Kim Mallon, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, attended East Tennessee State University for her undergraduate and Physical Therapy school. She had a variety of internships while attending Physical Therapy School including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt University and Knox Count Schools. Upon graduation she moved to Hampton Roads and began working at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After the birth of her daughter she began working at Rehabilitation Associates when she started her career in Early Intervention. It was then she found her love for seeing families succeed. During this time she worked in a variety of outpatient clinics and school systems. In 2016, she took a leap of faith and started her own company Children’s Therapy Concepts!
Alex Brinkley became an Occupational Therapist in 2019. She attended Meredith College and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development, then obtained her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University. While in school, Alex gained experience working with children through my clinical courses. She completed my final clinical here at CTC! In her free time, Alex enjoys spending time outside, gardening, baking, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dogs. She is from a small town in North Carolina and wanted to return to the area so that she could serve families in the surrounding rural communities. “I am eager and excited to be part of the CTC team and work with the children and families in the area.”
Allie has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 2015. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in human development with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development She graduated Old Dominion University in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Allie has worked with the early intervention population as well as school-age children in both Virginia and California and has extensive experience practicing the coaching model. Allie’s expertise is in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as language delays.
Beth Anne earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017 from Radford University. She graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science in 2010. Although she first pursued a career in veterinary medicine (fun fact: she double majored in Avian Biology), Beth Anne can recall a passion for working with children early on. Over the years, Beth Anne identified her appreciation for mind-body wellness and her expanding interest in providing rehabilitation for people too, prompting her to go to PT school. Although Beth Anne has enjoyed caring for patients of all ages, she has always loved her experiences in pediatrics and is excited for the opportunity to focus exclusively on this population with CTC! When she’s not working, you can find Beth Anne spending time with her daughter, husband and their two dogs! She loves staying active especially through yoga, running and hiking, and enjoys traveling, cooking, drawing, painting and pottery.
Hello! My name is Brooke Hill. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy both from Radford University. I joined the field of OT because I have a passion for working with children with disabilities. During this time I was able to gain experience in a variety of settings with children and adults with varying disabilities. I have experience working as an OT in an acute care setting and the school system. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and french bulldog. I am excited to start my journey in early intervention, as I truly see the value in involving children and families in therapy from an early age to assist in engaging in meaningful occupations. I am looking forward to serving the Southwest Virginia area through Children’s Therapy Concepts!
Cassie earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent two years after college working as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten classroom. Recognizing that she wanted to work more directly with children and their families in a healthcare setting, she went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. While there, she completed a doctoral practicum which allowed her to work closely with children with autism in Chesterfield Public Schools. She is excited to provide support and intervention to children and their families while working at Children’s Therapy Concepts!
Catherine Cohen M.S., CCC-SLP graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelors degree in Speech Pathology. From there she attended Longwood University and graduated with a masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While attending Longwood Catherine had internships with schools, Evan’s Family Speech and Hearing, and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Upon graduation Catherine married her husband and soon began working at Rehabilitation Associates where she gained experience in the schools and in Early Intervention. In 2014, Catherine had her twins at 31 weeks. Her twins spent one month in the special care nursery and later received physical therapy. Her experience with premature babies has given her a personal experience which has only made her a better therapist for her clients and families. Catherine has been working for more than 6 years and looks forward to growing with Children’s Therapy Concepts.
Courtney Bacca was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. She has been a Physical Therapist for a little over 12 years! Courtney received her Doctorate degree from Ohio University and started her career working for the wonderful Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Along her career path she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, early intervention, and schools. She has also worked in an adult based clinic specializing in Integrative Manual Therapy and Craniosacral Therapies. Courtney recently relocated back to Virginia Beach secondary to military life! “My husband and my two little boys ages 9 months and 2 ½ are my world! Being a mom is the best “job” I could ever ask for!” Courtney is excited for the opportunity to provide a Saturday option at Children’s Therapy Concepts for busy families to receive physical therapy in the comfort of their home!
Courtney Hardison, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP, has been a registered Speech-Language Pathologist since 2015. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015, and her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2013. In her training, Courtney was afforded the opportunity to work with adults in an acute rehabilitation setting, treating patients with aphasia, cognitive impairments, and swallowing disorders, as well as working with vocal disorders and a variety of pediatric cases. While in school, Courtney learned of Early Intervention programs when her younger brother was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and began therapy in home, further sparking her passion as a speech therapist. She comes to Children’s Therapy Concepts with over three years experience working in the public school system, where she worked with pediatric ages ranging from toddlers through teens. Courtney has experience working with children with Autism, developmental delays, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, behavioral needs, and hearing impairments to name a few. She is well versed in articulation impairments, expressive and receptive language delays, language processing disorders, fluency disorders, and much more. She enjoys being a part of a collaborative team, working closely with parents to help maximize success for her families and clients. Courtney is also a PROMPT trained therapist, providing a unique approach to working with children with all speech production disorders from approximately 6 months of age onward.
Courtney is not only passionate about her career, but also strives to live and love life to the fullest each day. When she is not working, Courtney can typically be found with family, helping raise her twin nieces, mentoring high school girls, or in the great outdoors. She loves hiking, scuba diving, a good run, and going to beach, but also enjoys a night in catching up on her favorite shows and playing games with her family. Courtney is thrilled to be a part of the team at Children’s Therapy Concepts and looks forward to helping families in the Hampton Roads area.
Erin Swinarsky M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Go Gators! From there, the Virginia Beach native returned home to attend Old Dominion University where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Following her graduation, Erin has been employed full-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Chesapeake Public Schools. She eagerly joined the Children’s Therapy Concepts team in May of 2019 to provide families the opportunity to receive speech-therapy services for their children during after school hours and throughout summer breaks from school. When she is not giving therapy, Erin enjoys spending time being active with her friends and family outdoors. Chances are in the summer, if she is not in a therapy session, you can always find her at the beach!
Ilana is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Originally from California, she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Denver, Colorado before practicing at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 5 years and then moving to Roanoke, Virginia. Her areas of expertise include gross motor development, balance & coordination, aquatics, and adapted mobility. Ilana works with children and families of all ages and abilities, and she is passionate about helping them to navigate various stages of development, including accessing adapted physical activities and specialized equipment. Ilana is an advocate of a team approach to care involving families and all sorts of experts. She has treated across various environments including patient homes, clinics, schools, specialty care hospital/rehab, group therapy, and summer camp. When she is not providing therapy, you’ll probably find Ilana outdoors – playing with her dog, riding her bike, swimming – or cooking. Whenever possible, Ilana loves to blend her passions by incorporating aquatic therapy and recreational activity in her treatment.
Kasten Brafford, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology in 2013 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from Old Dominion University. She enjoys working with infants and children of all ages to assist them in all aspects of their growth and development. Kasten has experience in evaluating and providing skilled intervention to the pediatric populations in the areas of language, articulation, oral-motor, fluency, swallowing, and feeding. She finds great personal reward working with families and empowering parents to take part in their child’s therapy success in the child’s natural environment. Kasten has provided therapy in numerous settings, such as a child’s home, daycare, local library, favorite fast-food restaurant, and even on a backyard trampoline. Kasten is a Virginia Beach native and loves spending her free time outdoors. When she is not providing speech therapy, Kasten can found relaxing on a beach or taking a bike ride to First Landing State Park with her husband.
Originally from Florida, Katie graduated from Florida State University in 2004. As a military spouse, she has provided speech therapy in early intervention environments, private practice, and preschools in Florida, Rhode Island, and California.
Kate Rice, COTA/L, is a graduate from the class of 2013 Tidewater Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program, where she received an Associates of Applied Science degree. Before starting the program, Kate worked for St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children as an Activities Assistant which sparked her interest in the Occupational Therapy field. She then graduated from the COTA program and continued to work in Virginia and California, providing Occupational Therapy services for various settings including outpatient clinics, the Suffolk Public School Systems and is now proud to say that she has joined the OT team with Children’s Therapy Concepts! Kate has experience implementing treatments of children with feeding problems, utilizing sensory integration, behavioral, developmental and applied behavioral analysis strategies for holistic and individualized treatments of each patient. Kate is mom to a “two going on twenty year old” and currently lives in the Chesapeake area.
Kelly Pierce has been a pediatric physical therapist for 10 years. Kelly received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Old Dominion University. She started her career as a pediatric physical therapist at the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD). Kelly has worked in a variety of clinical settings: pediatric acute care (including the neonatal intensive care unit), pediatric inpatient rehab, and pediatric outpatient clinics. She has a passion for working with the pediatric population and families through different phases of rehabilitation. Kelly has experience with the evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of pediatric patients with developmental, neurologic, orthopedic, oncologic, post-operative, and trauma related impairments. She enjoys being a part of a team and facilitating the growth and development of patients and families alike. Kelly is a Norfolk native. She loves spending time with her family and chasing after
her two toddler boys. In her spare time, she enjoys running, soaking up the sun, and snuggles with her dog. Kelly is excited to continue to help patients and their families succeed. She is looking forward to continuing to grow as a therapist with CTC.
Kelley graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and her Master’s degree from Longwood University. She works as a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist in a small, neighborhood elementary school and also in Early Intervention. Kelley currently live in the Museum District of Richmond, Virginia and enjoys all the festivals, restaurants, and events the area has to offer. She spends a majority of her free time with family and friends. Kelley loves the challenges this profession has to offer and how it requires her to stay on her toes. Chasing little ones and getting them to do what we want can be harder than it seems!
Linda Floyd is a Speech/Language Pathologist who specializes in Early Intervention. She has extensive knowledge in all areas of development and has spent years advocating for services that promote looking at the whole child instead of discipline specific. Ms. Floyd received an award from the Massachusetts House of Representatives for beginning a program for disadvantaged children in May of 2007. She received provider of the year by Longwood University in 2010. In 2017 she received a letter of appreciation for her services from the state of Virginia. For enjoyment, Linda enjoys running 5k’s with her daughters and granddaughters. She is in the process of writing a book of her many adventures. She enjoys traveling and the beach.
Lisa is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has five years of experience with many different conditions and disorders of pediatric speech therapy. Lisa has experience working with children with many different disorders, including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fluency Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities, Reading Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorders, Neurological Disorders, etc. She also has some experience with Sign Language and AAC Devices. Lisa lives in Virginia, and is originally from Miami, Florida, where she own a pediatric therapy business. She is excited to continue her therapeutic experience in Virginia!
Lindsay graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her Master’s degree in 2011. Since that time, Lindsay has worked with both adults and children, with a variety of diagnoses, in a variety of settings as her family has moved between states. Lindsay has developed a special interest in working with children with feeding concerns, autism, and brachial plexus palsy. She is a strong supporter of the Early Invention model, beginning therapy with children from a young age and looks forward to the opportunity to do so at Children’s Therapy Concepts.
Madison Phillips was born and raised in Salem, Virginia. She received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Emory and Henry College in 2019. Madison has had clinical experience in outpatient pediatric settings, a skilled nursing facility and school-based therapy. She has always been passionate about working with the pediatric population and is excited to start her career with Children’s Therapy Concepts. Madison hopes to make a difference in her hometown area by promoting optimal child development through early intervention. In her spare time you can find Madison either crafting or doing anything outside. She also has a 100 pound lap dog named Salty who is almost always by her side.
Marie Shadle has been a physical therapist since 1993. She has worked in early intervention for years in Maine, Mississippi and now in Virginia. Marie’s hobbies include watching her boys play sports (basketball, soccer and cross country) and taking my dog for walks.
Mary Kay Kahn, M.S. CCC-SLP has served infants and toddlers in early intervention since 1985. She has a wide range of pediatric therapeutic experiences including EI, pediatric outpatient therapy, feeding and language therapy, AAC (low and high tech augmentative/alternative communication systems) and served as the director of the ARC early intervention program in Baton Rouge, LA. Mary Kay has provided in-services and workshops for TTAC centers, for parents and at pediatric conferences. Working with children and their families/caregivers is her passion and she feels that this is not just a job, it’s a vocation. Mary Kay also enjoys playing music and singing with her husband, David. They also enjoy camping, visiting family near and far and exploring the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia.
Mary has been a Phyiscal Therapy Assistant for eight years. She is a 2011 graduate of JCHS in Roanoke, VA. Mary has spent the last several years working in an inpatient and outpatient settings. She has been married for six years and has two wide open toddlers!!
Mary is very excited for her new journey with CTC and being able to provide physical therapy services to south side and surrounding areas.
Morgan graduated with her B.S. in 2018 and M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2020 from Longwood University. She enjoys working with children of all ages and assisting them with growth and development. During graduate clinicals, Morgan had the opportunity to work with individuals ranging from two months to 98 years old. Morgan completed clinicals at Longwood’s clinic, acute and outpatient rehab with VCU South Hill, and Children’s Pediatric Therapies. Currently, Morgan is a full-time SLP in a rural county in Southside, Virginia, and also in Early Intervention. When not working, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and two dogs. She enjoys spending time on the lake and going to the beach. Morgan is thrilled to be a part of the Children’s Therapy Concepts team and looks forward to growing in her profession while helping families in the Southside area.
Moriah Seay was born and raised in a Bayse, Virginia, a tiny town in the Shenandoah Valley. She is a clinical fellow in Speech-Language Pathology. Moriah received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2017 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in 2019. She has experience in a variety of settings, including early intervention, outpatient services and a rehabilitation center. She has provided services to a diverse range of clientele, each with their own unique needs. Among the populations Moriah has had the pleasure of working with are developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, childhood apraxia of speech, acquired apraxia of speech, pediatric hard-of-hearing clients, pediatric cochlear implant clients, transgender voice clients, Cerebral Palsy, aphasia, cognitive impairments, Parkinson’s disease, and tramatic brain injury. Moriah is grateful to be part of a great team with Children’s Therapy Concepts.
“Dr. Rebecca Epperson is a pediatric physical therapist with 8 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including: outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehab, home health pediatrics and outpatient pediatrics. She is a certified Pilates Instructor for both mat and reformer exercise and CPR/First Aid for the professional rescuer certified. Rebecca graduated from Old Dominion University in 2010 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2007 with her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Rebecca has experience in the evaluation and treatment of children with Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Trisomy 21, Trisomy 13, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Toe Walking, Post-Surgical Procedures, and Pediatric Obesity. She is also experienced in recommending/ordering custom made orthotics, AFOs, and durable medial equipment for her patients.
Rebecca is married to an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and they have 2 very energetic young daughters. In her spare time Rebecca loves spending time at the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking and competing in triathlons. Rebecca is happy to be back in her home state and is looking forward to helping her patients and families meet their goals with physical therapy.”
Sandra Federico recently earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University, and moved to Chesapeake to begin her new PT career at CTC. Previously she had a career in the field of teaching dance, with a degree in Dance Education from Hope College. Her experience encompasses working with infants-adults in both private studios and public schools, and looks forward to finding ways to use her lifetime experiences in this new field. In her free time, she is looking forward to getting involved in the arts community (theatre and dance), and to spending time exploring the history and nature of the Tidewater region.
Samantha (Sam) is originally from Central NY and moved to Virginia Beach to escape the snow and cold almost 3 years ago. She attended SUNY at Buffalo and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016. Her passion lies primarily in pediatrics, working in the school systems as well as outpatient therapy since graduating. When she’s not working you might find Sam cuddling with her dog, Walter or spending quality time with her family.
Stevie Jo Tibbetts has been a registered Occupational Therapist since 2015. She earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University. Her pediatric experience includes working as an assistant preschool teacher and participating in a specialized Autism training program with children and their families. As an OT, Stevie Jo has experience in outpatient and school systems. In addition to working with children, she also work with adults in an acute care hospital setting. She enjoys furthering her knowledge and has earned a certification as a Balance and Mobility Specialist. She is a member of the Professional Advisory Board at South University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and is a Compass Member for Global Autism. Stevie Jo enjoys volunteering at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk. When she is not working, you can find her outdoors kayaking, camping, running, or working out at Orange Theory Fitness.
“Teresa Caro, PT, DPT, received her Bachelor of Science in biology & psychology from The College of William and Mary and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Teresa has experience working in pediatric and adult settings including working in public schools, outpatient and early intervention. She is passionate about the power of using movement to heal and about empowering families to support their children’s overall development. Teresa was born and raised in Alexandria, VA and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, latin dancing and trying new things. In 2019 she joined the Children’s Therapy Concepts team and looks forward to learning and growing in this position.”
Vicki Green MOT, OTR/L, brings 10 years of experience to Children’s Therapy Concepts. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise. From there she went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After internships in the medical setting and pediatrics, Vicki decided that working with children and their families is where her heart and passion lies. She has extensive experience working in a number of pediatric settings, which include: private clinic, school systems, and Early Intervention. Vicki has worked with children of all ages, and has treated a variety of diagnoses such as, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, and Visual Motor impairments. She has special interest and training in running social skills groups, and working with children with feeding disorders (trained in S.O.S Approach) and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Vicki currently sits on the Professional Advisory Board for South University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.