Therapist Profiles

Humera Savaja, MOTR/L, CEO

Humera received her Masters Degree from Brenau University. She joined Associated Therapies, Inc. in 2007 and became a partner with Late Barbara Martin in 2009. She loves working with children of all abilities however she is most passionate about Sensory Integration; putting the puzzle pieces together and completing the picture of a child who is able to function in his/her environment.

She is on the board of Autism Society of America, Georgia Chapter and member of Ayers Sensory Integration. She is a volunteer with Aga Khan Foundation working on eradicating poverty and a crisis volunteer with victims of abuse and violence. She loves to run, read and watching movies. Her goal is to participate in a triathlon.


Martha Marley Blincoe PT, MS, C/NDT

Martha (Marti) Marley Blincoe received her Undergraduate BA in Psychology/Sociology from The University of Tennessee and an Undergraduate BS in Physical Therapy College of St. Scholastica. She has also completed her Masters in Special Education from The University of Kansas.

She has over 30 years of PT experience. Her specialty is in NDT and received her certification from California in 1981 with a focus on normal movement and ways of facilitating movement. She love to work with babies and young children and is a mother of 3 wonderful girls.

Marti was also the Chair of the 2009 Piedmont Ball that raised $334,000 where the proceeds went to the Piedmont NICU. She believes that it is a privilege to work with young children and their families.


Patricia Rogers Frank, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Pat is member of Speech-Language Pathology American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, since January 1979 and a current Member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Pat earned her B.S.,

Speech/Language Pathology from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1975 and graduated from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 with M.Ed., Speech/Language Pathology.

Pat has 34 years of experience working with young children and her specialty is Augmentative/Alternative Communication. She loves to spend time with family and Friends, and her passion is Technology.

Pat received Honors from Council for Exceptional Children, Dogwood Chapter, Certificate of Appreciation, April 1989. She also received Meritorious Award, Heritage Center, 1992 and Teacher of the Year at Heritage Center-DeKalb County School System in 1998.


Holly Goldberg, MOT, OTR/L

Holly is an occupational therapist with 9 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. Holly has worked in a pediatric hospital, in schools, and in home care. She has advanced training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) for children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor disorders. She also specializes in feeding therapy for children with feeding difficulties. Holly graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) with her Masters of occupational Therapy degree in 2003.

Her personal interests include reading, running, pilates, and spending time with her daughter. Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, healthcare policy and quality special education services for all children.


Sarah Lower

Sarah is a physical therapist with experience in schools, homes, and clinical settings. Sarah graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009. Sarah enjoys working with children with varying abilities, ranging from babies to adolescents. Sarah has training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) for babies and toddlers with neuromotor disorders.

Sarah is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and is passionate about giving back to the community. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and dog.


Jill S. McCord

Jill received her M.S. CCC-SLP (Master of Science, Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech Language Pathologist) from Auburn University, Auburn, AL. Jill has 20 years of experience working with different type of language delays in school and clinic setting. Here expertise is in Remediation of receptive/expressive language delays, articulation delays and fluency disorders (stuttering). She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new and exciting places. Jill is very passionate about working with children to help them become confident in their ability to communicate with others.


Velma D. Carey-Samuels

Velma holds a Bachelors of Art in Human Services from Shorter University and a Masters of Science in Psychology with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella University. She has had formal training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and has been a 1:1 therapist for over 10 years serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in their homes and school settings. In addition, Velma has over 20 years of work experience with various populations of children with special needs, ranging from severe to mild functioning. Providing children with tools to help shape their behaviors to make them successful is her specialty. Her vision is to one day be a lobbyist on Capitol Hill to help advocate on behalf of children with special needs.


Cynthia Hall Stein

Cindy received her Master in Medical Science (MSc) from Emory University and BA in Speech and Hearing from Elmira College in NY. Cindy holds Certificate of Clinical Competency from ASHA, GA. Licensure #SLP005752.

Cindy has been working/practicing for 34 years in the schools and 8 years in private practice (total of 34 years). Cindy’s specialty is in Assistive Technology/ Augmentative-Alternative Communication and severe articulation disorders.

Cindy loves to cook, bake and decorate cake and knitting in her free time.


Olivia Stieren

MS, OTR/L

Olivia graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brenau University in 2013 with her Bachelor and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, where she was a member of Pi Theta Epsilon occupational therapy honor society and a 2 year member of the Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association executive board. Her masters’ thesis was focused on sensory integration and a new listening program called EASe, and this furthered her passion for sensory integrative techniques. Her love of working with children stemmed from teaching dance classes in high school, working at a special needs camp, and her fieldwork experiences in school. Olivia’s expertise includes sensory integration, fine motor delays, and handwriting. She has work experience with a variety of pediatric conditions, including but not limited to cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy, sensory processing disorder, developmental delays, arthrogryposis, mitochondrial disorder, and ADHD. She began working for Associated Therapies in October 2013. Olivia is in the process of becoming certified in Physical Agent Modalities and Therapeutic Listening, and is interested in further pursuing Neurodevelopmental Treatment. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Georgia Occupational Therapy Association. In her free time, Olivia enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, exercising, spending time in the great outdoors, and giving love to her “fur baby”!


Laura

Laura earned her bachelor's degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. She attended University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. where she earned a Master in Education, Speech Language Pathology degree. Laura is accredited by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the State of Georgia. She has special interest and experience with early language development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.


Allison

Allison is a Occupational therapist with experience in the clinical setting and in the home setting. Allison graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Master of Occupational therapy degree in 2013. Allison is a member of the Georgia Occupational Therapy association and enjoys working with children with varying abilities, ranging from babies to adolescents. Allison has a passion for working with children to help them find the "just right" challenge to allow them to be able to participate in their every day activities. Allison looks forward to becoming certified in Astronaut training and therapeutic listening in the upcoming year.

Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, going to exercise classes, and going to the movies. Her professional interests include making sure every child gets the best possible care, to ensure the best possible future for them.


Mary Lynn Gaines

Med. CCC-SLP

Masters of Education in Speech-Language Pathology from North Carolina Central University.

Licensed in Georgia, State of Georgia Education License, National ASHA Certified I have worked in the school system for four years with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Language Delays and Articulation Disorders. I have worked in home health and clinic settings for 14 years. I enjoy working in early intervention with children birth to three years of age that are language delayed.

I enjoy cooking, swimming, and ice skating. I presented my thesis "Longitudinal Study on the Vocabulary Acquisition of Infants with Down Syndrome" at the American Speech and Hearing Association national conference in November 1999.


Stacey McDermott

BS speech pathology and audiology
MS occupational therapy
Certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing

Works with a variety of animal rescue organizations to help with the homeless and neglected pet population in GA


Lisa Rosenfield

M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Lisa is a Speech therapist with 5 years of experience in the clinical and school setting. Lisa graduated from Valdosta State University with a Masters of Education in Speech Language Pathology in 2009. She has experience working with children who have a variety of articulation and language needs, including students with apraxia, autism, language delays, phonological/articulation disorders, mild intellectually delayed, Cerebral Palsy, and Down syndrome. Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, running, going to exercise classes, and going to the movies.


Krystal N

Newkirk, MS, OTR/L

Krystal is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist. She earning a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. She continued her graduate studies at her alma mater where she earned a Master's of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Krystal has recently begun her career and is currently working with Gwinnett County Public Schools, as well as, providing services in both private pediatric clinics and home health. Working with children has always been a passion of hers and within these varying settings, she has worked with a variety of children and diagnoses.

Krystal plans to further her career by becoming certified in various pediatrics specialties, as well as, possibly obtaining her doctorate degree. In her spare time, Krystal enjoys shopping, traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family.


Cettina

Cettina is a speech therapist who received her Master's Degree and Certification of Clinical Competence at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York in 2012. She obtains her certification of Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and NYS Bilingual Certification in Spanish and Italian. Cettina also obtains training in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), and LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment).

Cettina is a native of New York and obtains her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from New York University. While there, Cettina participated in research in cognitive psychology, phonetics/phonology, and speech pathology in adults with aphasia.

While in graduate school, Cettina traveled to Bolivia as part of an internship program in which she collaborated with teachers and staff at CEREFE (El Centro de RehabilitaciónFísica y Educación Especial). She also participated in group trainings with parents regarding negative behaviors, language stimulation, and multiculturalism.

Cettina has been working with children of all ages including early intervention, preschool, middle/elementary school, and high school. She has treated children with language delays, articulation delays, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, stuttering, and speech language impairments.


Gregory Dana Kato

CCC-SLP
B.A. Speech, 95
M.Ed. Communication Disorders, 97
Georgia State University

Areas of interest:

Articulation/Speech-Sound Disorders
Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)
Autism
Cognitive Impairments
Students with Multiple Disabilities

Personal interests:

Yoga, Film/Cinema, Outdoors, Travel


Dr. Emily C. Trent, PT, DPT, MS

Georgia State University: Doctor of Physical Therapy. Research: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Assessment of Inflammation in Traumatically-Injured Rat Quadriceps Muscle. Honor Society: Delta Epsilon Iota

Georgia State University: M.S. Biology/Neuroscience. Research: Sex Differences in Pain Perception in Human

Georgia State University: B.S. Biology/Minor Chemistry; Department Honor's Concentration: Neurophysiology. Graduated: magna cum laude.Honors: Awarded Faculty Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa. Research: Analysis of Growth Cone Advancement in Pioneer Neurons in Helisoma trivolvis.

Emily Trent is a physical therapist that treats both children and adults with neurological and orthopedic physical impairments in various settings. She enjoys working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and is currently pursing a Master's of Public Health degree. Her professional interests include: Developmental Neuroscience, Pain Neuroscience, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Rehabilitation (especially Shoulder, Spine, Pelvic and Knee), Sport Readiness, Aquatic Rehabilitation, Post-surgical Rehab for various Cancers, Health Policy, Health Promotion, Population-Based Digital Intervention, Improving Access to Quality Healthcare for the Underserved, Novel Healthcare Practices, Vulnerable Populations in the US, the Undertreatment of Pain both in the US and Globally, Improving Maternal and Children's health throughout the lifespan in Metro-Atlanta, GA and the US. Emily's personal interests are: Languages, Art; especially painting, Cycling, Rowing, Water Sports, Basketball, Golf, Reading and shopping and watching movies with her daughter.


Dr. Senya

Dr. Senya Speaks-Douthit is a doctor of Occupational Therapy with a specialty in pediatric therapy. She has practiced for 12+ years in the school and outpatient pediatric setting both here in metro Atlanta and in New York. Dr. Speaks-Douthit has a passion. For working with children with Down Syndrome.