Allied Health Staff

Jia Liu   Jia Liu, CCC-SLP, Partner
Jia is a Speech Language Pathologist. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching Chinese as a second language from the Beijing Institute of Language and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama. Jia has extensive experience in various areas of speech, language and hearing disorders including Apraxia, Articulation, Attention Deficit, Auditory Processing, Augmentative Communication, Developmental Delays, Neurogenic Disorders, and Sensory, Social and Behavioral Deficiencies. Jia’s  special interests include treating children with disabilities, autism and autistic-like behaviors as well as working with children that have language and learning disabilities. Jia brings with her a wealth of management experience.   In 2004, she co-founded Helping Hands Therapy, a therapy company based in Alabama with a focus on helping children and adults primarily in rural settings. As Director of Clinical Services at Helping Hands Therapy, Jia established and implemented various treatment protocol for pediatric services for children of all ages in both the clinical and school setting. With her and her co-founders efforts, Helping Hands Therapy is now one of the largest pediatric therapy companies in Alabama delivering services to over 30 school districts, several outpatient clinics and a variety of other of services in adult settings. Even though Jia has worked in other settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, she loves working with children and seeing them grow and achieve. She feels blessed to be able to work in a career that she enjoys.

 

 

Roshonda LankfordRoshonda Lankford, OTD, Partner

Shonda is an Occupational Therapist who received her bachelor’s of science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2000.  She also holds a Master’s degree and has a Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy.  Shonda has worked in pediatrics for over 15 years.   Shonda brings with her a wealth of management experience.   In 2004, she co-founded Helping Hands Therapy, a therapy company based in Alabama with a focus on helping children and adults primarily in rural settings. As Director
of Business Development at Helping Hands Therapy and along with the company’s co-founder, Shonda has helped to significantly increased company revenue, customer service satisfaction, and the number of total contracts all making Helping Hands Therapy one of the largest pediatric therapy companies in Alabama.  While performing her management duties, Shonda has served as a mentor and worked hand and hand as clinical advisor to several clinicians.   Shonda has a variety of specialized training and certifications in many programs including Interactive Metronome, Interactive Listening System, and Handwriting Without Tears.  She has also received training with the Alert Program and The Astronaut Program and is knowledgeable regarding various treatment modalities including the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, the “How Does Your Engine Run?” program and Brain Gym.  Shonda brings many years of working with children with various diagnoses such as Autism, PDD, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Learning Disabilities.  She feels extremely fortunate to be able to help individuals reach max potentials through her work as an OT.

 

Erika Rubin  Erika Rubin, MS, OTR/L, Allied Health Team Manager
Erika Rubin, M.S., OTR/L
 Erika Rubin received her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development at the University of Georgia. She then continued her education at Augusta University, previously known as the Medical College of Georgia, earning a Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. Erika has experience in a wide variety of occupational therapy settings including acute care, inpatient adult rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. However, her passion is in pediatrics and she has focused her skills on working with children of all ages in their homes, clinics, schools and communities. Erika takes pride in collaborating with parents to help them better understand how to support their child’s individual needs. She takes effort in creating a positive and safe environment, in which the child can be encouraged to engage, explore, and master new skills. In her free time, Erika loves to visit Disney World and spend time with her husband, family, and miniature poodle, Benji.

 

 

Adriana Swick  Adriana Swick, MS, OTR/L
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LaTess Echavarria  LaTess Echavarria, MS, OTR/L
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Lindsay Hancock  Lindsay Hancock, COTA/L
Lindsay Hancock is a certified occupational therapy assistant native to Johns Creek, Georgia. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in December of 2017 from Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia. Lindsay is nationally certified and licensed by the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy. Lindsay gained experience during clinical fieldwork, working with young adults and the elderly who had diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, SPD and other developmental delays. She is passionate about the field of occupational therapy and helping others achieve their goals. She is excited to help her patients increase their functional ability and achieve greater levels of independence.

 

 

 

Liz Pupillo  Liz Pupillo, MA, COTA/L
Elizabeth has been working with children and families for 30 years. First, as a family therapist and more recently as a COTA. Elizabeth received her Bachelors degree from Pitzer College and her Masters degree in psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. After many years as a psychotherapist, Elizabeth went back to school and received her COTA degree from Maria College in Albany, New York. Sensory integration and neuro-rehabilitation are her areas of special interest and working with children and families is her life long passion!

 

 

 

 

Emily Davis Shannon  Emily Davis Shannon, PT, DPT
Emily graduated from the University of North Georgia’s DPT program in 2015. She has been practicing in the private outpatient pediatric setting and Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention program since 2015. She is well versed in kinesio taping, neuromuscular re-education with electrical stimulation, serial casting, hippo-therapy, and aquatic therapy. Emily has experience treating children with a variety of disorders, including but not limited to: torticollis, developmental delay, post-stroke, conversion disorder, Down’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, mitochondrial disorders, and autism. Emily played collegiate soccer at UNG while obtaining her undergraduate degree and she continues to be an avid runner. She has a daughter named Cora who is her best running buddy.

 

 

Carol Scott  Carol Scott, MS, CCC-SLP
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Shannon Hanes  Shannon Hanes, MS, CCC-SLP
Shannon likes it when the underdog wins, and she likes kids. Shannon’s speech therapy background includes experience with Down’s Syndrome, Developmental Delays, Sensory Integration Weaknesses/Strengths, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Stuttering/Fluency, Cerebral Palsy, Voice & Resonance, kids whose parents have goals for them to Eat &/or Drink better, Mood & Bipolar Disorders, Emotional Sensitivity and Perception, kids whose Speech sounds are still on their way to coming in (just not yet), and kids with all needs of Cross-Cultural Language-Learning (Shannon herself grew up as a military BRAT child & teenager in 6 different grade schools, lending itself very naturally to her expertise and firsthand experience with communication dynamics in the midst of change). A graduate of Auburn University & the University of North Carolina’s Speech & Hearing Sciences (UNC Medicine, Allied Health), Shannon’s school focus was in Vocal/Singing Rehabilitation. She lived for 10 months abroad on Hawaii’s Big Island & has also learned Spanish to intermediate proficiency. Shannon has now served kids and some adults in a wide range of practice settings that include public schools, some hospital/skilled nursing/independent living facility settings, some home health with adults & kids, 1 charter school, some singers/professional voice users (Emory’s business school), and some contracting with pediatric rehabilitation clinics. Her niche is serving kids and she was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Service Excellence and Dedication in 2014 from National Nursing & Rehab (pediatric home health) for her PRN work in the field. She thanks the Austin [Texas] Summer Musical for Children for casting Shannon as their “Tin Man” in 2014’s Wizard of Oz for 17 live musical theater shows. For all Shannon’s Mind & Motion kids, Shannon understands firsthand it sometimes can get lonely… .at the top!