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, plagiocephaly, traumatic brain injury and feeding disorders just to name a few. We have therapists who see children in the Georgia clinic located in Savannah, as well as therapists who treat within the natural environment setting in both GA and SC. Southland Pediatric Therapy Services is proud to have a wonderful team made up of talented and creative therapists and staff. We hope you will continue reading below to get to know the many amazing people we have on staff who are ready to serve you and your family in meeting your therapy goals.
Georgia Speech Language Pathologists:
- 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.
- Talia Herskovitz, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Talia (wife and mother) grew up in New York and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University in December 2010. She has worked in many settings, which include public school, rehabilitation hospital working with adults, early intervention working with children and telepractice. She has experience working with children in the fields of articulation, language, and feeding therapy. In her free time she loves hanging out with family and friends.
- 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.
- Jennifer Lee, Speech Language Pathologist, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCBA -
Jennifer is originally from the Pacific Northwest and earned her degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She has lived in Savannah for over a decade and is married with a preschool-aged son. She has been practicing speech therapy for over 15 years and specializes in the treatment of apraxia of speech and autism-related language disorders. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys camping, reading, and crocheting. She is very excited to be a part of the Southland team!
- Brittany Strothmann, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP-
Brittany received her bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Armstrong State University. She has worked with pediatric clients in a variety of settings which include: home health, teletherapy, school, and private practice. Brittany’s favorite part of the job is interacting with the kids and their families. She loves watching the kids make progress with their communication skills and master their goals!
Brittany is also a mom to one daughter. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband. They enjoy traveling to North Carolina to visit family and spending time at the beach in their free time.
- Rossana R Ramires, M.SLP., CCC-SLP, OMTS
Rossana received her Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from Izabela Hendrix Methodist University Center, in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil and her Master's degree in Clinical Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from Pontifical Catholic University, in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. She also participated in 2-year post-graduate specialization programs, one in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and another in Public Health. She moved from Brazil to Seattle, WA, U.S. in 2012 and since 2016 has called Savannah home.
Rossana has over 16 years’ experience working with children and adults as Speech-Language Pathologist and as a specialist in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT). Her main focus as a professional is to provide individualized treatment and customized therapy, always looking for team work approach, when applicable. She has extensive experience working with clients with oral motor, normal and abnormal orofacial/craniofacial development and function, and orofacial functional disorders associated with incorrect swallowing patterns (known as tongue thrust), feeding disorders, mouth breathing, abnormal sucking habits, syndromes, cerebral palsy, craniofacial abnormalities like cleft lip and palate, tongue/lip-tie and dental malocclusion, and articulation and speech disorders. Rossana is fluent in English and in Portuguese, and is working on her Spanish. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband, two sons and two cats.
- Shelley Jenkins, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Shelley received her undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She works at Southland in the afternoons and full-time in the Savannah-Chatham Public School System as a Speech Pathologist in the PSI Program. Her favorite part of the job is when the children make her laugh (which is every day!) Her second favorite part is seeing how proud the parents are when their children learn something new. Some of her favorite hobbies include hanging out with her family, watching her daughter cheer, and watching the Georgia Bulldogs play. Her favorite dessert is raw cookie dough and says that it's a risk she is willing to take. Shelley has a grown son and a daughter in high school and jokes that both are very easy to embarrass in public.
Georgia Physical Therapists:
- Anne Marie Conroy, Physical Therapist -
Anne Marie has worked in the field of pediatric physical therapy for over 35 years after receiving her degree from the University of Buffalo. She has worked in many diverse settings which include: hospital, NICU’s, neonatal follow up clinics, center and Home based early intervention with medically fragile children, special needs and public school settings, and outpatient pediatric clinics. She has worked in many states including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina and now Georgia! Anne Marie loves working with children and their families. She has specialized training in adaptive equipment, torticollis, pediatric treadmill training, aquatic therapy and intensive therapy with the Therasuit and Universal Exercise unit.
Anne Marie and her husband, Joe, relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina from coastal New Jersey in 2016. She has 3 children, Matthew, Meghan and Daniel, and a 2 year old grandson, Carter. She loves her new life in the Lowcountry and is looking forward to providing services to South Carolina and Georgia families!
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.
- Nicole Calabro, Occupational Therapist OTR/L -
- Tyneise Seaborough, Occupational Therapist OTR/L -
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!
- 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!
- 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.
- Abby Bishop, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Abby graduated with her Master's in Speech Pathology in from Kent State University in Ohio in 2008. She moved to Bluffton in 2010 (to escape the cold weather) and started working with pediatrics. She has a passion for early intervention with focus on incorporating and empowering parents/caregivers in helping their children to succeed. She also LOVES feeding/swallowing therapy! She has worked to improve feeding ability and mealtime experiences in children with a variety of difficulties including prematurity, failure to thrive, g-tube dependence, autism, cleft palate, Down syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence, reflux, constipation, and tongue/lip tie. In 2015, she obtained her Certification in Lactation Counseling that helps her to provide intervention to babies with feeding/swallowing delays who are breast fed.
- Amanda Metzger, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP -
Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baldwin-Wallace College and master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Miami University, both in Ohio. Amanda has worked in various pediatric settings: schools, private practice, and natural environment/early intervention for the past 3 years. She was trained in the Coaching Model of intervention, helping families interact with their children in a way that supports their development. Amanda is ASHA certified and holds a South Carolina license.
Amanda has found extreme joy in working with the 0-3 years population and says that “work is fun even when it’s challenging.” Her favorite parts of the job include seeing the improvements each child makes and seeing the look on parent’s faces when their child has accomplished something new. Amanda is originally from Ohio (Go Bucks!), but recently moved to South Carolina with her husband, who is in the Navy. They have one fur-baby, a miniature pinscher, Harley. In her free time, Amanda enjoys photography, crafting, and making wreaths. She also loves to ride motorcycles and travel with her husband, and they hope to go to Greece, Germany, and Croatia someday!
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.
- Leslie Fergus, Physical Therapist, M.S. Physical Therapy -
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.
- Rachel Handren-Butters, Physical Therapist -
- Mary Beth Marzulli, Physical Therapist -
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.
- 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!
- Calli Studebaker OTD, OTR/L
Calli is a pediatric Occupational Therapist who loves developing a relationship with the kids and their families. She enjoys being creative in treatment and finding new and exciting ways to motivate a child. Calli is from Springfield, OH and recently graduated from Kettering College with her doctorate in OT. She has experience working as an ABA therapist in the home health setting.
Calli currently lives in Folly Beach, SC and loves enjoying the beach, going kayaking, and taking her dog Apollo on hikes and to the park. Some fun facts about Calli are that she played four years of softball in college, raised dairy feeders when she was younger, and I enjoys sewing things like bags, quilts, pillows, and a variety of other fun things! Calli also admits that ice cream and dark chocolate are her guilty pleasures! Calli has two sisters and one nephew. Her whole family lives in Ohio and this is her first time moving out of state.
- Kate Beals, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L -
Kate Beals, OTR/L, has worked as an occupational therapist in pediatrics for 20 years. Her areas of specialty include working with children who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind, those who have difficulty with sensory processing and integration, and children with autism. Kate has practiced in outpatient pediatric rehab and specialty schools including the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) in Spartanburg, SC and the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. The highlight of Kate’s time at Perkins was being invited to travel to China as a consultant for Perkins International, along with a Physical Therapist colleague from the Deafblind Program. Education for children with disabilities is a pretty new development in China, and there was a need for training for teachers in special schools, university professors, and university students to connect the dots between neurology, sensory processing, and motor function. Kate might have stayed at Perkins – blissfully – forever, but three years away from her adult son, who has autism, was long enough. Now that Kate is back in South Carolina, she spends every Saturday with her son, Ben, who has become quite good at karaoke! He sings everything from heavy metal to the Theme from Titanic - it’s the best community integration experience EVER! Since starting with Southland Pediatric Therapy, Kate is really enjoying working with younger children and their families in natural environments. She hopes to give them a strong foundation that will help them be successful and confident in their upcoming years at school.
- 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-
Her hobbies include shopping with her daughters and going to Bingo with her mother.
Regina is a mother and wife and lives in the Savannah area with her two daughters and husband, Larry.
- Mellissa Parks, Authorization Specialist -
- Amanda Gibson, Office Assistant -
Amanda is a Speech Therapy undergraduate student at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern. She will be graduating in May 2019 with her bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is so excited to work with this company and start learning the ropes of her dream profession!
- 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.