Our Therapists are experienced in the treatment of expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, cognitive delays, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, torticollis and traumatic brain injury just to name a few.
Georgia Speech Language Pathologists:
- Alyssa Butcher, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Alyssa went to The University of Oklahoma (OU) for her undergraduate degree and received her Masters at the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating December of 2007. In graduate school, she specialized in aural habilitation, which means working with children who have hearing impairments.
She is from Dallas, TX and misses it very much! She has worked with the pediatric population since she graduated and now has her own baby girl named Blythe, who is 16 months old, with her husband Tyler. She is also an actor and recently filmed a commercial for Parker's!
- Cindy Green, Speech Language Pathologist, M. Ed, CCC-SLP -
Cindy graduated from Armstrong State with her Master's in 1985. She started out at Long County Schools, then onto Richmond Hill Elementary and High School. After those jobs she moved to Atlanta to work at a private day/residential school called Davidson Speech School. She's worked in everything from preschool to high school; all levels of abilities and disorders including AU. She was an Assistive Technology Specialist for quite a few years. She is retired now after 30 years in the public school system. Working for Southland allows her the ability to balance her work with play. Her favorite part of this job includes no IEP's!
Cindy loves working with the great staff at Southland, and very much enjoys the kiddos and their families! She loves to get her stress out by playing tennis and hiking. She also likes photography, even though she's still a beginner. She loves sorbet and dark chocolate and listening to country music. Her favorite place to go is Yellowstone!
- Marjory Taylor, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Marjory received her undergraduate degree at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida and her Master’s degree from Armstrong State University.
Marjory currently works full-time at Southland Therapy Services and is a mom of two school-aged children.
Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the children and their families. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, attending her kids extracurricular activities, watching Jeopardy and eating dark chocolate gelato.
- Patricia Roberts, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Pat received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia in Business Administration. She received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1992. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for 23 years.
Pat has experience in the public schools from her position in the Chatham County public school system. She loves working with children and helping them gain new communication skills. She enjoys spending her free time with her four children.
- Ali Rice, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Ali graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, from Loyola University Maryland and received her Master’s at Long Island University C.W. Post. She enjoys building a strong rapport with patients and families as well as collaborating with all professionals involved in their care. Ali has a hands-on experience in various settings including clinic, hospital, home, and school environments, treating toddlers through adults, during her graduate and post graduate work. Her experience includes evaluating and treating patients with a range of diagnoses, including language delays/disorders, articulation disorders, autism, down syndrome, apraxia, fluency disorders, and dysphagia as well as cognitive and neurological disorders.Ali has a growing interest in providing intervention for infants, recently graduating from Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), helping to decrease the gap in services post discharge. Her continuing education includes courses, conferences, and a year-long mentorship program focused on Neonatal therapy. This has led to her interest in the specialized area of feeding therapy for infants, toddlers, and school-age children.
Ali was raised in Princeton, NJ. Being a military spouse, she has lived and worked in several areas of the country. In Ali’s spare time, she enjoys being a foodie and exploring great restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops in the area.
- Andrea Concha, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CF- SLP -
Andrea graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in 2017 with a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Her FIU curriculum emphasized bilingualism, since she is fluent in both English and Spanish. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is currently an SLP in the Savannah, Georgia clinic. Her favorite part of the job is seeing the progress made by her patients. She also loves providing those positive changes needed for her patients to succeed.
She enjoys to travel and, during the last two years, has been able to take several road trips. She loves to try new foods and learn about different cultures. She is a big dog lover and has 2 dogs of her own. She recently joined the Southland Therapy Services team and is excited to offer bilingual services to the patients at the Savannah clinic.
Georgia Physical Therapists:
- Katie Osborne, Physical Therapist, DPT. Health Science -
Katie graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA and then went on to receive her DPT from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2012. She has been a PT for over 5 years with 4 of those being in the field of pediatrics. She loves the daily challenge of thinking outside the box to get kids to work towards their therapy goals in a way that feels like fun and games for them. Helping a child learn and grow is one of the most rewarding feelings and makes for a wonderful job.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Phil, and their dogs, Opie and Syla, running road races, going to the beach and traveling. She has a small toy mouse named Dobbs that travels with her. She takes his picture at all state welcome signs, monuments or major landmarks and her goal is to have his picture taken in all 50 states!
Georgia Occupational Therapists:
- Megan Valdivieso, Occupational Therapist OTR/L -
Megan has been working as an Occupational Therapist for 2 years. She has experience in the hospital setting from her position at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. She was also recently certified as a Feeding Therapist.
Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the kids and their families and seeing them progress over time. Her hobbies include exploring new places and spending time outdoors.
She is originally from Chicago and has a miniature dachshund named Teddy.
South Carolina Speech Language Pathologists:
- Dana Braswell, Speech Language Pathologist, M.Ed, CCC-SLP -
Dana graduated in 1999 with a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia. She enjoys working with children who have Apraxia of Speech, Articulation disorders and oral-motor based feedings disorders.
She has many years experience working in a hospital setting working on an outpatient/ inpatient feeding team. She currently treats children in the natural environment through BabyNet services in South Carolina with Southland. She has worked in the pediatrics field her entire career and truly loves what she does.
Dana is Georgia and South Carolina licensed and ASHA certified. She lives in the Savannah area and is married with three daughters.
- Angela Hammond, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Angela received her Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, NC and her Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC. She is certified in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation as well as LSVT-Loud. She has over 30+ years of clinical experience having worked in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, home health and Early Intervention.
She is the mother of 3 daughters: Lauren, age 30, and twins Megan and Katie, age 26. As a side note, Megan is currently a Speech/Language Pathologist and Katie is an Occupational Therapist. She enjoys working in all aspects of pediatric language, speech and swallow. She especially enjoys opportunities to work alongside parents helping to enhance their child’s communication skills.
- Tanya Kobek, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC-SLP -
Tanya attended Southern Illinois University and graduated in 2009. She has experience in the school setting working with children with various disabilities and ages from her position in the Anderson School District 2.
In February 2017, she received the Award for Continuing Education ( ACE award ) from the American Speech and Hearing Association for earning 7.0 ASHA CEUs in 36 months. She participated in the ASHA CE Registry and was presented the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the Continuing Education Board (CEB) in recognition. She enjoys reading, playing golf, spending time with family and friends. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip!
- Randy Kurjan, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Randy has provided speech, language and feeding therapy to young children for 41 years. Randy has extensive specialized training and experience in the area of feeding and working with children with complex medical issues. She has lectured to a variety of university classes on feeding and communication development. Randy received certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and is a member of the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association. She is also certified to help teachers become more effective promoters of language development and has training in DIR/Floortime, a variety of oral-motor approaches and skillful teaching.
Randy and her husband moved to Hilton Head Island in July of 2013, where they are happily embracing the beautiful lowcountry with their 3 dogs and 2 cats. Randy is SC licensed and is a member of SCSHA and ASHA. Randy and her husband David, of 41 years, have 2 grown children. Most important - Randy is the doting Grandma to her 18 month old grandson Russell!
- Amy Stubbs, Speech Language Pathologist, M.A. CCC-SLP -
Amy attended graduate school at The Ohio State University receiving her MA in 1996. She received her undergraduate degree at Ohio University in 1994. She has many years expereince working in the Beaufort County School District working with 4-6 year olds. Through Southland, she assists in Babynet evaluations for children transitioning from birth-3 program to preschool. With the younger children she loves seeing their excitement as they come into the speech room and as they participate in language activities. With her older students, Amy loves seeing their faces when they begin saying sounds correctly that they have been working on for a very long time.
Her favorite activities/hobbies include organizing, planning in my passion planner, scrapbooking, watching the food network and walking her Golden Retriever named Duke. She and her husband Jeff moved from Zanesville, Ohio to Hilton Head, SC in May 2004. She loves peanuts and M&Ms; therefore, peanut M&Ms are her perfect treat!
- Shalonda Walker, Speech Language Pathologist, M.A. CCC-SLP -
Shalonda is a native of Brunson, South Carolina and graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from South Carolina State University.
She is a member of the South Carolina Speech Language Hearing Association (SCSHA) and the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and has a Certificate of Clinical Competence. Shalonda has seven years of experience working in the public schools.
She has been working in pediatric speech pathology since 2011. She has experience evaluating and treating children with developmental disabilities, articulation/ phonological disorders, language disorders, swallowing difficulties, and fluency disorders. She is SC licensed.
- Samantha Johnson, Speech Language Pathologist, M.A. CCC-SLP -
Samantha has lived in the Lowcountry her entire life. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from South Carolina State University and has been a practicing Speech-language pathologist for over 3 years.
She has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders in the natural environment (home/daycare) and in the school setting.
She is ASHA certified and holds a SC license.
- Sarah Sharp, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC-SLP -
Sarah graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Special Education, from Longwood, University in Farmville, Virginia. She went on to complete her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology, receiving her degree in 2015 from Radford University in Radford, Virginia.
She moved to Beaufort, South Carolina in May 2015 at which time she began working for Southland. Sarah also has experience in the education setting from her position at Beaufort County School District and in the hospital from her position at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. She loves what she does and considers herself very lucky to work with Southland's pediatric patients each day!
Her favorite part of being a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist is the ability to specialize the work with kiddos from birth to age 21, as well as working with their families. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys attending all of the wonderful festivals in Beaufort and Bluffton - the Shrimp Festival is her favorite so far! When she's not enjoying a festival in town, she is perfectly content relaxing at home with her sweet great dane, Luna.
- Kayley John, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC-SLP -
Kayley graduated in 2015 with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.She has been working as an SLP for 2 years with children in preschool through high school settings.
Her favorite part of the job is seeing a child gain confidence by achieving one of their communication goals for the very first time.
She's lived in the Charleston area for one year now and is originally from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.
- Jessica Scott, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC-SLP -
Jessica graduated with her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2005. She feels that being a pediatric SLP is a significant part of who she is and feels so blessed to call this "work!" She enjoys working with little ones, especially toddlers/preschoolers, and watching them blossom and experience the power of communication!
She has experience working with a variety of disorders (apraxia of speech, language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, autism, feeding disorders) and a variety of settings (outpatient rehab, clinical, home/natural environments). She is ASHA certified and South Carolina licensed.
She has had the pleasure of working for Southland since the spring of 2017. She's been married for 12 years to a Coastie and we have 3 daughters-twins, who are 5 years old, and a 2-year-old cutie as well!
- Claire Edwards, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CF- SLP -
Claire received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Special Education. She attended graduate school at Radford University with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her favorite part of the job is seeing progress with the children and being able to work with children every day.
Some of her hobbies include painting, reading, and spending time with her child aka: my Labra-doodle (Henry)! Some fun facts about Claire? I was part of a team that created a developmental screener (for children birth-8 years) and traveled to the jungle of Belize (and slept in a hammock) to collect data and administer the screener on the population for the ministry of education. A silly fact is that her dog likes to paddle board with Claire!
- Jennifer Lemkes, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Jennifer Lemkes has always had a passion to be around children. Being born the middle child of five girls to first generation immigrant parents, she learned to speak Dutch prior to learning English in school. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from North Carolina State University in 2008. She earned a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from East Carolina University in 2010. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. While she spent some time working in geriatrics, becoming a mom reignited her passion to work with children. Jennifer has experience working with children in early intervention, private clinic and the school system. She loves to find what motivates a child to communicate and finding effective communication techniques, accessing a child’s natural strengths and building from there.
Jennifer lives in Greenville, SC, and has been married to Allan since 2013. They have one son named Preston. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, hanging with friends and family, cooking, and watching sports.
South Carolina Pediatric Physical Therapists:
- Brandi Zetrouer, Physical Therapist, M.S. Physical Therapy -
Brandi graduated with her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and earned her Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2000. She lives in Bluffton and loves being a mother to her 9 and10 year old. Brandi has over 17 years of pediatric therapy experience with emphasis on treating patients with torticollis, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, genetic disorders and developmental delay. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, early intervention/home based, hospital based and the school system. Brandi holds her certification in Early Intervention Services and is a APTA credentialed clinical instructor. Her love of incorporating "non traditional" intervention approaches has lead her way to develop aquatic based therapy programs and assists with working with developmental dance and hippotherapy programs. She is GA and South Carolina licensed.
- Laura Dukes, Physical Therapist, DPT. Physical Therapy -
Laura graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She then attended the Medical University of South Carolina and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2010. She has worked in an outpatient clinic setting and a school setting, serving pediatric patients the majority of her seven years of practice.
She is excited to begin this adventure working with young children in their homes and looks forward to the challenge of helping them grow and develop. She enjoys working in pediatrics because it is a constant learning experience, with no child being exactly like another.
She lives near St. George, South Carolina and enjoys spending time with her husband, 4-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son. She enjoys swimming and spending time outside with her daughter and enjoys frequent trips to the zoo.
- Kristen Parsons, Physical Therapist, DPT. Physical Therapy -
Kristen Parsons graduated from the University of Georgia with her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science. In 2015, she graduated from the University of North Georgia with her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.
She has been a PT specializing in pediatrics for over 2 years and has worked in many settings including: outpatient pediatrics, inpatient pediatrics, and is now undergoing training in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Her favorite population to work with is 0-3 years.
Kristen loves spending time with her family, being outdoors with her husband and two dogs, and attending hot yoga classes after a long day at work. She enjoys serving at her church and is involved with the youth ministry. She has a huge sweet tooth and loves anything with chocolate and peanut butter!
- Emily Rigg Climaco, Physical Therapist, DPT. Physical Therapy -
Emily graduated from the University of Findlay in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. She finished her clinical rotations in South Carolina and fell in love with the area, so she decided to stay! She worked for a short time in an outpatient orthopedic clinic before doing pediatric home visits through Southland. Having worked in a high-volume clinic atmosphere, she really appreciates getting to spend one-on-one time with each and every patient and having their families present to take part in the session. She feels that there is truly nothing more rewarding than seeing a little one reach a new milestone and watching the excitement on the families' faces.
Emily and her husband had their first child in September 2017. Currently her favorite pastime is spending time with her baby boy. She says that he isn’t always happy about having a PT for a mom, since she makes him exercise every day but he does enjoy the massages! Her husband is Brazilian and they are excited to raise a bilingual baby; he will speak English and Portuguese. Aside from spending time with her growing family, Emily enjoys running, reading, and hanging with her 2 Siberian huskies.
- Leslie Fergus, Physical Therapist, M.S. Physical Therapy -
Leslie went to Auburn University and then MUSC for PT school. She has been a Physical Therapist for 16 years with the last 12 years being in pediatrics.
The part of the job she loves most is working with the kids and being able to make a difference in their lives.
She is currently working on training a 13-week-old Golden Retriever puppy to be a Certified Therapy Dog. He will be Leslie's 2nd Therapy dog once he completes his training. She is a mom of 2 that keep her busy in all of her free time.
South Carolina Occupational Therapists:
Bernadette Tasso Luce, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L -
Bernadette has over 35 years experience in Occupational Therapy. Thirty of those years have been in pediatrics. She has been self-employed for many years contracting services to schools, home health agencies and outpatient clinics.
She has provided therapy for varied disabilities such as cerebral palsy, head injuries, learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental delays. She developed visual motor software called Focus VME that encourages proper tracking and exercise.
Her favorite hobbies include watercolor painting and crafting (jewelry, knitting, crocheting).She enjoys traveling and cruising.
- Camille Watkins, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L -
Camille got my Master of Science degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2014; Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2002 from the University of South Carolina. She loves when her patients hit a big, new milestone - crawling for the first time, saying the alphabet, writing their first name - these things make her day like nothing else!
She is in serious need of a new hobby; she spends all her spare time chasing after a toddler these days! She has three kids- Ophelia (18 months), stepson Franklin (8), and stepdaughter Vera (6). Her favorite activities are going to Folly Beach with her family and Sunday family dinners with their friends (also on Folly!)
Before She went back to school for Occupational Therapy she was a radio DJ for several years in Charleston and then a unit marketing director for Chick-fil-A. She also played roller derby for 5 years under the name Hurricane Camille for the Lowcountry Highrollers. Every New Year's Day, she and her fiancé, Andy, dress up as characters from different Bill Murray movies and do the Polar Plunge on Folly Beach. One day they hope to convince their kids to do it with them!
- Linda (Charly) Doerschuk, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L -
Charly went to Cleveland State University and graduated in 2010. She worked in Lakewood, OH for 6 years, then her husband was transferred to Hawaii where she worked for a year and a half in SNF (skilled nursing facility). Her husband was then transferred to Charleston, SC where she switched to pediatrics and loves it! (He works for the VA after 30 years in the Army). Charly met her husband in the Army in Heidelberg, Germany when they were playing in the 33rd Army Band together. She plays flute and saxophone, he plays trumpet. She loves singing too! She also loves crafting and inventing fun things for her patients to do. Her newest love is hula. It’s much more involved than she ever expected, but she is really enjoying learning all about it.
Bridget Fijlane, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L -
Bridget received her degree from Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY in 2008. Bridget also has hospital experience from her position at Beaufort Memorial Hospital's Healthlink for Children in Outpatient Pediatric Therapy.
She loves being able to impact a child's life at a very early age, and get to know them in their own environment through Southland’s natural environment therapy.
Some of her favorite hobbies include going to the beach, spending time with her dogs, and traveling with her husband. A few fun facts about me are that she moved to the Low Country from Syracuse, NY (Go Orange) and does not miss the snow one bit. She loves most sweets, but if anyone every surprised her with a Reese’s blizzard she'd be super happy!
Melinda Morris, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L -
Melinda is a passionate pediatric Occupational Therapist with enthusiasm for learning and obtaining new knowledge. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University in 2011 and her Master’s of Occupational Therapy Degree from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Since then, she has worked in a wide variety of settings, with her primary focus on the pediatric population, with her greatest passion being sensory integration and holistic healing modalities.
Melinda is also a yoga teacher and is currently undergoing training for health coaching that she would eventually like to incorporate into a holistic occupational therapy practice. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, Brandon, and their puppy Moxie, doing things outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and kayaking.
Dee Dee Mesaros, Owner -
Dee Dee is the owner of Southland Therapy Services. Southland has been serving the children of Georgia and South Carolina since 2006 and is proud to help change the lives of so many in the Low Country.
Dee Dee is a mother to TWO sets of twins and, as of last year, a new grandma. Dee Dee's favorite candy are M&M's!
She lives in Savannah with her two daughters, husband John, and their jack russell.
Regina Pawlowski, Referral Coordinator-
Regina has been with Southland Therapy Services since we opened our doors in 2006. She loves meeting new families and treats all patients with the utmost attention and love. Her hobbies include shopping with her daughters and going to Bingo with her mother. Regina is a mother and lives in the Savannah area with her two daughters and husband, Larry.
Zandia Scott, Authorization Specialist -
Zandia received her bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Science from Armstrong in December 2016.
Her favorite part of the job is seeing the kids come in each day with a story to tell but hates to see them cry when they do not want to leave. Her favorite ice cream is vanilla. She has two children, her son RJ, and new baby Rylin.
Mallory Platt, Office Assistant -
Mallory has been with Southland since October 2016. She graduated from Armstrong State University with a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is applying for graduate school to become a Speech Language Pathologist.
Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the awesome patients and their families. You'll find her snacking on goldfish and M&Ms or Ritz crackers and peanut butter. When she's not at Southland she's usually home visiting with her family and enjoying time with her niece and nephews.
Laura Leech, Outreach Coordinator -
Laura has been with Southland since 2015. She graduated from Curry College in 2009 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Public Relations. She attended Armstrong State University and received her post-bacc certification in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Her favorite part of the job is seeing what a difference the therapists are making. Her favorite hobbies include photography, hiking, camping, and traveling with her family. She loves to walk on the beach at Hilton Head Island with her husband Jake, daughter Abigail, and black labrador, Tessie. She and her husband are originally from Maine and miss the snow terribly! She loves cookie dough ice cream and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Laura is also the Tumble Tykes of Savannah gymnastics instructor.