Meet Our Occupational Therapists


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.


Jill Ronske, BS, OTR/L

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Disabilities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jill began her career working with children with special needs as an elementary school special education teacher. After nine years in the classroom, Jill returned to school to pursue a degree in occupational therapy, and has worked as a pediatric OT for the past 20 years. Jill’s extensive resume includes over 25 workshops on topics such as sensory modulation, feeding, motor planning and praxis, visual perception/visual motor skills, reflex integration, vestibular rehabilitation and vision/attention issues. She is a trained provider of Therapeutic Listening and iLS (Integrated Listening System) as well as trained in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) techniques. Jill has experience working with children with feeding issues, including children with autism or anxiety. She enjoys treating children with visual issues who may be demonstrating difficulty with academic or motor tasks due to poor coordination of their eyes. Jill and her husband, Drew, have four sons and currently live in Alpharetta.


Makensie Thompson, MS, OTR/L

Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science/Minor in Business, Centenary College
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Brenau University

Makensie is a competition-level gymnastic instructor who has extensive experience communicating and motivating kids of all ages. A graduate of Brenau University, she completed her internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she became interested in helping clients with neurological and motor deficits. Makensie has continued her education with a recent class on “taping” to improve motor skills. Her specialties include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and autism. Makensie and her husband James recently had their first child and reside in Lawrenceville.


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.

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