Dawn Darby, MPA; Co-Founder and Executive Director
Dawn holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, with an emphasis in Non-Profits and Grants and an undergraduate in media arts, also from USC. She has work experience as the Grants Manager of Richland County, Ready to Learn Coordinator for SC Educational Television, and also served as a Grants Writer/Special Events Coordinator for the Indian Waters Council/Boy Scouts of America. Dawn lives in Forest Acres with her husband, James, their daughter, Laura, and their dog Sophie. Their son, Cooper, is on campus at UofSC. Dawn enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and keeping up with her kids.
Teresa Fleming, Billing Manager
Teresa comes to us with over 30 years of billing and medical clinic experience. Teresa lives in Gilbert with her husband Eric, their daughters Marisa & Eliana, their spoiled black lab Penny, and 5 bunnies. In her free time, Teresa enjoys spending time with her family, music, reading, hula hooping, and gardening.
Brooke Grosh, Office Coordinator
Brooke comes to us from Good Shepherd Day School where she has spent the last 10 years being a smiling face and caring for children and their families. Brooke lives in Columbia with her three children, Alyia, Aubrey, and Bently, and their dog Sofie. In her free time, Brooke enjoys camping, baking, and reading. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends. Brooke’s favorite color is yellow and she has a sunny disposition to match it.
Joye Lee, MPH; Family Services Coordinator
Joye received a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor’s of Science, in Biology, from Charleston Southern University. Before starting her Master’s program, Joye worked in Indonesia for two years teaching English. She has experience with special needs children all over the world. She worked with DHEC’s children and youth with special health care needs program and Camp Burnt Gin. In her free time, you can find Joye at any Gamecock game with her family or spending time with her friends.
Jackie Buckland, MSP, CCC/SLP; Speech-Language Pathologist
Jackie graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and received a Master’s of Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 2015. She gained clinical experience at The Therapy Place while earning her Master’s degree. Jackie (Griffo) Buckland is recently married to Justin Buckland. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys traveling, kayaking, and reading.
Savannah Houck, DPT – Physical Therapist
Savannah Houck graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Georgia Southern University in 2019 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She enjoys running, reading, and exploring new cities. She’s very excited to be back in Columbia to meet all of the kids and their families!
Kristen James, MS, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist
Kristen graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Howard University in Washington, D.C. As a student, Kristen gained additional clinical experience with The Therapy Place during her Master’s level II fieldwork rotation. She currently lives in Columbia, SC with her twin sister Katrina and puppy Rondo. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Erin Maltba, MS, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist & Therapy Manager
Erin graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science. She attended the Medical University of South Carolina to receive her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Erin lives in Columbia with her husband Dennis, daughter Quinn, son Crawford, and German Shepherds Beau and Mack. She has been a pediatric Occupational Therapist since 2005 and has received training and continuing education including infant/child feeding, SOS feeding approach, NDT for infant/toddler, Kinesiotaping, and Interactive Metronome. In her spare time, Erin enjoys hanging out with family and friends, hiking, and traveling.
Mandy Martin, MSR, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist
Mandy graduated from Presbyterian College with her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. Mandy has been a pediatric occupational therapist since 2009 and loves working with children and their families. She and her husband Brad have a daughter, Caroline, and son, Henry. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Gamecocks!
Haylee McGregor, COTA/L – Certified/Licensed Occupational Therapist
Haylee is from Columbia and graduated from The University of South Carolina Upstate with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications in 2014. She then decided to go back to school for Occupational Therapy because she loves to help others help themselves and reach new goals! Haylee enjoys exercising, traveling, and hanging out with her friends and family!
Betsy Owen, DPT – Physical Therapist
Betsy grew up in Columbia, then graduated from Washington and Lee University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and High Point University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She is so excited to be back in Columbia and to meet all the families and kids that make The Therapy Place special!
Kelly Price, PTA – Physical Therapy Assistant and Bridges Aide
Kelly recently moved down to Columbia from Richmond, VA. She graduated from James Madison University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Science. She then decided to go back to school to pursue Physical Therapy and became a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She loves her job because the kids keep her on her toes making every day different and full of surprises.
Ashley Surratt, MA, CCC-SLP; Speech-Language Pathologist
Ashley graduated from The University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and received a Master’s in Speech Pathology & Audiology from South Carolina State University in 2012. Prior to beginning her career at The Therapy Place, Ashley was a part of the Bridges Preschool Program. Ashley is married to her new husband, Tyler. She and Tyler both enjoy spoiling their four-legged fur baby, Mae, and spending time doing yard work.
Leah Ziegler, MSP, CCC-SLP; Speech-Language Pathologist
Leah is a South Carolina native with nine years of pediatric speech therapy experience. She graduated from Clemson University with her Bachelor’s of Art in Communication Studies. After working in the non-profit sector for a few years, Leah returned to school and graduated with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from USC. Leah and her family recently returned from a two year adventure in sunny California. She now resides in the Midlands with her husband Jon, two daughters, and her rescue dog Otto. She has received training and continuing education in childhood Apraxia of Speech, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), LAMP, pediatric feeding, and PROMPT. Leah enjoys playing with her daughters, going on long walks with her dog, leisurely bike rides, and binge-watching Netflix.
BRIDGES THERAPEUTIC PRESCHOOL STAFF
Lindsey Duerr, Bridges Director/Co-Teacher
Lindsey graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a minor in Service Learning. She holds a teaching license in special education and brings 4 years of experience teaching in the public school system. Lindsey lives in Columbia with her husband, Stephen, daughter Madison, and their dogs, Leia and Luke. She loves to travel and visit new cities with her family and friends.
Morgan Tanner, Bridges Assistant Director/Co-Teacher
Morgan graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. She holds a teaching license in elementary education and brings 5 years of teaching experience in public school. Morgan is recently married to her husband, Willie, and they have two dogs, Precious and Cosmo. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, hanging out with friends, and playing with the dogs.
Summer Oltman, Bridges Aide
Summer graduated from the University of South Carolina where she majored in psychology. She is interested in returning to USC for graduate school. Summer has a passion for working with children and teaches group fitness classes in her free time.
Vivica Stocker, Bridges Aide