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 worked in school systems for over 16 years and then 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.

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.

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 also works with children with feeding disorders, using a multi-sensory approach to address picky eating.

Brittany Bancroft, MS, OTR/L

Brittany received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she went on to immediately pursue her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, graduating with high honors. Brittany comes from a large family in Northern Connecticut and has spent her life working in the pediatric setting. From a young age, Brittany began volunteering at a Therapeutic Riding program where she was able to combine her love for both equine and pediatrics to foster her passion of Occupational Therapy. Brittany completed her level II fieldwork at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Naples, FL where she specialized treating children from birth-18 with varied diagnosis. Brittany moved to Atlanta, GA in 2018 bringing with her experience within the pediatric clinical setting addressing autism, Down syndrome, developmental delay, sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy and ADHD. Brittany has a special interest in reflex integration and applying each individuals’ strengths and interests to foster independence and increased quality of life.

Ashunti Walton, MS, OTR/L

Ashunti received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Occupational Therapy from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She went on to pursue her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ashunti grew up in Alabama, where she spent her youth and collegiate life volunteering in various settings, including schools, hospitals, and early intervention centers, which created her path to occupational therapy. She completed her fieldwork experiences at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Outpatient Clinic, Piedmont Hospital, Fulton County schools, and an upper extremity clinic, accumulating a diverse skill-set in occupational therapy. Specifically, at the Pediatric Development Center of Atlanta, Ashunti brings her experience of working with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, prematurity, genetic disorders, hemiparesis, fine motor delays, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, and other various other diagnoses. Ashunti is continuously driven by special interests in sensory integration and neuroplasticity as her passion to promote independent and fun-filled lives for all children.

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 attended Clemson University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology and then graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Iris works with our clients who have 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 working in both outpatient care and acute care.  Iris has vast experience with traditional speech and language therapy as well as augmentative communication therapy (specifically voice output devices), but her primary focus is on feeding disorders.  She is able to work with medically fragile population ( for example, children with diagnosis of failure to thrive, prematurity, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy) as well as picky eaters/problem feeders and children post tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy/laser correction for tongue tie.

Amanda Van Staden, M.S. CCC-SLP

Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and immediately went on to pursue her Masters in Communicative Disorders from the University of Alabama. During her graduate studies, she gained experience working the public school system, early intervention programs, and outpatient rehab centers. Once she graduated in 2014, she returned home to Atlanta to work with students with a wide range of speech and language disorders, orthopedic impairments, hearing and vision impairments, chromosomal abnormalities, and Autism Spectrum Disorder both in the school system and in private practice. Amanda holds certification by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed through the Georgia state board. She is certified in Beckman Oral Motor Evaluation and Treatment Protocol to assist with articulation, oral motor, and feeding concerns, as well as The Lidcombe Program to assist children with early stuttering. Amanda has an interest in working with children with early language delays, as well as motor speech disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech and fluency disorders.