Our Team

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. 

  • Jennifer Lee, Speech Language Pathologist, M.A., CCC-SLP - 

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.

  • 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.

  • Claire Hall, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S, CCC-SLP - 

Claire received her Master's of Science Communication Sciences and Disorders from Armstrong State University. Her favorite part of the job is watching children learn to communicate with their loved ones. She especially enjoys early language and articulation therapy.

Some of her favorite hobbies include spending time with family, friends and traveling. She is originally from Michigan but was raised in Savannah. She currently lives in Savannah with her husband, their 11 month old son and husky. 

  • Alyssa Roundtree, Speech Language Pathologist, M.Ed, CCC-SLP - 

Bio coming soon!

Georgia Physical Therapists: 

  • Brandi Sauer, PT, DPT -

Dr. Sauers received her bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia in 2007 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2011. She has experience working with pediatrics in varied settings including outpatient, community-based and inpatient. She also has experience in orthopedics and sports medicine. Brandi is an APTA Credentialed Instructor.

She has a special interest in early intervention, neurological disorders, torticollis, and sports injuries. She is in the process of completing her certification in Kinesiotaping and proceeding with additional training in TMR teens and tots, a modified positional release concept that can be used to treat postural asymmetries, such as torticollis. She values working with new kiddos and families to educate them on various play techniques that will help their kids hit developmental milestones in a fun and interactive way. She also hopes to become a Special Popluations CSCS and incorporate this into her treatment styles for her older kids. She is a Savannah native and lives with her husband, 2 boys and dog. She enjoys anything involving the water and being on the water. She is also an exercise enthusiast, and enjoys exercise in all forms.

Georgia Occupational Therapists: 

  • Samantha Letson, Occupational Therapist OTR/L -

Samantha Letson, OTR/L has worked in the field of Pediatric Occupational Therapy for over 12 years. Samantha received a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Utica College/ Syracuse University in 2009. She has many years of experience working in a hospital setting with inpatient/outpatient children and adults while on an OT team.

Samantha works with children on sensory processing skills, organizational skills, motor planning, visual motor skills, adaptive play skills, fine motor skills, oral-motor and sensory based feeding, and handwriting skills. She enjoys helping children promote and improve these skills for daily life at home in the school and other social environments. Samantha loves working with children of all ages and their families and watching them prosper. Samantha is licensed to practice in Georgia and lives in the Savannah area.

  • Tyneise Seaborough, Occupational Therapist OTR/L -

 

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Danielle McElveen, Speech Language Pathologist, M.C.D, CCC-SLP - 

Danielle received a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Carolina. She has experience working with children with a variety of disorders (apraxia of speech, articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, autism). She is ASHA certified and South Carolina licensed.Previously working as a pediatric speech language pathologist in an outpatient hospital clinic, she joined Southland therapy in May 2019 to treat children in the natural environment through BabyNet services in South Carolina. Her favorite part of the job is finding out what makes each child unique and working closely with families.Danielle lives in Simpsonville, SC with her husband Sean and 3 young boys (5 year old twins and a 3-year-old). In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her family. Her favorite treat is mint chocolate chip ice cream.

  • Kelsey Blyudzhyus, Speech Language Pathologist, M.S. CCC -SLP - 

Kelsey received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology from Missouri State University in 2012 and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2014. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and holds her South Carolina Speech-Language Pathology license. She has experience working in the public school system, teletherapy, inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. She enjoys working with children with articulation disorders, language delays and has a passion for working with feeding and swallowing disorders. Kelsey’s three children were born with dysphagia and oral motor disorders which has given her passion and insight into helping other young children with feeding difficulties.

Kelsey and her husband moved to Bluffton, SC in 2017 and they have three boys ages 5, 2 and 1. Kelsey enjoys crafting, boating, and going to the beach with her family.

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.

  • Mary Beth Marzulli, Physical Therapist - 

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

  • 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!

  • Chelsea Ruiz, Physical Therapist, D.P.T., O.C.S. - 

Chelsea graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The Ohio State University and then earned her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. After college, she completed a residency program in orthopedics at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Chelsea has 7 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist and 5 years of experience working in pediatrics. She is originally from Ohio and currently resides in Greer, SC with her husband and children. In her spare time, she loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors with her family.

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.

  • Caroline Vaughan, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L - 

Caroline is a registered Occupational Therapist, certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, as well as licensed by the South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clemson University, where she obtained her degree in Psychology, including a minor in Recreational Therapy.

Caroline has always enjoyed working with children from working at a private pre-school to volunteering with Special Olympics. Through her involvement with Special Olympics and dedicated studies, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Columbia, SC. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her golden retriever named Emmie!

  • Caroline Lybrand, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L - 

Caroline is an occupational therapist in the Greenville, SC area. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy  at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Caroline has always enjoyed working with children and was able to participate in MUSC's Camp Hand to Hands for children with cerebral palsy.

Caroline grew up in Clemson, SC and has returned to the upstate after working for 3 years at an pediatric outpatient clinic in Lexington, SC. Caroline lives with her husband and labradoodle, Milo. She likes to spend her free time at the lake, baking, and hiking.
  • Sara Fisher, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L - 

Sara is an Occupational Therapist, OTR/L in the North Charleston and Goose Creek areas of South Carolina. She earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Maryville University, St. Louis MO. Sara loves connecting with families to provide education and help their day-to-day lives run more smoothly. She also really loves helping a child achieve new skills and seeing them light up with pride! Her goal with each child/family is to help the child increase independence and empower the family through education and confidence in their abilities to best help their child through life’s challenges.

Originally from Southeast Missouri, she moved to South Carolina per her husband’s military orders. Together they love exploring the Charleston area whenever family and friends come to visit. Sara loves cooking/baking, spending time with family and playing with their 4-year-old golden doodle, Koda. In July of 2021 they welcomed their baby boy to the family!

While in college, she volunteered with a special needs cheer team and gained a lot of great experience working with a variety of ages and diagnoses (CP, autism, Down’s syndrome, behavioral disorders… just to name a few). Sara LOVES all things chocolate! Brownies and cookies are her weakness. She jokes that she's pretty sure she was the Cookie Monster in a past life!

  • Rebecca Kreider, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L - 

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

  • Yekaterina Levchyk, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L - 

Bio coming soon!

 

Southland Staff:

  • 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 a proud grandma of two. 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, Office Manager & 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, going to Bingo with her mother and enjoying the beach on Tybee.

Regina is a mother and wife and lives in the Savannah area with her two daughters and husband, Larry. She's also a proud new grandma to grand-baby Greyson!

 

  • Authorization Specialist - Mellissa Parks

Mellissa joins us again after taking some time off to have her third child. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.
She is married with 3 kids and a dog. Her hobbies include shopping with her daughters and swimming. Her favorite places to visit are Hawaii and Korea.

 

 

  • Finance Controller - Heather Phillips

Heather graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. She has worked in several areas of finance including personal finance, Corporate Finance and small business.
 
She is married and has two beautiful children, Everett and Claire. Her family enjoys staying active! They love boating, fishing and enjoying almost anything outdoors.

 

  • Laura Leech, Outreach Coordinator & Credentialing Assistant-

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 make everyday. Her favorite hobbies include photography, traveling, camping, and hiking with her husband Jake, daughter Abigail, and Black Labrador, Tessie.  She and her husband are originally from Maine and miss snow and New England seafood! She loves cookie dough ice cream, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.. and sweets of any kind!