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, AL. 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. Mia is certified in Integrated Listening Systems, the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, and is also a certified Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears Instructor. She has always had a passion for working with children, with a special interest in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Emilee Clark

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LaToya Thomas

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Meaghan Epler

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Brittany Dassinger

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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 and licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from Auburn University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master of Science from the University of South Alabama. While pursuing her Master’s degree, Katie was awarded the Marjorie Faircloth Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Speech-Language Pathology, as voted by faculty and her clinical supervisors.


Katie has worked in hospital and pediatric private practice facilities, providing care to children and adolescents. She gained specific experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children with cleft lip/palate under John Riski, Ph.D., the Director of Speech Pathology Laboratory; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Katie enjoys working with children of all ages to help them reach their maximum level of communication.

Janika Davis

Janika Davis is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and has been working in the field for 13 years. She received her Batchelor 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

Shelby Cotner is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a bachelors of science. She attended the University of South Alabama and received her Masters 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 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

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 Art 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 schools, 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

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Karen Shoemaker

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Laurie Reiney

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Mary Grace Davis

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Susan Connell

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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 Bachelors and Masters 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 3-18. 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.

Kellie Snow Boudin, M.Ed.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business from Auburn University, followed by a Master’s Degree in Education from Troy University and became Certified Teacher by the State of Alabama.


Kellie has 14 years experience working in the field of education with children ranging from Pre- K through College level. She provided diagnostic, academic testing and mastery based, academic instruction which included ongoing re-assessments of achievement and alignment of goals. Beginning Reading, Academic Reading (levels K-12; including phonics, vocabulary and comprehension), Writing & Composition, Math, Algebra & Study Skills are all subject areas that were covered. Her experience also includes consultation and coordinating collaboration with parents, teachers and all other professionals involved with helping each student reach his/her full potential. Her approach embraces the ultimate goal of improved quality of life for the entire family.