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Laura Arens, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Laura began her career serving pediatric and adult populations in a hospital setting, where she worked in outpatient, inpatient, and acute care. Laura admits pediatric OT is her first love, and she is thrilled to be working with kids full-time. Her philosophy is to work and PLAY hard to learn and grow together to help everyone reach their full potential! 

Training

  • DIR Floortime with ICDL
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Integrated Neuromuscular Release
  • SOS Feeding
  • Kinesiotaping

Education
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of Florida // 2013
B.S. in Health Science, University of Florida 

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Morgan Bates, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Morgan works in both occupational and massage therapy, and is active in CrossFit, a high-intensity fitness regimen. Her passion for overall health and wellness helps her tailor her treatment sessions to meet client's physical, mental, and social needs. Morgan has a special interest in the birth - 3 year old client population.

Training

  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2016 graduate with honors

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Michael Beamon, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Mike has been with OT4KIDS for over 15 years. He has a diverse working background in acute, inpatient, outpatient, home health, and pediatric settings. Always smiling, "Mr. Mike" has a peaceful manner of handling the most chaotic of situations. He is a master of setting up a therapeutic environment, skillfully meeting client needs to support "teachable moments". This allows clients to achieve the optimal state of alertness for building new skills and attaining their full potential.

Training

  • Myofascial Release
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Stanley County Community College // 1992

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Dale Belk, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Dale has a calm, skillful approach to therapy that focuses on building rapport and trust with his clients. He is always having fun with therapy sessions, and his kids are, too! 

Training

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, CPCC // 2014

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Patty Caulder, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Patty's diverse background includes experience in music, baking, and the arts -- a much appreciated addition to the creativity and artistic skills of our therapy team.

Training

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Handwriting without Tears (HWT)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2015

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Meredith Clark, BA, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

With a diverse creative background in visual arts and communication, Meredith began volunteering with Arts For Life -- an organization that remains close to her heart -- which brings art programs to young patients in hospitals. Merging her love for children and creativity led Meredith to occupational therapy, where she believes in serving others with patience and compassion. She provides a client and family-centered approach to treatment to best meet her client's needs and maximize each child's independence.

Training

  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2016 graduate with honors
B.A. in Visual Communications, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill // 2009

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Katie Clemmer, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Katie is always giving and contributing to the needs of others both in her personal and professional life. She believes in serving others in a compassionate, caring, and creative way. This philosophy guides her practice as she successfully connects with client needs to foster success. The children at Amos Cottage Therapeutic Day program are helped by Katie's mild and patient demeanor during weekly therapy sessions, where she excels at redirecting negative behaviors and encouraging children to have the utmost regard and esteem for themselves and others.

In her personal life, Katie is a talented photographer, kindly contributing time and energy to beautifying the OT4KIDS website with her professional skills.

Training

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2012 graduate with honors

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Deborah Dorsett, COTA/L, CEIM & Clinical Affairs Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Miss Debb is married with 4 children and resides in Lexington, NC. Her personal experiences with children with medical, sensory, and developmental needs have created space in her heart for helping others.

Debb has pursued extensive training in a wide variety of pediatric interventions and firmly believes in holistic, client centered, comprehensive interventions. She is an avid believer in lifelong learning and is currently pursuing RYT 200 certification with Yoga Alliance, CST Techniques Certification, and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.

Training

  • VitalStim® Therapy – Pediatric Specialty Certification
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST) with Upledger Institute
  • Dysphagia – Modified Barium Swallow Study
  • DIR Floortime with ICDL
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Sensory Integration
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Certified Infant Massage Educator (CEIM) with Infant Massage USA
  • Upper Extremity Plexus Injuries

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2014 graduate with honors

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Meagan Feurer, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Meagan is a recent graduate who comes to OT4KIDS from Pasadena, Maryland.  Her love and passion for kids stems from growing up with three younger sisters, one of whom considers herself a "proud Aspie".  When Meagan is not working to help children maximize their confidence and independence, she enjoys being outdoors and playing with her rescue pup, Rondo.

Education

M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Howard University
B.S. in Exercise Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Lori Godaire, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Lori's love and interest in pediatric populations, specifically sensory processing differences, led her to a career in occupational therapy. In her personal life she volunteers extensively with organizations supporting Down Syndrome, along with the Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, the YMCA, and Adoption, Fostering and Orphan Care support.

Training

  • Pediatric Sensory Integration
  • MAPP Training- Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting
  • Car Fit Training, certified technician, effective 9/2015

Education

A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2016 graduate with honors
General education, Davidson County Community College // 2013

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Lisa Gulledge, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Training

  • Beckman Oral Motor

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2015 graduate with honors

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Brittany Burton, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Training

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Sensory Integration

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2012

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Amy James, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Amy first became interested in occupational therapy while helping care for her grandfather after a stroke left him wheelchair bound and partially paralyzed. After college, she worked in the public school system as a teacher's assistant with special needs children, where she realized her true desire to help children reach their full potential. Since then, Amy has been working in pediatric occupational therapy for 12+ years in the home setting with OT4KIDS.

Training

  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Stanley Community College // 1999

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Kari Joyce, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kari brings a wide variety of knowledge from her previous experience as a school-based therapist. Her love and passion for kids allows her to recognize each child's individual abilities and connect at their level. Kari takes a holistic approach to help children meet their goals and gain maximum independence.

Training

  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
  • Beckman Oral Motor

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2016 graduate

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Celeste Jones, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

With a philosophy of "When you learn, teach. When you get, give." (Maya Angelou), Celeste has always had a passion for helping others, and chose to go into Occupational Therapy so that she could make a difference in the world. As a previous COTA for six years, Celeste brings experience that gives her a unique perspective in working as a team player with both OT's and OTA's.

Education
B.S. in Family and Community Service, East Carolina University
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cape Fear Community College
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Amanda Lazaro, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Amanda has previously enjoyed working with children as a program leader at a child development center and counselor for children with Autism through the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) at Camp Royall. She loves helping children to reach their full potential by harnessing their individual strengths and passions in order to make therapy fun and meaningful for all involved.

Training

  • DIR Floortime with ICDL
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)

Education
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Winston-Salem State University
B.S. in Psychology, Emory & Henry College

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Courtney Leonard, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Miss Courtney is always full of energy, and feels that providing personalized OT services through sensory and behavioral approaches is the best way to meet client needs. Courtney has a special interest in the birth - 3 year old client population, and has broad experience in treating clients with oral motor deficits.

Training

  • DIR Floortime with ICDL
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Beckman Oral Motor

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2016 graduate with honors

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Michelle Martin, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Michelle has first hand knowledge of the struggles facing adults and children with ADD, ADHD, and sensory processing deficits. Her previous experience includes hand therapy, home health, child care, infant/toddler teacher, and pre-k teacher roles. Working both in home and in clinic with OT4KIDS, Michelle is able to share this diverse experience to benefit clients of different ages and abilities.

Training

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2014 graduate with honors

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Lauren Rakes, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

With a background in competition cheerleading, Lauren is always smiling and full of energy!

Training

  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2015

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Brianna Ruja, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Training

  • Community Health Environment Checklist - Mobility (CHEC-M)

Education
B.A. in Psychology, Stockton University

M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Amber Shaw, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Amber believes that every child deserves a chance to succeed, and this is evident in her calm and encouraging demeanor with her clients!

Education
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Lenoir-Rhyne University // 2016
B.S. in Exercise Science, Appalachian State University

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Jared Stone, BS, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jared’s experience in hospital, outpatient, and international settings has qualified him to connect uniquely with kids and families. His deep love of the outdoors and helping one another motivates him to always give his best. Jared lives by the motto “Love one another” as a guide to his life and professional practice.

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2016
B.S. in Exercise Science, Appalachian State University

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


 

 

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Chelsea Tysinger, BS, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Chelsea worked as a Paraprofessional worker with a client with profound disabilities before going back to school to study occupational therapy. She has experience working with pediatrics in both the clinical and school settings, giving her a unique perspective to work with kids and families. 

Training

  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2016
B.S. in Recreation Therapy, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Tracie Wagner, COTA/L & Building Operations Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Tracie joined the OT4KIDS team in 2004, bringing a wealth of experience from clinic and in-home pediatric practice. Tracie has a "never say can't" attitude that is contagious, helping her clients to view their world from a positive perspective and overcome mounting challenges!

Training

  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • Wilbarger Brushing
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Sensory-Integration (SI)
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy, Rockingham Community College // 2002

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Jonesha Wallace, COTA/L, CEIM, RYT200
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Miss Jonesha brings a holistic perspective from her work in infant massage and as a Yoga instructor, which she still practices on weekends. Before studying occupational therapy, she was a CNA working with pediatric populations in in-home settings.

Training

  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
  • Certified Infant Massage

Education
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2017 graduate

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT