Meet the Therapists

Carmie Leister, MS, CCC-SLP (Founder and owner of Bright Horizons Pediatric Therapy, LLC) is a certified speech and language pathologist who has been servicing the Atlanta area for the past 14 years. She relocated with her husband  from South Florida and moved to Georgia in 2003. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida, and received her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University.

Her clinical practice experience includes the following: public school system, private practice, Babies Can’t Wait and outpatient rehabilitation. She has serviced children with a variety of delays/disorders which include the following: Early Childhood Language Delay, Articulation/Phonology, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Oral Motor, Auditory Processing, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays, Voice, Fluency (Stuttering), Pragmatics (Social Skills), Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC), Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome. Her love and passion for treating children has allowed her to establish an excellent reputation within the community.

Carmie and her husband have two lovely children as well as an Australian Cattle dog. When Carmie is not working she enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, gardening, exercising and volunteering within her church community.




ther3Christine Edge, MS Ed., CCC-SLP is a certified speech and language pathologist who has been servicing the Atlanta area for the past 8 years. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Prior to changing her focus to Speech Pathology, she received an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

She specializes in working with infants and children aged birth to 19 years old with focus on the following areas: pediatric feeding difficulties, medically fragile children, severe language delays, early childhood language delay, apraxia of speech, oral motor difficulties, behavioral difficulties, autism and articulation.

In her spare time, Christine meanders through a series of hobbies including: gardening, cooking, pottery and reading. She lives with her two crazy cats who never fail to make life interesting.



 


Melissa PictureelissaPicMelissa Newton, Ed. S., CCC-SLP, is a certified speech and language pathologist who has been treating students in Cobb County School District for about 8 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Linguistics and her Master’s  degree in Communication Disorders and Education Specialist degree from Valdosta State University.

Her clinical practice experience includes the following: public school system, private practice, Babies Can’t Wait, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. She has serviced children and adults with a variety of delays/disorders which include the following: Early Childhood Language Delay, Articulation/Phonology, Oral Motor, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays, Voice, Fluency (stuttering), Pragmatics (Social Skills), Autism, Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC), Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dysphagia (Swallowing), and other genetic disorders.

Melissa and her husband have a two children and 2 dogs. When Melissa is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, playing tennis, doing crafts around her house, and traveling.


JaimeEmeryJaime Emry, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a certified speech and language pathologist who worked in the public school system in the Atlanta area for 7 years.  She received her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University.

She has served children ages 3-12 with a variety of delays/disorders which include the following: Significantly Developmentally Delayed (SDD), Articulation/Phonology, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays, Fluency (Stuttering), Pragmatics (Social Skills), Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome to name a few.

Jaime and her husband have 3 boys.  When Jaime is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family (especially at the soccer field), cheering on the Dawgs during football season, and volunteering within her church community.


Annice Saunders, MSP, CCC-SLP, is a certified speech-language pathologist and has been practicing since 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia, and her Master of Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina.

 Her clinical experience includes the following settings: outpatient pediatric clinic, public schools, and skilled nursing facility. Her clinical experience with children includes Articulation/Phonology, Expressive and Receptive Language disorders/delays, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, Autism, Early Childhood Language Delays, Stuttering/Fluency, Feeding Disorders/Dysphagia, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia, and Pragmatics (social skills).  When Annice is not working, she enjoys traveling, being with friends, and being outside.



lauraLaura VanderHeijden, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked for the school system for the past 6 years.   She was born and raised in the South Florida area, where she received both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL). After graduating, she decided to trade the sun and sand for the Georgia lifestyle.

Laura has clinical and school-age experience with children in the following areas: Articulation/Phonology, Fluency (stuttering), Early Childhood Language Delays, Expressive and Receptive Language delays/disorders, Autism-Spectrum Disorders, Pragmatics (social skills), Down-Syndrome, Hearing Impaired and repaired cleft-lip/palate. When Laura is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and pets.

 

 

 

 


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Allison Otting, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 2001. A former Midwesterner, she graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders (along with a minor in Psychology) and from Kent State University with a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology (along with an educational certification). While attending Kent State University in Ohio, Allison completed specialized coursework and clinical experiences as a chosen recipient for the Low Incidence Grant by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. She has worked in a variety of settings including: private therapy practice, pediatric hospital, public and private schools (preschool-12th grade), early intervention, and adult residential and vocational settings.

Allison enjoys working with both children and adults and their families. She recognizes her clients as unique individuals and provides family-centered care. Allison has clinical experience across a variety of areas including: Receptive/Expressive Language, Articulation/Phonology, Stuttering/Fluency, Voice Disorders, Augmentative Communication (low tech-high tech), Autism/PDD, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Hearing Impaired/Cochlear Implants, Cleft Palate, Oral-Motor/Sensory Feeding Disorders, Early Intervention and School-Age Speech/Language, Consultation and file review for IEP meetings, Pragmatic/Social Language, Cognitive Impairments, Learning Disabilities, and Other Health Impairments.

When not working, Allison enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking, and spending time outdoors enjoying the warm weather in Georgia. She is also an avid college football fan and is very loyal to her former hometown teams (Go Fighting Irish and Buckeyes!).

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Jennifer Esposito Zimmerman, M.Ed is a Play Therapist/ Behavioral Specialist who has over 20 years of experience specializing in children on the Autism Spectrum from birth to 8 years old. In addition to this, Jennifer has worked with medically fragile children, as well as children with developmental delays of varying degrees.

Prior to moving to Roswell in 2004, Jennifer ran the model Early Intervention classroom for all of Chester County in Pennsylvania.  Jennifer holds Bachelors/Masters degrees in Special Ed, Elementary Ed ,Early Childhood Ed and Multicultural Ed form West Chester University and Eastern University as well as Post Graduate/Doctoral work in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University. In addition, Jennifer has attended the National Autism Conference as well as many workshops on various best practice methods for children with special needs. She has also conducted many workshops on behavior and play therapy. Jennifer has been awarded the Outstanding Service Award from The Chester County Intermediate Unit, and has been nominated for the Heart of Learning Award.  Jennifer and her husband have two amazing children as well as a schnauzer puppy.


 



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