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Dr. Sarah King, Ed.D., BCBA

Practice Experience:

Dr. King spent several years teaching special education and holds teaching certifications in special education and general education. Her 8 years in the K-12 classroom include serving students with a variety of mild to severe disabilities, with an emphasis on autism. Working as an early interventionist with the birth to three population has given her a valuable perspective, as well. She has been working as a developmental education and behavior specialist since 2012. In that time, Dr. King has provided ABA therapy, social skills training, parent education, and behavior consultations to children and families with autism, ADHD, processing disorders, and other disabilities and challenges. Starting the TEACH Group in 2015 has enabled her to follow her dream of making a difference in the lives of children and families.

Education:

  • University of Tennessee, Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education
  • University of Tennessee, Master’s Degree in Education
  • Trevecca Nazarene University, Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Professional Practice
  • Cal State University San Marco, Certificate of Applied Behavior Analysis

Certifications/Licensure:

  • Certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Personal:

Dr. King is married and has three children. She enjoys supporting her children in their extra curricular activities. She also enjoys cooking and reading.

Kathy Boling OTR/L

Practice Experience:

Kathy has practiced in the field of Occupational Therapy for 40 years in the Knoxville community. She worked at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center for 7 years as an in-patient and out-patient staff therapist and eventually became the Occupational Therapy Coordinator for the out-patient program, as well as beginning a Pediatric program. She was the Therapy Coordinator  and charter member for the Kid’s and Nurses program in Knoxville. She joined the Parent-Child Services therapy practice in 1996, where she served as co-director until the center closed in 2015. She has been at the TEACH group since 2017 and currently serves as the Clinic Director. 

Education:

  • Eastern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy

Certifications/Licensure:

  • Tennessee State License in Occupational Therapy #OT185 (1983 to Present)
  • Certified by National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists #AA72290 (1983 to present)
  • Certified in the administration of the S.I.P.T. #8162

Personal:

Kathy has been happily married to her husband for 41 years and has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and doing crafts.

Dr. Bill Allen, Ph.D.

Practice Experience:

Dr. Allen has long been fascinated by how children learn, and how we can facilitate learning. Dr. Allen has been in practice over 30 years working with learning disabilities( including dyslexia), social difficulties (including autism spectrum), and behavioral difficulties (including ADHD, and problems with frustration tolerance and temper). Most of his time is spent conducting learning evaluations and consulting with parents, but he also engages in some types of therapy with some children and families, and spends a little time with educators to individualize programs.

Education:

  • University of Tennessee Master’s Degree in Psychology
  • University of Tennessee, PhD in School and Community Psychology
  • University of Tennessee, Postdoctoral studies in Early Childhood Development (1995)

Licensure/Certifications:

  • Licensed from the Board of Examiners in Psychology, #P1350

Personal:

Dr. Allen enjoys bluegrass music, hiking and the outdoors.

Vickie Barnes, CCC-SLP.

Practice Experience:

Vickie has been practicing in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) since 1985. In 2019, Vickie retired from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHCS) Pediatric Language Clinic (PLC), an early intervention program in conjunction with Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS), after almost 32 years of service. She provided early intervention/speech-language therapy services for children with a variety of disabilities. She served as the Program Director for 2009 until her retirement, during which time PLC became a speciality center for children at risk for Autism. Vickie was also an Associate Clinical Professor within UTHSC Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology and provided clinical education to university students completing their Master’s of Science degree in Speech Pathlogy. After retirement, Vickie began working as a Clinical Supervisor for Clinical Fellowship (CF) Speech-Language Pathologists at eh TEACH Group beginning in May 2022. Areas of interest include Child Language Disorders, Pediatric Speech Sound Disorders/Apraxia, Autism. And Augmentative Communication.

Education:

  • East Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing (1983)
  • University of Tennessee, Master’s of Arts in Speech Pathology (1985)

Licensure/Certifications:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Pathology, American
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Speech Pathology State of Tennessee License, SP689. 1986-present

Trainings include:

The ‘SCERTS’ Model, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), TRIAD Early Intervention Academy, TEACCH Preschool Summer Training Institute, Hanen Programs “It Takes Two to Talk” & “More Than Words”, PROMPT Level I Training, The Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, and multiple courses on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Visual Strategies, and Sensory Processing Disorders.

Organizations:

  • American Speech=Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Tennessee Associations of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (TAASLP)

Personal:

Vickie and her husband Carl, live in Maryville, TN. She is active in her church and enjoys traveling

Our Team

Alyssa Sweet M.S.,OTR

Occupational Therapist

Practice Experience:

Alyssa has been practicing Occupational Therapy at the TEACH group since 2021. Her clinical experience includes a Level II fieldwork with adults at a long term  skilled nursing facility in Gainesville, GA. She also completed a Level II fieldwork in Knox County Schools including elementary, middle, and high school

Education:

  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Bachelors of Exercise Science (2017)
  • Brenau University, Masters of science in Occupational Therapy (2019)

Certification/Licensure:

  • Tennessee State Licensure in Occupational Therapy #6517
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy #436746

Organizations:

  • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TNOTA)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Personal:

Alyssa has been married to her husband, Brendan since November of 2019. Alyssa is a loving aunt to two nieces and a nephew that she loves spending time with. In her free time Alyssa enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, spending time with her dog Taco, and playing board games with her husband.

Elizabeth Richardson OTD, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Practice Experience:

Elizabeth joined the TEACH group in July 2023. She has completed a pediatric rotation as well as gained experience in community mental health, skilled nursing, and acute care settings. She is involved in a church program called EMBRACE, which provides inclusive services and Parent’s Day Out programming for children with special needs.

Education:

  • University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiolog
  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Certifications/Licensure:

  • Tennessee State License in Occupational Therapy #7725
  • National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapist #494494

Personal:

Elizabeth is a Knoxville native and a newlywed. She lives with her husband and dog, Molly. She loves to do anything outdoors including hiking, climbing, and enjoys watching sports and spending time with friends and family.

Kenia Jennings, M.S.,OTR

Occupational Therapist

Practice experience:

Kenia has worked in multiple states and has experience working in various settings including outpatient clinics, home-based, schools, summer camps, and hand clinics. She joined the TEACH group in March 2022. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Recreational Therapy
  • Kean University, Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy

Certification/Licensure:

  • Tennessee State License in Occupational Therapy #5494
  • National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy #35687

Organizations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Personal: 

  • In her spare time, Kenia can be found outdoors spending time with her wonderful husband and their daughter. They enjoy going for walks, hikes, having picnics/bonfires, traveling to other states and simply enjoying time with family and friends. 

Caroline Graham M.S.,CCC-SLP

Language Pathologist

Practice Experience:

Caroline began her career working in early intervention and with young adults in Charlotte, NC. Working with the birth to three children and young adults continues to be some of her favorite populations to treat. After relocating to Knoxville to be closer to family, Caroline joined the TEACH Group in July of 2021

Education:

  • University of Tennessee, Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (2018)
  • East Tennessee State University, Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology (2020)

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Pathology,   American    Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) #14304382
  • Speech Pathology State of Tennessee License, #7586
  • Trained in SCERTS intervention model for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Trained in Orton-Gillingham program for literacy intervention

Organizations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Personal:

  • In her free time, Caroline enjoys running, hiking, and yoga. She loves trying new restaurants and a strong cup of coffee.

Julia Desmedt M.S.,CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Practice Experience:

Julia has completed internships with Knox County Schools, UTK’s Pediatric Language Clinic, and other pediatric private practices in the Knoxville area. She joined the TEACH Group in June 2022.

Education:

  • James Madison University, Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • University of Tennessee, Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology

Certification/Licensure:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Speech Pathology State of Tennessee License, #7958
  • Trained in SCERTS intervention model for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Trained in PROMPT

Organizations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Personal:

Julia grew up in Virginia and moved to Tennessee to pursue her career in Speech-Language Pathology. She has a cattle dog named Bindi that she enjoys going on runs and hikes with. She also enjoys reading, rock climbing, and exploring Knoxville.

Claire Garrett M.S., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Practice Experience:

Claire has completed a number of internships at the Hearing and Speech Center, Child and Hearing Services, Knox County Schools, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. She joined the TEACH group in 2023.

Education:

  • University of Tennessee, Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences Disorders
  • University of Tennessee, Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology

Organizations:

  •  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Personal:

Claire was born and raised in Knoxville. She enjoys making sourdough, thrifting, exploring new coffee shops, and riding bikes with her husband, Wilson.

Rachel Peeden, B.A., RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Practice Experience:

Rachel earned her degree in May of 2023 and immediately started her position at the TEACH Group as a Registered Behavior Technician.

Education:

  • Carson-Newman University, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
  • Liberty University, currently working on Master’s of Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology

Certification/Licensure:

  • Certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board


Personal:

Rachel was a competitive swimmer for 15 years, competing with her twin sister at the collegiate level. Now she spends her time trail running, hiking, camping, and kayaking.

Sara O’Brien, B.S., RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Practice Experience:

Sara earned her degree and immediately began her role as an RBT at the TEACH Group in June 2022

Education:

  • University of Tennessee, Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience
  • University of Tennessee, working on Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education

Certification/Licensure:

  • Certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Personal:

Sara is a proud dog mom to a german shepherd mix named Winston. In her free time, she enjoys visiting local Knoxville restaurants, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and family.

Kristi Weaver

Referral Coordinator

Experience:

Kristi has owned her own business in the fitness industry where she prepared workouts for clients, instructed clients in safety guidelines, provided nutritional advice/meal planning, assisted clients with glucose monitoring, as well as doing all administrative duties. She also owned a business as a home renovator, in which she did real estate, purchased homes to renovate, hired contractors and showed completed homes for sale. She has also worked as a law assistant and a medical records assistant.

Education:

  • University of Memphis, Third year in Education degree
  • Harding University, attended for Speech Pathology

Certifications/Training:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Nutritionist

Personal:

Kristi enjoys spending time with her loved ones, including her 4 children and several pets. She enjoys being physically active with exercise, sports, and hiking. 

Staci Bowling

Billing Supervisor

Experience:

Staci has worked in the medical field for over 35 years. Her experience includes the Activities Director for an assisted living facility, onboarding new employees, health insurance authorizations, and coding/billing insurance.

Education:

  • Graduate of Fulton High School

Certifications/training:

  • 2005 0 & P Solutions Claims & Billing Symposium
  • 1985  Medical Terminology  Unit Secretary Class

Personal:

Staci is a mother of two children and a “ Nini” of  two granddaughters. She is passionate about the Fantasy of Trees where she has volunteered for several years.