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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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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


Ashley Brown, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

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

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


Sarah Brown, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Training

Education

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 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 building trust with her clients to help them reach their potential! 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.

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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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


Miranda Farmer, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


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Amy Ford, COTA/L, CEIM
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Amy has an extensive background in customer service, along with experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant in inpatient acute/critical care, pediatrics and skilled nursing facilities. With her educational background in sociology and psychology, Amy has always had a desire to work with individuals with special needs and determined that occupational therapy was a great fit. She believes in treating the client in a holistic manner, with compassion and empathy for both the client and their family.

Training

  • Certified Infant Massage Educator (CEIM) with Infant Massage USA
  • Car Fit Training, certified technician

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

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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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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Michelle Martin, COTA/L
Graham Site Coordinator
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. She is also passionate about advocacy for Occupational Therapy at the local, state and national level. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Psychology, with plans to pursue her MSOT after. Working both in-home in the Greensboro and Burlington areas, and in clinic in Graham, Michelle is able to share this diverse experience to benefit clients of different ages and abilities.

Training

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
  • Beckman Oral Motor
  • DIR Floortime with ICDL
  • Kinesiotaping

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


Cayce Nance, BS, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Cayce decided her heart was in pediatrics after a year of volunteer work at an outpatient pediatric OT clinic. Her outgoing personality and creativity allows her to connect with children and help maximize their independence. She looks forward to expanding her passion and interest of occupational therapy in the pediatric setting! Cayce provides services in our Graham clinic as well as in-home in Graham, Greensboro and Winston Salem.

Education

B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill // 2016
A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences // 2018

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


Christine Pollitt, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Christine began her occupational therapy career working with adults in an inpatient setting. She has shifted her career path to follow her passion, working in pediatrics, helping children be the best they can be. She provides services in our Graham clinic as well as in-home in the Greensboro area. When she is not working Christine enjoys spending time outside and exploring new places.

Training

  • Beckman Oral Motor

Education
B.S. in Health Science, Quinnipiac University // 2014 with honors
Masters of Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University // 2016

Licensure
State license with NCBOT // National Certification with NBCOT


Dallus Pope, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Training

Education

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 Stone, 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