Our Team Bios

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
    • Lauren
      DPT

      Lauren

      DPT

      Lauren graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She then graduated from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Lauren has gained a variety of experience in both adult and pediatric settings working with all diagnoses. However, she has always had a passion for pediatrics. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being active outdoors, going on cruises, traveling and reading.

    • Carley
      DPT

      Carley

      DPT

      Carley is a two time graduate of the University of North Georgia, having earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNG. She has gained experience working with both adults and children in a variety of settings but has always been passionate about working with the pediatric population. Outside of work, Carley enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter, and their two labradors. They enjoy exploring new hiking trails and parks together. When not exploring new places with her family, she also enjoys reading and spending time in the kitchen cooking & baking.

    • Daneille (Dani)
      PT

      Daneille (Dani)

      PT

      Daneille graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy in 1993 from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. After graduation she returned to her home state of GA, settling in Atlanta. She worked at South Fulton Medical Center where she was able to get a wide range of experience including in-patient, out-patient, rehabilitation and In the NICU. Her work in the NICU was her first exposure to pediatrics. She then began to work as a traveling therapist where she continued to gain pediatric experience including in-patient rehab at Scottish Rite Hospital (now CHOA) and home health pediatrics. She was soon hired on by the home health company and focused full time on pediatrics.

      In 1998 she left her work as a physical therapist to follow another dream to be a missionary in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. She lived and worked there for 14 years during which she met and married her husband Darko and had 2 sons, Dominik and Ian. In 2012, she returned back to the U.S to her hometown of Athens with her family and began to pursue resuming her career as a pediatric therapist. She fulfilled all of the requirements needed to get her license reinstated and is excited about working again with these special children and being a part of Activekidz.

    • Theresa
      MPT

      Theresa

      MPT

      Theresa has been practicing PT for 22 years.  She moved to Georgia 4 years ago and has had the privilege of working with patients as new as a few hours old and as old as 100 years!!  Theresa has 2 amazing children, Jessica and Jake, and she has recently re-married to a wonderful man named Scott whom she met at Conyers Vineyard Church.  When Theresa is not watching her daughter perform at varsity football games or assistant coaching her son’s baseball team she volunteers her time as secretary for her community pool, CFO for her church and CFO and executive board member for Exceptional Kids Athletics (a non-profit organization providing sports for special needs kid

    • Christine
      MPT

      Christine

      MPT
    • Janet
      PT

      Janet

      PT

      Janet has been a PT for over 30 years, specializing in Pediatrics, Chronic Pain, Women’s Health, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. Janet is from Michigan, where she had her own practice. She moved to GA 3 years ago and loves it! Janet has 4 sons in 4 different states. She has 4 grandchildren under 5. Janet spends a lot of time and has great fun with her 2 and 3 year old granddaughters who she lives by. Her sister has lived with her for the past year. Janet has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club for the last 6 months doing motor activities with a group of boys, mainly just playing. She has been to Honduras 8 times on Medical mission trips and has helped start an orphanage.

    • Emily
      DPT

      Emily

      DPT

      Emily graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She then graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Emily has experience in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, school, and home health, working with different patient populations. However, pediatrics has always been her true passion. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and fishing as well as playing/watching sports (Go Dawgs!) and spending time with her family and friends.

    • Zoe
      DPT

      Zoe

      DPT

      Zoe graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Following graduation, she gained pediatric experience in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient, school and home care. Zoe has also gained experience in geriatric home health care and has centered her practice on the well being of her patients. Zoe enjoys playing softball, reading and spending quality time with her husband, good friends and her chocolate lab, Sammie.

    • Taylor
      OTR

      Taylor

      OTR

      Taylor graduated from Augusta University, where she received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Prior to obtaining her Masters, Taylor received a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Exercise Science. Taylor has experience in both geriatric and pediatric patients of all ages and diagnoses in a variety of settings including inpatient rehab, acute care, NICU, outpatient clinics and at Camp TBI. In Taylor’s free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and family, cheer on the Dawgs and Braves, spend a lot of time outside and play with her fur baby, Koda.

    • Reva
      OTR

      Reva

      OTR

      Reva is an occupational therapist at Activekidz Therapy. She is originally from a tiny town in southwest Georgia called Donalsonville. After high school, Reva moved to Athens to attend The University of Georgia and later graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biology. She fell in love with the city of Athens during her time and is excited to be back! After college, Reva received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Florida A&M University located in Tallahassee, FL. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her three sisters, her mom, and her friends. They enjoy traveling and trying new food and restaurants. Reva is so excited to begin working with Activekidz!

    • Rena
      OTR

      Rena

      OTR

      Rena is new to the state of Georgia, having just moved here from Oklahoma. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy in Lubbock, TX. After graduation, Rena and her husband moved to Shanghai, China, where she had the opportunity to volunteer at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center to assist this hospital in setting up an OT department, as well as treating private clients there. Upon returning to the U.S, she has worked in pediatric outpatient and home-based therapy for 9 years in both Texas and Oklahoma. Rena has experience working with a variety of diagnoses and treatment strategies.

      Rena and her husband have 3 awesome teenagers and she enjoys the outdoors, movies, reading and eating out. She also likes to volunteer in the children’s program at church.

    • Melissa
      OTR

      Melissa

      OTR

      Melissa graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University. She participated and reviewed research with a special interest in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She has had experience working with children with a variety of developmental delays and conditions in outpatient and school-based settings. Melissa has always had a passion for working with children and as a mother of two toddlers can relate to many parents. On her time off, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, cruising Target and loves all things Disney!

    • Taylor
      OTR/L

      Taylor

      OTR/L

      Taylor is a recent graduate of Augusta University with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Prior to obtaining her Master’s Degree, she attended Georgia Southern University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Taylor grew up in Augusta, GA and this is where she began to fall in love with occupational therapy. Taylor started shadowing from a very young age at a pediatric clinic where her mom worked. She has experience in outpatient pediatrics and adults, the school system, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, and working with kids with traumatic brain injuries at camp TBI. She loves to spend time with her big family, enjoys going to the gym, and loves to tailgate for football games. She is looking forward to the new opportunities Athens has to offer and can’t wait to work with some amazing kiddos!

    • Becky
      MHS, OTR/L, C/NDT

      Becky

      MHS, OTR/L, C/NDT

      Becky has a bachelors degree from the University of Georgia and a masters in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She has a heart for kids of all ages and loves her occupation. She has spent most of her career specializing in neurological disorders, primarily cerebral palsy, practicing with the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) approach. Becky became NDT certified in 2015. She has had a key roll in the Tri My Best Triathlon development in Augusta over the years and presented multiple times at APTA’s SoPAC conference for the triathlon. She now lives in Watkinsville with her husband and children, Olivia and Henry. Becky loves being a mama, enjoys sewing and spending time with family during her spare time.

    • Crystal
      OTR/L

      Crystal

      OTR/L

      Crystal is a recent graduate of The University of Saint Augustine, San Diego campus, with a masters in Occupational Therapy. Crystal recently moved to Royston, Ga from Visalia, CA and is loving life here on the east coast. Crystal Originally started school to pursue a career as a physical therapist, she soon shadowed an occupational therapist and instantly knew that was the career path for her. She has gained experience in hippotherapy through school and volunteering and looks forward to expanding that knowledge and experience in the future. Crystal enjoys horseback riding, archery, outdoors and spending time with her boyfriend Christopher, his son Noah, and their 2 Australian cattle dogs.

    • Katie
      MS, OTR/L

      Katie

      MS, OTR/L

      Katie is a recent graduate of Brenau University with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Prior to Brenau, she attended Emmanuel College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Katie has been passionate about occupational therapy from a young age and she is very excited about her opportunities at Activekidz. Katie grew up in Carnesville, GA and loves that she is able to stay close to home and begin her career. She is a proud dog mom to her miniature dashund, and loves to spend time with her four nieces. Katie also enjoys running and being outdoors.

    • Elise
      OTR

      Elise

      OTR

      Elise graduated from the University of Georgia’s Honors Program (Go Dawgs!!) where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a focus on Disability Studies. She then went on to Augusta University, where she received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Elise has experience in both adult and pediatric populations of different ages and diagnoses in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient, home health, inpatient rehab, schools and at Camp TBI, a summer camp for children with traumatic brain injuries. Elise is passionate about getting involved in her community and cannot wait to see what her new home has to offer. In her free time she also enjoys spending time with her family and her two kittens and enjoying time outside in the fresh air. She has always enjoyed working with kids and cannot wait to share in the laughs, accomplishments and hard work that each one has to offer.

    • Sydney
      M.S. CCC-SLP

      Sydney

      M.S. CCC-SLP

      Sydney graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since graduating, Sydney has worked in the public school system in Arkansas serving preschoolers, but she is excited to join the Activekidz team after relocating to Georgia. She is passionate about
      being a speech therapist because she loves making connections with families and helping their children succeed. Sydney lives in Athens, GA with her husband, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping and crafting.

    • Sierra
      M.S. CCC-SLP

      Sierra

      M.S. CCC-SLP
    • Molly
      MA, CCC-SLP

      Molly

      MA, CCC-SLP

      Molly attended Arkansas State University for her undergraduate degree and graduated with her Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in 2001.  Molly has worked in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, rehab centers and schools.  She has experience with feeding disorders, speech and language disorders, sensory integration disorders and early language development.  Molly lives in Madison County with her husband and twins.  She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, being outdoors and traveling.

    • Angel
      SLP

      Angel

      SLP

      Angel graduated from the University of Georgia, with a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, in 2019. Since graduating, she has worked with children in both an elementary school and a pediatric doctor’s office. Angel has also worked with adults in acute care and inpatient rehab units. Angel enjoys the energy and fun of working with kids while watching them grow and progress in therapy. In her free time, she likes hiking, hanging out with her cats, eating lots of chocolate and enjoying Chinese food.

    • Lydia
      MEd, CCC-SLP

      Lydia

      MEd, CCC-SLP

      Lydia received her Bachelor’s degree in 2009 from the University of Georgia and went on to Valdosta State University where she completed her Master’s degree in 2010. Lydia has worked in a variety of settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, Babies Can’t Wait, and pediatric private practice. She currently lives in Watkinsville, GA with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.

    • Jennifer
      MA, CCC-SLP

      Jennifer

      MA, CCC-SLP

      Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Florida State University and her Master’s from Louisiana State University. She has been an active speech therapist for over 17 years, treating children and adults from 3 to over 90 years old. Jennifer’s areas of special interest include fluency, or stuttering, language and learning disorders, literacy based treatment approaches, and incorporating rhythm and music into therapeutic activities. She has a range of experience with many adult and pediatric disorders. Jennifer lives with her family in a yurt in Colbert, Georgia, where she loves to feel like she is camping everyday. Her other interests include travel, painting, dance, writing, reading,and spending time with her beloved family.

    • Tiana
      MA, CCC-SLP

      Tiana

      MA, CCC-SLP

      Tiana Smith is from Akron, OH. She graduated from the University of Akron with an undergraduate degree in Family Child Development and a Masters in Speech Therapy. Tiana has worked with children and families as an advocate and a service provider over the past 10 years. In 2013, Tiana relocated to Atlanta with her husband and 2 boys. Tiana enjoys being a Speech Therapist and has worked in various settings including birth-3 programs, elementary, middle and high school, nursing homes and home health settings.

    • Haley
      CF-SLP

      Haley

      CF-SLP

      Haley was born and raised in southern Indiana before moving to Knoxville, TN to complete her undergraduate degree in audiology and speech-language pathology. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Louisville in Kentucky where she had clinical experience in the public school system, private practice, Children’s hospital and a level 1 trauma and comprehensive stroke center in Denver, CO. In her free time, Haley enjoys running, anything outdoors, cooking and baking, good coffee and spending time with friends and family!

    • Amber
      SLP

      Amber

      SLP

      Amber graduated from Valdosta State University with a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018. She has experience working in nursing homes, home health and elementary schools. She currently moved to Covington where she lives with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Amber enjoys serving at her church, spending time with family and friends, traveling and being outdoors

    • Lauren
      M.Ed, CCC-SLP

      Lauren

      M.Ed, CCC-SLP

      Lauren has always been interested in both the education and medical fields and has found that being an SLP is a perfect mix of the two! She is a former elementary school teacher and a proud 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia. Lauren integrates respect, compassion, fun and clinical knowledge to serve people of all ages with a wide variety of communication abilities and needs. In her free time, you can find her hiking, reading or hanging out with her wonderful husband and 3 awesome kids. Lauren also loves popcorn, iced coffee and watching 80s/90s sitcoms.

    • Jill
      Private Insurance and Billing Specialist

      Jill

      Private Insurance and Billing Specialist

      Jill is a wife and mother of 2 college students. She was a stay-at-home mom for 15 years while working in the direct sales industry. Jill attended West Georgia College and Georgia State University. Jill is a big UGA Gymdog fan as her husband, Phil is an assistant coach with the Gymdogs. She is a Georgia native and loves living in the Athens area. She has been with Activekidz since Jan 2014.

    We are always looking for therapists to join our exciting and rewarding team!

    Send a copy of your resume to activekidzinc@aol.com