Allied Health Staff

Jia Liu   Jia Liu, CCC-SLP, Allied Health Clinical Director
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, Allied Health Clinical Director

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.



Tina George  Tina George, CCC-SLP
Tina is a native New Yorker who moved to Georgia in 2016 to advance her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY and obtained her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Tina was an active member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing-Association, completed her Clinical Fellowship, and obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Tina is a current member of ASHA and is licensed by Georgia Board of Speech and Audiology. Her goal is to provide a high quality of care to individuals with communication disorders to achieve individual independence. During her personal time, Tina enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.



Anna Douglas  Anna Douglas, CCC-SLP
Anna is a registered and licensed master’s level Speech Language Pathologist and certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. She graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Valdosta State University. Anna has worked with children since 2008. She has provided services to children in a clinic setting, public school system and hospital/outpatient clinic. She has experience helping children with a variety of disorders involving articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, voice disorders, fluency, autism spectrum disorders, Down’s syndrome, hearing impairments, visual impairments, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and feeding. Anna is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association (GSHA). She receives great gratitude in helping children progress towards their goals.



Shree Patel  Shree Patel, OTD
Shree is an Occupational Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida and her Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. She recently graduated in December of 2015 and is nationally registered and licensed by the Georgia Board of Occupational Therapy. Her capstone research was focused on sensory integration and this furthered her interest in sensory integrative techniques. Her fieldwork experience in school has influenced her passion for working with children. Shree’s experience includes working with a variety of pediatric conditions, including but not limited Sensory processing disorders, Autism, fine motor delays, Down syndrome, and developmental delays. She is passionate about helping children achieve their highest potential and loves seeing them succeed and have fun during therapy!


Joan Alia  Joan Alia, PT
Joan Alia received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from The Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY in 1994. Joan’s experience as a pediatric physical therapist includes: Acute care pediatric hospital in Queens, NY; School based PT at Nassau BOCES (NY) and Gwinnett County Public Schools, Early Intervention and Outpatient Clinic therapy at Mind and Motion. Joan is our Pediatric Concussion Program Coordinator. Joan was a NCAA gymnast when completing her undergraduate degree at SUNY Brockport and was often found jumping around the bleachers as the school mascot as well.