What is different about KIDZ?
We like to think it starts with our philosophy of success and a team of dedicated members who know how to achieve it.
We are here for the KIDZ and their families. The challenge of a special needs child or teen impacts the entire family. It takes teamwork and special care. While it can seem overwhelming at first, there is a way to greatly improve the day to day challenges the KIDZ and their families face.
We start with our KIDZ Evaluation Session that assesses where the patients skills and abilities are on day one. To have a lifestyle challenges conversation with the parents. Then we develop a KIDZ Personalized Development Plan that lays out a program that will best impact the patient’s ability to independently function day-to-day in the family.
We focus on the most basic mental and physical abilities that impact the broadest set of day to day skills. At first, what appears to be a series of baby steps, builds into real progress as they start to impact the day to day ability of the patient to perform daily tasks that have a true impact on the patients ability to function more independently.
It is not just reaching the end of the path or program, but we celebrate one step at a time. We want our patients to feel like STARZ. We encourage success through celebrating accomplishments by showing our patients and families that putting in the effort and sticking to the routine will result in accomplishment. This builds HOPE, DREAMS and SUCCESS for our KIDZ and their Families.
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WHAT MAKES KIDZ GREAT?
Our team of professionals are second to none.
Our leadership team is dedicated to providing a high quality of caring, committed and a nurturing environment for each and everyone of our KIDZ, team members, and the families that we serve.
THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chris's years of knowledge in healthcare management and finance provides KIDZ with a strong stable foundation that allows us to receive the highest quality of pediatric therapy.
Chris joined Kidz Therapy Networks in January 2008 as General Manager of Kidz Therapy Networks. Chris insures the smooth running of the clinic and is our in-house expert in dealing with insurance companies, obtaining payments, and collectibles. Chris attended Georgia Southern University and majored in business and finance.
My name is Meghan Panagaopoulos and I am the clinical director at Kidz Therapy Networks. I have been apart of the Kidz Therapy family for 10 years. I graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2007 with a bachelors in Exercise Science. From there I went to Brenau University to pursue Occupational Therapy. I graduated from Brenau in 2010 with a masters in Occupational Therapy. I enjoy many settings of OT and have experience in acute care, inpatient rehab, home care and outpatient settings. I have additional training and certifications in Beckman oral motor, Handwriting without Tears program, home modifications, sensory integration, dyslexia, and have a modalities certification. I am also apart of Georgia's early intervention program called Babies Can't Wait. Along with my love for OT I have a wonderful husband and a little girl named Elise. We live in Cumming Georgia and enjoy visiting our friends and family on the weekends. Elise is our world and we enjoy being outside playing, visiting Disney World and going to the beach.
West Green M.S., OTR/L
West is a nationally certified and registered Occupational Therapist licensed in the state of Georgia, but he is also a state credentialed Early Intervention Specialist. He has a passion for helping children to grow, overcome, adapt, and to prosper under even the most challenging circumstances. He has 13 years of experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of specialized needs across many diverse settings. He has provided services to children clinically in inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings, orthopedics, as well as home and school based occupational therapy. West has a background in Public Health, Health Promotion, Education, Behavioral Analysis, and Professional Leadership Development. West has completed advanced training and continued education in efficient evidence-based and client-centered therapeutic intervention with focuses on upper extremity peripheral nerve injuries, sensory integration, behavioral analysis, and pediatric assessment and sensory-based pediatric interventions. West also specializes in environmental modifications, which is a highly skilled, demanding, and desirable service, but one that brings him great joy and satisfaction in his service of others.
West is the Clinical Director of the ever-growing Kidz Therapy Networks family and their mission to improve the quality of life and functioning for children of all ages. West thrives in the pediatric environment and loves to greet every client while also supporting and overseeing the clinical staff’s many needs and continual success with caring and effective professional management. He looks forward with great anticipation to continually providing excellent services to clients and their families. As an active liaison helping his clients, families, and therapists to better collaborate more effectively. Through these relationships, the KTN family can flourish and continue to excel in all areas, which allows us to better serve our clients and community. West is at the helm of our clinical leadership team and seeks to see children overcome any obstacle, obtain a meaningful quality of life, and to thrive each and every day!
Caroline is in charge of the day-to-day operations at KIDZ. In a fast pace, chaotic world we live in she brings stability for our patients, parents, and staff. When it comes to making sure things operate professionally, efficiently, and with the KIDZ caring attitude, it's Caroline that makes that all happen.
She has 16 years experience in managing pediatric therapy clinics. We look to her to juggle schedules, patient appointments, work with our staff, and all with a smile.
Danielle is the billing manager making sure the finances and authorizations are in good order. Danielle has been with Kidz for many years, and plays a key role in making sure patients are permitted to receiving treatment. She prides her self in being organized and efficient when tackling some of the difficulties private insuarnces provide the clinic.
Stephanie Burns, M.S., OTR/L
Stephanie Burns, M.S., OTR/L graduated from Brenau University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Stephanie has over 10 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, ADHD, sensory processing, dyslexia, and other developmental disorders. Stephanie received her bachelors of science from Brenau University with an emphasis on psychology and family counseling. Stephanie is a trained and educated feeding therapist using the S.O.S approach to feeding (Sequential, Oral, Sensory). Stephanie is certified with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), in order to provide treatment to those with disabilities ages 21+. Stephanie uses a sensorimotor approach to intervention in order to foster and develop job skills for young adults on the autism spectrum. Stephanie has a deep-rooted passion in neurological function and understanding how the nervous system affects behaviors, sensory processing, and how it relates to development and functional participation in activities of daily living. Stephanie provides a unique perspective to home interventions as her 5-year –old-son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2. Stephanie believes family training/involvement in therapeutic interventions is the key to success. Stephanie works closely with her families by providing education and training on home methods and techniques to optimize independence and function across all environments of the individual’s lives. Kidz Therapy Networks is my home and I am so blessed to be part of such an amazing team!
Katie Silakowski, M.S., OTR/L
Katie is a licensed occupational therapist who received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from James Madison University in Virginia. While in Virginia, she began her career working with an array of ages in the out-patient and in-patient setting while also serving on best practice research teams. She has presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association national conference and had her work presented at several other national conferences. Katie has always had a passion for developmental disabilities and while in Virginia served as a lead author for clinical practice guidelines for the therapeutic treatment of adults with developmental disabilities. Following her move to Georgia, Katie acted on her passion for developmental disabilities by joining the Kidz Therapy Networks team. She continues to learn and expand her knowledge through continuing education courses. When not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her high school sweetheart, now husband, Steve and their two young children Nolan and Mattie. Additionally, she enjoys running and has completed two marathons with her sights set on another!
Verna Campos, M.S., OTR/L
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Carolyn Clark M.S., OTR/L
Carolyn “Cadie” Clark, M.S. OTR/L graduated from Medical College of Georgia with a Masters of Health Science in Occupational therapy. Cadie has over 10 years of pediatric experience specializing in sensory processing, Autism Spectrum Disorder, neurological disorders, oral/sensory motor delays, and other developmental disorders. She is trained in S.O.S. approach for sensory feeding concerns as well as the Handwriting Without Tears program. She has presented at numerous conferences as a guest speaker, including the Star Institute Symposium on the topic of “Understanding Sensory Processing”. Passionate about serving others, Cadie strives to help her clients understand the spectrum of sensory processing disorders.. Through a wholistic approach to treatment, she is able to provide families with education to best help their child overcome obstacles and reach developmental milestones. She continues to expand her knowledge through continuing education courses focusing on feeding disorders, nutrition, oral motor skills, vision therapy, and motor rehabilitation. Cadie is married to her college sweetheart and has two beautiful children. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Stephanie Hamm M.S., OTR/L
Stephanie Hamm, OTD, OTR/L received her Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (Go Vols!) with a focus in therapeutic recreation and psychology. Stephanie completed her Doctoral Capstone project at GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center where she developed therapeutic programs and advocated for individuals with Down syndrome. Stephanie's passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities developed throughout her life via Special Olympics, therapeutic camps, peer tutoring, and other volunteer opportunities. She believes in a world where individuals of all abilities are accepted and embraced. Stephanie feels so excited and blessed to begin her occupational therapy career at Kidz Therapy Networks! She loves the collaborative team approach at Kidz which enables children to improve their daily functioning and quality of life. When not working, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, traveling, and playing with her two dogs.
Courtney Kinnison M.S., OTR/L
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Brittany Marquis M.S., OTR/L
Brittany Marquis, M.S. OTR/L received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Brittany has always had a passion for working with kids with developmental disabilities and has been involved in various programs and organizations working with this population since 2008. She was a fellow for the Georgia Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) program from 2019-2020, where she worked in an interdisciplinary setting for the Center for Leadership in Disability to extensively learn about disability rights and advocacy. She is dedicated to using her platform as a healthcare professional to improve the quality of life of others and decrease health disparities within our communities. Her goal is to use her passion for advocacy and working with individuals with disabilities to positively impact the lives of clients and their families. Brittany is a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist and provider for Georgia’s Babies Can’t Wait program as well as is trained in S.O.S. approach for sensory feeding concerns. She has pediatric experience in a variety of settings including private practice, daycares, and hospitals. In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, hiking, baking, and playing with her dog.
Deanna Zecchino M.S., OTR/L
Deanna Zecchino, MSOT, OTR/L is one of the licensed occupational therapists at Kidz Therapy
Networks. Deanna graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in
Kinesiology then went on to pursue a graduate degree from Brenau University with a Master of
Science in Occupational Therapy. Deanna’s passion for working with children with disabilities
evolved from volunteer experience, working the Forsyth County school special Olympics, and time
as a respite for children with special needs through Avita Community Partners. Deanna desires to
empower children to be as functional as possible through achieving occupations and daily life skills.
She is passionate about utilizing each individual child’s unique interest and strengths into therapy
sessions to create meaningful opportunities for growth and success. Deanna has experience in other
settings including acute care, home care and outpatient rehabilitation. Deanna is also a credentialed
early intervention specialist and provider with the state of Georgia’s Babies Can’t Wait early
intervention program. In her free time, Deanna enjoys running, hiking, hunting with her boyfriend,
and spending time with friends and family.
Reed Cetti M.S., OTR/L
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Tracy Farrington, M.Ed, CCC-SLP
My name is Tracy Farrington and I am one of the speech-language pathologists at Kidz Therapy Networks! I earned my Bachelor's degree from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and Master's degree from the University of Virginia. I've had the pleasure of working with both children and adults in a variety of settings including schools, skilled nursing facilities, home health, private practice, hospitals, and daycares. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, volunteering, spending time with my friends and family, and trying out new recipes. I am very excited to be part of the Kidz family!
Alexa Kelly M.S, CCC-SLP
My name is Alexa Kelly and I’m a speech-language pathologist at Kidz Therapy Networks. I graduated with my M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Georgia Southern University in 2018, and I am currently working towards a Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology. I am also nationally certified with my Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and have state licenses in both Georgia and Florida. My special interest areas are early childhood language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), feeding/swallowing disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). My personal motto is “functional communication for all” and I fully endorse any and all communication methods (verbal or otherwise) for improved quality of life. I love all of my kiddos and I’m so happy to work at Kidz Therapy!
Jenna Marshall M.S.CF-SLP
My name is Jenna Marshall and I am from Huntsville, AL. I received my Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Human Development & Family Studies and my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama. Roll tide! I am thrilled to start my career at Kidz Therapy Networks. I love working as a part of a collaborative team that strives to treat each child as a whole. Through my clinical experiences, I have had the chance to work with clients of all ages in various settings including an inclusive preschool, a primary school, a neurorehabilitation hospital, a private clinic, and through telehealth. I truly love making a difference in a child's communication journey because I believe that everyone deserves a voice. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Fanta Sinayoko M.S.CF-SLP
My name is Fanta Sinayoko and I am originally from Los Angeles County, California. I received my Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Riverside and my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Jacksonville University. I have diverse experiences working with all types of populations and disorders including both children and adults in outpatient, acute care, and telehealth. I developed my passion in working with children with Autism while treating them in both the school and home settings and I truly enjoy working with an amazing team of therapists to enhance the quality of life in children with diverse communicative needs at Kidz Therapy Networks. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, and doing yoga.
Laura Adams, PT, M.S
Laura earned her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from North Georgia College and University in the year 2000 and has been practicing in Pediatrics ever since. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including Aquatics, Home Health, Outpatient Clinics and School based therapies. She is also an early intervention therapist that provides physical therapy treatment through the Georgia Babies Can’t Wait program for children ages 0 to 3 years. She really enjoys working with children and their families to help them reach their functional goals so they can live a full and happy life together. Laura has one teenage son that she adores and a dog named Ginger. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family/friends and teaching yoga classes.
Maloune Cabato, PT
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Jordan Lowery, PT DPT
My name is Jordan Lowery, and I am from Suwanee, GA. I graduated in December 2020 with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. I am so happy to be a part of the Kidz Therapy Networks family and grow as a clinician daily. I work in the inpatient pediatric setting as well as I am an early intervention therapist providing PT services to children aged 0-3 years old through Georgia Babies Can’t Wait program. I really enjoy the challenge of working with each child and finding a plan that will individually work best for them to help provide the happiest life possible. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and boyfriend, hiking, and days on the lake.
Amy Trask, PT DPT
Amy Trask, PT, DPT recieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University and her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Strength & Conditioning from University of Delaware. Throughout her education she recieved training in working with kids with neurodevelopmental disabilities as well as sports/orthopedic injuries. She enjoys working with a variety of kids from newborns all the way to teenagers, always challenging her creative side to make PT fun for each individual child. Amy especially loves Kidz Therapy Networks because she gets to work on a team with OTs, SLPs, and families to improve functional independence and quality of life for all of her kiddos. Amy is a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist and provider for Georgia's Babies Can't Wait program as she firmly believes early intervention is key to future success. Amy grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland, however has quickly become accustomed to southern winters. In her free time, Amy enjoys making memories with her friends & family, traveling to explore new places, hiking, and playing board games.
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Feel free to contact us to talk about your needs or set up an appointment.