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 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, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, Cerebral Palsy, and equipment.

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 Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in the past, and has been with High Hopes part time for the last 2 years. For the last 15 years, most of her experience is with early intervention, but also has experience in acute care, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital specialty clinics, outpatient and preschool settings, and in the school system. 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 experience in a variety of pediatric settings including outpatient clinics, school system, NICU, and home care. She has advanced training and expertise with diagnoses including Rett Syndrome and Spina Bifida, and is certified in pediatric kinesiology taping and as a clinical instructor for PT students.


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.

Sharon received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Louisville in 1992   She has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient rehab, skilled nursing rehab, outpatient rehab, and the school system.  She has experience with adult and pediatric patients with an emphasis on neurological rehab. Sharon is trained in hippotherapy and works part time at Saddle Up Therapeutic Riding Center.

Amy received her BS in Physical Therapy from Indiana University in 1998.   She moved to Memphis, TN after graduation and worked in the NICU, outpatient and home health settings.  In 2008, Amy moved to Franklin, TN and started to work at High Hopes part-time while her children were still young.  In 2012, she went back to work fulltime in Williamson County Schools.  In 2018, Amy was excited to return to High Hopes to help children improve their independence and acquire new functional skills. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, DCD, developmental delay and prematurity.  Amy is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor for PT students.  Away from High Hopes, she stays busy with activities for her 4 children and she enjoys volunteering with the youth at her church. 

Tessa Irwin, PT, DPT

Received DPT from Belmont University in 2014 and BS from Indiana University in 2011. Experience in outpatient clinic settings with a wide variety of diagnoses including CP, torticollis, developmental delay, and orthopedic injuries. Especially enjoys working with infants, but loves all age ranges and working towards improving independence.

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