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, OTD/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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Adrienne Hudgins, OTR/L

Adrienne was born and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee. From a young age, Adrienne developed a passion for helping people. After witnessing firsthand how beneficial occupational therapy could be for children and adults alike, she decided to make it her career. Upon graduating high school, Adrienne traveled to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she would receive her Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology. Shortly thereafter, she would complete her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tennessee State University in 2014. Adrienne has experience working with both adults and children in acute care and outpatient settings; however, working with children has always held a special place in her heart. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her pets, as well as traveling, sewing, going to football games, and doing various home projects. Adrienne has been a part of the Dynamic family since Summer of 2021.

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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 offers programs for the special needs community.  Ann has worked in the school system since 2009 and with Dynamic since 2010.  She has also worked in the medical field in hospitals and nursing homes.  Ann enjoys crafting, sewing, and scrapbooking, and living on a farm with her husband Duane.

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Austin Chhut, COTA/L

Austin is originally from the Washington D.C. area and 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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Hunter Foltz, COTA/L

Hunter Foltz is originally from Benton, a small town in southern Illinois. After graduating from Belmont in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology, Hunter decided to further his education at Nashville State’s Occupational Therapy program. While at Nashville State, Hunter continued seeking his M.S.A. at Belmont in Sports administration. His vision was to incorporate his love for sports into his love for working with special needs children. By incorporating play, exercise, and other games into his therapy, Hunter provides a unique service to the Dynamic team. Specializing in play therapy, Hunter also has experience working through Empower Me as a counselor to special needs children. During his four years at Belmont, Hunter was also a cheerleader, and in his free time, he continues to enjoy tumbling and gymnastics.

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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

 

Alicia began working and volunteering for Dynamic while in high school where she first gained a passion for pediatric therapy. She began assisting with Dynamic’s summer programs which led her to an interest in Physical Therapy. She began school to pursue a career as a PTA. While in school, she continued to work at Dynamic where she discovered through observing the OT staff her true interest. She decided to change paths and pursue a career in OTA. She graduated from the OTA program at Nashville State Community College in 2018 and began her career as a COTA at Dynamic. She s clinical experience in inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehab, and outpatient pediatrics. She loves to teach dance, spend time with friends and family, and play with her dogs in her free time.

 

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Michelle Prouet, COTA/L

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Ariana Musolino, COTA/L

 

Ariana was born and raised in Folsom, California where she attended Folsom High School. From early on, she had a passion for working with children. In her free time, she volunteered in the special education classrooms at the school. There, she discovered her love for working with children with disabilities. After Folsom, she would attend St. Catherine University, graduating in 2019. Upon graduation, she began working in pediatric therapy in the home health setting. During this time, Ariana’s sister began school at Belmont University. Soon after, Ariana found herself following her sister to Nashville and found a home at Dynamic. In her free time, you can find her exploring the outdoors with her dog Blu or spending time with friends.