Meet the Clinical Team

Occupational Therapy Team | Physical Therapy Team | Speech/Feeding Therapy Team



Shelby Clark, OT/L

Shelby received her BSOT from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2004 and her BS in Exercise Science from Auburn University in 2001. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including outpatient pediatric clinics and school systems and specializes in handwriting, OT treatment for children with Down Syndrome, and Early Intervention.


MaryBeth Cloud, OTR/L

MaryBeth received her BSOT from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2002.  She specialized in Myofascial release, sensory integration treatment, handwriting and has clinical experience in outpatient settings, school systems and Early Intervention.


Katy Dieckhaus, MS, OTR/L

Katy received her MSOT from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2006. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, outpatient clinics, home health care, and schools. Katy specializes in sensory integration treatment, handwriting, and sensory-based feeding difficulties.


Sara Hall, OTR/L

Sara received her BSOT from the University of Kansas in 2000.  She has worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital as well as outpatient pediatric clinics, schools and Early Intervention in the home.  Sara specializes in sensory integration, handwriting, behavior and Early Intervention.

Mindee Jones, OTR/L

Mindee is one of our Home Health therapists treating children in the Spring Hill/Thompson’s Station area.  Mindee received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.  She has worked in a variety of pediatric and adult settings including home health, outpatient clinics, Alive Hospice, private schools and Williamson County School systems.  Mindee is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, SOS approach to feeding, and has extensive training in sensory integration, behavior, cognitive and neurological development.


Kate Malchow, OTR/L

Kate received her BSOT from the University of Wisconsin and her Master’s in Education from Boston University. She has a background in brain and spinal cord rehabilitation as well as in a variety of Pediatric, Early Intervention, and Home Health settings, both stateside and abroad. Kate specializes in sensory integration, early intervention and is certified in Interactive Metronome.


Julie Williams, OTR/L

Julie received her MSOT from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007.  Julie has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including outpatient clinics and school systems. She has expertise in sensory integration and handwriting.  Julie is certified in Therapeutic Listening and is a trained Irlen Screener.

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Shannon Adams, BSPT

Shannon received her BSPT from the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1994.  She has worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital  in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.  Shannon has also worked in several community outpatient clinics and currently provides Early Intervention Physical Therapy home based services for High Hopes.  Shannon has extensive experience with infants and children with prematurity, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay and various other pediatric/developmental diagnoses.  She particularly enjoys working with infants and toddlers.


Kelly Cox, PT

Kelly received her MSPT from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1993.  She has worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Alabama as well as private outpatient therapy clinics.  Kelly has expertise in the areas of serial casting and therapy related to spasticity management, including Botox, Intrathecal Baclofen Pump, and Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.


Nancy Darr, PT, DSc, NCS

Nancy received her BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and a DSc from Loma Linda University.  She has practiced in a wide variety of settings including adult and pediatric rehab, acute care, and public health.  Nancy also holds a full time faculty appointment at Belmont University in the School of Physical Therapy where she teaches pediatric physical therapy, adult neurological physical therapy and lifespan development.  Nancy's clinical and research interests are in the development of walking and balance in children.


Kristin Garner, MPT

Kristin received her BS and MPT from Ohio University in 1997 and 2000.   She has been the Director of Clinical Services at High Hopes since 2006.  She has worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Akron and has experience in acute care, NICU, PCCU, outpatient pediatric clinics, home health and school systems.  She has advanced training in PT treatment for premature infants, Toticollis, and Cerebral Palsy.  Kristin is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor for PT students.

Caryn K Givens, MPT

Caryn received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 2003 and has worked at LeBonheur Early Intervention in Memphis and at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. For the last 10 years she has primarily been at The Susan Gray School on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus specializing in early intervention. She has experience in acute care, Vanderbilt Children’sHospital specialty clinics, outpatient and preschool settings, as well as home care with TEIS. Caryn is a credentialed Clinical Instructor for PT students and works part time for Williamson County School System.


Lauren Haley, PT, DPT

Lauren received her DPT from Tennessee State University in 2011 and her BS from the University of Tennessee in 2006.  She has clinical experience in acute care, outpatient pediatrics, school systems and NICU.

Kailee Noland, DPT

Kailee received her BS and DPT from the University of Missouri. Kailee has clinical experience in orthopedics, school-based therapy, and outpatient rehabilitation. She also has experience in vestibular rehabilitation and will soon offer aquatic therapy services.


Greta Roof, PT

Greta received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 1991.  She has worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and in other pediatric settings including home health, school systems and outpatient clinics.  She has advanced training and expertise in the areas of neurodevelopmental treatment, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, therapeutic bracing, and equipment for mobility.  Greta is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor for PT students.


Sandra Zaccari, PT

Sandra received her BS in PT from the University of New England in 1988.  She has worked in a variety of settings including the NICU, SCU, inpatient, outpatient pediatric clinics, home care, school systems, aquatic therapy and hippotherapy.  Sandra has expertise in serial casting and home modifications for accessibility.  Sandra is an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University in the PT program.

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Bond Henderson, CCC-SLP

Bond received her MA at Louisanna State University in Baton Rouge in 2001.  She has extensive outpatient clinical experience, including treatment of Apraxia, Austism, language delays, and disorders of articulation.  She has received training in the administration of the Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers (STAT).


Karol H. Pilkinton, CCC-SLP

Karol received her MA from the University of  Tennessee.  Her expertise is in a variety of pediatric speech and language disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, language delays, Autism, oral-motor and sensory processing and speech/articulation disorders. Karol is a LAMP certified professional who also has experience with adult neurological disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and cognitive rehabilitation.


Laura Sanchez, CCC-SLP

Laura received a BS at the University of Georgia and MS in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University.  She has experience working with children with articulation disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders, language delays, and social/pragmatic issues.  Laura has received specialty training in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and is certified in the SOS feeding approach.  Laura has additional training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech and expertise in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.


Lori Scott, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Lori received her BS at the University of Georgia and her MS in Hearing/Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University.  She is certified to practice Lacation Counseling.  Lori previously worked ar the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center as a leader of the feeding team.  She has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of feeding/swallowing disorders in medically fragile infants and children with enteral feeding tubes.  Lori has educated colleagues and graduate students on the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders.


Suzanna Scrivener, MS CCC-SLP

Suzanna received her MS from Tennessee State University in 2001 and her BS from MTSU. She has extensive experience working in outpatient pediatric clinics and school systems. Suzanna specializes in assessing and treating preschool children with articulation disorders, language delays, augmentative communication and social/pragmatic delays. Suzanna has received training in the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) method.


Elizabeth Sestini, MS CCC-SLP

Elizabeth received her MS from Loyola University, Maryland.  She has outpatient clinical experience in the areas of: evaluation and treatment of feeding/swallowing disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism, language delays, social/pragmatic delays, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Elizabeth is certified in the SOS feeding approach, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP).


Lisa Thompson, CCC-SLP

Lisa received her MS from Western Kentucky University in 1998.  She specializes in a variety of pediatric speech and language disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, language delays, oral-motor & sensory processing and social groups.  Lisa has trained in the ABA program, Linda-Mood Bell Auditory Discrimination Depth Program and Picture Exchange Communications (PECS).


Linda Tyson, MA, CCC-SLP

Linda received her MA from St. Louis University in 1992.  She has worked at St. Louis Children's Hospital, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and several pediatric therapy clinics. Linda is on the Advisory Board for the Down Syndrome Foundation's primary program, The Learning Program, and has clinical expertise in the areas of feeding and swallowing disorders. Linda has training in Pediatric Massage, Myofascial Release, Beckman Oral Motor Approach, Food Training, and SOS. Linda has educated colleagues and graduate students on the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders and cleft lip and craniofacial anomalies.

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    1. Talbots In-Store Fundraiser

      August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    2. Special Needs All Access Night at Discovery Center

      August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. Great Americana BBQ Festival

      August 26 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    4. Special Saturdays at Christ Presbyterian Church

      September 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    5. High Hopes Family Picnic

      September 15 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    6. Free Autism Workshop at Vanderbilt

      September 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Meet our Elle.  Born in June 2010, Elle was six weeks early and spent almost two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit learning to eat properly and gain weight.  At six months, we began noticing Elle was not meeting typical goals, like rolling over.  At 14 months, Elle still wasn't pulling up or talking, so we contacted Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) who said Elle had a Global Development Delay and recommended High Hopes.

    Elle began physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy weekly at High Hopes' Therapy Clinic at 16 months of age.  Shortly after, Elle began attending High Hopes' Preschool and ...

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    We had a friend recommend High Hopes and we began seeing a feeding therapist there.  The feeding therapist was so sweet and patient with us as we learned how to teach this phenomenon we call "eating."  We worked together empowering Anaya to do it and she made incredible improvement!  After 6 months at High Hopes Anaya became completely independent of the tube.  Within one year of  Anaya being home, she had her t...

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    Caleb is our little fighter and has always had several guardian angels watching over him.  We came home from the hospital with no idea whether our son would walk, talk, eat well, or function as a typically-developing child.  We only knew we wanted to provide him with the best resources possible.  We sincerely believe it was one of those guardian angels who led us to be introdu...

    A Journey of Success ~ Caroline

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    Because of its unique setting, High Hopes has provided Caroline with a nurturing and caring atmosphere where she not only has gone to school, but also has received the many therapies she needs to thrive.  It gave us the comfort of knowing she was being cared for by compassionate teachers and therapists in a safe environment.  It was important that what Caroline was learning and workin...

    From a tragic beginning to a hopeful future: Meet Grayson

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    At 7 months, Grayson began receiving Physical, Occupational, Speech and Feeding therapies at The Therapy Clinic at High Hopes.  His therapists encouraged and supported the family while working to overcome so many obstacles and celebrated alongside them when they were...

    Meet Hatcher

    Hatcher, Stories of HopeHigh Hopes changes lives. My son, Hatcher, came to High Hopes at age one with Down syndrome and leukemia, unable to walk or talk. As a divorced mom with the responsibility of two older children and a baby that required multiple treatments and medical appointments, I could not work outside our home and applied for food stamps just to feed my children.

    When we arrived at High Hopes, we found help,...

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