Carol Powell, OTR/L, Owner

Carol has over 20 years of pediatric occupational therapy experience in home treatment, clinic treatment, and school systems combined. She has devoted the majority of her professional career to the treatment of children in part due to her personal experience. Her son, Jeremy, was born with CHARGE syndrome and severe physical limitations. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapies have helped to him to find success in his pursuit of independence.

Knowing firsthand the struggles that parents, children, and therapists face, Carol is an empathetic and understanding provider. Her personal experiences, passion for healthy living, and an active lifestyle have motivated her to build a clinic and team that can be described as a haven for the uniquely-abled child.

Carol has pursued significant training in skiing as a treatment intervention for children with sensory integration. Currently, Carol is in pursuit of designation as a ski instructor. Her plans include launching a "Ski in OT" program to bring children from the clinic to the slopes during ski season. She is confident that the core strength, balance, and coordination gained by adaptive skiing will boost children's confidence to reach greater heights of confidence and independence.


  • VitalStim® Therapy

  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST) with Upledger Institute

  • Pediatric Splnting of the Upper Extremities

  • Floortime Strategies for Autism

  • Beckman Oral Motor

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)

  • Handwriting Without Tears

  • Sensory Integration

  • Adapted Skiing

B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina // 1983

Licensed to practice in NC with the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy // Current certification in Occupational Therapy with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy


Ashley Peoples, MSW, Site Manager

Ashley has been a member of the OT4KIDS team since June 2017. She first connected with OT4KIDS when her daughter was referred for services at 9 days old in 2014, making her the youngest client OT4KIDS has served thus far! Ashley brought in a unique resource to our facility when she served as our first master level Social Worker, bridging the gap for family resources and maintaining a great connection with our families. Ashley additionally served as our Clinic Referral Specialist before transitioning to her current role as Site Manager for both Lexington and Graham facilities.

As a parent of a child with Brachial Plexus Palsy and other special needs, it is Ashley’s passion to support families and clinicians to be sure all clients receive the best care possible.

MSW, North Carolina Central University
B.A. in Social Work, North Carolina A&T State University


Robert Dry, Operations Manager

Rob Dry is the Operations Manager at OT4KIDS, specializing in the full cycle of operations management topics from Human Resources to talent management. He holds a BA in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resource management. He has worked with privately owned businesses for 20+ years as an HR Manager, Project Manager and Finance Manager. His passion is helping people and organizations grow. Rob spends most of his free time swimming, biking and running with his wife.


Paul Buytkins, IT Manager

Paul has been involved in the technology industry for more than 20 years. Originally from New Jersey, Paul has lived in North Carolina for 25 years. Specializing in hardware and electronics, his skills also cover network design/build, software application, web design and phone system structures. Paul enjoys golf and home remodeling.


Michael Hatley, Maintenance Manager

Michael has been in the construction field for more than 20 years. He has worked in all facets of maintenance and general repair as well. He is married with two children. Michael brings a wonderful personality that keeps the clinics smiling. He enjoys his motorcyle, and side by side as well as fishing and hunting.