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.
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
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 private 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.
Brandon Powell, IT Manager
Brandon's diverse education and experience makes him a jack of all trades at OT4KIDS -- you can find him fixing problems both inside and outside on any given day! Brandon enjoys hard work and has obtained an associates degree locally at D.C.C.C. in Welding Technology, as well as specialized training in computer drafting, machining, robotic welding, robotic machining, welding inspection, and CNC cutting. He has also obtained certifications in computer networking and programming and has worked with general contractors throughout the years.
Personally, he grew up with a young brother who was challenged with special needs. He understands the struggles and challenges many families face. Though many at OT4KIDS have a gift for providing essential therapy, he is happy he can use the skills and abilities he possesses to ensure OT4KIDS can continue providing the best possible therapy services to those in need.