Our pediatric physical therapists help prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of movement disorders in children. We address gross motor skills that involve the muscles of the body and help improve children’s coordination, gait, posture, and overall body awareness.
Occupational therapy focuses on learning by doing, and how the mind and body must work together to perform daily functions. Our occupational therapists assist with everyday living, caring for oneself, returning to school / home, and returning play / leisure activities.
Our speech-language pathologists are trained to diagnose and treat disorders related to speech, language, voice, feeding, and swallowing. We help children with communication delays through development of oral motor skills, language comprehension and use, and appropriate social skills.
We apply constraint induced techniques to encourage kiddos to use their involved side by constraining the strong side, promoting physical and mental development. Our specialized therapists will work with you and your child to determine if this service will improve your child’s health and development.
We provide home health services for children 0-3 years old, as an established provider for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Infant Toddler Program. These services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy for children who have a developmental delay or have been diagnosed with a health condition that will likely cause a developmental delay.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence- based science that is used to increase socially significant behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors and barriers to learning. Early intervention is key to maximizing gains using ABA therapy. We currently offer ABA services at our Hickory and Lincolnton clinics, but are hoping to soon offer the service at all Compleat KiDZ locations.
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Shayla is an occupational therapist at our Gastonia clinic who earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. In addition to her degree, Shayla also specializes in therapeutic listening and stroke rehabilitation, and hopes to soon add Beckman Oral Motor techniques to her OT tool belt. Before joining Compleat KiDZ, she worked in short term rehab with adults, working with patients who experienced strokes, joint replacements, and generalized deconditioning; she also has experience as a travel therapist, staffing various skilled nursing facilities across the East Coast. For Shayla, the most rewarding part of being a pediatric occupational therapist is establishing a positive rapport between a child and caregiver, so that both child and caregiver are empowered to continue meeting goals and improving even after therapy ends.
Dr. Shaverra Jones is a graduate of University of South Carolina with a BS in Exercise Science and Masters in Speech Language Pathology. She received her Clinical Science Doctorate in Speech Pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2017. She currently works at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Gastonia, NC. She previously worked for 10 years as a school-based speech-language pathologist as well as PRN at a SNF and Babynet. Her research interest includes children with speech sound disorders. Her goal for every patient is to collaborate and make the best plan for the clients she serves. She loves working in pediatrics; time is precious therefore she strives to make the most of her time. Outside of work, Shaverra enjoys Advanced Kickball, quality time with family and friends, and relaxing on the beach or near any body of water. Training: Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions; University of South Carolina with a BS in Exercise Science and Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Specialties: Accent Reduction and speech sound disorders
Georgina earned her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. As a Speech Language Pathologist at our Gastonia clinic, she enjoys working with children, using a child-centered approach in order to help them achieve their speech and language goals. For Georgina, the most rewarding part of being an SLP is empowering children to express their wants and needs through the use of play and exploration. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, Crossfit, hiking, cooking and enjoying time with friends and family. Training: BS in Psychology and Neuroscience, Queens College – City University of New York; MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University.
Linda graduated from University at Buffalo State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology as well as from Keuka College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Linda is an Occupational Therapist certified with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and is also certified in Therapeutic Listening. Linda has experience in working with families and children with diverse diagnoses including ADHD/ADD, autism, genetic and developmental disabilities, dysgraphia and hand writing delays, as well as sensory integration related issues, breast feeding/latching issues, toe walking, torticollis, cerebral palsy and other neurological & orthopedic disorders. Linda values her patients and families and works to establish a great relationship with each family she works with. Linda enjoys helping each family and child achieve their targeted goals and reach their best functional potential.
Melissa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. In addition to her doctoral degree, she is also certified in integrative dry needling. As a pediatric physical therapist, Melissa provides treatment for children with gross motor developmental delays, autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, torticollis, toe walking, and other various orthopedic diagnoses. When treating children, she incorporates play as well as hands-on facilitation techniques in order to achieve optimal benefit and outcomes. Melissa prides herself on providing individualized treatment to every child she treats, and her goal for each patient is for them to regain function to the best of their abilities so that they can participate and fully function in daily activities. The most rewarding part of what she does is seeing a child get excited about meeting a milestone or goal in treatment. When she’s not treating, Melissa enjoys spending time with family, walking at the beach or hiking, and watching sports like football, hockey, golf, and soccer.
Amy’s treatment approach focuses on sensory integration, fine/gross motor integration, neuromuscular handling, and development of age appropriate play and social skills through “purposeful play” therapy. Training: Associates degree in Occupational Therapy from Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
Jill has been a physical therapist for 5 years. She received her BA in biology from Lake Forest College and her DPT from Northwestern University. She began her career in adult orthopedics and then dove into the world of pediatric physical therapy. Jill has experience with a wide range of pediatric diagnoses both orthopedic and neurologic. She draws on her orthopedic knowledge and experience in her treatment sessions and when developing home exercise programs for children and families. Jill has taken courses on pediatric sports injuries, kinesiology taping in the pediatric population, and the Maitland technique for peripheral joints. Training: Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University
Sharda graduated from Marshall University with a Masters in Communication Disorders. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license in North Carolina. She has been in the speech therapy field working as an SLP for 6 years. She is VitalStim certified and a Hanen certified It Takes Two to Talk therapist. Training: Masters of Science in Communication Disorderds from Marshall University
Caryn graduated from Belmont University with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening and has experience in a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, and Development delay to name a few. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking with her adopted puppy Milo. Caryn values children’s happiness and imagination and works to establish trusting relationships with them and their family. Training: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Belmont University
Katie has been an occupational therapist for 5 years beginning her career in the school system and then moving to clinic based services. Katie uses a sensory-motor based framework when treating children to address all areas of functioning to allow them to reach their highest potential. Katie has training in Total Motion Release, Brain Gym, Handwriting Without Tears along with extensive practice in sensory integration. Training: Undergrad degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech. Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University
Jeff is a pediatric physical therapist currently treating in our Gastonia clinic. Before joining Compleat KiDZ, he worked in both inpatient and home health pediatric positions, treating kids from 0-18 with conditions like cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Down’s syndrome, autism, and more. Jeff earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Elon University in NC. He also specializes in Amtryke Evaluation. With every patient, his primary goal is helping them be as independent as possible in their self-care, mobility, and – most importantly – their ability to participate in play activities with their friends. He works closely with family members when possible to create unique solutions, enabling all caregivers to be a part of the child’s progress. “As much as I hate to see my kids go, I love it when I’m able to discharge a patient who has met all their goals and no longer needs physical therapy.” In his free time, Jeff enjoys painting, playing the drums, and spending time with his wife. The two are avid board gamers who also enjoy hiking and traveling when the time allows. Training: BS in Sports Medicine, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Elon University, NC
Chris is a Bilingual (Spanish and English) Speech Language Pathologist who moved to the Charlotte area from Texas to be closer to her husband’s family. As a special needs mom herself, she hopes to reduce the frustration and isolation that many special needs parents experience, and to open their world to new possibilities for them and their children. Chris earned her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UT Austin, and her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Womans University. She is additionally certified in VitalStim, Beckman protocol, TalkTools hierarchies, PECS, Mealtime Partners, and Division of Responsibility (DOR). As an SLP, Chris loves helping Spanish- and English-speaking children learn to eat and/or communicate to the best of their abilities. The kiddos she works with include those with difficulty transitioning from liquids to solid food, avoidant restrictive food disorder, oral motor delays, medically fragile children including trach/vent and feeding tubes, language delay, autism, Down Syndrome, and augmentative and alternative communication. Her goal with every kiddo is to reduce the stress on both the child and the family by improving their overall ability to interact in whatever ways work best for them.
Alex earned her Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Georgia and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. As a pediatric physical therapist, she works primarily with kiddos with genetic disorders, neurological disorders, orthopedic issues, and developmental delay. Regardless of diagnosis, her goal with every kiddo is to optimize function and mobility, and to improve the quality of life for kiddos in the area. She loves having the opportunity to build relationships with the children and families who come to Compleat KiDZ; helping them achieve their goals is the most rewarding part of working here.
Meredith earned her BS in Biology and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Wingate University. As a pediatric physical therapist, Meredith works with children who have diagnoses including: developmental delay, toe walking, torticollis, cerebral palsy, and other neurologic and orthopedic conditions. She is also trained in pediatric kinesiotaping. For every kiddo she works with, her goal is to improve movement, alignment, balance, and overall gross motor skills – all while having fun! In her free time, Meredith enjoys running, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. She is also on the fundraising board for Ambucs Amtryke’s Queen City Chapter, which is an organization that helps to provide modified bikes for children with disabilities in Charlotte and surrounding areas.
Donna earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. She has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for 24 years working with children of all ages who have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, torticollis, down’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, and developmental delays. Donna is NDT certified and she has training in Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Feeding, and Handwriting Without Tears. She has a passion for working with children and helping them reach their highest potential and maximum level of functional independence.
Becky earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Dana College in Blair Nebraska and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. She has experience working with individuals of all ages with a variety of diagnoses, but is passionate about working with children with sensory processing disorder, especially sensory motor based disorders, visual perceptual deficits,and impaired fine motor skills. Her favorite thing about being an occupational therapist is watching a child transform. She enjoys learning about new treatment techniques to provide the children she treats with the most updated interventions.
Kristen earned her Occupational Therapy Masters from Midwestern University in Arizona. As a pediatric occupational therapist, Kristen uses a variety of techniques including neurodevelopmental handling, sensory integration, fine motor and gross motor skills advancement, and purposeful play in order to help her patients achieve success in their daily lives. She prides herself on building a trusting relationship with her patients and their families. In her free time, Kristen enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends. She has been with the Compleat KiDZ team since 2018. Training: Bachelors in Science from Louisiana State University; Masters of Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University, Arizona
Linnette can be contacted at email@example.com. Linnette is a respected leader in her field, whose passion is to improve the quality of life for all children placed in her care. Linnette uses a multi-faceted approach to her patient care, including neurodevelopmental handling, Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Pediatric Aquatic Therapy, Pediatric Yoga, Therapeutic Listening, ETPS Pain Therapy, Keniso Taping, Sensory In Training: Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY
Our services include but are not limited to: Serial Casting, Constraint Induced Techniques, Aquatic Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, Beckman Oral Therapy, Vital Stim, Prompt Therapy, Thera Togs, Hanen Speech Therapy, NDT/TMR Handling, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Feeding Abnormalities.
We treat kids 0-18 in our outpatient therapy clinics. Feel free to contact us if you are unsure whether your child can receive therapy from us. As a provider for NC’s ITP program, we also provide home health therapy services for children 0-3 years of age. Learn more on the NC Department of Health and Human Services ITP site.
No, you can get evaluations and treatments at our clinics without a physician prescription / referral. However, many insurance plans require a referral before offering coverage for our services. Whether or not you are referred to us, we will work closely with your child’s physician, teachers, and other caretakers to ensure the best treatment for your child.
Most treatment is covered by most major insurance companies. However, Phonological and Articulation Disorders, with the exception of congenital conditions, are often not covered under private payer insurance plans. Contact your insurance provider to see if treatment for these conditions is covered.
Because of the variety of services offered and the differences in individual insurance plans, it is difficult to estimate the total cost of treatment for an individual. We do offer flat fee private pay rates for individual sessions:
Initial eval – $90
1 hour session – $70
30 min session – $40
See the Insurance/Payment section for more information about payment options and what insurance providers we accept.
We recommend you arrive about 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. We will go over necessary paperwork with you and conduct an evaluation. The initial evaluation will last about an hour, after which our front desk will work with you to set future appointment times. If your child has an IEP, please bring it to the first appointment.
Bring cash, check, or credit card to make your co-payments at the beginning of your appointments. Co-payments must be made prior to services rendered. We are able to accept one payment for multiple visits if it is more convenient for you, as long as payment is made before the scheduled appointments.
If you must miss an appointment, call our Front Desk to reschedule your appointment. You must call 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time. Failing to call at least 24 hours in advance will result in a $25 no show fee.
If your child is sick, please call our front desk to reschedule your appointment.
Severe weather conditions may cause our clinics to operate on delayed opening / early closing schedules or to fully close for the day. Delayed openings or closure due to weather will be posted on our website no later than 7:30 am each business day. If the clinic closes early, our front desk team will contact patients whose same-day appointments are impacted by the clinic closure.
You can contact our referral coordinator Tasha Rodriguez by email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 1.888.257.0277 fax: 1.888.244.5493 You can also use the contact form above. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding referrals, insurance, services, etc.
Compleat KiDZ accepts most major insurances. Check the box to the right to see if your insurance provider is accepted by Compleat KiDZ.
Come prepared to make your insurance co-payment each appointment. The amount of your co-pay is set by your insurance company. If you are not able to make your co-payment at the time of service, ask either our reception or checkout desk team member to set up terms for a deferred payment plan.
Compleat KiDZ understands that the cost of health care can put a strain on our families’ finances. We are willing to work with you to set up a payment plan that works within your budget. Compleat KiDZ offers healthcare financing plans through Care Credit and United Medical Credit.
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