Therapist Profiles

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.

Humera Savaja

MOTR/L, CEO
Holly received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brenau University with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, where she was Vice President of Pi Theta Epsilon – an occupational therapy honor society. Her passion for working with children stemmed from coaching gymnastics to children with and without disabilities in high school and college and working as a camp counselor at a summer camp for children with disabilities. She enjoys working with children of all abilities and helping them to develop the foundation for success throughout their daily lives. She has experience working with a variety of pediatric conditions, including but not limited to, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, brachial plexus disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, spinal cord injury, etc. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Georgia Occupational Therapy Association. In her free time, Holly enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, doing yoga, and hiking.

Holly Bramlett

OTR/L
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.

Velma D. Carey-Samuels

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.

Allison

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.

Mary Lynn Gaines

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

Stacey McDermott

Lisa is a speech therapist with 8 years experience in clinic and school base therapy. Lisa graduated from Valdosta State University with Masters of Education in speech language pathology in 2009. She has experience in working with children who has variety of articulation and language needs, including children with apraxia, autism, language delays, phonological/articulation disorders, mild intellectual delays, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome. Her personal interest includes spending time with family and friends, exercising, running, and watching movies.

Lisa Rosenfield

M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Cettina Chiarelli, CCC-SLP
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.

Cettina

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

Gregory Dana Kato

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. Emily C. Trent

PT, DPT, MS
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.

Dr. Senya

Celeste received her bachelors in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Akron and received a double minor in child and family development. She received her masters in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Akron where she graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude. Celeste has over three years experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the school setting. Celeste has received specialized training in early intervention for children with a sensory impairment (hearing loss). She has advanced training in providing parent education strategies to carry over speech therapy strategies into the home environment. Her expertise is in remediation of receptive/expressive language delays, articulation delays, fluency disorders, and pragmatic language disorders.

Amanda Benes

M.ED., CCC-SLP
Shirley has been part of Associated Therapies for more then 5 years. She is prompt at responding to the needs of the families and the therapists. If you need any advise or a prayer, Shirley is happy to oblige. Her hobbies are reading, socializing and attending to church regularly.

Shirley Harris

Office Manager
Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Georgia State University. In addition to teaching a course at Georgia State University, she has worked with the pediatric population in various settings including public and private schools, clinics, and her clients’ homes.

Lisa Rothberger

M.ED., CCC-SLP
Suzanne graduated from Dominican University of California with a Masters of Science degree in occupational therapy in 2014. She has prior work experience in school settings and in an outpatient pediatric setting through an internship. Recently she completed an occupational therapy travel assignment in St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Suzanne became passionate about working with children through her many years of 4-H leadership and teaching violin to toddlers through teenagers. She has prior experience with children who have autism, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, and developmental delays. She is a member of professional organizations such as the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has taken professional development courses in Handwriting Without Tears and DIR Floortime and hopes to attain more training in NDT in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities including glamping and going on walks or bike rides on the beltline with her husband.

Suzanne Hansson

M.S., OTR/L