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Our Staff

Kid's Creek is proud of our team of Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapists. Our experienced Pediatric therapists are dedicated to providing children with the highest quality therapy services available. Therapists at Kid's Creek obtain the highest level of training and maintain continuing education in their fields, offering an excellence to patients in treatment. Each therapist applies the latest strategies and techniques with a caring, enthusiastic attitude, making each session stimulating, productive, and FUN!

Management

Melanie McGriff, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is an Owner and Clinical Director at Kid's Creek.

Over the past 20 years, she has worked with many children in a variety of settings including the school system, home health and private clinics specializing in pediatrics.  She has also previously served on the board of lead SLPs in Atlanta for public schools. Melanie enjoys teaching and mentoring new therapists, and has previously taught introductory courses in speech pathology at the State University of West Georgia.

Melanie specializes in working with children to improve difficulties related to phonological development, oral-sensory motor skills, early language development, feeding/swallowing skills and apraxia of speech. She is a trained specialist in myofunctional (tongue thrust) therapy and is one of only two therapists in the state of Georgia who have been accepted for membership in the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).  She has presented research results at the American Speech Language Hearing Convention for research in phonological development.

As part of her commitment to excellence in therapy, Melanie has continued to participate in continuing education coursework such as: Sarah Rosenfeld-Johnson's oral motor techniques and pediatric feeding/swallowing. She received P.R.O.M.P.T training in 2006, has been trained in the SOS approach to feeding, and received training for Debra Beckman Oral Motor Therapy.

Melanie is available to conduct intensive therapy weeks for children with apraxia utilizing P.R.O.M.P.T, Beckman, and Kaufman treatment techniques.

Melanie and her husband Shane have been married since 1992 and have three children (Rachael, James and Mimi).

Her insights, her commitment to improving the lives of the children she works with, combined with results achieved with patients, make Melanie a sought-after therapist and consultant.

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Silvia Herstik, M.Ed., is an Owner and Director of Operations at Kid's Creek. She is an experienced pediatric clinic owner and therapist with over 25 years of experience including: pediatric rehabilitation, special needs therapy, teen/adult transition specialist, and non-profit management.

Silvia earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education in Mexico City at the Universidad de las Americas, and her Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of San Diego.

Silvia has worked in numerous settings including the school system, private clinics (specializing in pediatrics) and community based programs. She has previously served as a Director and Manager of Programs for Adults with Disabilities.

Silvia and her Husband Ron live in Alpharetta and have twin daughters Gabriela and Alexandra.

Kid's Creek Speech Therapists

Lindsay Medwed,M.A.,CCC-SLP is a staff speech-language pathologist at Kid's Creek. She has experience in both early intervention and private clinic settings. Lindsay is licensed by the State of Georgia and certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

In addition to receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Florida in 2005, and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in 2007, Lindsay has sought extensive continuing education studies. She received P.R.O.M.P.T training in April 2008 and has experience with a variety of diagnoses including Autism spectrum, Down syndrome, developmental delay, articulation, and phonological disorders. She became certified in The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling and Speech (LiPS) in April 2009, received Beckman Oral Motor training in January 2011, and became certified in the Interactive Metronome program in January 2012. Other continuing education courses she has attended are An Insider's Perspective on Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, The Infancy & Early Childhood Training Course by Stanley Greenspan, Helping Children with Auditory Processing Disorders, The Affect Based Language Curriculum, and Strategies to Help Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (Carol Kranowitz & Paula Aquilla).

Lindsay and her husband Michael were married in August 2008 and welcomed their daughter Alyssa in March 2011.

Lisa McCall, M.S., CCC-SLP is a staff speech-language pathologist at Kid's Creek.  Lisa earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1992.  She has over nineteen years of experience working in various settings, including private practice, the school systems, home health care, brain injury rehabilitation settings and nursing homes.  She has worked with both adults and children, and has specialized in early intervention in private practice since 2005. 

Lisa's main areas of expertise are early intervention; developmental apraxia of speech; autism spectrum disorders; articulation delays; and expressive and receptive language delays.  She has personal experience with auditory processing disorders, since her own child has an auditory processing disability.  Lisa has a real passion for making sure the whole child is looked at and making sure that each child is getting the services they need. Lisa is a parent advocate and actively assists parents in achieving the services their child is entitled to in the public school systems.  She is a member of the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. 

Lisa moved from Cary, North Carolina in August 2010 and now resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with her husband, Roy and two children, Lauren and Caleb.

Holly Burkhardt, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a staff speech-language pathologist at Kid's Creek Therapy. Holly is an experienced therapist who has had the opportunity to work in diverse therapy settings including: private practice, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and school settings.  Holly earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Georgia and her Master's degree in speech language pathology from East Tennessee State University.  She is licensed by the state of Georgia and certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Holly has worked with children of various ages and diagnoses.  Specifically, her experience includes working with children ages preschool through high school.  The diagnoses include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, apraxia, articulation disorders, language delay/disorders, phonological disorders, and swallowing disorders.

Due to Holly's desire to grow and learn, she is regularly seeking opportunities to further her knowledge and skills through continuing education courses and programs.  Holly brings her enthusiasm and energy to each child and family.  She especially enjoys including parents or family members as part of the therapy process to ensure the best outcomes for each child.

Holly and her husband, George, have been married since 2006 and reside in Alpharetta, GA.



Kid's Creek Physical Therapists

Toula McCarty is a staff physical therapist at Kid's Creek. She earned her physical therapy degree from the University of Mississippi in 1982 and has specialized in the field of pediatrics in her career. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, public schools, neonatal intensive care unit settings, early intervention and private therapy clinics.

Toula has served children with a variety of diagnosis including torticollis, motor incoordination, sensory integration dysfunction, autism, Down syndrome, spinal bifida, developmental delays, idiopathic toe walking, cerebral palsy and orthopedics.

Toula has advanced training in neonatal and infant physical therapy intervention. She has an extensive continuing education background in pediatric orthopedics and in clinical application of neurodevelopmental treatment, sensory integration, motor development, motor control and motor learning.

She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), APTA Pediatrics, and is licensed by the State of Georgia.

Known for her patient and gentle demeanor, Toula has a special rapport with children and she loves working closely with families to achieve optimal results.

Karolee, bio coming soon.




Kid's Creek Occupational Therapists

Mary Ellett Abbett, MS, OTR/L earned her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. She is licensed by the State of Georgia. She is certified in Interactive Metronome.

Mary has worked in a variety of settings including private clinics, hospital-based rehabilitation, home health, and the school system. Her varied experiences have included work in pediatrics, aquatics, hand therapy, and sensory processing. Mary has taken the Western Psychological Services Theory and Research courses related to Sensory Integration and Sensory Integration Intervention, required for SIPT certification. Mary has continued her lifelong love of learning by attending additional courses such as: Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, Nutrition course by Kelly Dorfman "From ADD/ADHD to Autism," Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting without Tears, Neurodevelopmental treatment courses, Interactive Metronome certification and Hand Therapy courses.

Mary also has experience with our therapeutic feeding groups using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach.

Mary enjoys working at Kid's Creek Therapy helping children establish a better foundation to build their lives upon. She enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, adventure traveling, tennis and golf with her husband Chris.

Mary J Siatkowski, OTR/L is an occupational therapist at Kid's Creek. Mary has extensive experience in a number of settings including rehab, acute care, outpatient, home health and schools. Over the last 25 years, Mary has developed her expertise in assessing and treating a wide range of developmental challenges and diagnoses such as Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, CVA, Hydrocephalus, Genetic anomalies and developmental delays.

Mary has specialized in pediatrics for the past twenty years and has a broad range of training including: Sensory Integrative treatment, Neuro-developmental treatment (with extensive training for children ages 0-3), and Oral motor treatment. Her expertise and results achieved with patients in therapy make her a sought-after therapist. Her work in therapeutic feeding intervention utilizing the SOS program has produced consistent results with patients.

Mary enjoys working with a range of ages, from early intervention with infants to teenagers. She believes strongly in taking therapy beyond the walls of the clinic, working closely with the child's family and other team members to ensure maximum carry-over of therapeutic techniques into the child's life.

Genevieve Lebel, OTR/L, is a staff occupational therapist. She earned her degree in Occupational Therapy from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 1992. Having a deep love for children, Genevieve has spent nearly her entire career in pediatrics. She has worked in a variety of settings including out-patient, trauma, acute care, NICU, and pediatric rehab. Gevevieve has expertise in early intervention, sensory integration, handwriting, orthopedics and splinting, as well as torticollis and management of deformational plagiocephaly using cranial orthosis. In her free time, Genevieve enjoys running, pilates, traveling with her family, and creative play with her son Maddox.

Bethany Bearden, MS OTR/L is a staff occupational therapist who is certified in Sensory Integration. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in 2009. She began her career working as the Children's Program Coordinator at a Domestic Violence Center in addition to working at an outpatient clinic. Bethany has worked with ages 0-21 in a variety of settings and with a variety of diagnoses.

Bethany has completed her certification in Sensory Integration. She is able to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). Bethany has attended courses such as the Alert Program and Astronaut Training Program. Additionally, Bethany is pursuing her certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. An avid learner, Bethany continually seeks out educational opportunities to better serve her clients.

Bethany is passionate about her work and loves developing close relationships working with each child and family. She is excited about working with children at Kid's Creek and seeing them succeed for many years to come.


Support Staff

Monique Mitchell Toole, M Ed, Special Education, and BBA Marketing.

Monique earned her BBA in 1983 from the University of Ga. and spent 20 years in public relations, marketing and university advancement.  Her passion for education prompted her to obtain a Master's Degree in Special Education from North Georgia College and State University 2009.  Georgia teacher certified and formerly employed in Forsyth County Elementary Schools, she joins Kid's Creek as our on-site academic tutor and Social Skills Program Coordinator.

Monique is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society, and the Council for Exceptional Children.  Her instructional style is thorough and innovative, while her temperament is sensitive and patient.  Monique's special gifts lie in the area of social and behavioral support for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.  Her study of research-based literature in the area of social competence and emotional intelligence inspired her to design a unique, progress-monitoring social skills program.  She is successfully administering these programs at Kid's Creek with much positive response from participants and parents alike.

Monique lives in Cumming with her husband, John, and their son, Sean.

Kid's Creek Administrative Staff

Cheryl Puckett, Financial Director, Controller
Mandy Williams, Medicaid Coordinator
Amanda Neathawk , Front Desk Coordinator
Emily Tyrybon, Scheduling and Billing Coordinator