Premier Children's Therapy Center
Pediatric Occupational Therapy focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to grow into functional, independent adults that can participate in activities that are meaningful to them. The primary goals of childhood are to grow, learn, and play. It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. Through the use of play, the goal of occupational therapy is to improve body coordination, upper and lower body strength, functional strength, body awareness, and perceptual motor skills. Some examples include:
Fine/Visual Motor Skills:
Sensory Processing Skills:
Motor Coordination and Planning:
Jennifer is the founder and owner of Premier Children's Therapy Center. She started Premier Children's Therapy Center in 2001 with a dream to reach more children and families, and to make a real difference in their lives by helping them to become the best they can be.
She obtained her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 1999. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Jennifer gained her business expertise from working for the Federal Reserve Bank. Jennifer's occupational therapy experience is rooted in her years working with catastrophic brain injury patients at The Shepherd Center.
At Premier, she reaches children of all ages and all levels of need. She continuously stays abreast of new and emerging concepts and trends in all disciplines. She provides continuing education opportunities for all staff members and offers many resources for parents. Jennifer has successfully raised two adult children and enjoys summer concerts under the stars.
Leah received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. She continued her education as a Tar Heel and received a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2008.
Leah is the Clinical Director of Premier Children's Therapy Center. Her clinical experience includes working with children with developmental delays, feeding problems/picky eaters, sensory processing difficulties, fine motor problems, autism, ADHD, motor coordination problems, and mental health issues. She is Sensory Integration certified and can administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). She has also been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach, and Brain Gym. She also has an interest in ergonomics. Leah’s experience includes outpatient clinic settings and schools. She enjoys working with children of all ages.
Leah lives in Alpharetta with her husband and has a young son and daughter.
Amy received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from August State University in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia. She continued her education by earning her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2011. Her graduate level thesis involved revising the kinesthesia subtest of the Sensory Integration Praxis Test to make it more engaging to children.
Amy spent her first four years after graduation working at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, GA, where she treated patients of all ages. Her pediatric experience there included working with children with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Mitochondrial Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and developmental and motor delay. She obtained her Physical Agent Modalities certification and was able to apply modalities to children recovering from orthopedic and neurological injuries.
Since 2015, Amy has focused solely on pediatrics specializing in developing and implementing strategies to address fine motor skills/handwriting deficits, behaviors, sensory diet plans, visual motor skills, and overall developmental delays. She has also been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, and Rhythmic Movement Training and Reflex Integration. She enjoys working closely with families to educate and carryover helpful strategies to the home environment.
Amy is married with two young children and enjoys dancing, singing (we all love to hear it), and making children laugh!!!!!
Liz has over 20 years of clinical experience as a pediatric occupational therapist working with children with developmental delays in fine motor, motor coordination, autism, ADHD and sensory integration.
Liz received her Master Degree from Brenau University in 1999.
Michelle provides diagnostic and therapeutic expertise for developmental delays in fine motor/handwriting skills, sensory integration and Apraxia. She has conducted handwriting and cursive camps for children over the summer months. She works on site in the Hall County schools as well as in home care and here at the clinic.
Michelle's Master Degree comes from Brenau University (1999).
Emily obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2003. Following graduation, she worked for a number of years in corporate staffing and recruiting until her grandfather, a tennis champion, suffered a stroke. Inspired by her grandfather’s therapist who helped teach him the skills necessary to reclaim his independence, Emily returned to school and obtained her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2011. Emily's Master’s Thesis involved revising the kinesthesia subtest of the Sensory Integration Praxis Test to make it more engaging to children.
During her training and since graduation, Emily has provided clinical intervention including aquatic therapy, hand therapy, hippo-therapy, inpatient hospital rehabilitation, as well as home and school interventions. For the past three years, Emily has specialized in outpatient pediatrics. She has extensive experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and motor delays. Emily strives for a family-centric approach to treatment in order to maximize results.
Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She also has a minor in Dance and certificate in Disability Studies integrating her passion for movement and advocacy! She attended Brenau University and received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy while working at Premier Children’s Therapy Center in an administrative role.
Jessica has clinical fieldwork experience in outpatient therapy services working with children with ADHD, developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, picky eating, general motor and coordination deficits, fine motor difficulties, and children on the Autism spectrum. She has been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach to address picky eating,
Jessica is drawn to outpatient pediatric therapy services because of the ability to form relationships with both children and their families in order to provide the best possible outcome for her patients. She is eager to work with other members of your child’s support team including other therapists, teachers, medical professionals, and (most importantly) their caregivers!
Jessica lives in Brookhaven with her fiancée and 2 dogs! (GO DAWGS!)