The Therapy SPOT Team
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in various forms"
1 Peter 4:10
Caroline Bowman, M.Ed., CCC-SLP/COM®
Co-Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
Certified Orofacial Myologist
Caroline founded The Therapy SPOT in 2007 and has over 20 years experience in treating pediatric feeding/swallowing, communication, and myofunctional disorders. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Valdosta State University in Communication Disorders. Caroline serves as the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association Healthcare and Private Practice Committee Chair, and serves as a board member of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She believes that partnering with her families and working as a team is the best way to help children meet their goals.
Lea Lanier, Ed.S., CCC-SLP
Co-Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
Lea has been a pediatric speech pathologist since 2001 and joined The Therapy SPOT after working with the public school system, serving preschool and school-aged children prior to entering in private outpatient therapy in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Georgia and master's degree from Valdosta State University in Communication Disorders. Lea specializes in working with children with childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, young children with communication delays and disorders, and individuals who are minimally verbal. She is trained in DIR Floortime, Social Thinking, Hanen More Than Words, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, LAMP Words for Life, Beckman Oral Motor, SOS Approach to Feeding, and is Level 1 PROMPT trained. She believes everyone deserves a voice and celebrates each child's unique gifts to help every child reach their full potential.
Kailee Sylvester, PT, DPT
Dr. Kailee loves being a pediatric physical therapist because she gets to help children of all ages pursue the activities that bring them joy. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Kailee has specialized training in the treatment of torticollis and plagiocephaly, as well as the treatment of young children with delays in the development of motor skills. She has had interesting experiences over the years, from designing wheelchairs to working with Broadway performers. She enjoys dance and theater, and plans to bring her performing passions to the clinic.
Jessica Payne , M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Jessica is a graduate of Valdosta State University, where she received her bachelor's and master's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She has experience working with preschool and school-age children with a wide range of needs and abilities. Jessica is passionate about working alongside families in order to help each child find their own unique voice and improve their functional communication skills across all settings.
Cecilia Williford, MSOT,OTR/L
Cecilia is extremely passionate about the development and well-being of children and the empowerment of their families. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University and her Master of Science in Occupational therapy from Brenau University. Cecilia is experienced in the treatment of sensory processing disorder, handwriting, fine motor delays, and activities of daily living. She believes in the importance of a holistic approach by working as a team with the family and her fellow Therapy SPOT therapists.
Mary Kate Bennett, PT, DPT
Dr. Mary Kate graduated from Husson University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has experience treating patients across the lifespan and has worked in a variety of settings from school system to inpatient rehab. Not only does she have experience treating neurologic disorders, developmental delay, and orthopedic injuries but she is also certified in treating pelvic floor dysfunction. She always incorporates a whole body and holistic approach. She believes every child should be able to play their hardest and enjoy life to the fullest.
Ashley Patrick, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ashley has experience working with children of all ages with communication and feeding disorders in a variety of settings. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from The University of Georgia and her master's in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University. During high school, Ashley job shadowed at The Therapy SPOT, and then decided to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist. Ashley loves working with children and giving them confidence in their ability effectively communicate.
Brandi Ellis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Brandi has had experience working with individuals across the lifespan and most recently with young children and school aged children. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Communication Disorders from Armstrong State University. She has experience in working with individuals with dysphagia, feeding disorders and communication disorders. She is committed to helping her clients enhance functional communication skills in all contexts.
Kate Murray, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kate has experience treating children of all ages with various speech and language disorders. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, specializing in Special Education through fifth grade, from Georgia Southern University. She served as a volunteer at The Therapy SPOT while at GSU before pursuing her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from Georgia State University. Kate believes that all children have something to say and is passionate in helping them say it through fun and research-based practice.
Layne Rackleff, MHS, OTR/L
Layne loves working with children and helping them experience fulfillment and joy in their everyday tasks. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University while working part time in our front office. She then went on to earn her Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from Augusta University and is now back with us as a therapist! Layne has experience with individuals across the lifespan and a passion for serving families within her community using holistic and evidence-based treatment approaches.
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Sarah helps families understand their insurance benefits and manages authorizations. She loves supporting her team and connecting with parents and children.
Makenzie provides support from the front office to the therapy room; most importantly she works to create a safe environment for families.
Tiffany loves working with The Therapy SPOT families and seeing all of our kiddos grow and make progress! Tiffany’s goal is to make every family's experience easy and enjoyable.
Ashlyn helps keep The Therapy SPOT running smoothly. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.