Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy, LLC was founded by Beth Adkisson Fleming and Leslie Bigwood to provide the highest quality in diagnositc and therapuetic services in the Pooler and Savannah areas. We regularly participate in professional development in order to improve our skills and offer the best experience for our clients.
Beth received her Bachelor of Science from N.C. State University in Communication Disorders and graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Beth has extensive experience with Applied Behavioral Analysis/Verbal Behavior Therapy and has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe/Profound Developmental Delays. She also enjoys working with children with articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, language disorders, fluency disorders, and a wide variety of developmental disabilities. Beth has worked with the public school system, serving preschool and school-aged children in both school and community based settings. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.
Leslie graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University. Leslie is an enthusiastic therapist dedicated to the progress and overall success of the children she serves. She has gained a great deal of experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders secondary to autism, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, apraxia of speech, hearing impairment, and traumatic brain injury. Leslie has worked in the public school system from Pre-K to grade 12 and the private practice setting. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Association and is licensed to practice in Georgia and South Carolina.
Katherine Daniels Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kalli received her Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in General Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kalli is an enthusiastic therapist who loves working with the pediatric population. She has a wide variety of clinical experience working with children from birth to adolescents. She enjoys working with children with all types of communication disorders/delays (Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders/Articulation/Fluency/Pragmatic Language/Autism/PDD-NOS/Down Syndrome/TBI, etc). Kalli has been working at Chatterbox Pediatric Therapies a little over a year and has also worked in the public school setting. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.
Melissa Turner, M.CD CF-SLP
Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University in Communication Disorders and recently graduated from Auburn University with her Masters in Communication Disorders. Melissa has experience working with children of all ages in a variety of different settings and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of these children. She holds her Clinical Fellowship Certification and a provisional license in the State of Georgia.
Cynthia Harris, M.S., CCC-SLP
Cindy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from West Virginia University. Cindy has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005 in a variety of settings and enjoys working with all populations. Experience includes working with children who have articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, apraxia of speech, and other developmental disabilities. She is certified in the Beckman’s Oral-Motor Approach and vital-stim. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.
Maria Macko, M.S., CCC-SLP
Maria is originally from Erie, PA. She attended the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad and then Edinboro University of PA for graduate school. She received her Master's of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2001. Since then, she has lived in PA and NY for several years before moving with her family to Savannah, GA in 2011. She has worked primarily in the schools as well as pediatric outpatient clients and in Early Intervention. Her experience has been primarily developmental language delays and articulation/language disorders including apraxia, artic/phonological disorders, auditory processing, and Asperberger's/PDD etc...She and her husband have three children: Spencer, Ryan, and Ava.
Melissa Donovan, M.S., CCC-SLP
Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Physical therapy from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. She then continued on to Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL where she received a M.S in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Melissa is an energetic therapist who will go over and beyond the call of duty to ensure that a child is receiving the best, quality therapy services for his/her needs. She has worked in the private practice setting treating children with developmental, articulation, language, and fluency disorders secondary to autism, cerebral palsy, and downs syndrome. Melissa has also taken continuing education classes focused on; Sensory disorders and ADHD in children, Speech Sound Disorders, Apraxia, Aspergers, Autism, and various other disciplines. Melissa is licensed in the state of Georgia and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has always possessed a sincere love for children and therefore decided to further her education in the field of Early Childhood. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Walden University in Early Childhood so that she can integrate the fields of Education and Speech Pathology in research studies as well as expand her knowledge of Early Childhood.
Constance Wambold, ED.S., CCC-SLP
Conni earned her Master of Science degree from Towson State University (MD) in Speech-Language Pathology and an Education Specialist degree in Brain Research in Education from Nova Southeastern (FL). Conni has over 30 years experience in the field of educationally based communication sciences and disorders (CSDS) as an; administrator of speech programs in the schools, Assistant Professor of CSDS and Clinic Director at Armstrong Atlantic State University, and a direct service provider for children aged preschool through adolescence. Over the years, she has developed proficiency in the treatment of articulation/phonological disorders, language to literacy connections, multicultural issues in CSDS, social skills development, and the supervision and mentorship of students in CSDS. Conni holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing association, is licensed to practice in Georgia and holds a valid service certificate P-12 in the areas of Speech-Language Pathology, English Speakers of Other Languages, and Supervision from the GA Department of Education Professional Standards Commission.
Kathryn Gore, M.SP., CCC-SLP
Katie is a Georgia licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, with over 7 years of clinical experience. Katie graduated from Presbyterian College in South Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Her passion is working with children and she has experience working in a variety of settings including home-based early intervention, public schools, nursing home/ rehabilitation, and a team based approach at Easter Seals with children with developmental disabilities. She has treated children with a wide range of communication difficulties, including: oral motor deficits, language processing, articulation/phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, dysfluencies, hearing impaired, and autism.
Kimberly A. Zellner, OTR/L
"Kimber" graduated with her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. She maintains her board certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in the state of Georgia. She has recently moved to the Savannah area with her husband, Greg and is the proud mother of four children.
Kimber has 25 years of extensive experience in pediatric therapy treating children ages 0-21 years. She specializes in the treatment of feeding and oral motor skills for children on the Autism spectrum to g-tube dependent. She has experience in working with children who have a variety of diagnosis including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and a wide variety of developmental disabilities. She has worked in the clinic setting, hospital, school system, early intervention, home health, as a student instructor and a consultant in a variety of community settings. She provides therapeutic intervention through an eclectic approach to address, feeding and oral motor disorders, sensory integrative disorders, developmental milestones, fine/gross motor delays, functional daily living skills, visual motor/perceptual delays, adaptive equipment and assistive technology needs. Her priority in all treatment is effective communication and training of the primary caregivers and working as a team to reach the utmost potential of the child.
Jami Newland MHS, OTR/L
Jami graduated with a Master of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Georgia Regents University, formally named the Medical College of Georgia.She maintains her board certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.Jami is also certified in all Physical Agent Modalities.
Jami began her career working in a rehabilitative hospital setting and worked with adults with various diagnoses.While Jami loved helping her patients r recuperate from their illnesses, she began to realize her true passion was working with children.She has worked in the hospital, clinic, early intervention, and school-based pediatric settings.Jami has experience working with children who have a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited, to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down syndrome, Dysgraphia, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia, and Sensory Integration Disorder.Jami’s top priority is to help the children and families she serves succeed and improve their overall quality of life despite their perceived limitations.
Jami lives in Savannah with her husband, Brian, son, Liam, and energetic dog, Maggie.She enjoys exercising, cooking, and boating.
Sarah Henrich, M.S., OTR/L
Sarah graduated with her Bachelor of Health Science from Bowling Green State University.She earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.Sarah currently maintains her board certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in the state of Georgia.
Sarah moved to the area from Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband upon completion of her degree and enjoys running and being a new mom in her spare time.She enjoys working with children of a variety of ages and diagnoses.Her clinical experience included a focus on early intervention, sensory integration and out-patient adult rehabilitation.Sarah has a passion for pediatrics and enjoys working as a team with physical and speech therapists to create a holistic approach for children to make them as independent as possible for full participation in life.She is always learning new skills to keep up with the ever growing field.
Richard Glover, MHS, OTR/L, LPTA
Richard is a licensed occupational therapist and physical therapist assistant. He is a graduate of The Medical College of Georgia (now Regents University) with both a Bachelor of Science (2003) and Masters in Health Science (2005) in Occupational Therapy. He is also a 2000 graduate of South University (Savannah) with an Associate of Science Degree in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. As a dually-licensed therapist, he has gained a unique perspective on blending his understanding of biomechanics and physical dysfunction with creative approaches to acquiring self-care and functional skills in the children he serves. Richard has worked in a variety of settings with both adult and pediatric patients, but his great joy helping children to acquire the skills to be successful at home, in school and in leisure activities.
Becky Hodges, PT
Becky has 21 years experience in providing physical therapy in a variety of settings including pediatrics in both private practice & natural environments, neurological, orthopedic & geriatric rehabilitation in critical care, acute care, home care, inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation settings, as well experience as both clinical supervisor & instructor. She has experience working with children with various diagnosis including but not limited to autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, plagiocephaly, torticollis, orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injury & a variety of developmental delays & genetic disorders. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Allied Health Program in Physical Therapy & is licensed to practice physical therapy in Georgia & Tennessee. She & her husband Charles are blessed with 3 teenage daughters who all enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing & other outdoor activities.
Kristin Cushing, PT, DPT
Kristin has received a Master degree and a Doctorate degree in physical therapy from Franklin Pierce University.She graduated from Notre Dame College with a Bachelor of Science degree.Kristin has a five year background in orthopedics before transitioning to pediatrics.She has worked both in the school setting and in the outpatient setting, serving children with a wide variety of diagnoses.Kristin has experience working with children from newborn to early twenties.She has training in Torticollis and Plagiocephaly; Gait Training; Early Intervention; Pediatric Neuro-developmental Treatment; and Motor Coordination Disorders.
Pat Cushing- Office Manager
Pat moved to Savannah in 2011 from New Hampshire. She was employed in an orthotics and prosthetics office for 11 years in New England. While she misses the beautiful autumn colors up there but she does not miss the 100 inches of snow we experienced one winter. The weather here in Georgia is more to her liking. Mrs. Pat says she loves working for Beth and Leslie at Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy. She says "It is so rewarding to see "our" children reaching their potential. Some of our kids call me "Nanny Pat" which thrills me." She has been married for 40 years, has two grown daughters (one is a PT here on Wednesdays) and 3 grandchildren and 1 coming in November.
Brittany Monfils - Billing
Brittany has been working in Medical Billing for four years. She started with Chatterbox in June and loves working with such loving therapist. Brittany is married and has two dogs.
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