Occupational Therapy Team!
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.
Marissa Goodman, M.S. OTR/L-- Occupational Therapy Director
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
Motor skill development
Self help skills
In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking, hiking, playing with her dogs, and working out.
Renee Kelly, M.S. OTR/L
Renee graduated in 2011 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
Texas with her Master’s in Occupational therapy. Her undergraduate degree is in Child
Development and Kinesiology. Prior to becoming an OT, she worked as a nurse’s aid at Shriners Hospital and had always planned to continue down that path. After realizing nursing was not meant to be; however, she came across Occupational Therapy and immediately knew she found her heart’s calling. OT combines her areas of passion: love of children, challenging them to reach their next milestones, and supporting parents as they walk through the journey of parenthood. In her practice as an OT, she utilizes several theories including behavior analysis and sensory integration. She has worked with a wide range of children whose special abilities include Autism, developmental disabilities, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy and neurological disorders. She loves helping children learn through the power of play and is blown away by the strength of children to never give up despite the hardships they face.
Outside of OT, Renee loves being a wife and a mother to three young children Liam 5,
Grace 3, and Jack 18 months. After moving to Georgia from Texas almost three years
ago, she and her family have fallen in love with this beautiful state and all is has to offer. They love doing activities together such as cooking, camping, traveling, being outdoors, and just having fun as a family.
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.
Megan Stevens, MS, OTR/L
Megan graduated from Augusta University, formerly Medical College of Georgia, in 2015. Prior to OT school, Megan worked in an outpatient pediatrics clinic as a rehabilitation aide and administrative assistant, where she first discovered her interest in pediatric OT services. In school, Megan had the opportunity to work with children at Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica, and at Camp TBI. In addition to Cobblestone, Megan also works in an orthopedic clinic with both children and adults with injuries to shoulder, elbow and hands. Megan is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Society of Hand Therapists. Megan loves having the opportunity to participate in the growth and progress of a child, and seeing the positive impact that OT services can play in not only the child's life, but also his or her family's life. In her free time, Megan enjoys travelling, reading, painting, baking and spending time outdoors with her husband, Patrick, and dog, Sunny.