Michelle Beasley, MS, OTR/L
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Brenau University
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Brenau University
Michelle joined Kids Creek Therapy in October 2015 and has become an avid learner who has continued her education with classes on taping, reflex integration, sensory processing, and Rhythmic Movement Patterns (Bloomberg). She has extensive experience with developing behavioral plans and leading social skill groups as well as evaluating and treating clients with upper extremity and hand injuries. Michelle is an animal lover and has one daughter.
Ritu Budhraja, MS, OTR/L
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research in Olatpur, India
Master of Psychology from University Of Madras in Chennai, India
Ritu grew up in a small group of islands in India, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, but came to the United States because she had always wanted to move to the “land of opportunities” – the home of modern day occupational therapy.
Ritu has over fifteen years of experience working as an occupational therapist. Much of that time was spent working with kids who have autism or poor self-regulation and behaviors, helping them to become independent in their daily life skills and to appropriately manage their behaviors. She enjoys working as an occupational therapist because it offers her lots of room for creativity in the workplace and because the atmosphere is dynamic and lively due to the children who are her patients.
Ritu’s favorite ways to spend a free afternoon include playing a game of Uno with her son or doing her daughter’s makeup and nails. She resides with her husband and two children in Duluth.
Meredith Hunt, MHSOT, OTR/L
Master of Heath Science in Occupational Therapy, Augusta University
Health Education and Promotion, Georgia Southern University
Meredith discovered her love for OT during college when working at a camp in North Georgia for children with special needs, and has since continued to develop a passion for working with children of all ages. Meredith has experience working with children with autism, Down syndrome, fine motor delay, cerebral palsy, and other diagnoses. She joined Kids Creek Therapy in the summer of 2017, and resides in Cumming with her husband.
Carolyn Miller, MSOT, OTR/L
Master’s of Science Occupational Therapy, Brenau University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Georgia State University
A military kid who views Georgia as her home base, Carolyn is passionate about having the opportunity to work with kids on the activities that make up their lives – play, school, and self care for children, and job exploration and participation for adolescents – and helping them to participate more fully in living.
Prior to joining Kid’s Creek Therapy, Carolyn worked at Northside Medical Center Inpatient Rehab and Orthopedic Acute Care in Columbus, Georgia. Before becoming an occupational therapist, Carolyn spent almost a decade working with children and adolescents in the martial art of TaeKwonDo, allowing her to explore different cultures and develop individual teaching styles based on the needs of the child.
Jess Sajja, MS, OTR/L
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Central Arkansas
Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science, Missouri State University
Prior to receiving her degrees, Jessica worked with children and adolescents for many years as a camp counselor, swim instructor, and assistant volleyball coach. Today, she has a passion for providing client- and family-centered care as an occupational therapist. Her interests include treating children with diagnoses related to developmental delays, motor coordination, brain injury, and sensory processing disorders. In addition to being an OT, Jessica is also an ACSM certified exercise physiologist.
Jessica is over six feet tall and enjoys laughing at all the questions and comments kids have with her about her height. She enjoys traveling, exercise, hot cups of coffee, and Indian food. Jessica and her husband reside in Gwinnett County.
Claire Whatley, MS, OTR/L
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University
Claire found her passion after graduating with her degree in psychology while working with special needs children as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist providing in-home and school based services. She was inspired to pursue a degree in occupational therapy after collaborating with several occupational therapists throughout her four years as an ABA therapist.
Claire has a wealth of experience working with autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorders, oppositional defiant disorders and Down syndrome, amongst others. Claire is trained in the use of Therapeutic Listening as well as being a certified Interactive Metronome provider. Claire’s approach utilizes her background in a unique way to provide quality family-centered care. Her dedication and passion for improving the lives of special needs children and their families is evident in each of her sessions. In her spare time, Claire enjoys cooking, knitting, hiking, running and spending time with her husband and fur-babies.