Occupational Therapists

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Cindy Hickman, OTR/L, CLT-LANA

Cindy has experience working in the Tennessee public schools as a doctor of occupational therapy, occupational therapist, certified lymphedema therapist, and LANA therapist. She earned a B.S. degree in biology from Western Kentucky University, a M.S. degree in occupational therapy, and a doctorate of occupational therapy from Belmont University. Cindy’s certifications include the following: Lymphedema therapist, certification for membership to the Lymphedema Association of North America, certification for the Sensory Integration Praxis test and for the program Listening with the Whole Body. Cindy enjoys pending time with her husband, Michael, her four children, and her two dogs.

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Rita Gessford, OTR/L, CLT-LANA

Rita is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned a B.S. degree in occupational therapy. After graduating, Rita worked in various settings (skilled care unit, acute care, NICU Level III, and outpatient) at a local hospital in Canton, Ohio. Rita was the sole therapist in the NICU setting, creating a standardized level of care for nursing and occupational therapy. Rita developed an initial competency seminar and performed random competency assessments throughout the year. Rita was a principal of the Vermont Oxford study where she completed the Bailey’s Standardized Test for Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) infants. In 2005, Rita became a nationally certified lymphedema therapist through LANA. She created an outpatient lymphedema clinic for the hospital she worked at in Ohio. Rita also became the therapy representative on the Cancer Committee Board and worked closely with the leading physician in the sentinel node biopsy studies. In 2010, Rita moved to Nashville where she worked within the St. Thomas Hospital. Pursuing her passion to help children, Rita joined the Dynamic team in 2015.

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Jordan Sanders, OTR/L

Jordan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with a masters degree in Occupational Therapy.  Her clinical experience includes inpatient acute care with a neurological focus at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as well as outpatient clinic care with a focus on traumatic brain injury and stroke at the Texas NeuroRehab Center.  Jordan worked as a camp counselor for 5 summers at Empower Me Day Camp, a summer camp for children with disabilities.  She has a passion for working with children with disabilities.  Jordan is an active member of AOTA and she enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She loves traveling and being active in her church.

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Susan Hatcher, COTA/L

Susan is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and began her career in the fields of employee training, human resources, and patient relations. Finding a passion for occupational therapy while volunteering, she earned her degree from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Nashville State Community College. As a COTA, Susan began working with children of all ages in school settings. At Dynamic Therapy Center, Susan strives to improve the life of each child by encouraging creativity and play while building skills. Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active with her church, and traveling when possible.

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Danielle Baird, COTA/L

Danielle is a graduate of the COTA program at Nashville State Community College. After graduation, she began work as a camp counsler and team leader at Empower Me day camp, a summer camp for children with disabilities. Her clinical experience includes sports medicine and orthopedics, school-based therapy, and outpatient pediatric therapy. Danielle has worked with all ages of children with disabilities. She has worked with children with autism, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, and other physical and cognitive disabilities. She has a strong passion for children with disabilities and has a special focus in handwriting, behavior modifications, and life skills for adolescents. Danielle has had extensive training with pet assisted therapy and will be providing pet assisted therapy with a dog from Canine Companions for Independence in the Fall/Winter of 2016. Danielle and her husband, Elijah, have two dogs which they consider their children. Danielle loves exercising and animals. She enjoys working as a DJ on the weekends.

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Whitney Pendergrass Lee, COTA/L

Whitney graduated from Nashville State Community College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in occupational therapy. Her clinical experience includes inpatient acute care with a focus on brain trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her past work experience has included working at Life Care of Old Hickory Village and Empowering Therapy Services. Whitney was the president of the Occupational Therapy Association and remains an active member of TNOTA and AOTA. Whitney specializes in working with pre-school aged children. Whitney’s favorite hobbies include hiking, running, and traveling with her husband. She has a sweet little boy named Conrad.

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Pam Vague, COTA/L

Pam graduated from Nashville State Community College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in occupational therapy. Prior to joining Dynamic Therapy Center, Pam worked in the Davidson County, Rutherford County, and Wilson County school systems. She also used to work at NHC with the geriatric population and at Clover Bottom Development Center. Pam and her husband are empty nesters of six children. They enjoy playing with their grandchildren, sailing, traveling, riding motorcycles, and gardening.

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Ann Apple, COTA/L

Ann earned her Associates of Applied Science degree in occupational therapy from Nashville State Community College. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Ann has experience at Empower Me Day Camp, which sponsors local programs for the special needs community. She has also worked in the medical field and the therapy services. Ann enjoys crafting, sewing, and scrapbooking.