Staff Therapists

Pediatric Development Center of Atlanta employs registered and licensed occupational therapists and speech language therapists.  These clinicians demonstrate exceptional knowledge and understanding of child development and processing as well as an interest and dedication to working with children.  They provide parents with ongoing support and education for an understanding of their child’s current level of performance and how to incorporate appropriate strategies at home.  They are constantly striving to improve their knowledge and skills through advanced training in their areas of specialty.

Occupational Therapists

Kimberlee K. Wing, OTR/L 

Kimberlee is an owner of PDC-Atlanta.  She has been in practice as an Occupational Therapist since 1977.  A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a degree in Occupational Therapy, she has worked in school systems for over 16 years and opened her own OT clinic in 1993.  She consults with and presents frequently to preschools, schools, parent groups and organizations on motor development, sensory processing, handwriting, perceptual skills, behavior, organization, attention and strategies to improve skills.  She has worked extensively with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), and Asperger Syndrome, handwriting issues and oral motor difficulties.  She provides ongoing supervision and support for her therapists and families. Kim has been certified in sensory integration since 1979 and has been certified to give the SIPT evaluation since 1988. She is also certified in Therapeutic Listening and has been trained in Handwriting Without Tears.

Kirsten M. Protos, MS, OTR/L 

Kirsten is an owner and managing partner of PDC-Atlanta.  As the daughter of PDC Atlanta co-owner Kimberlee Wing, she has been involved with children and therapy most of her life.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2002 with degrees in elementary education and child development. She taught third grade in the Cobb County schools prior to receiving her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2007. In 2006 she was named Occupational Therapy Student of the Year by the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association.  Kirsten is Sensory Integration certified and is certified to give the SIPT evaluation.  She is passionate about feeding and oral motor therapy.  She is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention approach and in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding.  She successfully uses these approaches, along with sensory integrative therapy, to help picky and resistant eaters make feeding improvements.  She is dedicated to working with families to provide them with the resources and training that they need to help their children succeed!  She also facilitates a monthly parent support group for parents of picky eaters.  Kirsten is certified in Handwriting Without Tears and Therapeutic Listening, has advanced training in reflex integration, and training in kinesiology taping.  She has an interest in yoga, mindfulness and martial arts and successfully uses them in practice to work on body awareness, coordination, regulation and anxiety. Kirsten is the mother of two children; with her experience as a mother and background in child development she has a special interest in infant development and early intervention.  She also specializes in using her education background to address developmental and organizational issues as they pertain to the academic setting.

Nicole Pelham Lohmann, MS, OTR/L

Nicki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Recreation from Lee University.  After completing her undergraduate degree she taught art to children ages 3-12 years old.  She then went on to earn her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.  At the Pediatric Development Center of Atlanta she leads the summer sensory-based therapeutic art sessions.  Nicki is an active member of American Occupational Therapy Association.  Nicki has advanced knowledge of primary reflexes and reflex integration; she also has an interest in Therapeutic Listening as well continuing her advanced training in sensory integration.

Lauren Allison, MS, OTR/L

Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from Auburn University.  She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she was a member of the OT Honor Society.  Lauren has been volunteering with a week- long summer camp for teenagers and adults with disabilities for over 10 years. Lauren has experience working in early intervention in the home with birth to three year olds and with pediatric clients in the outpatient setting. She has experience working with a variety of children including children with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism, genetic disorders and feeding difficulties. Lauren’s additional skills include in-depth knowledge of sensory integration, advanced training in reflex integration and kinesiology taping.

Lauren Wellons, MS, OTR/L

Lauren graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Auburn University in 2008 with magna cum laude honors.  She later went on to pursue her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Philadelphia University.  Lauren has a passion for working with children and believes in the importance of collaborating with families to develop individualized treatment programs.  She uses her knowledge of sensory integration, child development and psychology together to treat the whole child. Lauren has worked with children that have the diagnoses of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Developmental Delay.

Taylor Normand, MS, OTR/L

LC Cole, COTA

Speech Therapists

Michelle Nalley Phillips, M.S. CCC-SLP

Michelle attended University of Kentucky, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2005.  After working as a service coordinator for Kentucky’s Early Intervention Program, Michelle was inspired to go back to school to pursue her Masters in Communicative disorders, specializing in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  During her graduate studies, she had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including an acute care hospital, the public school system, and an adult and pediatric rehab facility.  Once she graduated in 2013, Michelle moved to Singapore, where she worked in a pediatric clinic and the Singapore School for the Deaf, working with children and families from various backgrounds and cultures.  She moved to the Atlanta area in 2014 and began working with PDC Atlanta.   Michelle is certified in PROMPT: Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets as well as in Beckman Oral Motor Evaluation and Treatment Protocol to assist with articulation, oral motor, and feeding concerns.   She holds certification by American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed through the Georgia state board.  She is excited to share her experiences with the children and families at Pediatric Development Center of Atlanta and continue her education in areas such as oral motor and feeding.

Samantha Lupu, M.S. CCC-SLP

Samantha attended the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Sciences, and Disorders in 2012. She completed her graduate studies at Florida State University in 2014, where she participated in the Training in Early Intervention Services (TIES) grant. Participation on this grant afforded her the opportunity to complete specialized coursework, research, and field work experiences to gain skills that address the needs of young children with disabilities and their families.  Samantha and her team presented their research project at the 2013 American Speech Language Hearing Association National Conference.  Samantha holds certification by American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed through the Georgia state board. She has worked in both school and private practice settings.  She has experience working with children who have a variety of needs including general language delays, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, pragmatic language disorder, fluency disorder (stuttering), and apraxia.  She also has experience working with children who use augmentative communication devices. Samantha has extensive training on the Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports (SCERTS) model, a model aimed at building communication skills in children with Autism.   She uses this program, Social Thinking  and other programs as part of a weekly social skills group that she co-leads with a counselor.

Iris A. Spangler, M.S. CCC-SLP

Iris has experience with feeding disorders, including g-tube management and weaning, picky eaters, and failure to thrive. Previously, she lived in Charleston, SC where she worked at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Iris has extensive experience working with in all areas of speech and language therapy, but her primary focus is on feeding disorders.  She is able to work with medically fragile population (children with diagnosis of failure to thrive, prematurity, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy) as well as “picky eaters” and children post tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy/laser correction for tongue tie. In addition, she has experience with speech-generating devices and treatment with those individuals who are non-verbal and not responding to traditional forms of speech therapy.

Counseling/Mental Health Therapist

Niki Gori, M.A., LPC, NCC

Niki provides group services as well as individual and family therapy. She completed her Masters degree from Argosy University in 2013 and is under supervision of Ruby Blow, LPC.  She has a passion for working with children and parents.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including a Montessori School, a local in-patient psychiatric hospital, and an Atlanta area special needs school.  Niki’s experience and insight bring a new dimension to the services provided at Pediatric Development Center of Atlanta where she collaborates with the multidisciplinary team to better meet the emotional and behavioral needs of children and families.