Occupational Therapists

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Liz Crouch, OTR/L

Liz was born and raised in Nashville, and she received her Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University. During a summer trip to New Zealand, she learned about occupational therapy and was drawn to it’s unique approach to meeting individuals where they are to help them engage in activities they need and want to do. She later graduated with her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Tennessee State University. She joined the Dynamic Therapy Center staff in 2019. She also works in outpatient pediatrics and acute care at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and traveling with her husband.

 

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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 spending 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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Meg Selby, OTR/L

Meg completed her undergraduate course work at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science in 2015. She went on to complete a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University in 2016. Meg completed her level one clinical fieldwork in orthopedic hand conditions in Chicago and her level two at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital in Nashville working with patients with traumatic brain injuries and trauma burns. She completed her last level two clinical fieldwork at Mercy Kids Therapy and Development Center in Saint Louis. Meg currently splits her time working for Dynamic Therapy Center and Saint Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation in Mt. Juliet in neurological conditions with post-op orthopedics. In her free time Meg enjoys spending time with friends, husband and dog.

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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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Kosmo, Assistance Dog

A part of the Dynamic team as the Facility Dog since May 2017, Kosmo is a Labrador Golden Retriever. At eight weeks old, Kosmo began basic obedience training until he was a year and a half old, and then he received advanced training for six moths at Canine Companions for Independence. Danielle then joined Kosmo in Florida where they participated in a 2-week intensive training as one unit. Kosmo is certified through Assistance Dogs International. He knows more than 50 commands, including dance, push, shake, and open the door. Kosmo loves coming to work and adores children. His favorite activities including doing puzzles with the kids, chasing a tennis ball, and snuggling. When at home with his vest off, he is just a regular dog who plays with his 7-pound, canine brother, Howie.

 

For more information on Kosmos’ training, visit Canine Companions for Independence.

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Austin Chhut, COTA/L

Austin is originally from the Washington D.C. area and recently graduated from Nashville State with an Associates in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistance. His clinical experience includes inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient pediatrics. Prior to pursuing occupational therapy, he received a Bachelor’s from Milligan College for Business Administration. He has previously worked at Empower Me Day Camp for children with disabilities and also taught developmental soccer lessons with Soccer Shots. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing with his dog, avidly watching football — a.k.a., soccer, playing basketball, going to concerts, and eating delicious meals with his family and friends.

 

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Allison Davidson, COTA/L

Allison is a graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where she graduated with a B.S. in  Biology.  Allison planned on going to PT school but was convinced by the directors of Middle Georgia State College to try the OTA program to see if OT was a better fit.  Allison graduated with honors  and worked for one year for Bibb County schools in Macon, GA before moving to Brunswick, GA where she worked for Southeast Georgia Health Systems in out patient pediatrics as well as inpatient, acute, and out patient adult care.  In 2007 Allison to moved to Nashville where she worked in skilled nursing care in various positions including general staff and rehab manager.  Allison joined Dynamic Therapy in 2017 and enjoys watching her new friends grow and learn while participating in creative tasks.  Allison enjoys hiking, playing tennis and teaching Sunday school for her church’s pre-school department and watching her two children play sports.

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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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Alicia Kurth, COTA/L

 

Bio to come soon.

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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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Jessie Lewis, COTA/L

 

Jessie graduated from Roane State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in occupational therapy. Jessie has had clinical experience in rehabilitation, behavioral socialization, sports recreation, sports medicine, and school-based therapies. Jessie has a passion for helping children succeed and meet their goals for their life. In Jessie’s spare time she likes to be outside and be with friends and family.

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Hollie Ragland, COTA/L

Initially earning a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Memphis, Hollie shadowed occupational therapists during her specialty training in special education. From there, occupational therapy became her passion and pushed her toward earning her certification in from the occupational therapy assistant program at Nashville State Community College. Her clinical experience includes assisted living, outpatient adults, and outpatient pediatrics. Having a tremendous passion for working with children, she has been volunteering with children with special needs since the age of 14. It was during her clinical rotation at Dynamic as a student that she felt she was able to truly able to harness that passion for children, so it was an easy decision to take a position as a COTA at Dynamic. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs, building furniture, and volunteering at her church.

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Allison Davidson, COTA/L

Allison is a graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Allison planned on going to PT school but was convinced by the directors of Middle Georgia State College to try the OTA program to see if OT was a better fit.  Indeed she did. Allison graduated with honors from Middle Georgia State. She worked for one year for Bibb County schools in Macon, GA before moving to Brunswick, GA where she worked for Southeast Georgia Health Systems in out patient pediatrics as well as inpatient, acute and out patient adult care.  In 2007, Allison to moved to Nashville where she worked in skilled nursing care in various positions including general staff and rehab manager. Allison joined Dynamic Therapy in 2017 and enjoys watching her new friends grow and learn while participating in creative tasks. Allison enjoys hiking, playing tennis, teaching Sunday school for her church’s pre-school department, and watching her two children play sports.