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Meet Our Therapy Team for OT Plus, Inc and Washington Therapy Center

 

James Gaynor, OTR/L
Owner/Director

 

James is the owner of Occupational Therapy Plus, Inc. and Washington Therapy Center. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University and has been a practicing therapist for 28 years. James has worked in numerous settings including school systems, in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient rehabilitation, home health care, skilled nursing facilities, hand therapy, home, daycare centers, and 20 years of private practice. He has extensive knowledge in occupational therapy theory and intervention, and serves as a certified clinical fieldwork instructor with East Carolina University, Winston-Salem State University and Pitt Community College. James enjoys presenting on various topics within the realm of occupational therapy in order to educate clinicians, parents and teachers groups in the community. His current clientele ranges from pediatrics to patients 65 plus. He is a member of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

“I strive to provide high quality rehab services to each client with the primary goal being to facilitate their achievement of the highest possible level of Activities of Daily Living independence.”


 

Cathy Gaynor
Clinical Administrator

 

Cathy Gaynor is the Clinical Administrator of Washington Therapy Center. WTC was opened by Cathy and James Gaynor as part of their dream to give back to the community and to assist in providing quality pediatric care that is affordable and accessible for all. Cathy attended Martin Community College and Lincoln University where she received her Associate in Applied Science Degree. Cathy coordinates and schedules events and camps for WTC. She provides guidance and fulfills staff expectations in running the clinic professionally and profitably. Cathy is the President of the Democratic Women’s Club and an Executive Board Member for the Beaufort County Arts Council. In her spare time, she loves reading, gardening, traveling and the theatre.


 

Kim Woolard
Office Manager
Occupational Therapy Plus, Inc.

 

My Name is Kim Woolard, I am the Office Manager of OT Plus and I have been with the company since September 2008. I have over ten years experience in the medical field, including Billing, Management and Human Resource experience. I am responsible for interviewing and placing new employees, as well as payroll and benefit programs. I work closely with school officials regarding our contract renewals and with the teachers and staff members concerning any caseload needs or changes. A big part of my job is billing, which includes Medicaid, School Systems, Home Health Agencies, Outpatient Clinics and Third Party Insurance. My staff makes my job easy as far as management needs, but I am here to assist and guide them when needed. I maintain audit-ready charts and submit the requested information when audits are conducted. I enjoy my job and the responsibilities that come with it. It is a great feeling to be a part of a team that makes a difference in the lives of people.


 

Jennifer House,
Speech & Language Pathology

 

Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from East Carolina University in 1998. She has worked since that time providing pediatric evaluations and treatment within the school, home, and child care setting. Jennifer has vast experience with autism and other complex language delays and disorders. She also has experience with childhood speech disorders including apraxia, selective mutism, stuttering, and articulation disorders. Serving Beaufort County for over 10 years, Jennifer is proud to be a part of Washington Therapy Center.


 

Jenny McNeill, OTR/L

 

Jenny attended East Carolina University for both her undergraduate and graduate degree studies. She received a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Relations and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She worked as a school system Occupational Therapist for four years before seeking out new experiences in a rehabilitation setting for three years to obtain a more wide array of clinical skills. Recently she returned to OT Plus, Inc. as the lead therapist serving Beaufort, Hyde and Bertie County school systems. In this capacity, she completes comprehensive evaluations for new referrals, student recertifications, re-evaluations and supervisory services for each student's OT Individual Educational Program. Jenny has 10 years of experience. She resides in Washington with her husband, Dan and son, Anderson.


 

Shonita Allen, COTA/L

 

Shonita received her associates degree at Pitt Community College in 2005 in Applied Science. She has been working in pediatrics as well as home health for the past 7 years, providing therapy services for Weldon City and Beaufort County Schools as well as Northampton County Home Health. She loves working with the pediatric population where she has experience providing treatments for children with various developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and sensory processing disorders. She has received additional training in the Handwriting Without Tears program and Sensory Intergration. She especially enjoys the smile on a child's face when they've mastered a therapy goal. Shonita also enjoys volunteering as a youth advisor at her church and singing in various church choirs.

 

Paige Brown, COTA/L

 

Paige graduated from Pitt Community College in 1998 with an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. Paige has 17 years of experience and has worked in numerous settings to include school systems, home health care, daycare, outpatient hospital and hand clinics. Paige has experience in directly working with children with a variety of disabilities including autism, developmental delay, cerebral, palsy, sensory integrative disorders and visual-motor/perceptual delays. Paige also has extensive experience in the hospital outpatient setting and currently provides treatment to clients with a variety of diagnosis to include hand patients, strokes, neuromuscular disorders, and upper extremities injuries.

“The great thing to me about being an occupational therapy assistant is that with the population I serve, I get to use a different skill set to treat their conditions. I love knowing that I am there to help change and improve their lives. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outdoors with my husband and son. I am an avid reader and College Basketball fan!”


 

Allison Crisp, COTA/L

Allison is an occupational therapy assistant who joined the team at OT Plus Inc. in February of 2006. She graduated from Pitt Community College in 2005 with an associate degree in OTA and is certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Allison has worked over the last 5 years in the Beaufort County School system. I have training and experience in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder Dyspraxia, Motor Coordination Disorders, Down syndrome and many other developmental delays. Additionally, she has training in assessment of handwriting skills and in the implementation of the Handwriting Without Tears Program. Currently, she is in the last stages of becoming a certified handwriting specialist. Allison has a strong interest in sensory integration having taken numerous courses in this area of practice, as well as continuing education courses in handwriting, low vision, and visual perceptual difficulties. She especially enjoys the school-based setting and working closely with teachers and parents to maximize the children’s progress.

She is a mother of 6 children within a blended family

“I have first-hand experience within my own family of living with and understanding ADHD, moderate learning disabilities and Aspergers. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy the beach and fishing. My husband, Glenn and I volunteer our time helping to head up a local organization called EXCEL – (Exceptional Children Enjoying Life) which offers T-ball and is growing to other activities for children with special needs within Beaufort County and surrounding counties. I thank my Lord every day for this wonderful path that he led my life down so much later in life! Occupational Therapy is a wonderful field! I am blessed by all the wonderful children I am able to work with and help, and they in return help me and teach me as well everyday!!”


 

Lisa Davenport, COTA/L

 

Lisa received her Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Pitt Community College in 1999. She has 15 years of experience working with pediatrics in outpatient and school system settings, as well as adult and geriatric care. She has attended various workshops on Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, CP, Apraxia, Early Intervention, Visual-Perceptual difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Handwriting Without Tears. Lisa has completed the certification process that allows her to evaluate and remediate the Print Tool for Handwriting Without Tears Program. “I really enjoy working in the school system since it allows me to work closely with teachers and parents to maximize the benefits of occupational therapy services.

I live in Washington with my husband and two children. I enjoy reading, sewing and spending time with my family. I feel I have the best job in the world to be able to work with children and adults who make me smile every day.”


 

 

Allison Darden

 

Allison is an occupational therapy assistant who joined the team at OT Plus Inc. in December of 2013. She graduated from Pitt Community College in 2012 with an associate degree in OTA and is certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Allison has worked over the last 2 years in the North Hampton County School system. She has worked with special needs children in the public schools classrooms and has worked with a variety of disabilities including autism, developmental delays, cerebella palsy, sensory integration disorder, and visual perceptual/motor delays. Allison is continuing to improve her clinical skills by attending workshops on sensory processing concepts and applications in practice, handwriting skills, autism, and strategies for treating behavior disorders. Allison also works with Home Health patients including stroke, heart attacks, arthritis, and knee/hip surgeries. Allison enjoys working with children in the school based setting to improve their progress in the school environment.

 

Connie Futrell, COTA/L

 

Connie graduated from Pitt Community College in 1998 with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Pitt Community College. She has 17 years experience working with pediatrics in the school system, home, and daycare settings. Connie has experience in directly working with children with a variety of disabilities including autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, developmental delays, cerebral Palsy, and sensory impairments.

“I enjoy learning more and furthering my education with the pediatric population through classes and seminars of various topics. When I am not working, I enjoy being with my husband, two sons, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. I also enjoy sewing, photography, walking through the woods and participating in my church. I have been blessed with a career that allows me to work with children, which has always been a passion of mine.”


 

Sharon Houston, COTA/L

 

Sharon is a 1984 graduate of Caldwell Community College with an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has worked in numerous settings including Governor Morehead School for the Blind, Rehab Therapy, Onslow County Public Schools, and Occupational Therapy Plus, Inc. Through her work in these settings, Sharon has attained extensive experience in the areas of pediatric therapy, developmental delays, neuromuscular disorders, splinting for developmental dysfunctions, fabrication of adaptive equipment and treatment of sensory integrative disorders. Sharon is a recipient of the 1989 North Carolina Occupational Therapy COTA Award which is an annual award to the most outstanding OT Assistant in the state. She is currently working in a residential Intermediate Care Facility with exceptional needs children.

Sharon is married and has one daughter who is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.


 

Micki Revels, COTA/L

 

I am a 2003 graduate of Pitt Community College with an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and I have been working as a COTA for OT Plus for the past 11 years within the Beaufort County School System. When choosing this career, I knew I wanted to work with children of all ages. I love being a part of helping someone grow as a person and teaching them skills that they will carry with them for a lifetime. As a COTA, I have experienced working with children with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, and Developmentally Delayed.

When not working at OT Plus, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have a son and we live in the Farm Life community of Martin County. We love to take short road trips to the beach as often as we can. I regularly attend Piney Grove Baptist Church and I am a volunteer Fire fighter/EMT with the Griffins Township Fire Department. I enjoy my volunteer work serving and protecting my community. I have many other interests that include NASCAR, softball, photography, animals, and listening to music.


 

Brittany Daniels

 

The art instructor of our Grow with Art program is local artist, Brittany Daniels. Brittany is a self-taught artist with experience varying from murals to delicate pencil sketches. She is a 2015 graduate of BCCC with an Associate of Arts degree and was recognized as having the highest GPA of the transfer program. She was also included on the Deans List while attending BCCC. Before graduating from Northside High school in 2010, Brittany was recognized for her artistic skill in the Beaufort County student
art show by receiving the honor of 2nd place, 3rd place and two honorable mentions in the participating four years. She also graduated as a Girl Scout in 2010 as part of one of the Beaufort County chapters.

Brittany has been practicing her art since childhood and believes it to be a great and positive outlet for creative expression. She considers it to be an excellent learning opportunity for children which allows them to be exposed to different artistic materials as well as creates a positive and comfortable social environment. She is a compassionate and patient instructor providing a focused yet creatively free environment for her students. Her biggest desire is to spread her love of art and creativity to the community in any way possible.

Grow With Art is a program that Brittany has collaborated with local occupational therapist and business owners, James and Cathy Gaynor, in order to provide an enriching yet affordable option for parents who are seeking a creative and educational extracurricular activity for their children. Grow With Art welcomes children between the ages of 5 to 12 of all needs in order to create a diverse group of growing artists.
The goal of Grow With Art is to give local children the opportunity to participate in a program that allows them to have the freedom to express themselves while also teaching them the basics of artistic expression. Brittany hopes that the creative environment will provide an outlet that will teach her students how to use their emotions artistically and to ultimately help them Grow With Art for many years to come.

 

Tabatha Baber

 

My name is Tabatha Baber and I am 26 years old. I am happily married to my best friend, Chris and we are proud parents of a beautiful 3 year old little girl named Taylor. I graduated from Durham Technical Community College May 2015 from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. I have always had a passion for working with and helping others. The practice of Occupational Therapy is my dream job.
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