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
Adriana received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in Health Promotion and Behavior. Adriana graduated from the Medical College of Georgia (Augusta University) with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2018. She has been practicing in the private outpatient pediatric setting and the Acute Care setting since her entrance into the profession. She thrives in the area of therapeutic relationships with her patients and their families as she sees the need for carryover in the individual’s natural environment to ensure independence and achievement in her patient’s daily lives. Adriana holds near and dear her husband Drew and their Pomeranian Archibald. In her free time, she enjoys decorating, crafting, and binge-watching Netflix.

 

 

 

 

 

Eva Barnett  Eva Barnett, MS, OTR/L
Ms. Barnett graduated from Kennesaw State University in 1993 with a BA in Studio Art. She was a Preschool teacher for 5 years and then moved on to teach art for Pre-K through 6th grade at a private
school in Macon, Georgia for 5 more years. She also administered vision screenings in preschools across Middle Georgia for Georgia Prevent Blindness. Ms. Barnett always had a love for horse and had owned them for many years. In 2005, she began handling and training horses for a Hippotherapy program. This type of therapy incorporates patients riding a horse while Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists administer therapeutic treatment toward set goals. Hippotherapy helps strengthen core muscles, mimic a natural human gait in the rider’s hips, and provides the sensory movement input that aids in a child’s attention to their tasks. During this time, she decided to apply to Occupational Therapy school. She started at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia in 2010 and completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in August of 2012. She has been a therapist from this point on for almost eight years with all concentration in Pediatrics. She has done some treatment through Hippotherapy, as well as the typical clinical setting. Ms. Barnett loves all the children she treats and often refers to them as her kids. She believes that there needs to be a balance between respect and authority with the children she sees and that too much of one or the other is the cause of many difficulties in a child/adult relationships.

 

 

 

 

 
Brittany Abrams  Brittany Abrams, MS, OTR/L
Brittany graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015 and graduated from Brenau University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Throughout graduate school, Brittany worked at Mind & Motion as a neurotherapist and has 4 years of experience delivering Interactive Metronome and neurofeedback therapy. She is now excited to return as a licensed occupational therapist! Brittany’s clinical fieldwork while in school focused on pediatrics and sensory integration as well as neuro rehabilitation for adolescents and adults who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, or are living with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease or Dementia. Brittany loves the creativity of working in pediatrics and being able to design activities that are both fun and therapeutic to help the child grow and develop and achieve higher levels of independence. Brittany loves running and being outside and spends most of her free time training for half and full marathons and exploring new running trails with her golden retriever, Bailey!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Elizabeth Yanow  Elizabeth Yanow, PT, DPT
Elizabeth graduated from the University of North Georgia’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2014. She has experience working with pediatrics in the outpatient setting as well as through Early Intervention services within the home. Elizabeth is skilled in treating children a variety of disorders including but not limited to children with torticollis, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, limb deficiencies, traumatic brain injuries, autism, and toe walking. She is well versed in kinesiology taping, serial casting, hippo-therapy, aquatic therapy, and equipment management. Elizabeth takes pride in establishing a relationship with the child and family as well as working together as a team to incorporate therapeutic activities into a daily routine. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family, bike riding, and running.

 

 

Carol Scott  Carol Scott, MS, CCC-SLP
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Melissa Rose  Melissa Rose, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Melissa received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology from Emory University and continued her education at Georgia State University. There she earned her Master’s in Education with a concentration in Communication Disorders. Melissa has experience in all areas of speech-language pathology including acute care, comprehensive rehabilitation inpatient hospitals, pediatric outpatient clinics, home health, and post-acute adult facilities. Her interests include: pediatric feeding, language and learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injuries, cognitive and learning differences, and auditory processing challenges. In addition to being a clinician, Melissa has been a clinical instructor for several years at Georgia State University in their Communication Disorders Department. Melissa enjoys working with parents to help them better understand their child’s challenges as well as how important they are to their child’s progress. She takes pride in motivating, encouraging, and helping each child reach their potential. Melissa, her husband, and her two sons enjoy spending time outdoors, rescuing animals and have enough cats and dogs in their home to count on more than 2 hands!