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Occupational Therapists

 
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Bria Kellar

MS OTR/L

Bria Kellar is a local OT who has served with Ability since 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University (Summa Cum Laude and Honor Graduate), and completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2015. Bria has returned home to the North Hall area with her husband, Holdan, and young daughter, Emeline. She has ample experience with children through clinic based services, early intervention through BCW in the home, and the use of equine assisted and aquatic therapies. She maintains certification in the Therasuit Method, and is our OT on board for intensive programs. In addition to her work at Ability, Bria can also be found sharing her passion for dance as the current director of the Darby's Dancers program with Elevate Performing Arts Center in Gainesville, Ga. Bria’s dance passion and love for children is a wonderful combination and addition to our Ability staff bringing a beautiful production of creativity with her treatment strategies.

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Amy Crawford

MS OTR/L

Amy grew up in and continues to live in Cleveland, GA. Her passion for occupational therapy began by volunteering for several camps for adults and children with varied abilities for over 10 years. She enjoyed seeing independence be cultivated in such a fun environment. Her educational background began with an undergraduate degree from North Georgia College & State University with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology in 2012. Amy then attended and graduated from Brenau University with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2016. Amy is a member of both Phi Kappa Phi (Brenau University National Graduate Honor Society) and Pi Theta Epsilon (Occupational Therapy National Honor Society). Her favorite hobbies include being outdoors with her fur babies and husband, arts and crafts, and enjoying time with family and friends. Amy hopes to continue to drive her passion by always being open to learning new things and finding new and fun ways to teach skills and independence to her sweet kiddos at work.

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Chloe Barrett

MS OTR/L

Chloe graduated from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgia College and State University in 2011, majoring in Kinesiology/Exercise Science. Prior to joining Ability, Chloe worked with pediatric clients in hospital, clinic, school, and camp settings. She has been employed with Ability Pediatric Therapy since 2018, and has experience with children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Delays, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and ADHD. Chloe enjoys running and has completed two marathons and several half marathons so far. She loves living in the northeast Georgia mountains and enjoys traveling, visiting the beach, and going on other adventures with friends and family. Her gifts of love, creativity, organization and patience for children are abundant.

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Theda Burchardt

OTR/L

Theda is originally from Brandon, Florida. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and went on to the University of Alabama – Birmingham where she completed her B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1990. She went on to work at University Hospital in Birmingham for several years in acute care and the neuro ICU until she moved to Gainesville, GA with her family in 1993. She went on to work in ReGain in outpatient therapy at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, with a focus on working with those with neurological diagnoses of stroke and head injury. She also worked in home health for several years before transitioning to homeschooling their three children. She is involved with the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club in Gainesville where she is the Coordinator for the Beginner Racing League and finds much joy in coaching one of the youth teams as well. Through occupational therapy, she believes that you can help children achieve greater independence and ability to function at home as well as school and out in the community. She feels honored to meet each family and see how they have poured into their children and have met their many challenges and then come alongside them as they advocate for better outcomes.

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Amanda Sierra

MS OTR/L

Amanda graduated from Brenau University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2016 and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in December 2019.  She has a passion for helping kids and families be able to participate in everyday activities. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at ConnectAbility in Dahlonega, reading a good book, cuddling with her dog Genevieve and exploring the outdoors.

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Kelsey Martinez

MS OTR/L

Kelsey is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2015. She received her undergraduate bachelors degree in Health Science with a concentration in Kinesiology from Georgia College & State University in 2012. Prior to Ability, Kelsey worked at a trauma level 1 hospital in downtown Atlanta, aiding individuals with various injuries ranging from neuromuscular, to Ortho and trauma. She then moved on to work in a transitional rehabilitation facility in Gwinett County in which she assisted older adults for inpatient rehab to maximize their independence to return home and complete their daily routines safely. Additionally, she maintained an outpatient clientele in which she focused on upper extremity rehabilitation, such as wrist fractures, phantom limb pain management, strokes, and reverse shoulder replacements. She loves working with individuals of all ages; from babies to older adults and finds joy in spending time getting to know each of them.

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Addison Fields

OTD OTR/L

Addison graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2021 with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University in 2018, majoring in Exercise Science. Addison also holds a specialty certification in LSVT Big, which is an intensive one-on-one treatment for Parkinson’s Disease to improve mobility and quality of life. Her passion for working with kids grew as she worked many summers as a camp counselor for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with children with limb amputations and deficiencies, cerebral palsy, craniofacial anomalies, and heart defects. She enjoys creating a fun therapy environment to promote independence and positive self-esteem. She lives in Dahlonega, Ga where she enjoys going on hikes with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

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Zana McNeil

MHS, OTR/L

Zana McNeil is an OTR/L from Augusta, GA. She graduated from Alabama State University in 2018 with her Bachelors in Rehabilitation Services. She recently moved to North GA after obtaining her Masters of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy from Augusta University in May of 2021 to join the Ability Family.  Zana has a passion for working with children with disabilities as she has taught them how to swim, ran a weekly program to increase their social skills/physical health, and helps run a week long adaptive summer camp for them to attend. In her free time, Zana enjoys spending time with family and friends. Zana is happy to be a part of Ability and enjoys working with all the kiddos to help them expand their abilities to complete their daily routine.

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Brianna Brown

MS OTR/L

Brianna lives in Gainesville with her husband and two young daughters. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Science, and a minor in Exercise Science. She completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in 2021. Brianna is a member of Pi Theta Epsilon (Occupational Therapy National Honor Society). While completing her education, Brianna worked with a local nonprofit serving adults and children with disabilities, and is an active volunteer with her church’s JOY ministry. While currently residing in Gainesville, Brianna grew up in many different places in a military family, and believes that experience has been integral to her passion to work with and serve others. Brianna’s favorite things to do include spending time with her family, reading, exercise, and anything outdoors. She looks forward to building relationships with each child and family, and is always willing to learn new things and find fun, creative ways to build independence.

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Carly Gilfilian

Occupational Therapist

Carly graduated from Brenau University in 2021 with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She completed her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in psychology from Young Harris College in 2019. Carly has a passion for helping kids and their families so they can participate in everyday activities such as play, feeding, and sensory regulation. She has always loved working with children to help them achieve their goals and live their best life. In her free time, Carly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, traveling, and binge-watching different TV series.