Occupational Therapy Team!



Deborah Fitzgerald M.S. OTR/L

Deborah graduated from Brenau University in 2016, where she completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. During her time at Brenau, she had the opportunity to work in various unique clinical settings, including hippotherapy and neurological rehabilitation. Deborah has experience working with both adults and children who have cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, ADD/ADHD, and developmental disorders. She is currently a member of the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Deborah enjoys working with children, and likes incorporating imagination/play skills to challenge and engage her patients during the delivery of skilled therapy services. Her treatment foci include the following:  

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Primitive reflex integration
  • Visual perceptual and visual motor skills
  • Executive functioning
  • Sensory integration
  • Pre writing/writing skills
  • Mindfulness based strategies

During her free time, Deborah enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys drawing, watching movies, playing strategy games, and drinking tea with her cat.

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Nika Freudenberg, M.S. OTR/L

Nika graduated from Georgia Regents University, formerly known as Medical College of Georgia, in 2014. She was fortunate to complete a fieldwork at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she worked with children with traumatic brain injury, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal fusion, burns, and debility. She also currently works in the school system and has experience with Autism, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and other emotional/behavioral disorders. Nika enjoys collaborating with parents and teachers to provide suggestions, strategies, and home programs so that everyone can work together to help each child succeed and thrive!

In her free time Nika loves to read (mostly Harry Potter!), travel, and spend time with her husband, Stephen, and 2 cats, Dobby and Crookshanks.


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Marissa Goodman, M.S. OTR/L

Marissa graduated from Georgia Regents University, formerly known as Medical College of Georgia, in 2015. She has had the opportunity to participate in some amazing work experiences and has had the opportunity to work with babies and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, developmental delays.Marissa had additional experience working with Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica and Camp TBI in Rutledge, Georgia. She has spent many hours volunteering her time with various organizations to include Walk to Defeat ALS, Surfers for Autism, Tri My Best Triathlon, RECing Crew-Art Abilities, and the Miracle League in Augusta, Georgia. Marissa is also a member of the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association.Marissa is a kind and compassionate therapist whose treatment focus has included the following:

  • Fine and visual motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Sensory integration
  • Feeding therapy
  • Motor planning
  • Motor skill development
  • Self help skills
  • Early intervention
  • Executive functioning
  • Pre-writing/writing skills

In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking, hiking, playing with her dogs, and working out.

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Jenna Snyder, M.S. OTR/L

Jenna is a masters level Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Brenau University with her bachelors and masters degrees in 2012. Before becoming an OT, Jenna was a behavior therapist and worked with children with autism for several years. In her practice as an OT she uses approaches from several theories including behavior analysis, sensory integration, primitive reflex integration, and DIR/Floortime. She also works in the school system and has experience with all ranges of autism, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other emotional/behavioral disorders. She enjoys seeing the progress children can make, and especially loves helping change families lives for the better. When not working her dream job of OT, Jenna is home making memories with her nine-year-old daughter Maddy and their dog Einstein.