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: 3-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, Introduction to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, Treating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Beyond the Symptoms (Linda D'Onofrio), How to Differentiate Oral Placement and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders from Developmental Speech Sound Disorders (Linda D’Onofrio), Virtual Talk Tools Conference-OMD Deconstructed: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, PROMPT Level I Training, LAMP Words for Life (Center for AAC & Autism), PECS Level I, The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), Interactive Language (ILP) & Direct Auditory Feedback through iLS. 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.

Director of Speech Therapy Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PROMPT

Kelly M.S., 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 also

IMSE Orton-Gillingham Trained, 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.

Director of Occupational Therapy Services                                                                                                           SIPT Certified

Meagan M.S., 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.  

aislyn mc.

supervisor of Speech Therapy Services                                                                                        Orofacial Myofunctional Tx

Aislyn M.S., CCC-SLP joined the ECC team in October of 2019. She graduated from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from Towson University. Aislyn has experience working with adults in acute and subacute settings, as well as, pediatrics primarily in outpatient settings. She has experience working with children ages 12mos - 18yrs with a variety of disabilities including; mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, orofacial myofunctional disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, feeding disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP).  
She has attended the Play & Language: Roots of Literacy by Carol Westby course and AAC Training Course by Elizabeth Boertz of PRC. She has also attended the following courses which have helped her gain knowledge and understanding in the orofacial complex and ability to provide orofacial myofunctional therapy; Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development by Diane Bahr, Oromyofunctional Therapy: Change in Structure by Linda D’Onofrio and How to Differentiate Oral Placement and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders from Developmental Speech Sound Disorders also by Linda D’Onofrio. Most recently she attended the Virtual Talk Tools Conference-OMD Deconstructed: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. 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. 

SAMANTHA B.

Supervisor of Occupational Therapy Services             

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.     

casey A.

lead 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 provided early intervention services throughout Fairfax County. She has completed a variety of continuing education courses such as: the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, PROMPT Level 1, A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding, Motor Speech, and Mouth Development, as well as Language Acquisition through Motor Planning, and Moving Forward with LAMP. Casey 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.

katie U.

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                PROMPT Trained    

Katie, M.S., CCC-SLP has been serving at Exceptional Children's Center since 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. Katie has had experience working in the public school system at the middle and high school levels prior to transitioning to the pediatric clinical setting. Over the last 6 years, Katie has received additional training in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools: Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, TalkTools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding, PROMPT Level I Training, and an introduction course to Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). 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.  

sydney t.

lead occupational Therapist

Sydney M.S., 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.  

colleen q.

lead occupational Therapist

Colleen M.S., 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.      

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, 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.

eliza r.

speech-language pathologist                                                                                                                          PROMPT Trained

Eliza, 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 has taken the PROMPT Level I training, holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions. 

meghan "meg" h.

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                         PROMPT Trained

Meg M.SP., 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 has taken PROMPT Level 1 training, 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. 

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.    

Amber k.

Occupational Therapist

Amber M.S., 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.  

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.    

kelly  m.

occupational therapist 

Kelly M.OT, OTR/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as an Occupational therapist in January 2020. Kelly graduated from Saint Francis University (SFU) with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Science in 2014 and a Master's of Occupational Therapy in 2015. While at SFU, Kelly competed for 4 years as a Division 1 swimmer. Prior to joining ECC, Kelly gained experience working in a sensory-based clinic specializing in treating children with a wide range of diagnoses including autism, ADHD, SPD, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and stroke. She also gained experience implementing a variety of treatment techniques including DIR/Floortime, Zones of Regulation, Astronaut Training Protocol, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. She completed continuing education courses on visual rehabilitation in the pediatric setting, and the SOS Approach to Feeding Therapy. Kelly enjoys building therapeutic relationships with children and families. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, running half marathons, and spending time with her two dogs.   

sara p.

occupational therapist

Sara M.S.,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.    

michele p.

occupational therapist

Michele M.S., 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.    

Hannah a.

speech-language pathologist

Hannah M.A., 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.  

Lexie K.

Occupational Therapist

Lexie M.S., OTR/L joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as an Occupational Therapist in March 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from High Point University in 2012, then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University in 2017. Lexie has experience working with children from toddlerhood to adolescence. Prior to becoming an OT, she worked in a multiple disabled high school classroom. Lexie completed her graduate school fieldwork in school based and outpatient setting where she gained experience working with children who have Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing disorder, anxiety, and developmental delays. Prior to joining ECC, Lexie worked as an OT in the hospital setting for over two years. Lexie is excited to work with children and their families to achieve their goals. Lexie holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.

liz s.

Occupational Therapist

Liz M.S., 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.



olivia m.

Occupational Therapist

Olivia M.OT, 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. 

georgina "gina" m.

Bilingual speech-language pathologist (English/Spanish)

Gina M.A., CCC-SLP joined the staff in September 2020. Gina graduated from Brigham Young University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She earned a Master of Art degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in 2019. She also completed the Certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University in 2019. Prior to working at Exceptional Children’s Center, Gina gained experience working with children and adults in outpatient, school, and home-based settings. Most recently, she worked in a pediatric outpatient clinic in Woodbridge, VA, providing bilingual services. Gina is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.    

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.

farah s.

occupational therapist



Farah MOTR/L, joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as an Occupational Therapist in March 2021. Farah first became interested in occupational therapy when she witnessed the health disparities in her hometown of Karachi, Pakistan. This encouraged her to seek a profession that would enable her to make a positive impact on those who were at times overlooked. Farah received her Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Houston in 2017. In 2020, she graduated with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. While in graduate school, Farah presented a scoping review on ‘Developmental Trends of Postural Control in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder’ at the Texas Occupational Therapy Conference of 2019. She also gave a poster presentation at the afore-mentioned conference on ‘Human Trafficking and the Potential Role of OT in Survivor Recovery’. Farah holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Virginia. Farah’s hobbies include hiking, discovering new places to eat, and traveling with her husband. 

amber r.

Occupational Therapist

Amber M.S., OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in March of 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta in 2007 and worked in early childhood education, first as a teacher and then a director, for several years before returning to school to pursue OT. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences in 2019. Prior to joining ECC, Amber worked in a sensory-based pediatric clinic & school during her clinical affiliation where she gained experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Sensorineural Hearing Loss. While at Emory & Henry, Amber conducted research on the developmental impacts of neonatal abstinence syndrome. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association, and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia. In her free time, Amber can be found biking, painting, and hanging out with her two cats.  

laura b.

occupational therapist

Laura M.S., 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.    

athena s.

speech-language pathologist

 Athena M.S., CCC-SLP joined the ECC Team in January 2021. She received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Iowa in 2016. She was excited to pursue this program in the Wendell Johnson Speech & Hearing Building because Iowa has a long history of contributions to research in the field of CSD. She moved to Virginia to obtain her Master's in Speech Pathology from Old Dominion University. While at Old Dominion, she worked with both adult and child clients at the University's Speech & Hearing Clinic. From there she completed an externship at a Private Practice serving 0–18 year old children in a mix of in-clinic and home health settings. Following that, she interned in Acute Care at a nearby hospital where she completed Barium swallow studies and cognitive therapy. Upon receiving her Master's degree from Old Dominion in 2018, she worked as a speech therapist for the public school system, where she treated children ages 3-15 years old. Athena is a member of ASHA and holds a Virginia license to practice Speech-Language Pathology. 

blair s.

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Blair M.S., CCC-SLP joined the ECC Team in February 2021. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 and her Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016 from James Madison University. Prior to working at ECC she had experience working with children ranging from birth to 18 years of age in an outpatient clinic and students ranging from preschool to high school levels within private and public school settings. She is passionate about treating speech sound disorders, oral motor skills, receptive and expressive language disorder and delays, fluency impairments and working with AAC users. Blair has received training in the DIR Floortime Model, PECS Level I, the Kaufman Method, LAMP Words for Life, the Social Thinking Curriculum, and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Blair is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license to practice for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

nouran a.

occupational Theapist

Nouran OTD, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in February of 2021. Nouran graduated from the American University in Cairo in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Arts before getting her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020. While at VCU she conducted research into the relationship between proprioception and motor development. Nouran is board certified, a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, sketching, white water kayaking, and playing with her dog. 


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