Our Staff

Occupational Therapy

Shannon T. Norris, B.S., OTR/L

Shannon is a licensed occupational therapist with 10 years of clinical experience specializing in pediatrics. She is certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing, Advanced Integrated Listening System (ILS), and Interactive Metronome. She is also a Certified Handwriting Specialist. Shannon has advanced training in Kinesiotaping, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Infant Massage, Sensory Integration, Pediatric Feeding, Behavioral Management, Aquatics, Electrical Stimulation, Augmentative Communication, Dyslexia, DIR/Floortime Model, and P.L.A.Y. Project (Levels I and II Coursework).


Shannon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Mississippi University for Women and Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from University of South Alabama. Her passion is working with children diagnosed with neurobiological weaknesses or abnormalities.

Cindy Dawkins

Cindy is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She graduated from the Georgia Health Sciences University in 1981. While in Georgia, she worked in school based services, home health, acute psychiatry and outpatient rehabilitation with pediatric and adult populations. In Florida, she worked in Early Intervention, school based services, and group homes for adolescent autistic populations. She also served as Director of an inclusive child care facility and an inclusive after school program. Upon relocating to Alabama, she worked in a pediatric outpatient hospital setting for a number of years. In 2008, she joined the Kids Kount team serving children in both the clinic and private schools.


Cindy has obtained specialized training in the SCERTS program, Handwriting without Tears, NDT, and craniosacral therapy. She is a trained behavior assistant and served as a trainer for the Early Intervention Program across Florida. She is certified in Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening System, the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test and has completed the basic DIR/Floortime training.

Mia Carter, OTR/L

Mia is from Mobile, Alabama. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011 and her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama in 2013. She has worked in various settings including her current pediatric clinic, school-based services, inpatient rehabilitation, and acute care. Mia joined the Kids Kount team in December of 2013, serving children in both the clinic and in private schools.

 

Mia is certified in Integrated Listening Systems, the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, and is also a certified Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears Instructor. She also has training in reflex integration, Brain Gym, Qigong Massage, Astronaut Training Protocol for vestibular integration, and dyslexia. Her passion is working with children with special needs, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Emilee Clark, M.S., OTR/L

Emilee is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. Emilee joined the Kids Kount team in 2014 and has been serving children in both the clinic and in school settings. She has worked in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, outpatient pediatrics, home health, and school-based services. Emilee also has obtained specialized training in the SOS approach to feeding, Handwriting without Tears, DIR Floortime, Play Therapy method and is certified in Integrated Listening System.

 

Emilee's passion is working with children with Autism and other neurological diagnoses. She enjoys working closely with clients and their families to promote the best possible functional outcomes.

LaToya Thomas, COTA/L

LaToya is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Wallace State and joined the Kids Kount team in 2015.  LaToya has obtained specialized training in reflex integration, myofacial release, and Handwriting Without Tears. She is also certified in ILS. Her passion is working with children with coordination deficits and sensory issues.

Meaghan Epler

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Brittany Dasinger, M.S., OTR/L

Brittany is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various settings including, but not limited to: school-based services, early intervention, and out-patient rehabilitation with pediatric populations. She joined the Kids Kount team in 2016 serving children in both the clinic and private schools.

 

Brittany is certified in Integrated Listening System and Interactive Metronome. She has specialized training in vision related interventions, kinesiotaping, feeding therapy, yoga, mindfulness, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia. Her passion is working with children and families to promote the best possible functional outcomes.

Speech Therapy

Andrea W. Pointer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Andrea is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with 18 years of clinical experience in pediatrics. She is certified in Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment, Advanced Integrated Listening System (ILS), Interactive Metronome, and VitalStim Swallowing Therapy. She has also received advanced training in Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, Dyslexia Assessment and Treatment, Sensory Integration, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Pediatric Dysphagia, Apraxia Treatment Approaches, Behavior Management, Augmentative Communication, Tongue Thrust Therapy, DIR/Floortime Model, and P.L.A.Y. Project (Levels I and II Coursework).


Andrea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Montevallo with a concentration in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Montevallo. Her desire to help children overcome learning obstacles has led to an avid interest in the areas of dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, and language processing disorders.

Katie Jett, M.S., CCC-SLP

Katie Jett is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Alabama. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University and her Master's degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Alabama. Katie has practiced Speech Therapy in a number of settings which include schools and private practice. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of speech and language disorders including, but not limited to, early language delays, articulation delays, auditory processing disorders, and cleft lip/palate. Katie enjoys working with families to facilitate and promote the best possible functional outcomes for her clients.


Katie has specialty training in Integrated Listening System and has advanced training in Floortime, Autism, and Early Language Development. She completed an extensive clinical externship at the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Scottish Rite campus, with John E. Riski, Ph.D., the Director of Speech Pathology Laboratory. Katie enjoys working with children of all ages to help them reach their maximum level of communication.

Janika Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Janika Davis is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and has been working in the field for 13 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Alabama. After receiving her degree, Janika began working in her field as an SLP assistant in an outpatient and acute care hospital setting where she gained experience with both the pediatric and adult populations. Before entering into the Master’s program, Janika also worked as an SLP in the public school system. She received her Master of Science from the University of South Alabama where she gained further experience in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings as well as a variety of language-based pediatric programs.


Janika has worked in a variety of settings including both private and public school settings, acute and rehabilation hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facility, outpatient pediatric and adult clinics as well as nursing homes. She is well versed in articulation, language, dysphagia and augmentative communication therapy. Janika has worked with children with a wide variety of abilities.

Shelby Cotner, M.S., CCC-SLP

Shelby Cotner is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Science. She attended the University of South Alabama and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been working with all ages in various settings, including private practice, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. Shelby specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of disorders, including: ASD, ADD/ADHD, Down's Syndrome, Cri-du-chat, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and dyslexia.


Shelby enjoys working with children of all ages with a variety of disabilities. Her areas of interest include early language development, learning disabilities, Autism, and pragmatic language disorders. Shelby’s therapy approach includes teaching functional life skills that involve peer and family involvement to achieve goals.

Maura Coley, M.A., CCC-SLP

Maura Coley is a licensed and certified speech-languge pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana and her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.


Maura has over 10 years experience working with children in a variety of settings, including: the school setting, Babies Can't Wait and private practice where she has focused on the language and communication needs of children who demonstrate characteristics of Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, dyslexia, phonological disorder/delay, and language disorder/delay. Maura enjoys working with children of all ages to maximize their social, communication and academic abilities.

Audrey Veren, M.S., CCC-SLP

Audrey is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Alabama. She received her Bachelor's degree in Special Education and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Alabama. Audrey has practiced speech therapy in a number of settings, including: private practice, pre-schools, elementary schools, and in client's homes. The majority of her experience has been in the school setting, where she has worked extensively with pre-school and elemetary age children.

 

Audrey specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of disorders, including: developmental disabilities, articulation/phonology, language, autism spectrum disorder, stuttering, phonological awareness, auditory processing, childhood apraxia of speech, and dyslexia. She works closely with individuals and their families to facilitate effective communication skills. Her desire to help children overcome communication difficulties has led to an interest in the areas of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Verbal Behavior Therapy for children with ASD, and developmental disabilities.

Karen Shoemaker, M.A., CCC/SLP

Karen is a licensed speech-language pathologist and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing with a concentration in Psychology. She received her Master's degree in Communicative Disorders from Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe.

 

Karen has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, public school settings, outpatient pediatric clinics, and private therapy clinics. Before relocating to Daphne, Alabama, Karen worked in a pediatric outpatient clinic and gained ample experience working with reading disorders, early language intervention, and articulation disorders. Karen specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatement of reading disorders. She has received advanced training in multiple reading intervention programs, including, LANGUAGE! Literacy Intervention Curriculum by Jane Fell Greene, Project Read Reading Comprehension, Lindamood-Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing, The LiPS Program, Seeing Stars, and Reading with TLC Lively Letters.

 

Laurie Reiney

Laurie is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice Speech Language Pathology in the state of Alabama. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University, as well as her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. Being a military family, Laurie has practiced Speech Language Pathology in a number of settings which include: Outpatient Pediatric Clinics, Public School Systems and Skilled Nursing Facilities. The majority of her 17 years of experience has been in the pediatric setting where she has worked extensively with 3 to 5 year olds with articulation and language delays.

 

Laurie specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of speech and language disorders including, but not limited to: articulation delay, childhood apraxia of speech, language delay, Autism, developmental delay, fluency disorders, and pramatic disorders. She works closely with individuals and their families  to facilitate effective communication skill development and implementation.

 

 


 

Mary Grace Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mary Grace is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and is licensed to practice speech-

 language pathology in the state of Alabama. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of South Alabama and her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Alabama. In graduate school, Mary Grace gained experience in a number of settings, which include: outpatient geriatric, pediatric clinics, and in a nursing home. After graduation, the majority of her experience has been in outpatient pediatric therapy. She has worked extensively with children ages 1-18 years, with a variety of disorders.

 

Mary Grace specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of speech, language, and feeding disorders including, but not limited to: fluency disorders, apraxia of speech, language delays, articulation/phonological disorders, AAC devices, and feeding disorders. She works closely with individuals and their families to facilitate effective individualized speech, language, and feeding therapy programs to enhance each child's quality of life. Her desire to help children overcome learning differences and disabilities has led to an interest in the areas of working with children on the autism spectrum, those with alternate communication devices, and  children with feeding difficulties.

 

 


 

 

Susan Connell, M.S., CCC-SLP

Susan is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and is licensed to practice speech language pathology in the state of Alabama. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Alabama and her Master's degree in Speech Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.

 

Susan has practiced Speech Therapy in a number of settings which include: school-based, private clinic, and skilled nursing. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of speech and language disorders including, but not limited to: early language, autism, articulation, fluency, cognitive-lingusitic and dysphagia. Her desire to help children overcome language learning disabilities has led to an interest in the areas of dyslexia, autism, and auditory processing.

 

 

Physical Therapy

Melody Restivo

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Audiology

Leah Barter, M.Aud

Leah is a Certified Clinical Audiologist with an additional state licensure as a Speech Pathologist Assistant. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of South Alabama. She has most previously worked in the Baldwin County Schools as a Speech Pathologist, serving children in the 3-18 years old age group. Her audiology background has included Children’s Rehabilitation Services in Mobile, working with children with special needs. Also, while living in Louisiana for 10 years, she worked in cutting edge research audiology at LSU Medical Center and also at Slidell Ear, Nose and Throat clinic, testing and treating populations of all ages.


Leah joined the Kids Kount team in 2012, and is currently implementing a new audiology program, with an emphasis on testing for central auditory processing, and remediation techniques.