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 17 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.
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 clinics, public school systems, early intervention home health through Babies Can’t Wait, hospitals, and skilled nursing facility. Her clinical experience with children and adolescents include Articulation/Phonology, Expressive and Receptive Language disorders/delays, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, Autism, Early Childhood Language Delays, Stuttering/Fluency, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia, Pragmatics (social skills), various genetic disorders, and Learning Disabilities. Annice also specializes in pediatric Feeding Disorders: aversion, oral motor issues, and dysphagia. She is trained in the SOS Approach in feeding.
In her free time, Annice likes to explore Atlanta, travel, read, and visit friends and family.
Dana Grooms, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist who received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia and her master’s degree from Georgia State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Dana’s clinical experience includes the public-school setting, hospital, and skilled nursing facility. She has worked with a variety of ages and disorders ranging from articulation/phonology, expressive and receptive language, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, stuttering, voice, pragmatics, and swallowing. Dana wants to collaborate with and educate families in order to provide an optimal family-centered treatment approach.
Dana lives in Roswell with her husband and their puppy, Edel. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, cooking, and traveling.
Meredith Paulin, MA, CCC-SLP is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has been providing clinical Speech Language services in the Marietta area for 19 years. She received her bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia in 1999, and her Masters in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana in 2001 after which she returned back to her childhood hometown of Alpharetta Georgia to marry her high school sweetheart.
She and her husband of 19 years have 3 daughters, and a 100 pound bull mastiff named Lailah. In addition to clinic- based experience, Meredith has had prior hospital based experience with feeding and swallowing disorders with infants as well with adults, and holds a specialty certification in neonatal feeding from her experience as a feeding specialists in a level III NICU. Meredith currently specializes in feeding difficulties in the 0-3 population, as well as development of communication and language in preschool and school age children. She often incorporates art, music, and play based curriculum into her daily therapy practices and enjoys getting to know what motivates each individual client.
On the community front, she participates in a local mother daughter philanthropy organization called National Charity League, where she is currently the acting president of the East Cobb chapter. In her spare-time she loves art, music, cooking, as well as spending time with her 3 daughters and her family.
Elena Kimbrough, MCD, CCC-SLP is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Bob Jones University and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools as a speech-language pathologist assistant while earning her master’s degree and then transitioned to a speech-language pathologist after completing her schooling.
Elena has experience working with children with varying communication needs including the following: expressive and receptive language disorders, apraxia of speech, stuttering, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome. Elena feels passionate about collaborating with parents to provide effective, family-centered therapy that is based on current research. Since she believes that communication is the key to connection, helping children communicate successfully is her greatest goal.
Katie Davis, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist who received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and her master’s degree from Georgia State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Katie has experience working with children with varying communication needs including expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and pragmatics. She has experience working with children with autism, hearing impairments, cleft palate, and intellectual disabilities. Her clinical experience is in public school systems, outpatient rehabilitation, and hospital settings. She enjoys working with children because of their enthusiasm, their excitement in the little things, and because they are joyful in their learning. Katie focuses on collaboration with parents to ensure speech and language carry over in all settings.
Katie and her husband live in Marietta. In her free time, Katie enjoys taking long walks, reading a good book, and traveling.
Damir Hecimovic, MS OTR/L, is a licensed, registered Occupational Therapist with experience in treating children with developmental disabilities. Damir attended the Brenau University for his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Damir has treated children implementing Floortime and sensory integration techniques, improving fine motor skills, handwriting, and activities of a child’s daily living. He keeps current in his field through continuing education and training on subjects such as sensory integration, handwriting, DIRFloortime® and updated research.
Before receiving his degree in occupational therapy Damir worked/volunteered at The Hirsch Academy as a therapy assistant mentored by Shelley Cranes, OTR/L. Damir and his wife are the proud parents of three daughters.
Jennifer DeMastrie, OTR/L is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. Jennifer has always had a passion for working with children, which has led her to working in pediatrics for the past 20 years. She has experience working in a variety of settings such as outpatient clinic, home health care, public school system (preschool through elementary) and private practice.
Jennifer has experience working with children with fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual delays, developmental delay, sensory processing, Autism spectrum disorder, neurological disorders, Cerebral Palsy and feeding difficulties. She is modality certified and has training in SOS feeding, hand therapy, visual deficits, sensory integration, NDT and kinesio taping.
Jennifer and her husband have two children and an Australian Shepherd, Turner. She enjoys working out, running, going to see Broadway musicals and is a big Braves fan.
Jennifer Esposito Zimmerman, M.Ed is a Play Therapist/ Behavioral Specialist. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience specializing in children on the Autism Spectrum, birth – 8 years. In addition to this, Jennifer has worked with medically fragile children and 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 form 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.
Since moving to Georgia with her family, Jennifer has taken some time off to raise her two young children age 7 and 11. Recently, Jennifer has begun to accept clients for private play/behavior therapy as well as educational advocacy services. Jennifer and her husband have two amazing kids as well as a schnauzer puppy.
Stevie Reilly, M.Ed is a certified K-12 Reading Specialist and K-6 Elementary school teacher. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College and served as a tutor at the Vanderbilt Reading Clinic. She’s taught first, third, and sixth grade, gifted education, and was a literacy coach supporting teachers, students, and parents. She specializes in remediating reading differences including: dyslexia, specific language disabilities, auditory processing disorder, written language disorder, and reading disorders and is trained in the Orton Gillingham approach and Reading Recovery. Stevie also supports homeschool students and families providing reading groups, enrichment, and book clubs.
Stevie and her husband, Sean, enjoy spending time together exploring restaurants, cooking, baking, spending time with family and friends, and cheering for Stevie’s hometown teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins!