Philusa G. McBroom, OTD, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy
Philusa was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee. She attended undergraduate school at Tennessee Technological University, where she received her B.S. in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness with a concentration in Occupational Therapy. She then attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated in May of 2013, receiving her doctorate degree in occupational therapy. Her career began in north Florida where she worked for the public schools and for a private clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She continued her career in St. Marys, GA at a private therapy clinic for the next four and a half years. She has experience working with children of all ages and various diagnoses, including autism, Down syndrome, cortical visual impairment, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities and neurological disorders. Philusa has a strong passion for the pediatric population and loves working with children and their families to help them grow through their own personal journeys. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. She also enjoys the outdoors, reading, spending time with her family, and learning more about the pediatric OT world!
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
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.
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.
Cynthia Kim, M.S. OTR/L
Cynthia graduated from Brenau University in 2018, where she completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. During her time at Brenau, she was fortunate to work in various pediatric settings as well as a hand therapy clinic. She has extensive experience providing individualized treatment sessions for children to address fine motor weakness, dexterity, grasp, motor planning, body awareness, personal hygiene, dressing, and feeding. She incorporates Sensory Integration as well as Sensory Modulation strategies in her treatment sessions when needed, and she values providing evidence-based interventions. Additionally, Cynthia has a research background and co-authored a thesis titled, “The effects of the Alert Program on communication, social interaction skills and occupational performance for adults with Developmental disability/ Intellectual disability.”
Cynthia values working with the pediatric population and hopes to make a difference in their lives by helping them achieve their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and dog, Muffin. Cynthia is fluent in Spanish and Korean.
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.