Cindy is the Owner of Carolina Therapy Connection. She is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. Cindy graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services. She received her Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University in New York. Throughout her career, Cindy has had the opportunity to provide services for children birth through adolescence. She provides Occupational Therapy services in the home, school/daycare, and clinic settings. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, and the Beckman Oral Motor treatment modalities. Cindy has advanced training in handwriting, sensory integration, and feeding and oral motor skill development. She also serves as a Fieldwork Clinical Instructor for students completing their Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Kimberly graduated with honors in 2003 from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. She then pursued her passion of working with children by obtaining a Master’s Degree in 2005 from East Carolina University in Occupational Therapy. Kimberly has experience in working with children of all ages in a variety of settings. She specializes in sensory integration, feeding and oral motor development, movement disorders, handwriting, and development delays. Kimberly is Interactive Metronome certified and certified in the SOS Feeding Approach.
Lauren is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who graduated with her Associate of Science Degree from Pitt Community College in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in 2009. She works full-time with Carolina Therapy Connection and has advance training in sensory integration therapy, movement disorders, handwriting, and sensory-diet development. Lauren’s special practice interests include: vestibular disorders, sensory processing, handwriting and developmental delays.
Mandi graduated with honors from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2015. There she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Following graduation, she picked up and moved to Gainesville, GA where she received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University. Mandi’s practice interests include feeding and oral motor skill development, behavior modification, and sensory integration. It is her hope to one day gain certification in the specialty area of Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing.
Cheryl graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising in 1990. She worked in St Louis, Missouri for a few years then decided to return home to persue a career in Occupational Therapy . She completed her Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Program where she graduated from Pitt Community College in 1995. She has worked in a wide variety of school system for twenty years and works part time at nursing homes. Her practices setting consist of school settings, day care, community for CDSA, and nursing homes. Cheryl’s work experience consist of handwriting , sensory processing, developmentally delayed , autism , learning disabilities. She has experience with assistive technology, adaptive toys , switches and boardmaker for picture schedules.
Liz is a certified Occupational Therapist who graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Barton College, where she played college softball. She then completed a Masters of Science degree from East Carolina University in the Occupational Therapy Program. Liz has a passion for working with kids and joined the Carolina Therapy Connection team with previous experience in the school and hospital settings. She is certified in the Interactive Metronome treatment modality and has an interest in handwriting, fine motor development, behavioral techniques, and sensory integration. In her free time, Liz likes to play softball and read a good book.
Lauren is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant who graduated with an Associates of Applied Science degree from Pitt Community College in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She is certified in the Interactive Metronome treatment modality and her special interests include: handwriting, fine and gross motor development, feeding, developmental delays and sensory processing. Lauren has a passion for working with kids and joined the Carolina Therapy Connection team with previous experience in the school system and outpatient pediatrics. In her free time, Lauren enjoys going to the beach with her husband and son!
A native of Greenville, North Carolina Kara completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then received both her masters of Physical Therapy (2006) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2007) from East Carolina University. She has since been practicing in Pediatric Physical therapy and joined CTC In 2014. As a therapist to children she values being compassionate, warm-hearted and pursuing the best intervention that benefits the child. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with family especially her daughter.
Jessica graduated from the University of Virginia in 2005 with a Bachelors of Arts in Cognitive Science. She always knew she wanted to work with children after graduating, and while in college she found a love for the field of physical therapy. Jessica graduated from East Carolina University in 2008 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since graduating, she has had experience working in several settings, including acute care, outpatient clinics, home health, and the school system; through working in all of these settings, Jessica has found that her passion for working with children and their families has grown stronger. She values working closely with her patients and their families in order to provide the most comprehensive and individualized treatment plans. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and being outside with her husband and twin sons.
Ali is a licensed Physical Therapist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University in 2011, earning her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Studies. Ali then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2015. While in the Physical Therapy program, she was a Graduate Assistant working primarily at ECU’s Physical Therapy Clinic. Ali completed one of her clinical rotations at Vidant Medical Center with the Pediatric Department. During this rotation, Ali gained valuable experience with children of all ages. Her mission is to maintain a patient-centered approach to therapy while working towards goals that focus on maximizing children’s functional abilities and mobility. Ali provides skilled physical therapy services in the home, daycare, and clinic setting.
Lauren graduated from North Carolina State University in 2014 with her Bachelors of Science in Human Biology. She recently graduated from Elon University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Lauren has always had a passion to work with children. While in school she completed a majority of her clinical rotations in pediatrics, including both the outpatient and school system settings. Lauren is a huge sports fan and loves cheering on the NC State Wolfpack and CarolinaPanthers. In her free time she also enjoys cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
Lindsay is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 from East Carolina University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She then continued at East Carolina University, receiving her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorder in 2014. While completing her Master’s degree, she completed a research project on the relationship between dyslexia and language. Lindsay has experience working with children of all ages in a variety of settings including school, home, daycare, and clinic. She also has experience working with adults and geriatrics in the acute and inpatient rehabilitation centers of the hospital. Lindsay has a passion for working with children with special needs and children who are bilingual. She also enjoys working with children who have language-based learning disabilities. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she received her Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Mikeala is a graduate of East Carolina University where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a concentration in literacy. She received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from East Carolina University as well in 2018. Mikeala is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship. She holds a license by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has interned in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation/brain injury unit, elementary schools, and outpatient rehabilitation. She has experience with evaluating and treating children and adults with speech, language, swallowing, feeding, hearing impairments, and cognitive deficits due to delays, disorders, stokes, and traumatic brain injuries. During her time at East Carolina University, Mikeala participated in a research lab that conducted research on Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Abnormalities. Mikeala enjoys working with young children and has a particular interest in early intervention for the treatment of language delays.
Becky is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist. She attended East Carolina University and graduated in 1994 with her Bachelor of Science degree and again in 1997 with her Master of Science degree, both in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) where she is a current member. She is a certified provider of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (Vital Stim) for pediatric dysphagia patients, since 2006. She has worked in a variety of settings including Pediatric acute care and rehabilitation, Pediatric and Neonatal ICU, clinic and community, serving pediatric patients with disorders and illnesses related to communication, cognition, feeding/swallowing, development, traumatic brain injury, and tracheostomy. Her work experience has been at the Brody School of Medicine in the Dept of Pediatrics at the Children’s Developmental Services Agency and at Vidant Medical Center in the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital. During her time at Vidant Medical Center, she developed and coordinated the Outpatient Infant Feeding Clinic serving infants with chronic and complex feeding and swallowing disorders. Throughout her career, she has maintained a focus in pediatrics, with a special interest in the Early Intervention population relative to disorders of feeding and swallowing.
Laurel is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She studied Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in 2011 and Master’s degree in 2013. After graduating, Laurel relocated to North Carolina and has since worked in a wide variety of settings. She has experience working with children of all ages in home, daycare, school, clinic, and hospital settings. Laurel also has experience working with adults and geriatrics in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and rehabilitation at skilled nursing facilities. Laurel has a passion for working with all children, especially children with autism and developmental disabilities. She is a Certified Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she received her Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Brandi graduated in 2017 from East Carolina University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then continued at East Carolina University, receiving her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2019. Brandi is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship. During her time at East Carolina University, she has interned in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation/brain injury unit with adults and pediatric private practice clinic. Brandi has a passion for working with all children, especially in the area of early intervention and school-aged language and literacy treatment.
Taylor is the Office Director at Carolina Therapy Connection. Taylor graduated from East Carolina University with his Bachelors of Science degree in Family and Community Services in 2013. He also received his Masters of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations in 2016. Taylor has been working in the human services field for several years with the Intellectually and Developmentally Delayed population. He has always had a heart for children and works closely with our families to assist with their overall needs and concerns. Taylor shows dedication to supporting the staff and therapist’s of CTC to ensure that they are providing quality service for the children we serve.
Angelica is the referral coordinator at Carolina Therapy Connection. She has grown up in Pitt County and currently lives in Greenville with her husband and three children. Angelica helps to create a smooth referral process for all of our families and professionals within the community. She is the friendly face that greets all of our CTC kiddos!
Rachel is the office support specialist at Carolina Therapy Connection. She graduated with a B.A. in Performance Studies. She is involved with our marketing and social media, and works closely with Angelica in our front office by taking care of our clients and our team. She has a passion for working with children in various fields!