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PEDIATRIC THERAPY SERVICES TAILORED TO MEET YOUR FAMILY'S NEEDS.

HGPT offers a variety of therapies and treatment programs, each selected based on the unique needs of the individual.
Serving families with clinic-based, in-home and community-based care

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SPEECH THERAPY

Speech Therapy

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Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) or speech therapists evaluate and treat speech, language, communication, and oral motor disorders. We offer comprehensive speech evaluations and personalized treatments plans. Your child may benefit from speech therapy if you notice any of these signs:

  • Difficulty producing and articulating speech correctly or fluently.
  • Difficulty understanding others or expressing thoughts, ideas and feelings.
  • Difficulty having conversations with others.
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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapy

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Occupational therapy is an approach to strengthening and developing skills necessary to participate in daily living. For children and adolescents, occupational therapy addresses the skills such as:

  • Social engagement
  • Fine motor and visual motor skills
  • Sensory integration
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-care skills
  • Attention
  • Executive functioning
  • Gross motor coordination, balance and strength

We offer evaluation and treatment for children who may experience challenges or delays in these areas of development.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical Therapy

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Our pediatric physical therapists help children challenged by a variety of physical and orthopedic conditions impacting health, wellbeing, independence and participation in daily life. We offer comprehensive evaluations and will work closely with families to create individualized treatment plans to help your child build strength, move easier and with less pain so they can participate in daily life with increased confidence and independence.

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APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS (ABA)

COMING SOON!

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
COMING SOON!

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapeutic intervention specifically for individuals with autism. This approach is based on the science of learning and behavior. Through systematic instruction and reinforcement procedures, ABA therapy can help children with autism to improve social skills, functional life skills, communication and behavior.

Dear parent/caregiver,

As our practice has grown, we continue to ensure that our families feel "at home" with every aspect of care. We take into account your child's probable anxieties and any special needs in preparing for their arrival. You, also, need to feel: valued, comfortable and involved; as you are the key player in determining your child's progress. With our knowledge base and commitment to your child’s well-being and your carryover at home, the sky’s the limit! So come on in, have a look around and be sure to let us know how we can best serve you.



Warmest,

Richard Brown, MS, OTR/L
Owner

MEET THE TEAM

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Richard Brown, MS, OTR/L

Richard Brown MS, OTR/L

Upon receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lehigh University I began working with adults with traumatic brain injuries, where I became fascinated with the rehabilitative process and was especially drawn to Occupational Therapy and its emphasis on functional outcomes. I soon received my Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and have been specializing exclusively in pediatrics over the past 15 years. My wife Lauren and I moved to Asheville in 2005 and followed the path that led us to open Higher Ground Pediatric Therapy out of our basement in November of 2010. Since then we have been blessed with continued growth, offering a range of greater services and granting us the privilege of empowering more children to reach their maximum potential. In June of 2013 HGPT moved into our new home in Arden and we look forward to providing the highest quality care for years to come. Lauren and I, and our 4 children, love living and working in Asheville! We do miss the beaches of New Jersey but love: the people, the sense of community, and getting back in touch with nature. We spend most of our time: hiking, exploring downtown, and playing every sport under the sun!

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Ashley Susen, DPT

Ashley Susen, DPT

I am originally from Asheville, NC and attended AC Reynolds High School. I completed a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy at Duke University in Durham, NC in May 2003 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in July 2006. I have 6 years experience with pediatric patients with various diagnoses seen in the clinic, home, and daycare settings as well as 5½ years experience with adult outpatient orthopedic and postsurgical diagnoses. It is important to treat each child as an individual! I made the switch to pediatrics because my daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in August 2012. I want to share my PT knowledge with other children and their families facing developmental delays. I have been with Higher Ground Pediatric Therapy since March 2017 and very much enjoy working in the outpatient clinic setting again where I am able to collaborate with my fellow therapists. I have attended numerous continuing education courses over the years related to orthopedics and pediatrics. I completed Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) basic kinesiology taping and pediatric kinesiology taping certification courses in 2017. I am currently enrolled in the evening Clinical Massage Therapy program at A-B Tech to add Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) to my credentials in May 2019. My husband Kurt and I returned to the area in early 2017 after spending the 10 years prior working and playing along the beautiful North Carolina coast. We have 2 cats and a daughter, Zoe Marie, who turned 7 this summer

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Amy Campbell, COTA/L

Amy Campbell, COTA/L

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY where I was active year-round in sports. I eventually taught and coached swimming for 6 years. Upon graduation from University of Kentucky with a degree in Marketing, a desire to be closer to my family in KY lead me to move to Asheville in 2007. After working in the food and beverage industry for over 15 years, I decided a career change was in order. My experience teaching swim lessons and love for working with kids guided me towards a career in Occupational Therapy. I graduated from Greenville Technical College in November of 2016 and joined Higher Ground Pediatric Therapy in January of 2017. In my free time I enjoy watching sports, especially Kentucky basketball and Asheville Tourist baseball, reading and spending time with my husband and two dogs.

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Whitney Chandler, PTA/L

Whitney Chandler, PTA/L

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I grew up riding horses, playing basketball and volleyball. I spent my days on the lake with my friends and watching football. After graduating high school, I spent 2 years in South Florida going to a small university then transferring to The University of Alabama for 3 years. Throughout college I was a nanny for various families with special needs which helped define my career path. Graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and Communication Studies, I moved to Colorado to pursue my passion. I knew I wanted to do something to help people. In 2013 I moved to Wilmington, NC to live by the beach and to take my prerequisite classes for PTA school. In 2014 I moved to Asheville to be close to my mom and family and attend South College of Asheville, graduating with an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant. I immediately started working in Natural Environment Pediatrics; traveling to various homes, daycares and schools to treat kids. I then joined the Higher Ground family in December of 2016. I am very lucky to be able to work with such amazing therapists! When I am not working, you can find me in the woods camping with my boyfriend Zach and our dogs, bowling, going on adventures with friends, fishing or watching Alabama football, roll tide!

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Andrea Jacobson, MS, OTR/L

Andrea Jacobson, MS, OTR/L

BIO COMING SOON!

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Lauren Bernier, COTA/L

Lauren Bernier, COTA/L

After graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst I decided to move down south and make Asheville my home. A few years after that I moved back to the Boston area to pursue a career using my degree at an art museum. Although very grateful for the job and experience I felt I was always seeking a more people centered profession. I moved back to Asheville in 2013 and after hitting some bumps in the road, decided that life was short and I should follow my passion leading me to go back to school for occupational therapy. It was at South College Asheville that my wonderful instructors and clinical supervisors helped me hone my interest and love for working with kids. I was hired at HGP in August and could not be more excited to be working here with such wonderful kids, their families, and fellow staff members. When I’m not at the clinic you can most likely find me hanging with my kitty, enjoying the sunshine with friends and family, experimenting with all kinds of flavors in my kitchen, or boogying at a show.

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Kelley Strom, MS, OTR/L

Kelley Strom, MS, OTR/L

I am originally from Virginia but Western North Carolina became home when I moved to the area to attend Brevard College. I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and experiential education. I spent the following years utilizing my degree by working in outdoor/experiential education settings with children of all ages in outdoor educational settings. I am a certified yoga teacher and particularly love teaching yoga classes for children. I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in occupational therapy when I realized through my prior work and leisure pursuits that everything comes back to our ability to participate in the meaningful activities of daily life. I attended graduate school at the University of New England in Portland, Maine, and graduated in May 2017. After receiving my degree, I knew I had to return “home” to WNC. I am thrilled to have merged my prior experience with my role as an occupational therapist in the pediatric setting! In my free time, you’ll most likely find me with my husband Jon and our dog somewhere in the forest near Brevard. I enjoy just about any activity that gets me outside but I particularly love mountain biking, rock climbing, and gardening.

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Ashley Gibbs, PT

Ashley Gibbs, PT

I graduated with my Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in 1994 and have treated pediatrics from the start. I am married and have 3 kids at home (2 girls and a boy) along with a variety of pets. I love working as part of a team to treat the whole patient and feel strongly that a home program is the key to long term solutions. Diagnoses that I enjoy treating include but are not limited to: early invention ( developmental delays), torticollis, cerebral palsy, gait issues (toe walkers), Down's syndrome, tone issues, core stabilization needs and orthopedic challenges. I monitor and screen for equipment and orthotic needs then work with other vendors to address these concerns.

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Carol Maher, MS, OTR/L

Carol Maher, MS, OTR/L

I was born and spent my early childhood in Ontario, Canada. After my family moved to Indiana, I finished secondary school and graduated from Hanover College with an art/art history degree. My husband, Christopher and I lived on a small farm with our two horses and lots of pets. When our two boys reached school age, I enrolled in the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Indianapolis. I have been working as an OTR for about 18 yrs. My OT experience includes Equine Assisted Occupational Therapy (Hippotherapy); Aquatic Therapy, Early Intervention Home Based Services; Riley Hospital for Children acute care, outpatient chronic care, and hand rehabilitation; and, Great Aspirations, a Pediatric Therapy Clinic I owned and operated. I use art in my approach to working with kids. I enjoy motivating kids with activities that incorporate building and creating while learning something new. In 2016 my husband and I decided it was time for a new adventure. We chose North Carolina so we could be closer to the spectacular mountains, lakes, and, outdoor activities. We are both very active and love hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, and exploring. I am a Certified Occupational Therapist licensed in both Indiana and North Carolina. Being part of the therapy team at Higher Ground, and making a difference with the families I work with has been very rewarding.

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Dawn Sanderson, MA, CCC/SLP

Dawn Sanderson, MA, CCC/SLP

Dawn has a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University. Her 15 years of experience include working with children with cochlear implants, language disorders, articulation disorders, Autism, Apraxia, fluency, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders. She is able to assess and implement specific augmentative and alternative communication devices when needed. Dawn enjoys spending time with her children, staying fit, reading, and writing. Dawn speaks American Sign Language and English.

"Children are not things to be molded, but persons to be unfolded."

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Jennifer DiQuattro, COTA/L

Jennifer DiQuattro, COTA/L

BIO COMING SOON!

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Beau

Beau

BIO COMING SOON!

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Claire Darling, COTA/L

Claire Darling, COTA/L

In 2009, I recieved my Bachelor's degree in biology from The University of Tampa and recently graduated from AB Tech's Occupational Therapy Assistant program. I have worked with various companies in the Asheville area, including The Autism Society of NC, providing residential and community supports to individuals with autism. Through this work, I learned making minor changes in activities of daily living can make a huge impact on quality of life. In my off time I enjoy playing tennis and biking. Some hobbies of mine include cooking, sewing, photography, and I love to travel!

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Alicia Keen, MS,CCC-SLP

Alicia Keen, MS,CCC-SLP

I grew up in Indiana but have been lucky to call Asheville home for 13 years. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Mary’s College in Norte Dame in 2006. I moved to WNC and received by Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Western Carolina University in 2009. Over the years as a pediatric therapist I have had the privilege of working with children and families addressing various communication delays. I enjoy using play and hands on activities to address articulation/phonology and language disorders. Additionally, I have extensive experience with working with children on the Autism spectrum. I am blessed to have a job I absolutely love. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and beloved dog. You can often find us hiking the beautiful mountains of WNC. .

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Kate Fahey, MS,CCC-SLP

Kate Fahey, MS,CCC-SLP

While pursuing my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Ohio State University, I took a part-time job as a behavioral therapist working with children on the autism spectrum. Upon graduation, I decided to embark on a career as a behavioral therapist in the Lehigh Valley area, where I discovered my passion of helping kids achieve the gift of communication. Soon after, I obtained my Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences from Hunter College in New York City. After spending three years working for the public school system and the NYC Early Intervention program as a speech-language pathologist, my husband and I decided to move to Asheville to be closer to family and the beauty of Western North Carolina. I have enjoyed the experience of treating and evaluating a wide variety of speech and language issues, including developmental delays, expressive/receptive language disorders in the preschool, school age and adolescent populations, articulation/phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, social/pragmatic challenges, feeding difficulties and fluency disorders.

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Rylee Stiefel, MS, OTR/L

Rylee Stiefel, MS, OTR/L

I received my Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and my Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. After graduating from UTMB in 2017, I have gained knowledge through continuing education in feeding (sensory related, food aversions, etc.), and plan to gain further knowledge in interactive metronome and kinesiotaping. I am originally from the Houston, Texas area and moved to Asheville in August of 2017. I joined the Higher Ground Pediatrics team in June 2018, and I could not be more excited to be here! I became interested in the field of Occupational Therapy because of various experiences with children and geriatrics alike; driving me to want to help others reach their goals and improve their quality of life. In my free time I enjoy running, yoga, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my fiancé. ​

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Megan Flynn, COTA/L

Megan Flynn, COTA/L

I was first introduced to the field of Occupational Therapy in 2007 after my son began receiving occupational therapy services. Since that time, I have fallen in love with the profession, and in 2012 I decided to enroll in school to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. I received my degree from Southwestern Community College in May of 2016. My passion is working together with special needs children and their families so they can realize and reach their maximum potential. My family and I have been a part of the Asheville Community for 13 years now and couldn’t ask for a better place to live and work! In my spare time you can usually find my family and I outside exploring all that the mountains of WNC have to offer. I love being outside, and try to incorporate the outdoors and nature as much as possible into treatment. Music is also a passion of mine, and I love getting out to enjoy live music whenever my schedule allows. I am thrilled to be working with such an amazing team here at HGPT, and look forward to serving the families here in Western North Carolina.

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Angie Bell, COTA/L

Angie Bell COTA/L

BIO COMING SOON!

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Jessica Bowers, DPT

Jessica Bowers, DPT

BIO COMING SOON!

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JOIN OUR TEAM!

JOIN OUR TEAM

We are always interested in hearing from potential employees and volunteers! Please don’t hesitate to inquire about employment and volunteer opportunites with Higher Ground Pediatric Therapy, even if the specific opening you are looking for is not currently posted.

Please use the contact information located at the bottom of the page to reach out.

CONTACT

Locations in both Asheville and Hendersonville
Email: web@highergroundpeds.com

HENDERSONVILLE, NC

1430 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville NC 28791
Phone: (828) 513-5110 Fax: (828) 513-5111

ASHEVILLE, NC

856 Sweeten Creek Road Suite F, Asheville NC 28803
Phone: (828) 684-7337 Fax: (828) 684-7339