Our Staff

Occupational Therapy

Shannon T. Norris

Shannon is a licensed and registerd occupational therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Mississippi University for Women. She is one of the two founding owners of Kids Kount Therapy Services since its origination in 2008. She has received multiple honors including an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of South Alabama in 2013, co-authoring a series of children's books on differently-abled children and their peer relationships and co-authoring a chapter in the book Occupational Therapy in County-Based Practice Settings.


She is a certified Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing Administrator and a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Advanced Practitioner. Additionally, she holds certifications in Interactive Metronome, as a Handwriting Specialist, as an Irlen Syndrome Screener, and as a Dyslexia Advocate. Shannon also has advanced training in dyslexia and dysgraphia treatment, kinesiotaping, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), MRNI reflex integration, executive functioning disorders, DIR/Floortime Model, and vision-related dysfunctions. Her passion is advocating for and working with children diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other neuro-biological disorders related to learning disabilities and differences.

Cindy Dawkins

Cindy is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She graduated from the Georgia Health Sciences University with a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and has worked in school settings, home health, acute psychiatry and outpatient rehabilitation.  She has worked in early intervention, school based services, and group homes for adolescents with autistism spectrum disorders. Cindy currently serves as the Occupational Therapy Supervisor, in addition to working with clients and their families.


Cindy is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Advanced Practitioner, is certified in Interactive Metronome, and is a certified Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Administrator. She has also obtained specialized training in the SCERTS program, Handwriting Without Tears, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), craniosacral therapy, MRNI reflex integration treatment, vision-related dysfunction, Qigong Massage, and the Astronaut Training protocol for vestibular integration. She is a trained behavior assistant and has also completed a Level 1 mentorship program with Dr. Lucy Miller at the Star Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Mia Carter

Mia is a certified and licensed occupational therapist. She has a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama. She has worked in various settings including outpatient pediatrics, school-based environments, inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and she currently serves as the Kids Kount Mobile location clinical supervisor.

 

Mia is certified in Integrated Listening Systems (ILS), the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment Protocol, and is also a certified Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears Instructor. She has specialized training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment and handling (NDT), vision-related dysfunction, reflex integration, Brain Gym, Qigong Massage, the 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

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 has worked in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to: outpatient pediatrics, home health, and school-based services. Emilee is certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding and is a Level 1 Handwriting without Tears instructor. She is also a certified Integrated Listening System (ILS) Practitioner and has obtained specialized training in the DIR Floortime Play Therapy method.

 

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

LaToya Thomas

LaToya is a licensed and certified occupational therapist assistant. She graduated from Wallace State and joined the Kids Kount team in 2015.  She has worked in the orthopedic setting, in nursing home facilities, and in pediatrics. LaToya is certified in Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) and has obtained specialized training in reflex integration, myofascial release, and Handwriting Without Tears. Her passion is working with children with coordination deficits and sensory dysfunction.

Meaghan Epler

Meaghan is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various settings including skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and acute care.

 

Meaghan is certified in Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) and has obtained specialized training in Handwriting Without Tears, vision-related dysfunction, Qigong massage, and Brain Gym. Her passion is working with children with various diagnoses and their family members and caregivers in order to achieve the highest quality of life.

Brittany Dasinger

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 currently works with children in both the clinic and private school setting.

 

Brittany is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Practitioner and is also certified in Interactive Metronome. She has specialized training in vision-related dysfunction, 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

Andrea is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. 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 with a concentration in Audiology. She has developed multidisciplinary pediatric and adult programs across a variety of settings and is one of the two founding owners of Kids Kount Therapy Services since its origination in 2008. She also has co-authored a series of children's books on differently-abled children and their peer relationships and is a contributor to Auditory Processing: Assessment, Management, and Treatment-2nd Edition.


 Andrea is certified in Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment, Advanced Integrated Listening Systems (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 (NDT), pediatric dysphagia, Kaufman's and TalkTools apraxia assessment treatment approaches, behavior management, augmentative communication, oral restrictrictions assessment, tongue thrust therapy, MNRI auditory and visual reflex integration, DIR/Floortime Model, and P.L.A.Y. Project (Levels I and II Coursework). Andrea is also a trainer, consultant, and Practitioner for Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) and VoicePro courses.

Katie Jett

Katie is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Alabama. She has practiced in a number of settings, including: private practice, preschools, elementary schools and in client's homes. The majority of her experience has been in the pediatric private practice setting where she has worked extensively with speech and language disorders in preschool and elementary age children.


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. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment  of a variety of disorders including: cleft lip and palate, developmental disabilities, articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, stuttering, phonological awareness, auditory processing weaknesses and dyslexia. Her personal experience in speech therapy as a child has helped shape her interest in providing the best possible care to other children and families who are in similar circumstances.

Janika Davis

Janika Davis is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. 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 pediatric and adult populations. Before entering into a Master's program, Janika also worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public school system. She received her Master of Science degree 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 both private and public school settings, acute and rehabilation hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient pediatric and adult clinics and nursing homes. She is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Practitioner and has advanced training and experience in a variety of speech and language disorders including, but not limited to: articulation deficits, language delays, dysphagia, voice and fluency disorders, augmentative communication evaluations and implementation, and TalkTools assessment and treatment techniques. Janika has worked with children with a wide range of abilities and strives to find each child's individual strengths as building-blocks for further development.

Shelby Cotner

Shelby 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 degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been working with all ages in various settings, including private practice, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. Shelby currently serves as the Kids Kount Speech Therapy Supervisor.


She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of disorders, including, but not limited to: autism spectrum disorders (including administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule or ADOS), ADD/ADHD, Down's syndrome, Cri-du-Chat, developmental delays, oral and sensory feeding disorders, learning disabilities, and dyslexia.Shelby has advanced training in early language development, learning disabilities, autism, dyslexia, pragmatic language disorders, and TalkTools assessment and treatment techniques. She is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Practitioner and has received advanced training with implementation of the Wilson Reading Program as a component of individualized programs to address dyslexia and other reading/phonological awareness differences. 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 Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana and her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Maura has experience working with children in special needs preschools, elementary schools, and clinic settings where she has focused on the language and communication needs of children who demonstrate characteristics of autism, Down's syndrome, apraxia, dyslexia, phonological disorders/delays, and language disorders/delays.


Maura is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Practitioner and has also received advanced training and experience in the assessment and and treatment of executive function disorders, pragmatic language disorders, and dyslexia. She is passionate about working with children of all ages to maximize their social, communication and academic abilities. She is devoted to finding ways to help children regulate their emotions so that they can relax, have fun and feel motivated to learn new skills.

Audrey Veren

Audrey is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. 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, preschools, elementary schools, and in client homes. The majority of her experience has been in school environments where she has worked extensively with preschool and elementary 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 autism spectrum disorders, and developmental disabilities.

Karen Shoemaker

Karen is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She graduated 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  experience working with reading disorders, early language intervention, and articulation disorders. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatement of reading disorders and 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 licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. 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. 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 experience has been in the pediatric setting where she has worked extensively with 3- to 5-year-olds with articulation and language delays.

 

Laurie is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Practitioner and also 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 spectrum disorders, developmental delay, fluency disorders, and pragmatic disorders. She works closely with individuals and their families  to facilitate effective communication skill development and implementation.

 

 


 

Mary Grace Davis

Mary Grace is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. 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 is certified in Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) and the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment Protocol. She also has advanced training in TalkTools assessment and treatment techniques. She 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, augmentative and alternative communication needs, 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.

 

 


 

 

Lydia Poole

Lydia is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Appalachian State University. Her clinical background includes, but is not limited to, working with children of all ages in the preschool, clinic, and school settings.

 

Lydia specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of speech and language disorders including, pragmatic language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, Down's syndrome, Dravet syndrome, early language development, articulation/phological disorders, picture communication systems, and augmentative communication. In addition, Lydia has spent time as a reading interventionist and has taught first and third grade in South Carolina. She has a special interest in early intervention and reading intervention.

 

 


 

 

Susan Connell

Susan is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. 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 is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Practitioner. Susan 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

Melody is a licensed and registered physical therapist. She graduated from Loyola with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received her Master's degree from Wheeling Jesuit University School of Physical Therapy. Melody has worked with both the adult and pediatric patient populations, and she previously worked at Ochsner Hospital for Children in Louisiana.

 

Melody has specialized training in Kidding Around Yoga (KAY). She has a working knowledge of LSVT BIG. She also has advanced experience working with patients with coordination, balance, strength, and agility issues. Her passion is working with children to achieve optimal functional coordination, strength and agility with all their daily life skills.

Audiology

Leah Barter

Leah is a licensed and certified clinical audiologist with an additional state licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant. She has also completed ninety hours of coursework through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators for advanced training in working with individuals diagnosed with dyslexia. Leah received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of South Alabama. Prior to joining the Kids Kount team, she worked in the Baldwin County Schools as a speech pathologist, serving children in the 3-18 years old age group.


Leah is a certified Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) Practitioner. Her audiology background has included Children’s Rehabilitation Services in Mobile and working with children with special needs. While living in Louisiana, 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 is currently implementing a new audiology program with an emphasis on testing for central auditory processing and remediation techniques.