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STEPHANIE WATTS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Stephanie is the owner and founder of Capabilities Therapy Services. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in psychology in 1990. After graduation, Stephanie became a part-time caregiver for her father, who had recently undergone brain surgery for cancer treatment. During one of his many therapy appointments, Stephanie observed an occupational therapist working with her dad to help him regain strength and fine motor coordination in his dominant hand so that he could write again. It was a life-changing experience for both Stephanie and her father. He regained his ability to write and use his right hand for functional tasks, and Stephanie knew she would do whatever it took to become an occupational therapist. In 1999, she graduated from Brenau University with a combined B.S/M.S. in occupational therapy. She has worked predominantly with children in the school, home, and clinic settings. She has training in Handwriting, Without Tears program, RMTi for reflex integration, SOS Approach to Feeding program, and has certification in Sensory Integration. She has had extensive continuing education in sensory processing, fine motor skill development, NDT approach to motor skill development, and executive functioning skills. Stephanie’s approach to therapy is to include the family/caregivers in the process and help them implement strategies and techniques to carry over and be successful in the home environment. She knows first-hand what an impact OT has on the entire family.

Angela Connell

Angela Connell Occupational Therapist

Angela discovered occupational therapy during her junior year of high school in a medical professions class when another classmate presented on the OT profession. Angela did a shadowing rotation with an OT during her senior year of high school and knew from that moment what she wanted to be when she “grew up.” Angela received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006. Since graduating from OT school, she has worked with the adult and geriatric population in the inpatient rehabilitation setting and the pediatric population in both the public school system and clinic settings. Angela’s continuing education has included training in Handwriting without Tears, the Size Matters Handwriting Program, Zones of Regulation, Interactive Metronome, and Brain and Sensory Foundations for reflex integration. Angela loves the creative aspect of making therapy fun and engaging for children. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Angela and her husband Andrew have a corgi named Abby. In her free time, Angela enjoys running, stand-up paddleboarding, reading, yoga, and traveling.

Carmel Ast

Carmel Ast Occupational Therapist

Carmel Ast completed her undergraduate coursework at Kennesaw State University and graduated from Augusta University with her Master’s degree in Health Science in Occupational Therapy in August 2014. She was first introduced to the field of occupational therapy in high school, working as a sensory aide in group therapy designed for picky eaters. Carmel knew right away that OT was the career she wanted to pursue. She has 7 years of pediatric experience working in multiple settings providing treatment with a focus on using sensorimotor play to promote development. Carmel believes that behavior is often a form of communication and seeks to understand the underlying needs that children are unable to express verbally. She has received training in a variety of areas including the Star Institute’s Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, Attachment, and Trauma by ATTACh, and in Reflex Integration from the MNRI Institute. Carmel enjoys reading, indoor rock climbing, and playing with her nieces and nephew.

Dr. Lindsey Snopek

Dr. Lindsey Snopek Physical Therapist

Dr. Lindsey Snopek received her Bachelor's in Rehabilitation Science with a dual minor in Psychology and Neuroscience from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. She graduated in 2017 with her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in pediatrics and works with children of all ages, including early intervention.

Lindsey became interested in Physical Therapy at the age of 8 when her younger brother, Kyle, began early intervention services. She grew up helping him with his exercises and stretches and always said she wanted to be a PT for kids like him! Throughout her high school and college education, she followed and worked with therapists until fulfilling her dream of becoming one herself.

In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her dog GIR, watching horror movies, and playing board/card games with family and friends.

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Amari Banks

Amari graduated from Brenau University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2020. Throughout the challenges of the pandemic, Amari began her OT career shadowing and assisting her mentor treat children primarily with visual and sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, autism, and ADHD. After transitioning and treating adult patients for a short while, Amari had desire to return to treating pediatric patients. She enjoys sharing the little victories with her patients and family members. In her free time, Amari enjoys playing board games, going to the pool, and spending time with her friends and family.