Hearts and Hands Therapy was established in 2008 and we have 2 facilities to meet the needs of the special needs population in our communities. Our team of dedicated specialists help to guide each and every child who enter our doors through their developmental milestones from birth to 21 years of age. We aim to maximize the independence of functional skills in children, support the family as a whole and increase awareness in our communities.
Dr. AMY UTECHT
OTD, MSOT, OTR/L
Amy Utecht is the owner of Hearts and Hands Therapy Services. Amy is an occupational therapist and has been providing services to children of all ages for the past 15 years. She began the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin in 1996 and transferred to Brenau University in Georgia to finish with a Masters Degree in Science and Occupational Therapy in 2003. Amy recently obtained her post professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree through Brenau University in May 2018. Amy has provided therapy in a variety of setting such as home based/natural environments, hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, school based therapy, and private practice. Amy’s true love and passion for the clinic based setting is what motivated her to open the first of 2 multi-disciplinary facilities, in Woodstock in September 2008.
Amy is always expanding her knowledge and attending continuing education courses in pediatrics. Amy is certified in the following specialized areas: Masgutova Neurosensory Reflex Integration (MNRI), How Does Your Engine Run, Wilbarger Protocol, NDT Treatment for the Infant and Child, Nutrition Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Therapeutic Listening Program, Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum Specialist, the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Approach and creation of and implementation of sensory diets. Amy is an active member in GAOTA and AOTA. In her spare time, Amy enjoys running, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her fiance, 2 beautiful daughters and her family
Ashley is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Woodstock clinic. Ashley enjoys working with a variety of ages and disorders/delays. Private practice is important to Ashley because she can treat the whole family, answer questions and support caregivers as well as develop a relationship which fosters carry over and trust. Ashley has training and experience in pediatric feeding disorders/dysphagia, expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, pragmatic disorders, speech sound delays/disorders, use of augmentative/alternative communication devices, and apraxia. The families Ashley works with are truly “her families".” Ashley graduate of Worcester State University in Massachusetts with a Masters of Science in Speech-language Pathology and is a transplant to Georgia. Ashley and her husband love love North Georgia and have made it their home, with our two pugs, since 2015.
Jena received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University in 2013 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2016. She began working with the Hearts and Hands Therapy team in February of 2017, and truly has a passion for pediatrics. She enjoys the outpatient clinic setting, because she can spend time with her families answering important questions, providing support, and building relationships. She is currently certified in the Therapeutic Listening Program and the Astronaut Training Program through Vital Links. She has also taken numerous continuing education courses focusing on pediatrics. She currently lives in Locust Grove with dogs Maggie and Coco, and cat, Pumpkin.
Amy graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University. She has been practicing Occupational Therapy since 2006 in the area of pediatrics. Amy has experience in a variety of settings including school system, home health, and private practice. Amy has experience working with children birth to 21 years of age with a variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Sensory Processing Dysfunction. She has completed continuing education programs for sensory integration, feeding, handwriting, vision, neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), and BRMT (Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training) which is an intervention approach for reflex integration. Amy is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, and the S.O.S (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding. She enjoys using a Floortime approach while attending to a child’s individual sensory needs.
Amy currently works in the areas of private practice, early intervention home health, and is owner of Sensible Sensory Spaces, LLC. Amy believes in building a strong rapport with families and strives to encourage function and independence for carryover across all settings to improve one’s quality of life. Amy’s is married and has two daughters. Her hobbies and interests include: spending time with her dogs, training her therapy dogs, interior design, traveling, crafting, and sewing.
Caryn Baum is a licenced Speech Language Pathologist practicing for over 25 years. She has worked in early intervention, public and private schools, clinics and owned and operated her own private practice in Northern Virginia. Since relocating to Georgia in June 2013, Caryn has been servicing Bartow and Cherokee County schools and private clinics. She has experience with diverse populations ranging from mildly speech impaired to more involved students. Caryn joined the Hearts and Hands therapy team in August 2017.
Tracie graduated from the University of Toledo in 1992 with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her Master of Science degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994. Tracie has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, home health, outpatient medical rehabilitation and the public school systems. She was the co-director of the Assistive Technology Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 7 years. Areas of interest/specialty include language and learning disabilities and social skills development.
Shannon earned her bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders in 2001 from the University of Central Florida. She obtained her Masters in Communicative Disorders from U.C.F. shortly after in 2004. Shannon's love of children led her to seek employment in the public school system for ten years. She acquired valuable experience working with a wide range of disabilities and communicative needs. Her primary population consisted of pre-k through elementary age.
The majority of her therapy was delivered in a special needs pre-k classroom as well as a self contained autism classroom. She has received training on apraxia, autism, SCERTS (geared toward tracking social communication, emotional regulation and transactional supports for the individual), BRAIDY (a narrative development program) and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). She also has experience with assistive technology, visual supports and sensory concerns. She has addressed weaknesses in phonological processes, articulation, expressive/receptive language, pragmatics, fluency and voice. Shannon maintains her certification and improves her knowledge of the profession through ASHA by attending research based courses annually as well as maintaining her professional state licensure. Shannon is married with two children and enjoys family time, the outdoors, gardening, watching baseball and soccer, reading, music and painting.
Sandra Hunt is an ASHA Certified SLP. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology from Berry College and her Masters in Communication Disorders (CD) from Georgia State University. Since graduating in 2005, Sandra has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist at the elementary school level in the Bartow and Fulton County school districts. She has also served as a Clinical Supervisor for the CD graduate program at Georgia State University. Sandra enjoys working with a diverse clientele including but not limited to children with autism, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders fluency disorders, apraxia, and pragmatic disorders. She also has experience with the Picture Exchange Communication (PECs) and other Augmentative Communication systems. Sandra, her husband of seven years, and their 1 year old daughter currently reside in Marietta.
Margie Hammett is a pediatric occupational therapist with experience in both outpatient and school based settings. She has a passion for helping children and families reach their best potential in all activities of their daily lives. She received her masters in occupational therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia and has been a practicing registered occupational therapist since 2016. Margie’s continuing education has focused on sensory integration, engaging teen clients, aiding families from various socioeconomic backgrounds, school based occupational therapy and autism spectrum disorder. Before becoming an occupational therapist, Margie worked as a job coach to aide adults with intellectual disabilities at their employment sites. Margie and her family have recently moved to Georgia from Philadelphia. In her free time, Margie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Margie also has two dogs, and 4 cats at home! Margie enjoys hiking, baking, singing karaoke and dancing.
Page graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University. She then earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University. She has been a licensed and registered occupational therapist working in pediatrics since 2014. Page enjoys working with children of all ages and diagnoses including Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and more. She works hard to develop individualized treatment plans using her training in sensory integration, handwriting, executive function, and feeding. Page currently lives in Marietta with her husband. She enjoys cooking, painting, and spending time with her nephews in her spare time.
Becca is a licensed speech-language pathologist with a passion for helping children become better communicators. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Georgia with a BS Ed in Communication Sciences and Disorders where she received the award of Outstanding Honors Student in education. She completed her MA in speech-language pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she participated in the OK LEND fellowship, specializing in interdisciplinary leadership and teamwork, and worked under a BCBA as an ABA therapy assistant for 2 years. Becca worked as an educational SLP for 5 years in Iowa and Oklahoma, serving a wide variety of students ages 3-16, including 3 autism classrooms and 4 preschool classrooms. She received training in AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) including PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display) and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) as well as in strategies for children with autism including TEACCH and social stories. Becca has also attended conferences addressing articulation strategies, literacy and oral narratives, and working with children with cleft palate. Becca maintains her CCCs (Certificate of Clinical Competence) with ASHA and her state licensure by participating in continuing education. Her areas of interest/specialty include early childhood language development, autism, and phonological/articulation disorders. Becca began working at the HHTS office in McDonough in July 2016 and loves working part time and spending time at home with her children.
Becca is married with two children and enjoys scrapbooking, theater, movies, and board games. She is an active member of her church and local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group.
Michele Goggins has been a Speech Pathologist for 17 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology with a minor in Education from Pace University, New York. She received her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Kean University, Union New Jersey. Michele holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been a member for 17 years. She has worked in Early Intervention for 10 years and currently works in the Cobb county school system working with children with a wide variety of pediatric populations including autism spectrum disorder, cognitive delays, social-emotional delays, articulation, expressive-receptive language disorders, phonological and fluency disorders, neurological disorders, social language deficits, oral-motor weaknesses and children using augmentative and alternative technology.
She is currently working part time at Hearts and Hands. She has training in the SCERTS approach in working with children with autism, and PROMPT trained. She has been living in Georgia for 4 years now and enjoys spending time with her husband Sean, two daughters Ciara and Cheyenne and her dog Ellie. She enjoy the outdoors, reading, running and playing tennis with her girls.
Carmel completed her undergraduate coursework at Kennesaw State University and graduated from Augusta University with her Masters degree of Health Science in Occupational Therapy in August 2014. She has four years of pediatric experience, using hippotherapy, aquatic therapy and clinical settings to address gross and fine motor skills, sensory perceptual skills, emotional regulation skills, cognitive skills, communication and social skills in children of all ages. She provides treatment using a developmental perspective with a focus in reflex integration. She has received 47 hours of training in Musgatova’s Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Method. Carmel enjoys reading, indoor rock climbing, and playing with her nieces.
Kelli graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from MS State University in 2012. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2016. She has experience working with children birth to 21 years of age with a variety of diagnoses including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Autism, and Torticollis. She is certified in interactive metronome and has experience in private practice, aquatics, early intervention, and school setting. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, playing soccer, and running.
Martha received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA in May, 2017. She has 1.5 years of experience in outpatient pediatric therapy. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 2014. Martha has been working for Hearts and Hands Therapy Services since July, 2018.
Martha has always had a passion for working with children, becoming a babysitter at the age of 12 and continuing to work with children throughout college and graduate school. She has volunteered with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Rome, GA and with the Child Development Center in Spartanburg, SC. Martha has also volunteered with the FOCUS pediatric organization in Atlanta, GA.
Outside of work, Martha enjoys hiking with her husband, watching Broadway musicals at the Fox Theatre, and traveling.
Beverly (AKA Ms. Bev) is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapy Practitioner in the state of Georgia. Beverly is a graduate of Kean University of New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and has worked in basically all areas of the profession serving both adults and children for 35 years. She has 20 plus years of experience working with typical and children with Special Needs both in the rehabilitation setting as well as the public school setting. Beverly has provided Occupational Therapy services as a member of the Hearts and Hands Therapy team in McDonough, Georgia since 2012. Beverly is knowledgeable of variety of treatment programs which include Handwriting Without Tears, a program specifically designed for children with hand writing difficulties. She is also knowledgeable regarding various treatment modalities including the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, and the importance of providing a “Sensory Diet”, which includes strategies to stimulate the “Power Sensations” which are the foundation for the achieving the ready state for learning. She is married and is the mother of two grown successful sons and a grandson.
Jasmia obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2007. She earned her Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Alabama A&M University in 2009. Jasmia began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school system where she worked full time until joining the Hearts and Hands Therapy team during the summer of 2018. She has worked at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in the Lamar and Henry County school districts. She has experience with phonological and articulation disorders, expressive/receptive language delays, AAC, fluency disorders, and social skills development. Jasmia maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and her Georgia state license by participating in continuing education. In her spare time, Jasmia enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, decorating, and exploring Pinterest. Jasmia, her husband, Alonzo, and their 1 year old son, AJ, currently reside in McDonough, GA.