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Staff Spotlight Vlog: Kelly & Melana

Welcome Back to our Staff Spotlight Vlog Series

Welcome back to another episode of our Staff Spotlight Vlog series! Meet Melana and Kelly, two amazing ladies who work at our recently opened New Bern clinic! They have been working hard to reach out to the community to make connections and get viable information for meeting the needs of kiddos and families within and around Craven County. They are also working hard to ensure that the all pediatric offices, daycares and schools are aware of the services Carolina Therapy Connection provides.

More About Kelly & Melana

Melana is our Office Support and Community Outreach Coordinator. Her role at Carolina Therapy Connection is to embrace and encourage our culture within our organization and support our mission being carried out within our community. She graduated from Craven Community College in 2019, with her Associates in Arts degree. Since she was 16, she has worked with children at the YMCA and has helped lead summer camps and afterschool programs. She grew up with a brother with Autism and has a heart for serving children that need extra support. Melana is a huge asset to our team and has helped us launch our New Bern Clinic. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her hubby, hang out with her family, and be outside!

Kelly is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, she first found her passion working with children with disabilities while volunteering for a local summer camp. Kelly moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend Duquesne University and acquire a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. During her clinical experience, Kelly worked with children in both psychiatric and traditional physical disability settings. She recently moved to North Carolina to work with us and is looking forward to spending time at the beach, learning to paddle board, and exploring her new home! She is a Certified Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.



To meet the rest of our team, visit our New Bern Team Page. Thanks for watching our Staff Spotlight Vlog!

Staff Spotlight Vlog: Physical Therapists

Staff Spotlight Vlog: Physical Therapists

Time to have some fun and learn more about our team here at Carolina Therapy Connection! Go behind the scenes to get a glimpse of our culture and meet our work family. During this episode of our new Staff Spotlight Vlog series, meet our pediatric physical therapists: Jessica, Lauren and Emily. These ladies work hard each day to promote independence, increase participation, facilitate motor development and function, improve strength and endurance, enhance learning opportunities, and ease challenges with daily tasks and routines.

More About Jessica, Lauren & Emily

Jessica graduated from East Carolina University in 2008 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since graduating, she has had experience working in several settings, including acute care, outpatient clinics, home health, and the school system; through working in all of these settings, Jessica has found that her passion for working with children and their families has grown stronger. She values working closely with her patients and their families in order to provide the most comprehensive and individualized treatment plans. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and being outside with her husband and twin sons.

Lauren graduated from Elon University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Lauren has always had a passion to work with children. While in school she completed a majority of her clinical rotations in pediatrics, including both the outpatient and school system settings. She is a Certified Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Lauren is a huge sports fan and loves cheering on the NC State Wolfpack and Carolina Panthers. In her free time she also enjoys cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Emily graduated from High Point University in 2020 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Since her first semester of PT school she knew she had a passion for pediatrics, neuro, and serving Hispanic populations. Her final clinical rotation included Early Intervention in the East Carolina area. Emily is a Georgia Bulldog fan and enjoys spending her free time outdoors, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her dogs and family.

Stay turned for more Staff Spotlight Vlogs with our amazing team! Meet them HERE and keep an eye out to see them in more videos soon.

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Staff Spotlight Vlog #2: Speech Therapists Brandi and Katie

Welcome to our 2nd Staff Spotlight Vlog with Speech Therapists Brandi and Katie!

This video features two of our speech therapists, Brandi Ayscue and Katie Fry.  Both Brandi and Katie completed their clinical internships with Carolina Therapy Connection and joined our team right after graduating from East Carolina University.  Brandi and Katie bring a lot of FUN and laughter to our team! They are both very driven and passionate about helping children with special needs. Check out this fun video to learn more about our CTC family and our culture!



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