Team Members

Tracy G.

Founder & CEO                                                                                                                                    Occupational Therapist                                                               SIPT Certified

Tracy is the CEO and founder of Exceptional Childrens Center. She graduated from Temple University in August 2009 earning a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in sensory integration. While at Temple, Tracy became certified to perform the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test also known as the SIPT. Prior to completing her Doctorate she earned her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1998. Tracy has a variety of work experience that includes work with adults and children. She opened her own private practice in 2005. Tracy has taken a number of continuing education courses that include extensive training in sensory integration theory and practice, a variety of auditory based interventions that include Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), therapeutic listening, REI or rhythmic entrainment and Berard Auditory Integration Training. She also has training in Astronaut Training, Handwriting Without Tears and Interactive Metronome.

Alyson m. 

Clinical Director                                                                                                                            Speech-Language Pathologist                                                     PROMPT Trained

Alyson M.A., CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in July 2011. In 2004 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida (UCF). In 2006 she went on to also earn her Master’s degree at UCF in the same area. While at UCF she completed a pediatric internship at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida and adult internship with Bayfront Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. Alyson has experience working in the public schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels as an SLP. She has also worked at a therapeutic day school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders alongside teachers, aides, Board Certified ABA Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists and Physical Therapists. She has completed several continuing education courses including training in the Debra Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissue Specialty Training, the SOS Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools: Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, PROMPT Level I Training, The Center for AAC & Autism's Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), Integrated Listening Systems (iLS) and Interactive Language (ILP) & Direct Auditory Feedback.

She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds an active license as a speech-language pathologist from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Kelly r.

Clinical Director                                                                                                                             Speech-Language Pathologist                                                     PROMPT Trained

Kelly CCC-SLP, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in April 2012. Kelly earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa and earned a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. She enjoys working with children of varying ages and abilities and their families, and she believes in a client-centered approach that builds on each child’s individual strengths. Kelly has completed a wide variety of continuing education courses in the areas of treatment, assessment and supervision that include PROMPT Levels I and II, Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach, Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment and Program Plan Development, TOTs: Tethered Oral Tissue Specialty Training, The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Feeding, The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, The Greenspan DIR Model/Floortime Approach, and The Center for AAC & Autism's Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds an active license as a speech-language pathologist from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.  

Meagan O.

Clinical Supervisor                                                                                                                                Occupational Therapist                                                               SIPT Certified

Meagan MS, OTR/L, Clinical Supervisor, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in April 2010. Meagan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Kinesiology from the College of William & Mary before earning her Master of Science degree for Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, she performed research in the Sensory Processing and Stress Evaluation Lab to study the physiological components of Sensory Processing Disorder. Meagan received her Certification in Sensory Integration including Administering and Interpreting the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) in 2015. She has also completed training in Handwriting without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Astronaut Training, and the Greenspan DIR Model/Floortime Approach as well as taking courses in leadership and supervision. In addition, she has completed a mentorship focused on treating children dealing with trauma and attachment issues. Meagan has experience working with children of varying ages and diagnoses in a one-on-one clinic setting in addition to providing consultation to teachers and school administrators to support children in preschool classrooms. Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association and Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.  

BECKY J.

Clinical Supervisor                                                                                                                         Speech-Language Pathologist                                                     PROMPT Trained       

Becky M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in July 2013. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, and from James Madison University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her graduate school externship placements were at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Charlottesville, VA, and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to beginning work at ECC, Becky spent two years working as a speech-language pathologist in the Greene County public school system outside of Charlottesville, VA. There she provided speech and language therapy to a large and varied caseload of elementary-aged students, in addition to working in a classroom for students with autism spectrum disorders. She has received training in the following areas:
TalkTools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, TalkTools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach, Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia to Self-Generated Language, PROMPT: Level I and II, TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Moving Forward with LAMP, Oromyofunctional Therapy: Change in Structure, TalkTools Airway, Orthodontics, Apnea, and OPT. Becky is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds licenses for speech-language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.   

SAMANTHA B.

Clinical Supervisor                                                                                                                                 Occupational Therapist

Samantha M.S., OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in March of 2016. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Community Health. She continued on to receive her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013. She has experience working as a pediatric occupational therapist in outpatient, home and school based settings. She has completed a variety of continuing education courses including Handwriting Without Tears, Integrated Listening Systems and courses with a focus on sensory integration and feeding. Samantha is passionate about helping children and families meet their goals through occupational therapy. Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association.     

rachel m.

Lead speech-language pathologist                                                                                                                   pROMPT Trained

Rachel MS, CCC-SLP, PROMPT Trained, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in May 2015. She graduated from James Madison University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and became a "Double Duke" when she graduated from James Madison University again in 2011 with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed a graduate school placement at the Comeback Stroke Center in Vienna, VA, a non-profit outpatient rehabilitation center started for adult survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injury, where she gained experience treating individuals and groups with aphasia and apraxia as they regained not only language and speech skills, but reading, socializing, cooking, and computer skills. She also completed an internship and clinical fellowship at Building Blocks Therapy, a pediatric private practice in Northwest D.C. and Falls Church, VA where she earned her certificate of clinical competence as a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and started practicing as a certified therapist. Here she gained experience treating a variety of children across clinic, school and home settings and co-ran social groups. She is PROMPT trained and has also received training in Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy. Rachel holds an active license for speech-language therapy in the state of Virginia. 

della h.

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                   PROMPT Trained

Della M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in January 2014. She graduated from University of Mary Washington in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development, and from James Madison University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Born and raised in Alexandria she received speech therapy herself as a senior at West Potomac High School for a developmental stutter. That experience opened her eyes to the world of speech therapy and she stopped at nothing to become an SLP. At James Madison University she worked in the Childhood Developmental Stuttering Lab and gained a vast amount of experience completing her clinical hours. She gained experience working with the geriatric population and has much experience working in a private practice setting since January 2012. Della holds a license in the state of Virginia and holds her certificate of clinical competence as an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She has received training in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Using Tactile Therapy Techniques, Talk Tools Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding: Motor Speech and Mouth Development/Function, Talk Tools: Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population and PROMPT Level I and II among other courses.    

sydney t.

lead occupational Therapist

Sydney MS, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in November 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University in 2013. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2015. Prior to joining ECC, Sydney worked in a sensory-based pediatric clinic during her clinical affiliation where she gained experience working with children with a range of diagnoses, including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Prader Willis, and Down Syndrome. Sydney was also a graduate assistant at Thomas Jefferson University for The Child and Family Studies Program where she researched and established best-practices for families with children with developmental disabilities and delays. While at Thomas Jefferson, she also conducted research on the therapeutic effects of incorporating siblings into therapy. She is currently trained in iLS (integrated listening systems), is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.  

shannon l.

lead occupational therapist

Shannon MOTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center in March of 2016. She graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelors in Health Science with a Concentration in Occupational Studies in 2014. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from James Madison in 2015. During her graduate studies, Shannon completed research on caregiver support groups for caregivers of children with disabilities and presented her research at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in 2015. Prior to joining ECC, Shannon completed her graduate clinical affiliation at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Northern VA working with children with a variety of diagnoses and unique needs including developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, and cerebral palsy. Her goal is to provide the most compassionate and client-centered care for her pediatric clients and their families while keeping therapy FUN! She has been trained in the Talk Tools Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding Therapy and Integrated Listening Systems (iLS). Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association.  

katie f.

lead Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                    PROMPT Trained

Katie MS CCC-SLP joined the team at Exceptional Children’s Center in August 2017. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies in 2011 and received her Master’s of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College in 2014. Prior to joining the ECC Team, Katie worked at a special needs school in New York with children and adolescents with various diagnosis including severe autism, Angelman’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, blindness, and emotional disturbance. For the past two years Katie has worked in the public school system at the middle school level with a primary focus on developing adolescent social skills. Katie has received training in the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention approach, PECS Level 1, the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding and Talk Tools: Feeding Therapy: Sensory-Motor Approach among other courses. Before moving to Virginia Katie was a member of the Central NY Speech Language Hearing Association (CNYSLHA) and was a licensed speech-language pathologist in New York State. Katie is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and currently holds a license for speech-language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.    

colleen q.

lead Occupational Therapist                                      

Colleen MS, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as an Occupational Therapist in January 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 2013. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2015. Colleen first became interested in occupational therapy while working in a preschool setting with children with developmental delays. Before joining the ECC team, she gained experience providing occupational therapy services to infants through Early Intervention, as well as children and adolescents in clinic, home, and private school/day care settings. Colleen has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury. She is trained in the Alert Program for Self-Regulation and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Colleen holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.      

meg h.

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                         

Meg MSP, CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in August 2019. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and a minor in American Sign Language. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina in August 2016. Her graduate school practicum placements included both pediatric private practices and an elementary school, where she was able to gain experience working with children with a wide variety of speech and language impairments. Prior to beginning work at Exceptional Children’s Center, Meg spent three years working in public schools outside of Richmond, VA, where she provided speech and language therapy for preschool through high school age children with a diverse range of communication disorders. Meg is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and currently holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions. 

Casey A.

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                     PROMPT Trained

Casey M.S., CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in June 2015. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and in 2014 with a Master's degree in speech-language pathology. Her graduate school externships took place at a pediatric clinic and an elementary school, where she worked with children presenting with a variety of speech and language impairments. After graduation, Casey completed her clinical fellowship year at a pediatric clinic in Woodbridge, VA and providing early intervention services throughout Fairfax County. She completed training in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding as well as PROMPT Level 1. Casey is an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a licensne for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Tiffany A.

Occupational Therapist                                                                                 

Tiffany MS, OTR/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in October 2014. She received her Master's of Science degree for Occupational Therapy from The Medical University of South Carolina in 2014. Tiffany has experience working with children within their schools and homes as well as in outpatient settings. She has worked treating children with a range of diagnoses, including traumatic brain injuries, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and sensory processing disorder. She has completed a variety of training and continuing education courses, including: Eyesight to Insight- Visual and Vestibular Assessment and Treatment, M.O.R.E. -- Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions, Greenspan DIR Model/Floortime Approach, Handwriting Without Tears, and Integrated Listening Systems (iLS). Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association. Tiffany is also conversationally fluent in Spanish.

mckenzie r.

speech-language pathologist                                                                                                                            PROMPT Trained

McKenzie M.S.,CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center, as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), in January 2016. She graduated from Marshall University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and again in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, McKenzie worked at Southern Ohio Medical Center, in their outpatient therapy clinic, home health, and inpatient rehabilitation unit. Here she gained valuable experience with children and adults with various speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She also acted as the Stroke Coach for the inpatient rehabilitation unit where she worked with survivors of stroke and their families on transitioning to home, stroke education, and stroke prevention. She has completed the Introduction to PROMPT and PECS Level 1 courses among others. McKenzie is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for speech- language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.  

laura b.

occupational therapist 

Laura MS, OTR/L earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2008. She then earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from James Madison University in 2010. After graduating from JMU, she worked at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA where she worked in both adult and pediatric acute care settings including experience working in the pediatric ICU, pediatric step-down units and general floors gaining experience working with a variety of diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, stroke, orthopedic surgeries, oncology, multi-trauma, and cardiac patients. She also completed some mentoring in the neonatal ICU as well. While at VCU Laura completed an Occupational Therapy fellowship with the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VA-LEND) and partnership for People with Disabilities in May 2015. For the past three years, before joining the ECC team, Laura has worked as a travel Occupational Therapist gaining experience working in a variety of settings across the country. She has worked in several pediatric school-based settings including Early Intervention, Elementary and High School populations on both the East and West coast. She has also worked in several inpatient adult rehabilitation settings as well while traveling around the country. Laura is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds active licenses to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. Laura is excited to be part of the ECC team and believes in doing her best to provide meaningful family-centered care to her patients and their families.  

heidi b.

occupational therapist

Heidi MS, OTR/L, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in May of 2012. Heidi initially earned her Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science prior to completing her Master's in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University in 2010. Prior to working at ECC, Heidi completed fieldwork rotations in the public school system and worked in a school for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. After her first child was born in 2014, Heidi returned to ECC part-time and has also been pursuing a lifelong passion of treating clients with use of equine movement (hippotherapy). She has completed many continuing education courses in sensory and motor development including pediatric NDT, Handwriting Without Tears, Integrated Listening System (iLS), and pediatric yoga for for children with special needs through Radiant Child Yoga. Heidi enjoys building relationships with the children and families she treats while ensuring therapy remains fun, relevant, and meaningful to all those involved.     

lindsey m.

speech-language pathologist                                                                                                                              PROMPT Trained

Lindsey M.S. CCC-SLP, joined the team at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in July 2018. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. In 2013, she earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. Prior to working at Exceptional Children's Center, she worked with children in both private clinics and public school settings. Lindsey is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is fully licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has also completed post-graduate trainings to target a variety of speech and language disorders, such as PROMPT, Social Thinking, and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol.  

sara p.

occupational Therapist

Sara MS,OTR/L, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in July of 2011. Sara initially received her bachelors in Health Science with a concentration in health and occupational studies from James Madison University in 2006, before returning to JMU to earn her masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Sara worked in a sensory based pediatric therapy clinic during her affiliation in graduate school and worked for almost 2 years at National Rehabilitation Hospital in adult acute rehab, before joining our practice. She is currently trained in Handwriting Without Tears and Integrative Listening Systems (iLs). Sara holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Virginia.  

Meghan f.

speech-language pathologist                                                                                                                              PROMPT Trained

Meghan M.S., CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in August 2016 and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence in May 2017. She graduated from James Madison University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of the District of Columbia in 2016. Her involvement with Operation Smile sparked her interest in becoming a speech-language pathologist as she aspires to become a volunteer speech-language pathologist on one of their volunteer medical missions. Her clinical interests include articulation disorders, craniofacial anomalies, receptive and expressive language delays, oral motor skills and feeding and swallowing needs. She completed her graduate school placements at Rosemount Center in D.C, an early childhood education center, with bilingual children, at her on-campus clinic where she treated children and adults, and at a hospital in the acute care setting. Her externship placements were at a rehabilitation center working with individuals with aphasia and dysphasia, and at a variety of elementary schools in PG County treating children with articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language delays and stuttering difficulties in both a one-on-one and group setting. She has received training in Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing, A Three Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Autism, AAC, and LAMP: Getting Started and PROMPT Level I. Meghan is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

laurie s.

certified occupational therapist assistant (COTA)

Laurie COTA/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in August 2018. Laurie initially received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations in Business from the College of William and Mary. She first became interested in occupational therapy while searching for a client-centered health profession combining creative problem-solving skills with evidence-based practice. During Laurie’s break from schooling to raise three children, she worked as a manager/teacher for Gymboree Play and Music, a developmentally-based play program for children ages 3 months to 5 years. She then returned to school to pursue her dream of becoming an OT practitioner. Before joining the ECC team, she gained experience working in the Fairfax County Public School system as a Fieldwork Level 2 student with children from preschool through high school. She has worked treating children with a range of diagnoses, including seizure disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and sensory processing disorder. She spent 3 months at ECC for her final fieldwork and this experience affirmed that a pediatric, sensory-based clinic was the right fit for her skills. Laurie is trained in Integrative Listening Systems (iLs) and her professional memberships include the American Occupational Therapy Association and Virginia Occupational Therapy Association and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. In her spare time, Laurie and her Goldendoodle, Ellie, volunteer with People, Animals, Love, an organization which provides pet visits to bring happiness and comfort to numerous individuals throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area.  

michele p.

occupational Therapist

Michele MS, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in March of 2019. She received her Bachelor of science degree from the University of Scranton in 2014 and continued on to earn her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton in 2015. Prior to joining the ECC team, Michele worked at private schools for children with special needs in both New York and Maryland. She has experience working with children and adolescents with a range of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Michele is passionate about working with children and helping them participate in the things they want and need to do. She has completed training for the Handwriting without Tears program and the Zones of Regulation. Michele holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.  

eliza r.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Elizabeth "Eliza" Rohner, M.S., CCC-SLP joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in June 2018. She graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Appalachian State University in 2018. Having her own developmental stutter incited her interest in becoming a speech-language pathologist to help others like her. One of her graduate school practicum placements included a preschool language classroom where she gained valuable experience with children with various speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She also has experience working in skilled nursing facilities with adults with aphasia, apraxia, voice, and swallowing disorders. Her graduate school externship at Exceptional Children’s Center cemented her interest in working with the pediatric population in the private practice setting. She holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.   

olivia m.

Occupational Therapist

Olivia MOT, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in April 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a focus on Human Occupation Studies from Xavier University in 2016. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Xavier University in 2018. Prior to joining Exceptional Children’s Center, Olivia gained experience in an outpatient pediatric clinic in Columbus, OH during her graduate school fieldwork rotation. She has experience working with infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, fine motor delays, gross motor delays, developmental delays, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome. She is passionate about providing client centered care to meet the unique needs of every child and family. Olivia is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association and holds and active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia. 

hannah a.

speech-language pathologist-CFY

Hannah M.A., CF-SLP joined the Exceptional Children's Center team as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in June 2019. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in Human & Social Development in 2016. She then went on to complete a post-baccalaureate year and earn her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019 from the George Washington University. Prior to graduate school, Hannah completed a summer internship at a speech and language camp for preschool children with special needs, which ignited her interest in working with the pediatric population. She has experience working with children across the lifespan, having completed graduate school externships in private clinic and non-public high school settings. She holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

liz s.

occupational therapist

Liz MS, OTR/L joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as an Occupational Therapist in February 2019. She earned her Bachelor of science degree in Psychology from the James Madison University in 2013. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. Liz has experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorder, and other needs in a variety of settings, including sensory integration clinics and after-school programs. Liz is passionate about providing functional and play based care to improve the well-being of the entire family system. She has completed training in DIR/Floortime, Sensory Processing Disorders through the STAR institute, and reflex integration. Liz holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Virginia.   

calli s.

occupational therapist

Calli OTD, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in September 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Allied Health from Otterbein University in 2014. She first became interested in occupational therapy while volunteering at a camp for kids with muscular dystrophy and working as an ABA aide. She earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Kettering Medical College in 2018. Her doctoral project was focused on assistive technology for kids with muscular dystrophy. She gained experience working in early intervention as a home health therapist in South Carolina before moving to VA. She has experience working with infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, fine motor delays, gross motor delays, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome. She is passionate about developing a therapeutic relationship with each child and their family to meet their specific needs. Calli holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia. 

amber k.

occupational therapist

Amber MS, OTR/L joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as an Occupational Therapist in September 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Psychology, then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University in 2017. Amber has experience working with children with ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder, stroke, gross and fine motor delays, developmental delay, and a variety of other diagnoses. She has previous experience within a private pediatric setting, where she gained experience implementing various protocols and frameworks into treatment sessions based on children’s individual needs, including, Sensory Integration, Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation, Astronaut Training Protocol, Interactive Metronome, Interoception, and DIR/Floortime. Amber is looking forward to motivating, connecting, and collaboratively working with clients and families to help them reach their highest potential. Amber holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.

Aislyn Mc.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Aislyn MS CCC-SLP joined the ECC team in October of 2019. She graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012. While there she gained experience by interning at a pediatric private practice which primarily consisted of children with global developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. While in graduate school, Aislyn completed her graduate externships at the Chatsworth School in Reisterstown, MD and Franklin Square Hospital just outside of Baltimore, MD. Following graduate school, Aislyn gained experience by working in the sub-acute rehabilitation setting. She completed the VitalStim specialty program becoming certified in providing VitalStim to adults with swallowing disorders. While working with adults, Aislyn realized how much she missed working with children and made the switch back to pediatrics. She worked at The Pediatric Development Center in Silver Spring, MD gaining experience in working with children ranging in ages 12 months - 18 years with a variety of disabilities including; mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, orofacial myofunctional disorders, feeding disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). She has attended the Play and Language: Roots of Literacy by Carol Westby course, Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development by Diane Bahr and AAC Training Course by Elizabeth Boertz of PRC. Aislyn is an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions, as well as, the Maryland Department of Health.  

shelby s.

Occupational Therapist



Shelby CScD, MOT, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in November 2019. She earned her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Pittsburgh in 2016. She then earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from The University of Pittsburgh in 2018 before continuing on to earn her Doctor of Clinical Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Pittsburgh in 2019. During her doctoral studies, Shelby completed research on implementation of a family-centered care and parent empowerment program in the neonatal intensive care unit. Prior to joining ECC, Shelby worked in Early Intervention where she gained experience working with infants and toddlers with a variety of diagnoses. She is passionate about providing the most current evidence-based care to help each child reach their fullest potential. Shelby is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.

philip greer

Chief financial officer

sabrina D.

Patient Intake Coordinator                                            (Trilingual English/Spanish/Portuguese)

vanessa p.

Patient Care Coordinator (Bilingual English/Spanish)

KILEY B.

Patient Care Coordinator

joanne d.

biling director

grace s.

billing specialist

Exceptional Children's Center

7001 A Loisdale Road,

Springfield, VA 22150

Phone. 703-971-0602

Fax. 703-971-0606

Email. info@exceptionalchildrenscenter.com

Hours

Monday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Tuesday7:30AM - 7:00PM
Wednesday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Thursday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Friday8:00AM - 4:30PM
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED