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.
Alan Harding, MA, OTR/L
Master’s of Science Occupational Therapy, Howard University
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Temple University
Alan grew up in Newark, Delaware, but wanted to branch out and see the world, so he went first to Philadelphia for his undergraduate degree, then to graduate school in Washington, DC, before moving to the Atlanta area. Alan enjoys mentoring kids and at one time considered becoming a teacher. Instead, he chose pediatric occupational therapy, but he also volunteers as a coach for youth cross country and track and field teams. He finds joy in helping individuals reach the peak of their performance, whether in a clinic setting or at the track.
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 of Science in 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.
Sundas Mushtaq, MS, OTR/L
Bachelor of Health Science from Brenau University
Master of Occupational Therapy from Brenau University
Although Sundas was born in Pakistan, she has lived in the Atlanta area since she was one year old. She was exposed to pediatric therapy throughout her childhood because of her brother, who has Down syndrome, and because of him she always knew she wanted a career that involved helping other people. Sundas has a knack for cultural sensitivity and family perspective, and has experience working with children who have behavior issues, hyperactivity, sensory disorders, autism and other developmental delays. Due to her combination of professional and personal family experience with disability, she is knowledgeable about and can assist with transitional care for older adolescents.
Sundas volunteers at the mosque and is passionate about Helping Hands for Relief and Development, a nonprofit organization that assists orphans around the world faced with natural disaster, war, and other hardships and provides free rehab clinics in Pakistan for people with disabilities.
Sundas enjoys crafts and spending time with her family, loves to talk, is an avid devotee of ice cream, and loves to work with kids because she is one at heart!
Victoria Wood, OTR/L
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with a Minor in Spanish from University of New Hampshire
When Victoria was fifteen, she volunteered at a special needs summer camp. While there she fell in love with the children and met an amazing occupational therapist who inspired her to pursue pediatric occupational therapy as a career. Along the way she discovered a knack for working with children with sensory issues and a passion for therapy dog work, and now serves our Kid’s Creek families as our Director of Occupational Therapy.
When she isn’t guiding her patients through sensory challenges, she loves to spend time outside, read a book, or volunteer with her therapy dog, Polly, at a local hospital. Victoria also is drawing upon her vast experience working with children to publish a book and also writes at thesensoryqueen.com. She lives in a fixer-upper home in Flowery Branch with Polly and her husband.