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 the 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 the oldest daughter of PDC-Atlanta owner Kimberlee Wing, and 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 13 years. Lauren began her career working in early intervention in the home setting with children the ages of infancy to three years. She has multiple years of experience working with children in the outpatient setting with children with a variety of ages and diagnoses including sensory processing, Autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, chromosomal abnormalities and Down Syndrome. Lauren is passionate about helping children to develop confidence in themselves to assist them in reaching their highest level of independence for functional participation in activities at both home and school. She is interested in and passionate about working with children who may have experienced varying levels of trauma. She also has experience working with children who have been adopted.  Lauren’s additional skills include in-depth knowledge of sensory integration, advanced training in reflex integration, neural connectivity, rhythmic movement and kinesiology taping.

Taylor Normand, MS, OTR/L

Taylor attended Louisiana State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a focus in human movement science and a minor in Psychology in 2013. She immediately went on to pursue a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Science Center. Taylor has worked with children since she was 15 years old, and knew from an early age that she wanted to be an occupational therapist. She grew up with many teachers in her family, and at an early age she was exposed to the various aspects of child development that are specific and individual to each child. Taylor completed one of her level II clinical rotations at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where she provided occupational therapy services within the acute and pediatric intensive care units. Taylor has experience within the pediatric setting, working with children with various conditions, including sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, genetic disorders, and cerebral palsy. She is passionate about working with children with special needs to address individual deficits through a child’s primary occupation of play to ultimately improve the child’s ability to engage within his or her environment at a functional level. Taylor has a special interest in the study and application of reflex integration and has received advanced training through research and attending multiple continuing education courses on reflex integration, clinical neuroplasticity, and the specialized program of rhythmic movement training. She enjoys applying the skills and knowledge attained through natural play with clients and has seen many positive results.

LC Cole, COTA

Erin Millinoff, MS, OTR/L

Erin received her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences with a specialty in Developmental Disabilities from Florida State University. She went on to immediately pursue her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she graduated with Honors. She completed her clinical rotations in Austin, Texas at a Sensory Integration based Pediatric clinic. Erin moved to Atlanta in 2017 where she brings with her experience in the pediatric outpatient setting working with children with autism, developmental delay, ADD/ADHD, and sensory processing disorders. Erin has a special interest in reflex integration and feeding.

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.