Genevieve Penland, Pediatric Therapy Director/Occupational Therapist
A native of Columbia, Genevieve graduated from Francis Marion with her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology, and received
|Danielle Fordham, DPT, Physical Therapist
Danielle graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Bachelors in Exercise Science, and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. Danielle has been a pediatric physical therapist since 2008. She has training in myofascial release techniques, therapeutic play, pediatric trauma, strength training in children, Brain Gym, wheelchair seating/positioning and sensory integration. Danielle currently lives in Lexington, SC with her husband, Clif, son, Coleton, daughter, Caroline and their two rescue dogs, Madison and Tanner. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending Gamecock sporting events, and traveling.
Jackie Griffo, MSP, CCC/SLP; Speech Language Pathologist
Jackie graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education, and received a Master of Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 2015. She gained clinical experience at The Therapy Place while earning her Masters degree. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys traveling, kayaking, and reading.
Erin Maltba, MS, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist
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, daughter Quinn, and dogs Gunnar 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 graduated from Presbyterian College with her Bachelor 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 enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Gamecocks!
|Anna Mortensen, MHS, OTR/L; Occupational Therapist/TheraSuit
Anna graduated from Georgia Health Sciences University (Augusta University)
Ashley Reames, Speech Language Pathologist
Ashley graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Bachelors in Mass Communications, Public Relations as well as a minor in Communication Science Disorders. Ashley has tons of experience with children and loves more than anything to be around kids. In 2016, she completed her masters program at South Carolina State and earned her degree in Speech Language Pathology. Soon after the completion of her masters program, Ashley joined The Therapy Place team as an SLP. She is so excited to begin her career where it all once started 3 years ago as a Bridges Assistant. Ashley likes to spend her time going out to eat and being around her family and friends. She especially enjoys spending time with her nephew.
Katherine Smith, MA, CCC/SLP; Speech Language Pathologist
Katherine graduated from Wofford College with her Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2005. She then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from SC State University in 2012. A SC native, she, her husband Laird and daughter Weber currently reside in Irmo. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.
| Mellie Boozer, Bridges Co-Director
Mellie graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She previously worked as an early interventionist for over 3 years. She enjoys dancing, singing, acting and laughing. She will admit to being obsessed with anything Disney, the SC State Fair and the Gamecocks.
Liz Pierce, CCC-SLP; Speech Language Pathologist/Bridges Co-Director
|Aaron Bruner, Bridges Aide —
Heather Boatwright, Bridges Aide —
|Vander James, Bridges Aide —
Vander is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. He is a South Carolina native from the small town of Darlington. Vander currently lives in Columbia and is gaining work experience before he applies to graduate school for physical therapy. He has experience with outpatient PT, inpatient PT, rehab hospital and he also interned as a wellness coach. His love for helping people in need is what led him to The Therapy Place. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, hunting and many more outdoor activities. Vander is also the proud adoptive father of a Boykin Spaniel named Riggins.
Beverly Dunston, Front Desk Coordinator
Beverly holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of South Carolina. She loves working with children and has experience as a Preschool Teacher at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church and as a Student Liaison with Healthy Learners. Beverly and her husband Lee live in Forest Acres with their two rescue dogs, Wade and Rosie. They have two grown sons – Drew (daughter-in-law Shelby) and Greg. Beverly enjoys traveling to Folly Beach, reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Joye Lee, MPH; Family Services Coordinator
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 Columbia with her husband, James and two children, Cooper and Laura, and their dog Sophie. Dawn enjoys spending time with family and friends, being at TTP, traveling to the beach, her church – TRUMC, reading and golf.
Terry studied Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina but landed in business management for the past twenty years. She and her husband, Rob, have been active in The Therapy Place since its inception in 2008 from cooking for the TTP golf tournaments to performing the original renovations to our building.This Gamecock girl and her husband live in Irmo with their 4 legged children Albert and Cocoa.
Austine-Dawn Beatty Harris, Development Director
Austine was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Bachelors in History and Secondary Education. After graduating, Austine dove into the world of non-profit development and hasn’t looked back. She has experience managing volunteers, activating donors, and fundraising campaign management. After spending several years with a major national non-profit, she decided that developing a local non-profit is her heart’s calling. When she has free time you can catch Austine at a Gamecock or Citadel ball game, sharing laughs with her husband Alex, or refurbishing furniture. She is a fur mama to Vega and Winnie and also has a slight addiction to NPR.
Teresa Fleming, Billing Manager
Teresa comes to us with 25 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.