Our Team Bios

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
    • Susan Cook
      Owner & Physical Therapist

      Susan Cook

      Owner & Physical Therapist

      Susan graduated from the Georgia State University Physical Therapy program in 1996. She was working in a home health setting and realized the need for therapists who specialized in children. She founded Activekidz in 2001. Susan has experience in several pediatric settings (home, school, daycare, and clinic). She is able to evaluate for orthopedic and/or neurological needs of a child. Susan enjoys running, scrapbooking, and traveling with her husband and two daughters.

    • Beth Crowell
      DPT

      Beth Crowell

      DPT

      Beth graduated from University of North Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology and with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  She has worked with every population and age range in various clinical settings.  Beth has done outpatient pediatrics, acute care (peds and adults), outpatient neuro and ortho as well as geriatric home health. She is NDT, CPR and PEARS certified. Pediatric populations that Beth has worked with include autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, torticollis, developmental delay, club foot and other congenital defects as well as numerous orthopedic diagnoses and injuries. She lives in Flowery Branch and loves to spend time with family and friends, especially her five year old God-daughter ad her cousin. Beth is known as the girl who all the kids and animals love. She attends City Church Gainesville and is very active in the community through volunteer opportunities organized by the church.

    • Beth Hinch
      PT, MPT

      Beth Hinch

      PT, MPT

      Beth graduated from the Georgia State University Physical Therapy program in May of 2002. Immediately following graduation she began working at Athens Regional Medical Center. She wanted to treat children in their natural environment so she supplemented her work at Athens Regional and began working for Activekidz in March 2004. In March 2008, her desire to work exclusively with children and the extreme flexibility of Activekidz prompted her to resign from ARMC and to work with Activekidz full time. Beth has experience in numerous Physical Therapy settings (outpatient orthopedic & neurological clinic, outpatient pediatric clinic, school, daycare, and home). Beth enjoys spending time with her family, watching Georgia football (even when they make her angry) and learning more and teaching others about Young Living Essential Oils.

    • Theresa J. Keener
      MPT

      Theresa J. Keener

      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

    • Daneille (Dani) Magazin
      PT

      Daneille (Dani) Magazin

      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.

    • Janet Mahoney
      PT

      Janet Mahoney

      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.

    • Katie Ollendick
      PT, DPT, PCS

      Katie Ollendick

      PT, DPT, PCS

      Katie graduated from The University of North Carolina Physical Therapy program in 2000. She received her Doctorate in 2010 and became an APTA Pediatric Certified Specialist in 2011. Katie enjoys spending time with her family – husband, Billy and 3 children, Addison, Victoria and William.

    • Zoe Smith
      DPT

      Zoe Smith

      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.

    • Rebecca D’Angelo
      OTR/L

      Rebecca D’Angelo

      OTR/L

      Rebecca D’Angelo began her therapy career as a COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) receiving an associate’s degree from Delgado Community college in New Orleans, La. She returned to graduate school and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and their two daughters, Madison and Mia Bella doing out outdoors activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing/ kayaking.

       

    • Marianne Bevilacqua-Harding
      OTR/L

      Marianne Bevilacqua-Harding

      OTR/L
    • Shelley Flemming
      OTD, OTR/L

      Shelley Flemming

      OTD, OTR/L

      Shelley Flemming is a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tn. where she earned her doctoral degree in occupational therapy. While in graduate school, she completed an extensive research project on inclusive playground design and she is passionate about sharing with communities on the importance of providing playgrounds that can be used by children of ALL abilities. She has served as a volunteer for several years for Buddy Break, a program that provides free respite care services for children with disabilities and their families. Her interests include cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.

    • Gayle Jackson
      OTR/L

      Gayle Jackson

      OTR/L
    • Crystal Morphis
      OTR/L

      Crystal Morphis

      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 McFarlin
      MS, OTR/L

      Katie McFarlin

      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.

    • Becky Holder
      MHS, OTR/L, C/NDT

      Becky Holder

      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. She became NDT certified in 2015. Becky has helped plan and manage the Tri My Best Triathlon, a triathlon for kids with special needs the past 5 years in Augusta, GA. She now lives in Watkinsville with her husband and enjoys being outdoors, working on crafts, sewing, and being with friends and family.

    • Laurie Wall
      OTR/L

      Laurie Wall

      OTR/L

      Laurie graduated from Colorado State University in 1999 with her degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, home health and education. She loves working with children and has 13 years of experience working in schools. Laurie’s interests include hiking, biking, cooking and spending time with family, friends and her dog named Rowdy.

    • Ashley Young
      OTR/L

      Ashley Young

      OTR/L
    • Megan Abernathy
      M.A, CFY-SLP

      Megan Abernathy

      M.A, CFY-SLP

      Megan is a Speech-Language Pathologist from Central Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since graduating, Megan has worked exclusively with the pediatric population and has treated a variety of speech and language disorders. Megan lives in Gainesville. She has a dog and a cat that keep her busy on her days off.

    • Paula Bargfrede
      CCC-SLP

      Paula Bargfrede

      CCC-SLP

      Paula is a native of Oconee County and received her Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia. She also received a Specialists Degree in Teacher Leadership from North Georgia College. Paula has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist for 16 years. During that time, she has served children of all ages in the public school system, as well as, privately through the years. Paula is married and has a 13 year old son and 10 year old daughter.

    • Molly Bracken
      MA, CCC-SLP

      Molly Bracken

      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.

    • Rachel Cowart
      CCC-SLP

      Rachel Cowart

      CCC-SLP
      Rachel is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since graduating, Rachel has worked exclusively with the pediatric population and has treated a variety of speech and language disorders. Rachel lives in Athens with her husband, Josh. She enjoys antiquing, home renovation projects, reading, traveling and spending time with family.
    • Rachel Garrett
      M.Ed, CCC-SLP

      Rachel Garrett

      M.Ed, CCC-SLP

      Rachel received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia. She has experience in a variety of settings including: schools, home health care, acute care and skilled nursing. Rachel enjoys working with individuals of all ages. She currently lives in the Athens area with her husband, David, and their six (yes, six—3 chickens, 2 dogs, 1 cat) pets.

    • Laura Beth Guest
      MS CCC-SLP

      Laura Beth Guest

      MS CCC-SLP

      Laura Beth Guest is a speech language pathologist. She attended the University of Georgia and the Medical University of South Carolina to obtain her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Laura Beth has worked in both the school system and hospital settings before joining the team at ActiveKidz. She lives in Athens with her husband and two sons. Laura Beth enjoys painting and spending time with her family. Being a pediatric speech language pathologist is very rewarding for Laura Beth and she finds great joy in helping children. 

    • Aby Owens
      M.Ed, SLP

      Aby Owens

      M.Ed, SLP
    • Stacey Pendry
      CCC-SLP

      Stacey Pendry

      CCC-SLP

      Stacey is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University in 2010. Since graduating, Stacey has worked with both pediatrics and adults, gaining experience in a variety of settings including private practice, skilled nursing facility, rehab hospital, and schools. Originally from North Carolina, Stacey and her husband Brandon relocated to Athens, GA in 2012. They welcomed their daughter in May 2016. Stacey loves spending time with family, being outdoors, coloring, trying new foods and traveling!

    • Tiana Smith
      MA, CCC-SLP

      Tiana Smith

      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.

    • Sara Thrash
      M.Ed, CCC-SLP, Certified in Beckman Oral-Motor

      Sara Thrash

      M.Ed, CCC-SLP, Certified in Beckman Oral-Motor

      Sara Miller graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since graduating, Sara has enjoyed working with the pediatric population and has treated a variety of speech and language disorders. She loves that working at Activekidz gives her the ability to interact and work closely with her patients’ families, which, she believes, greatly impacts progress. Sara lives in Athens with her husband, Jay, and her Chihuahua, Bear, and enjoys spending time with family, eating good food, traveling, and attending UGA football games.

    • Jaime Waxter
      M.Ed., CCC-SLP

      Jaime Waxter

      M.Ed., CCC-SLP
      Jaime graduated with her Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! She is an ASHA certified SLP and has primarily worked with the pediatric population in the school setting. Jaime also has experience in the medical outpatient and private practice setting, treating a variety of speech and language disorders. She finds the pediatric population rewarding and is an advocate for early intervention, which enables effective communication and development of literacy and social, emotional and language skills. Jaime enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, as well as reading, traveling, yoga and researching genealogy.
    • Michelle Crosby
      District Manager

      Michelle Crosby

      District Manager

      Michelle was born in Colorado and a part of a military family. They spent time in California and Tennessee before settling in Georgia in 1995 where she has since resided. After graduating from Athens Christian School with Honors, Michelle went on to Athens Technical College taking classes in Medical and Business. She is a wife and mother of two. She has worked in the medical field for 12 years and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and reading.

    • Tonia Adams
      Authorization Specialist

      Tonia Adams

      Authorization Specialist

      Tonia is a native of Georgia. She’s a wife and mother to 4 busy kids. There’s never a dull moment with two girls and two boys. On the weekends, Tonia enjoys watching her kids play sports including lacrosse, travel basketball and all-star cheerleading.  She loves the beach and Disney World, and in her spare time enjoys crafting and cheering on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Before coming to ActiveKidz, Tonia was a stay at home mom for 13 years. Her family enjoys spending time and volunteering at church.

    • Marianne Boggs
      Billing Specialist

      Marianne Boggs

      Billing Specialist

      Marianne is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Piedmont College with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught kindergarten for 30 years in Madison County school district. She retired in June 2015 and joined Activekidz in January 2016. She lives in Colbert with her husband,Matt, and she enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her family. She has two grown daughters, Kaitlin and Cortney, and a granddaughter, Scarlett that helped her decide to retire so they could spend more time together!

    • Pam Clay
      Loganville Office Manager

      Pam Clay

      Loganville Office Manager

      Pam has worked in the medical field for more than 25 years. She has been with Activekidz since February 2015. She works in our Loganville office 3 days a week. Pam stays very busy as she is the wife and mother of 2 active children; Gabe, 16 and Emma 12. As if running from Soccer games to Cross Country meets to football games & cheerleading competitions were not enough, she is also very involved at her church, their activities and children’s program. She looks forward to her “girls night” she has regularly with her friends of over 20 years.

    • Dena Hodge
      Authorization and Medicaid Specialist

      Dena Hodge

      Authorization and Medicaid Specialist

      Dena is a graduate of Anderson University, Anderson, S.C and Brenau Women’s College, Gainesville, GA with a degree from both schools in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing. She has worked in many aspects of the fashion industry from Visual Merchandising to an Account Executive with Tommy Hilfiger. She was also the membership director at Pebble Creek golf course in Greenville, S.C. and Sponsorship Director for the Town of Mt. Pleasant in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Dena is married to the love of her life and they have a son and a daughter which keep them extremely busy. She was a stay at home mom for many years before joining Activekidz. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing golf. They are also involved in their church.

    • Deanna Keys
      Secretary

      Deanna Keys

      Secretary
    • Mary McKinney
      Watkinsville Office Manager

      Mary McKinney

      Watkinsville Office Manager
      Mary is originally from Connecticut. She moved to Georgia 23 years ago and is here to stay. Mary is married with four grown kids. She loves to sew, cook, exercise and spend time with her family.
    • Penny Wilson
      Watkinsville Front Office Secreatry

      Penny Wilson

      Watkinsville Front Office Secreatry

      Penny was a stay-home mom for 16 years before becoming a member of the Activekidz family! She is a Mississippi native, but moved to Georgia five years ago from Arkansas (go HOGS)! Penny has a ton of hobbies, but her favorites are sewing, crocheting, camping and hunting.  Her newest hobby is learning how to forage for wild edibles, especially mushrooms! Penny is married to her soul-mate Joey, and they have 3 children, 5 pets and 2 grandpets.

    • Melissa R. Mitchell
      Toccoa Office Manager

      Melissa R. Mitchell

      Toccoa Office Manager

      Melissa has worked in the medical field for over 20 years and with special needs children for over 17 years. In her free time, she enjoys softball, riding bikes, tennis and spending time with her family.  Melissa has a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful girls.

    • Jill Ogletree
      Private Insurance and Billing Specialist

      Jill Ogletree

      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