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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2003 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lafarrell Lloyd Occupational Therapy Assistant
LaFarrell Lloyd was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Olympic High School in 1989. LaFarrel is also an Army veteran, serving in Desert Storm from 1989-1992. After his service for our country he went on to attend college at North Carolina Central University from 1994-1998.
LaFarrell has been a Mental & Behavioral Health Social Worker for more than 15 years. In 2012 he went back to school at Cabarrus College of Health Science and graduated in 2014 with an Associates in Applied Science degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. He loves working with children as an OTA and seeing the lightbulb click when a child finally figures it out.
Emily Minton Occupational Therapy Assistant
Emily is an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the field of pediatrics. She is a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College, where she received her Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate’s degree.
Emily has worked in diverse environments including school systems, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and pediatric clinics to provide services for individuals with needs.
Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in sports, and taking trips to the beach for fun. She believes in a “teamwork” approach to occupational therapy, in which encircles the concept that the client’s environment, family support, and personal motivation is equal to the amount of progression achieved toward reaching individualized goals.
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.
Heather Smith Occupational Therapist
Heather grew up in Richfield, a small town outside of Charlotte. She went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Psychology. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Science. Heather began her career with the Wake County School system followed by working at Wayne Memorial Hospital Following her move to Charlotte she worked on the traumatic brain injury team at Carolina Rehabilitation. She then returned to pediatric care and worked for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system for 6 years before joining Milestone.
Heather loves spending time with her husband and 2 children. She continues to enjoy creating art, especially with children. She also attends sporting events and you can find her at most home Panthers and Hornets games cheering on the local teams.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Jill Roehm Occupational Therapist
Jill was born and raised in Owensboro, KY. She attended Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY where she received her bachelors in Science (2005). She later attended Texas Women’s University in Houston, TX where she received her Master’s of Art degree in Occupational Therapy as well as a post-baccalaureate certification in advanced pediatrics (2010). Throughout her career she has gained a diverse work experience including outpatient and community based pediatrics, early intervention, school based, and hospital settings.
In her spare time Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children hiking, camping, and anything outdoors.
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.
Meghan Laing Occupational Therapist
Meghan grew up in Concord, and now currently resides in Mooresville, NC. Meghan graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2015. She worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant as she completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Belmont University, where she graduated from in 2018. Meghan has a passion for working with children, which she discovered while volunteering with the Inclusion program at her church throughout high school. Her love for helping children grow brought her to Occupational Therapy and she couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Her favorite thing about OT is helping kids be able to enjoy life to the fullest, increase their independence, and watch them smile as they accomplish their goals.
When she isn’t working, Meghan loves to spend time with her husband and her two black labs going on new adventures and spending time outside.
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.
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!
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.
Angela Kochobay Occupational Therapist
Angela grew up as an American in Eastern Europe where she worked with underprivileged children for many years. She gained a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in Florida and later received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Before she moved to Charlotte she worked with the inner city schools of Philadelphia as well as community and home based early intervention. She has gained occupational therapy extensive practice involving sensory integration, traumatic brain injury and takes a special interest in neuroplasticity in children. Angela speaks fluent Russian and understands the importance of the individual family’s cultural diversity and routines.
In my free time I love to travel and have adventures with my husband and kids. I love learning new cultures and making new friends.
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.
Meghan Walter 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allison Capps Physical Therapist
Allison is orginally from Tennessee and earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University in 2016. She has treated a wide range of diagnoses in children such as Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Autism, gross motor/developmental delay, a variety of neurological disorders, and orthopedic injuries. She believes in teamwork approach to physical therapy, and enjoys working with and educating families on strategies to help improve their children’s functional capacity, and while making it fun at the same time!
When she is not treating, she enjoys spending time with her husband and new baby boy, as well as playing outside with her dogs, running, or going to the beach!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Noelle Nali Administrative 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.
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.
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.
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.