Licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Autism Specialist
Kelly is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, she first found her passion working with children with disabilities while volunteering for a local summer camp. Kelly moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend Duquesne University and acquire a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. During her clinical experience, Kelly worked with children in both psychiatric and traditional physical disability settings. She recently moved to North Carolina to work with us and is looking forward to spending time at the beach, learning to paddle board, and exploring her new home! She is a Certified Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.
Emily graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Exercise and Sport Science. She graduated from High Point University in 2020 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since her first semester of PT school she knew she had a passion for pediatrics, neuro, and serving Hispanic populations. Her final clinical rotation included Early Intervention in the East Carolina area. Emily is a Georgia Bulldog fan and enjoys spending her free time outdoors, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her dogs and family.
Lisa is a licensed physical therapist. She attended Humboldt State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis in 2007. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2012 from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has worked to serve across multiple settings of physical therapy, including adult home health, school-based physical therapy, and acute care. She has recently relocated to North Carolina from Arizona and is excited to return to her passion for pediatrics to serve the needs of our community. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family and friends, RV camping, ATV riding, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband, young daughter, and 2 dogs.
Hayley is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she studied Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Deaf Studies. She continued to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Long Island University-C.W. Post. Before relocating to North Carolina, Hayley worked in New York specializing in Early Intervention, working with children birth to 3 years old and providing parent and caregiver support. Her passion involves working with children through play to help them succeed in using communication to express themselves and understand others. Hayley also has experience working with children in the preschool setting, as well as experience working with children with autism and developmental delays. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, their mini-goldendoodle named Waffles, and being outside as often as possible.
Rachelle is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated in 2004 with B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Special Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In 2006, Rachelle graduated Magna Cum Laude with Masters of Science from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. She has experience woking with adults and geriatrics in long term care and home health settings. She also has experience working with pediatrics in early intervention, as well as in the school setting. Rachelle is Vital Stim certified and enjoys working with individuals with feeding/swallowing disorders. She has a passion for early intervention and helping kiddos and families in the community!
Office Support and Community Outreach Coordinator; Autism Certificate
Melana is our Office Support and Community Outreach Coordinator. Her role at Carolina Therapy Connection is to embrace and encourage our culture within our organization and support our mission being carried out within our community. She graduated from Craven Community College in 2019, with her Associates in Arts degree. Since she was 16, she has worked with children at the YMCA and has helped lead summer camps and afterschool programs. She grew up with a brother with Autism and has a heart for serving children that need extra support. Melana is a huge asset to our team and has helped us launch our New Bern Clinic. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her hubby, hang out with her family, and be outside!
Cindy is the billing specialist for all locations at Carolina Therapy Connection. Cindy has over 12 years of billing experience in multiple medical office settings. Cindy is a member of AHIMA, and is currently working on her CPC credentialing. In her spare time Cindy enjoys kayaking, hiking, and playing with her two silly puppies Lilly, and Daisy.
Pat is the collections specialist for all locations at Carolina Therapy Connection. Pat works tirelessly with insurance companies and handles all of our billing claims and invoicing. She joins us from New York and will help to answer all of your billing questions!
Donnie is the Facility Services Manager at Carolina Therapy Connection and enjoys helping with whatever needs to be done for all the clinic locations. His goal is to make sure staff and facility needs are taken care of, so CTC can serve its families effectively and safely. As graduate of East Carolina University, Donnie grew up in Greenville and has a life-long attachment to Eastern NC. He served in the Navy and worked for the USPO during and after college, before beginning a long career at Burroughs Wellcome Pharmaceutical Company.Donnie is well-known in Greenville for his career as a baseball, softball, and basketball official. He held the Greenville Little League homerun record for 51 years and continues to see talent in young athletes.
Serving Eastern North Carolina with Physical Locations in Greenville, Goldsboro and New Bern
We offer Pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech therapy services as well as Educational Services in our state-of-the-art sensory integration clinics. We also serve children within the community, daycare, and home settings.