jillian Newell Occupational Therapist
Jillian was raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she received her bachelors in Psychology and her Masters of Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, Jillian has worked in a variety of settings: schools, hospitals and home health care. She has experience with sensory integration, Autism, Down syndrome, fine motor delays, visual motor delays, dyspraxia and Handwriting without Tears. She chose to be an Occupational Therapist to help those in need maximize their independence in a fun and meaningful way.
In her free time Jillian enjoys volunteer opportunities, cooking, staying active, animals and spending time outside and at the lake with her fiancé and family.
Katie Lee Occupational Therapist
Katie is a registered Occupational Therapist, certified through the National Board of Occupational Therapy and licensed with the North and South Carolina state boards. She was raised in Greenville South Carolina. Katie graduated from The University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Health Science and a minor in Psychology. She Graduated from Emory and Henry College School of Health Sciences with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. After graduation she moved to the Charlotte area to purse her dream of working with children to make an impact in their daily lives. Katie has experience working with children with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing difficulties, fine motor delays, handwriting, developmental delays, erbs palsy and neurological disorders.
Outside of work, I enjoy being outside on the lake, working out, and spending time with my family and miniature Australian Shepard, Lakeyn.
Katie Rodriguez Occupational Therapy Assistant
Katie is a Charlotte native and received her Associates in Applied Science from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC in 2011. Katie has eight years of experience in Pediatrics working with a variety of diagnosis in a variety of settings such as private sensory integration clinics, preschools, elementary schools and in home. She has additional training in Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, Handwriting Without Tears, Yoga for the child with special needs and is a provider for Interactive Metronome. Katie loves being an OTA because she loves watching her clients meet their goals, gain independence and confidence in their unique abilities.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, newborn son and dog. I will also use any excuse to be outdoors and love to incorporate nature into therapy as much as possible.
Kelsey Miles Physical Therapist
Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University, both located in Philadelphia, Pa. She has spent her entire career specializing in the treatment of children from ages 0 to 21 but has also worked with the adult population in home care, acute care, and psychiatric hospital settings. Kelsey received an advanced specialty certification in the neurodevelopmental treatment of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor disorders in February 2017. Kelsey enjoys working with a variety of children but has been extensively trained to work with children with cerebral palsy, torticollis, complications from prematurity, developmental delay, neuromuscular dysfunction, neurologic impairments, and children with severe and multiple disabilities. Kelsey also has special interests in treating children with brachial plexus injuries, spina bifida, Down syndrome, and various genetic conditions.
Kelsey was born in New Jersey and lived and worked in Pennsylvania and Georgia before recently moving to North Carolina. She is thrilled to now call Charlotte home. Kelsey loves traveling with her husband, running, volunteering, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her 3 beautiful nieces. She is thrilled to be working for Milestone Therapy and can’t wait to help your child achieve their goals!
Kim Bissoondial Director Of Operations
Kim is originally from Norcross, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. After graduating she moved to Charlotte, NC in 2004 just in time to see the Panthers make it to the Super Bowl. Kim has been working with Milestone Therapy since 2009.
In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, watching my two young boys on the ballfields and spending time with friends.
Kristen Menapace Speech-Language Pathologist
Kristen was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Upon graduation, she briefly pursued her career as an SLP in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving and finding her true southern home in Charlotte. She has worked with pediatrics in a variety of settings including a clinic, a special needs school, and daycares. She completed the ASHA Conference Seminar “Birth to Three” in December 2019 and has been passionate about early intervention ever since.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, hiking with her dog, or spending a day out on the lake with friends.
Kristin Gabriel Speech Language Pathologist
Kristin was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. She received her Master’s in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 1998. After finishing school, she moved to Charlotte. She has over 20 years of experience in multiple settings including outpatient, inpatient and specialty clinics. She has treated both adults and pediatrics and for the past 10 years, she has been fortunate to be working only with children. She has experience with multiple diagnoses but her passion is with the toddler/preschool age. She also loves working with NICU graduates as her twins were NICU grads! She has completed specialty training in pediatric feeding, PROMPT, brain injury and ADHD and also loves treating speech/language delays. Although she has not had any formal training, she is able to speak a little Spanish (especially with young children!)
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, as well as teaching fitness classes at the YMCA and being active.
Krystal Kreiling Occupational Therapy Assistant
Krystal was born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina. She attended Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, NC where she received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Krystal has a passion for working with the pediatric population. She has experience with pediatric outpatient therapy and equine-assisted therapy.
In my spare time I enjoy refinishing/renewing furniture and spending time with my family!
Kylee Shumaker Occupational Therapy Assistant
Kylee is a Nationally Board Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with her license to practice in the State of North Carolina. She graduated with honors from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree in May 2016. She has worked with children living with developmental delays and their families for 6+ years in the Home Health care setting as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She also has a variety of experiences working in pediatrics as an Occupational Therapy Assistant including a sensory integration focused clinic, school based, and early intervention. Kylee has always had a special place in her heart for children living with special needs and is excited to put her passion for OT in action and give our super special children here at Milestone Therapy the tools, love, and encouragement they need to live their lives to the fullest!
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, sewing, scrapbooking, hiking, and swimming.
Laura Sharpe Physical Therapy Assistant
Laura is a native Charlottean with family and friends rooted in this area. She graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with an AAS degree in the Physical Therapy Assistant program in 1993. In her career, Laura has worked in various pediatric settings such as home health, schools, and outpatient clinics. Laura considers her experience and exposure to various treatment approaches, such as NDT and sensory integration, and the ability to adapt her therapy session to the environment provided, to be an asset to serving her patients and their families.
Laura is married and has 3 boys. In her spare time she enjoys her family, friends and spending time in the mountains and at the beach.
Laureen Giles Occupational Therapy Assistant
Laureen has lived in Charlotte since 1996. She received her Associates degree in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Central Piedmont Community College. She has extensive experience in early intervention and a true passion for arts and crafts. Laureen loves to create strategies and activities that motivate children to reach their full potential in a fun therapeutic way.
In her spare time Laureen enjoys crafting, cooking, camping, trying new restaurants in the Charlotte area and going on adventures with her family and 2 children.
Laurel Mogensen Physical Therapist
Laurel grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Clemson University in 2008. After graduating from Clemson, she received her doctorate in Physical Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2011. Since graduating, she has worked in various pediatric settings, including outpatient, aquatic, and specialty clinics, as a certified brain injury specialist. She has treated a wide range of diagnoses, including neurological disorders, genetic abnormalities, congenital torticollis, brachial plexus, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, and orthopedic injuries.
When not working, Laurel loves spending time with her husband and two little girls, being active outside, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers!
Lauren Tramel Physical Therapy Assistant
Lauren was born and raised in Asheville, NC. She attended South College of Asheville where she graduated cum laude with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2016 and was named valedictorian of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA). While attending college she obtained pediatric experience in outpatient, home health, and school setting treating children diagnosed with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Torticollis, Down Syndrome, Scoliosis and developmental delays. Lauren moved to Charlotte, NC in 2016 and began her PTA career working in an outpatient setting working with adults and children diagnosed with a variety of conditions ranging from orthopedics injuries to cerebral palsy. She enjoys working with children of all ages and loves to incorporate family members to ensure that each child is provided with the tools required to set them up for success for many years to come.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and exploring Charlotte with my German Shepherd, Simba. I am also an avid UNC basketball and Carolina Panthers fan, so you will most likely catch me rooting on my teams to victory!
Leanne Labrecque Physical Therapy Assistant
Leanne Labrecque was born and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts and relocated to NC in 2012. She obtained her BS from the University of Vermont, an MBA from Salem State College and PTA from Central Piedmont Community College. She has 3+ years of experience as a Home Health PTA in the Greater Charlotte area. Some of her most recent continuing education coursework includes: Kinesiotaping, Manual Therapy, Pediatric Yoga and Plagiocephaly/Torticollis.
In her spare time, Leanne teaches fitness classes, Holy Yoga, CPR, and personal trains. She holds numerous certifications and enjoys endurance activities and continues to participate in a wide variety of athletic events. Leanne is a Christian, married, mother of four (23, 21, 18 & 14) who has a passion for helping others achieve and realize their individual functional fitness potential.
Lexi Hilliard Occupational TherapistLexi was born and raised in northern Kentucky. She attended Xavier University where she received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree. After finishing school, she moved to Charlotte, NC, where she has resided for the past five years. She has experience working in home health, preschools, daycares, and private pediatric practices. Lexi has had additional training and experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, Dyspraxia, Motor (visual/fine/gross) delays, Genetic disorders, Sensory-based feeding difficulties, developmental delays, interactive metronome, Handwriting Without Tears, Executive function dysfunction, visual perceptual and ocular-motor deficits, and Therapeutic Listening. Her favorite part of being an OT is getting the opportunity to be a part of so many families journeys, and witnessing the confidence parents and little ones establish through achieving their goals.In her spare time, she enjoys baking, going to concerts, and spending time with her husband and their three fur babies.
Lindsay Loyd Physical Therapist
Lindsay was born in Raleigh, NC and raised at the beach in Wilmington, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC where she received her bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science in 2013. She then attended Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, NC where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. After finishing school, she moved to Charlotte to work in an outpatient pediatric physical clinic for 1.5 years prior to joining the Milestone Therapy team. Since graduation in 2017, she has had a variety of experiences working in pediatrics including a sensory integration focused clinic, school based, home based, and early intervention. She has completed continuing education in Litegait Therapy, Pediatric Trunk Posture and Theratogs, and Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Equinus Gait.
In my time outside of work, I enjoy working out, spending time outside, and exploring Charlotte with my dog Kenny.
Lindsay Mueller Occupational TherapistLindsay was raised in Naples, Florida. She attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL where she received her bachelors degree in Special Education. After graduating, she moved to New York and received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at Stony Brook University. Since graduating in 2012, Lindsay has worked in a variety of settings including: pediatric and adult hospitals, acute and post acute rehab, NICU, schools, outpatient and home health care. She has experience with sensory integration, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Orthopedic and neurological conditions, prematurity, Cerebral Palsy, visual motor delays, fine motor delays, visual impairments, dyspraxia, and coordination issues. She has further training with Handwriting without Tears, Kinesiotaping, pediatric massage, pediatric yoga, constraint induced movement therapy, and upper extremity robotics. She chose to be an Occupational Therapist to help those in need maximize their independence in a fun and meaningful way.In her free time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids, staying active, yoga, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.
Lindsey Clary Physical Therapist
Lindsey was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. She attended the College of Charleston where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. After graduating, she went on to receive her doctorate in Physical Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2008. Lindsey has worked worked in the pediatric setting since graduating. She has experience with a wide variety of diagnosis including: neurological and genetic disorders, orthopedic injury, torticollis and developmental delay.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, boating and traveling.
Lisa Chisholm Physical Therapy Assistant
Lisa Chisholm earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and an Associate in Applied Science Degree Physical Therapist Assistant from Central Piedmont Community College. As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) she has worked with children who are physically impaired including those with developmental delays, gait discrepancies, mobility issues, and neurological or orthopedic conditions with the goal of helping them achieve their highest level of independence. She continues to take additional classes in pediatric therapy including Total Motion Release for TOTs, Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk and Lower Extremities and Clinical Problem Solving and Handling for Function the NDT Way.
I am an avid long time yoga practitioner and enjoy being outside biking, hiking, swimming or gardening.
Maria Morellino Occupational Therapist
Maria graduated from Touro University and holds a Master of Science degree and Winston Salem State for Occupational Therapy. She has experience working in outpatient rehab, home health, schools and private practice pediatrics. She has a passion in working with pediatrics and has most experience working with this population. Maria has had additional training and experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, Fine motor delays, Visual Motor Delays, Genetic Disorders, Dyspraxia, Sensory Feeding Disorders, Developmental Delays, Interactive Metronome, NDT and Therapeutic Listening. Maria strives to provide the best and most effective treatment strategies to assist families and child to achieve lifelong goals.
Meghan Vesely Physical Therapist
Meghan earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology and Doctor of Physical Therapy at The Sage Colleges in Troy, NY. Meghan is skilled in working with children with a wide range of neurological, genetic, and orthopedic conditions such as cerebral palsy, torticollis, prematurity, developmental delay, Down syndrome, toe-walking, scoliosis, and chronic pain. She is also trained in pediatric neuro-developmental treatment (NDT), kinesiotaping, myofascial release, serial casting, and developing sleep systems for children with postural distortions.
Meghan’s goal for every child she works with is to improve his/her functionality and quality of life and to empower families with resources, support, and education.
Michelle Albanese Speech-Language Pathologist
Michelle Albanese is a Speech-Language Pathologist who was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Kean University in Union, New Jersey in 2014. Michelle moved to Boone, North Carolina to attend graduate school at Appalachian State University, where she earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016. Since graduating, she has gained experience working with patients in a variety of different settings including outpatient, homes, schools, and daycares. She has experience providing treatment to pediatric patients diagnosed with fluency disorders, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, pediatric feeding disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation, and phonological disorders, and language delays and disorders. For Michelle, the most rewarding part of being an SLP is empowering children to communicate their wants and needs through play and working with families to help their children to become better communicators.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, painting, strength training, doing yoga, spending time with her dog, and traveling.
Michelle McFarland Occupational Therapist
Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Winston Salem State University, and Doctor of Occupational Therapy at Temple University. Michelle is skilled in working with children with a wide range of neurological, genetic, and orthopedic conditions such as autism, torticollis, prematurity, developmental delays, Hand/Wrist Injuries, handwriting delays, fine motor, and visual motor delays. Michelle trained in pediatric neuro-developmental treatment (NDT). She is also certified in SOS Feeding, Therapeutic Listening, kinesiotaping, and Handwriting Without Tears. Michelle strives to provide the best and most effective treatment to assist children and their families in order to achieve the best quality of life.
When Michelle is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and spending time with her family.
Millicent Dalzell Physical Therapist
Millicent Dalzell is originally from Benton, Louisiana, where she attended college locally at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (2012), she worked as a Physical Therapy technician in an outpatient clinic for 1.5 years. Millicent was accepted to physical therapy school at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. After finishing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2017) she moved to Belmont, NC, and began working in outpatient pediatrics. She has a wide range of experience with various conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, genetic abnormalities, torticollis, toe walking, scoliosis, and developmental delay. She is trained in neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) and strives to always provide patient and family centered care.
When she is not working, Millicent enjoys spending time outside with her husband, Derek, and dog, Kona.
Monica Brouillette Occupational Therapist
Monica is a registered Occupational Therapist, certified through the National Board of Occupational Therapy and licensed with the North and South Carolina state boards. Monica was born and raised in Northeastern, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Misericordia University with a Bachelor of Health Science, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and a minor in Psychology. Post graduation, Monica relocated to the Charlotte area and pursued her passion of working with children. Monica has completed continuing education in Handwriting Without Tears, kinesiology taping, sensory integration, ocular motor skills, and primitive reflexes. She has experience helping children with a variety of differences including but not limited to: autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing difficulties, feeding aversions, fine motor delays, handwriting, developmental delays, and neurological disorders.
In my free time, I enjoy working out, reading, and spending time with my husband and miniature golden doodle, Renly.
Morgan Yerry Occupational Therapist
Raised in Charlotte, NC, Morgan attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
I love working with children who have neurological disorders and visual perception concerns. I chose to be an Occupational Therapist to help children with disabilities lead purposeful and meaningful lives.
Nick Dente Physical Therapy Assistant
Nick was raised in Connecticut and later relocated to Florida where he received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Broward College. Nick with his fiancée Kathryn and two cats Mossimo and Phoebe have made Fort Mill, SC their home to be closer to Nick’s family.
Having a sibling with special needs gives me firsthand experience of the benefits a caring healthcare professional can provide to a family. Working with children with developmental delays, autism, orthopedic and neurological disorders while helping families to address their concerns is my goal. I believe in keeping therapy fun with an emphasis on addressing your child’s overall well-being and helping to increase their functional independence.
When not at work I enjoys hiking, woodworking and spending time with family.
Nikki Smith Occupational Therapy Assistant
Born and raised in Mint Hill, NC, Nikki received her Associates in Health Sciences in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, NC. Nikki began working with children of all disabilities at a young age of 11. She was a camp counselor at Rainbow Express, Downs Syndrome Association overnight camps and taught Dance with the Allegro Foundation, Inc. throughout Charlotte. She wanted to make a difference in children’s lives and was introduced to OT.
When not working, Nikki loves to spend time with her husband and 4 year old son who keeps her on her toes. In the summer, you can find her on their boat at the lake!
Noelle Nali Credentialing Specialist
Noelle grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. She attended Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. Noelle moved to the Charlotte area in 2012 with her husband and their three boys.
In my free time you can find me playing tennis, watching my boys play basketball or soccer and enjoying time with family and friends.
Rachel Cherry Physical Therapist
Rachel graduated magna cum laude from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a major in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology in 2015. She then graduated from Elon University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2018. While at Elon, Rachel gained clinical experience in a variety of settings with both adult and pediatric patients, including outpatient, inpatient, and pediatric home health. She also spent her time volunteering at the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, where she assisted with hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding classes, working with kids of all ages and diagnoses. After graduation, she began her career in the outpatient setting before joining the Milestone team. She has experience with various diagnoses like Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, premature birth, developmental delay, and Autism. She has a passion for working with kiddos of all ages, helping them reach their goals with patient and family-centered care so that they can do the activities they love!
I grew up all over the South, but now call Charlotte home and love living in the South End neighborhood and exploring on the weekends! I also love spending time outside with my Border Collie, Jackson.
Sabena Reddy Occupational Therapist
I am a Canadian trained therapist; graduated in 1994 with over 20 years of experience. I have worked with adults and children. My work experience spans psychiatry, vocational rehabilitation, inpatients, outpatients, pediatrics, stroke rehabilitation, schools, an SI clinic and a children’s hospital. I am certified in The Listening Program. My greatest accomplishment is setting up a Snoezelen room on an inpatient unit. Working with children is so gratifying because they have such a thirst to learn. I love OT because we treat the whole person, not just a limb or a body part.
My hobbies include crafts, baking, hiking, working out and volunteering.
Sara Mintz Physical Therapist
Sara was born and raised outside of Akron, Ohio. She has been working as a Physical Therapist since 1998. Sara graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo NY with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She has lived and worked in several states (OH, NY, PA, NC) and in a variety of settings with both adults and children. Since 2005, Sara has worked solely in pediatrics with early intervention, home and clinic based services, and in the school setting. She specializes in the treatment and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Her heart and passion is working with children and their families to achieve and celebrate milestones and improve independence and function.
When not working, I enjoy spending time outside in the sun at the pool, on a lake, or near the ocean.
Sarah Morgan Occupational Therapist
Sarah was born in Germany, and lived all over Europe and the United States as a result of growing up in the Army. Her passion for exploring cultures and learning from others has landed her in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she has made her permanent home since 2018.
Her devotion for helping others achieve their highest potential led her to complete her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with a focus on exercise and health promotion at Virginia Tech. Furthermore, she pursued her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Huntington University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, having completed her residency with a focus on sensory-integrative, affordable housing and promoting mental health care through occupational therapy services.
Sarah possesses extensive experience in the fields of sports medicine and rehab, having worked and traveled with the Virginia Tech Football, Swim and Dive, and Men’s soccer teams. Prior to becoming a pediatric therapist, she worked with the adult, orthopedic population for three years.
Her love for children led her to serve the pediatric population using a client-centered, evidence-based treatment approach for addressing a wide range of conditions such as developmental delays, autism, sensory processing disorder, fine motor deficits, cerebral palsy, feeding difficulties, Down syndrome, torticollis, and other neurological and physiological disorders. Her occupational therapy interests include sensory feeding disorders, as well as mental health care for children.
In her spare time, Sarah’s hobbies include exploring unique fitness opportunities, baking sweets, traveling with her husband and competing in races and triathlons.”
Shannon Ward Physical Therapist
Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Elon University in North Carolina. She was raised just outside of Chicago and has been living in North Carolina since she moved here for college. She is now happy to call Davidson, North Carolina home. Shannon began her career in a local outpatient pediatric clinic where she gained experience in the treatment of impairments associated with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, Autism, torticollis, and many other neurological and orthopedic conditions. She enjoys treating children of all ages as she feels each stage of life has something wonderful to offer. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Shannon was a gymnastics coach, which sparked her love for pediatrics!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, rescue dog and family and friends! I also spend many weekends and evenings assisting in the rescuing of dogs from nearby shelters.
Shayla Means-Williams Occupational Therapist
Shayla is a North Carolina native. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Occupational Studies, followed by a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir Rhyne University, in 2007. Shayla’s career has led her to experiences in the areas of geriatrics, as well as pediatrics. She has worked in various settings, including: outpatient, skilled nursing, mental health, school settings and home care. She has additional experience working with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, feeding difficulties, fine motor, and visual motor delays. Shayla has also assisted families with home modifications, in order to increase the function of the home for increased independence.
I enjoy learning and feel a responsibility to gain as much knowledge of my craft as possible, in order to pass it on. In my free time, I enjoy a good read and a hot cup of green tea. I also enjoy working out and look for new ways to get a good dose of endorphins through physical activity.
Suzanne Ceol Billing Coordinator
Suzanne is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. She attended Suny Potsdam College
where she received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Desperately seeking a warmer client, Suzanne moved to Orlando, FL after graduation. Once she realized the bugs there were bigger than her feet, she finally moved to Charlotte, NC in 2001.
In my spare time, I enjoy working out, watching my son’s football games, cuddling with my 3 dogs, and spending time with family and friends by the pool.
Tara Carrazzone Office AssistantTara grew up in northern NJ (Ringwood, NJ) and attended Bergen Community College where she received her Associates Degree in Office Administration. Tara moved to Waxhaw in 2012 with her husband and 3 children.In my free time I enjoy watching my children in their sports, dancing, ice hockey and football games.
Tia Webb Physical Therapist
Tia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Winston Salem State University, and then went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in pediatrics for over 10 years and considers herself no stranger to any diagnosis. Tia has a wide range of experience in orthotics, medical equipment, and alternative methods of treatment such as aquatic therapy, taping methods, electrical stimulation, etc. “There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing functional progression in my kiddos”.
When I’m not working, I enjoy taking naps and spending quality time with my friends and family. I look forward to meeting you and your child!
Tracy Humphrey Occupational Therapy Assistant
Tracy lives in Mount Holly, NC. She graduated from Davenport University in Kalamazoo, MI where she received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Tracy has worked with young children of all ages for the past 13 years and has a true passion for helping others.
In my spare time I enjoy kickboxing and spending time with my family.
Valery Reyes Occupational Therapy Assistant
Valery Reyes is a bilingual Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, who obtained her degree from Central Piedmont Community College in 2017. She is originally from Chicago, IL, moved to S. Florida as a child, then after marriage relocated again to NC. Valery comes to Milestone Therapy Inc, with over 20 years of experience working with the pediatric population, 5 of which she worked at a group home with children diagnosed with severe to profound developmental/mental disabilities, specifically down syndrome, spinal bifida autism, ADHD, sensory process disorder, cerebral palsy, OCD and TBI. Valery takes great pride in helping children reach their fullest potential as well as assisting and educating parents in ways to advocate for their child’s needs at home and in the community. Valery continues to attend seminars and participate in continuing education classes to increase her knowledge and remain current with new evidence-based research and techniques to help her families.
In Valery’s free time she enjoys listening to music, antiquing, spending time outdoors with her family and traveling.