Carol

Briggs

CCC-SLP

founder, president

Founder and administrator of Abilities, Carol has dedicated over 30 years to serving the needs of families in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities. Carol’s commitment to excellence and her dedication to her staff as well as the families they treat continue to provide the foundation for Abilities success.

Amy

Arledge

CCC-SLP

therapy manager

With over 20 years of dedication to helping children succeed, Amy Arledge leads our team with a contagious passion for helping every family that walks through our doors. In addition to making sure the clinic runs smoothly, Amy serves as a mentor to our speech therapy clinical fellows and provides direct therapy to our Abilities children as her schedule allows.

Margaret

Reed

CCC-SLP

speech-language

mentor

With over 25 years of clinical experience, Margaret enjoys working with all children and has a special interest in assisting children with feeding difficulties. She is the leader of the Abilities Feeding Team and also mentors graduate students, newly graduated therapists, and newly hired therapists as the Abilities Speech Therapist Mentor. 

Amy

Fuselier

LOTR

occupational

therapy

mentor

Amy piloted our occupational therapy program over 20 years ago. Her keen eye for seeing a child’s strengths paved the way for the client-centered and strength-based approach for which the Abilities occupational therapy department is known. In addition to providing direct occupational therapy services to the children of Abilities, Amy mentors graduate students, newly graduated therapists, and newly hired therapists as the Abilities Occupational Therapist Mentor.

Sarah

Roshto

MOT, LOTR

best

practice

coordinator

Sarah provides direct intervention and parent education for children requiring OT services here at Abilities. In addition to her role as a therapist, Sarah also acts as the liaison between the clinic and our surrounding community by updating our website and social media. As best practice coordinator, Sarah consistently reviews current research in child development- ensuring our staff is apprised of the latest evidenced-based research in pediatrics. 

Lindsay

Perque

CCC-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Lindsay has over 15 years of experience working with pediatric clients with various language disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, apraxia of speech, oral motor disorders, articulation disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) needs. She believes in the importance of a team approach that includes therapists, families, caretakers, and educators in therapeutic process.

Renee

McGuinness

CCC-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Renee has 16 years of experience practicing Speech-Language Pathology addressing the following disorders: language disorders, articulation disorders, reading disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and apraxia of speech. She loves working with children and is dedicated to working with families to help a child reach his/her full potential.

Lauren

Collier

CCC-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Lauren has a true passion for  early intervention and helping children develop literacy and articulation skills. She believes that communication is the key to successful interaction. Lauren strives to work collaboratively with children and their families to help each child she works with reach their maximal potential.

Kailey

Reeves

CCC-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Kailey believes that play is the key to unlocking a child's potential for speech and language development. She most enjoys teaching parents and caregivers that language learning can occur anywhere and at any time. Kailey is particularly interested in literacy as well as infant language and loves giving children the tools they need to succeed.

Shelbie

Lockhart

CCC-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Shelbie has a passion for early literacy and believes that incorporating functional and play-based activities into direct intervention can drastically improve client motivation, progress, and self-confidence. She enjoys collaborating with various disciplines and parents to promote skill mastery and carryover of skills learned in therapy.

Mary Kate

McHugh

CCC-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Mary Kate believes in the importance of using fun and functional activities to expand a child's ability to learn and apply skills taught in therapy. She is passionate about the importance of early intervention for language  development and believes the key to therapeutic progress is parent involvement and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Kaitlyn

Byrnside

CCC-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Kaitlyn believes that parent involvement and early intervention are critical to a child’s success in pediatric therapy. She has a passion for helping children overcome all language challenges and has special interests in how hearing and auditory processing impacts language development as well as childhood apraxia of speech.  Kaitlyn loves working with children and their families to help them achieve their goals and long term success.

Kendall

Harper

CF-SLP

speech-language

pathologist

Kendall has a strong passion for working with children of all ages who have articulation disorders, language disorders, and/or learning disabilities. She believes it is important to implement the whole-child approach by incorporating parents and caregivers within her treatment. She also enjoys utilizing strategic yet fun activities to target the client's goals for success. 

Kaila

Martin

MOT, LOTR

occupational

therapist

Kaila is fulfilling her lifelong dream of making the difference in the lives of others. Kaila has a passion for collaborating across disciplines with other therapists to ensure the most comprehensive treatment is provided to each of her clients. Kaila was also integral in helping the administrative team establish our second location in Satsuma, Livingston. 

Rachel

Misita

MOT, LOTR

occupational

therapist

Rachel has been providing direct therapy to children and caregiver training to their families for over seven years. She is especially interested in how processing of visual stimuli and motor coordination impact a child's daily activities. Rachel enjoys facilitating children's abilities to accomplish their goals and witnessing their self confidence flourish.

Hannah

Hodges

MOTR, LOTR

occupational

therapist

Hannah provides direct interventions that progress her clients towards achieving their

functional goals. She has a passion for school-based therapy and enjoys collaborating with teachers and parents to help children reach their fullest potential in the classroom. Hannah also enjoys facilitating

trans-disciplinary groups and FRIEND model groups at Abilities to provide children with a fun and functional environment to develop and improve their social interaction, emotional regulation, attention and

focus skills.

Bridget

Champagne

MOT, LOTR

occupational

therapist

Bridget enjoys collaborating across disciplines to ensure comprehensive treatment is provided to each of her clients. Bridget believes it is important to emphasize fun yet functional activities in play-based therapy to help motivate each child to increase their independence and meet their goals. Bridget feels that through her work she can truly make a difference in a child's life.

Lauren

Sherman

MOT, LOTR

occupational

therapist

Lauren believes that carefully chosen, motivating, and functional activities can make direct intervention fun and engaging for every child. Lauren is dedicated to a child-centered approach and believes that play-based interventions have the biggest impact on skill development in early intervention settings. Lauren has a special interest in fine motor skill development and its impact on increasing a child’s independence with their activities of daily living.

Taylor Ann

Hasty

MOT, LOTR

occupational

therapist

Taylor Ann is honored to serve families by striving to provide individualized and child guided therapy to allow for the greatest independence and participation in daily activities possible. She enjoys collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, including parents, in order to help a child enhance meaningful skills and occupations and reach his or her full potential.

Alana has over 10 years of experience in pediatric therapy. She has a special interest in how a child's sensory processing and motor coordination skills impact their  behavioral and emotional regulation. Alana employs a multi-cultural approach to therapy ensuring holistic and client-centered interventions are provided to each child she serves.

Alana

Winters

MOT, LOTR

occupational

therapist

Aubrey

Efferson

patient

services

coordinator

 Aubrey is often the first smiling face you will encounter when you walk through our lobby doors. Aubrey will ensure you are checked in and ready for therapy, receive pertinent therapy reports and updates, and that all personal information needed for seamless service delivery is up to date and accessible to our team.

Candace

VanDine

patient

scheduler

With 7 years of experience in the medical field, Candace assists our Abilities parents in scheduling their child's weekly therapy appointments. Her efforts ensure continuity of care and in turn optimum therapeutic progress.

Brenda

Briggs

intake

specialist

Brenda helps parents navigate the process of setting up an initial evaluation with Abilities. She is the first voice our Abilities parents will hear when they begin their journey with us. Brenda is in contact with your local pediatricians and health care providers to ensure necessary medical documents are collected and filed prior to your child’s initial evaluation. Through information gathering, Brenda makes families' transition to Abilities seamless.

Wanda

Templet

billing

insurance 

coordinator

With 11 years experience in medical billing, Wanda assists our families with all of their billing and insurance needs. She is in charge of contacting your insurance providers to determine applicable benefits, file claims, and when necessary, request additional visits. Wanda’s efforts ensure continuity of care and seamless service delivery.

Serina

Leblanc

billing

insurance

coordinator

Serina has 17 years of experience in the medical field with 13 of these years as a Medical Billing & Coding specialist.  She assists our families with all of their billing and insurance needs.  Serina is in charge of billing, coding, insurance collections and when necessary additional visits.  Her efforts ensure continuity of care and seamless service delivery.

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18268 Petroleum Drive

Baton Rouge, La 70809

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28975 South Satsuma Road Ste. F

Livingston, La 70754

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