About Us

Rehabilitation Services:

Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Speech Therapy

Therapy Achievements, in Huntsville AL, is dedicated to providing excellence in rehabilitation services.  We provide out-patient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to help people re-gain access to their community, maximize their independence and reach their potential.

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Occupational Therapist
Karen Allen Hislop, OTR/L, CDRS, CLT

Karen Allen Hislop, Occupational Therapist

karen@therapy-a.com

Training & Education: Karen has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 years.   She earned a bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy at the University of North Dakota, and completed her MBA at Troy State University.

Specializations & Certifications: Karen formed Therapy Achievements in 2009 with the goal of providing comprehensive rehabilitation services for people with stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer and lymphatic disorders.  She has completed extensive training and is certified as a  Driving Rehabilitation Specialist, a Neuro NDT Therapist,Lymphedema Therapist, a Parkinson’s LSVT BIG Therapist,SaeboFlex Technology Therapist,VitalStim Therapist,  and a Seating Specialist for Wheelchair fittings.  Her vision is to create a company where patients and staff can thrive and reach their potential.

Home Town: Bemidji, Minnesota     Favorite Restaurant: Cyn Shea’s Café and Catering     Favorite Treat: Chocolate Covered Strawberries     What She Does For Fun: Gardening, Bike Riding, Skating

Occupational Therapist
Cheryl Byers
OTR/L, CLT

Cheryl Byers, Occupational Therapist

cheryltherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education: Cheryl graduated from Colorado State in 1993 with a degree in occupational therapy

Specializations & Certifications: Cheryl has completed substantial training in rehabilitation treatment for individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke,  Parkinson’s diseaseDiabetes, cancer and lymphatic disorders.  Her credentials include Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Cheryl’s vision is to help patients achieve a fulfilled and satisfied state in life through the use of “purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes”

 

Kerri Plankenhorn
OTR/L

Kerri Plankenhorn, Occupational Therapist

kerritherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education: Kerri graduated from UAB 1983 with BS in Occupational Therapy.

 Specializations & Certifications:   Kerri has advanced training in orthopedics, geriatrics and dementia. She is a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach and is working on certification as Exercise Coach.

 Home Town:  Huntsville, AL  Favorite Restaurant:  Old Heidelberg  Favorite Treat:  Gluten Free treats from Mason Dixon  What she does for fun:  playing tennis, working out at the gym, gardening, reading to learn, spending time with her  family, especially with her grandchildren.

Katie McNichol
Occupational Therapist

Katie McNichol, Occupational Therapist

katietherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  Katie obtained her bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Alabama.  

Specializations & Certifications:  Katie has worked in in and out patient rehabilitation settings in Huntsville and Chicago.   She enjoys working with people with hand injuries, lymphedema, neurological disorders such as stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Home Town:  Huntsville, AL  Favorite Restaurant:  Surin  Favorite Treat:  Ice cream  What She Does For Fun:  Visiting museums and traveling

Occupational Therapy
Heather Lovvorn
COTA, CLT

Heather Lovvorn, Occupational Therapy Assistant

heathertherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education: Heather has been practicing as an occupational therapy assistant for over five years. She earned her degree from Wallace State Community College.  Previously, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Athens State University.

Specializations & Certifications: Heather has experience across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics.  She has completed extensive training in rehabiltaion treatment for individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, brachial plexus injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and lymphatic disorders. Her credentials includes Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Heather’s goal at Therapy Achievement is to minimize the symptoms and teach her patient’s ways to live a meaningful and purposeful life independently.

Occupational Therapy
Kristen McCombs
COTA

Kristen McCombs, Occupational Therapy Assistant

kristentherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education: Kristen received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brown Mackie College. Prior to completing her degree in occupational therapy, she worked as a cosmetologist.

Specializations & Certifications: Kristen has experience working in variety of rehab settings including adult rehab, skilled nursing facilities, mental health and pediatrics.  She enjoys the diversity of patients and the wide range of diagnosis they have at Therapy Achievements.  She particularly likes the personalized attention she is able to give them in the Outpatient setting.

Home Town: Oneonta, Alabama     Favorite Restaurant: Catfish Cabin in Albertville    Favorite Treat: Chocolate covered strawberries     What She Does For Fun: Playing with her daughters; taking day trips to nearby aquariums, parks & zoos; shopping.  “Spending time with my family is the most important thing to me when it comes to fun”.

 

Cathy McNeely
RPT, CLT

Cathy McNeely, Physical Therapist

cathytherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  Cathy received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee in Memphis and she has been a Physical Therapist for over 25 years.

Specializations & Certifications:  Cathy has worked extensively with patients who have neurological issues such as stroke, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, orthopedic issues, pain syndromes, balance problems, and lymphatic disorders. She has taken advanced training in treatment of lymphatic disorders, dizziness and vestibular disorders.  She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist  and is certified in the LSVT BIG program.,

Home Town:  Huntsville, AL  Favorite Restaurant:  Walton’s  Favorite Treat:  Dark Chocolate  What She Does For Fun:  Pilates, walking her dog

Tracy Todd
RPT

Tracy Todd, Physical Therapist

tracytherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  Tracy graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan with a master in science in Physical Therapy and a bachelors in science in anatomy and physiology.

Specializations & Certifications:  Tracy has extensive experience in treatment of neurological disorders and has worked with people with stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and brain injury.

Home Town:  Berrien Springs, Michigan  Favorite Restaurant:  Mellow Mushroom  Favorite Treat:  Samoas  What She Does For Fun:  Spending time with family and entertaining.

Joy Williams
RPT

Joy Woolcock Williams, Physical Therapist

joytherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  Joy graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan with a master in science in Physical Therapy and a bachelors in science in anatomy and physiology.

Specializations & Certifications:  Joy has extensive experience in treatment of neurological disorders and has worked with people with stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and brain injury.  She is a certified Lymphedema Therapist.

Home Town:  Berrien Springs, Michigan  Favorite Restaurant:  Chef Will at Lowe Mill  Favorite Treat:  Bananas Foster  What She Does For Fun:  Spending time with family, taking her son to parks and The Little Gym of Huntsville.

April Maples
PTA

April Maples, Physical Therapy Assistant

apriltherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  April  graduated from Wallace State from the Physical Therapy Assistant program.

Specializations & Certifications:  April has extensive experience in treatment of neurological disorders and has worked with people with stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and brain injury.

Home Town:  Berrien Springs, Michigan  Favorite Restaurant:  Chef Will at Lowe Mill  Favorite Treat:  Bananas Foster  What She Does For Fun:  Joy enjoys spending time with her family and taking her son to the parks and The Little Gym of Huntsville.

Speech Therapy
Amanda Bell
MA, CCC-SLP

Amanda Bell, Speech Therapist

mandytherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education: Mandy received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Valdosta State University in Georgia. 

Specializations & Certifications: Mandy works with patients who have swallowing issues, cognitive impairment, aphasia and difficulty with receptive and expressive language. She is certified in VitalStim and Myofacial release.

 

Speech Therapy
Jaime Richardson
MS, CCC-SLP

Jaime Richardson, Speech Therapist

jaimetherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  Jaime has a degree in Sociology with minor in Psychology from the University of North Alabama and Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from Alabama A and M University. 

Specializations & Certifications:  Jaime specializes in treatment of dysphagia (swallowing impairment) and cognitive rehabilitation.  She works with people with Stroke, Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Head and Neck cancer and other disorders.  She is certified in  VitalStim Myofascial Release, and LSVT ( Loud Program) programs.

Home Town:  Florence, AL  Favorite Restaurant:  Mexican & Italian  Favorite Treat:  Cheesecake  What She Does For Fun:  Reading, playing the piano, composition, and painting.  She likes doing things with her girls and loves the outdoors.

 

Speech Therapy
Hayley Corder, Speech Therapist

Hayley Corder, SLP

hayleytherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education: Hayley received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Specializations & Certifications: Hayley works with patients who have swallowing impairments (dysphagia), articulation disorders, and language disorders (expressive and receptive). She is certified in eSWALLOW .

Home Town: Huntsville, AL     Favorite Restaurant: Panera     Favorite Treat: Starbucks     What She Does For Fun: Travel, hiking, bike riding

Rehabilitation
Jennie Franklin, Office Manager

Jennie Franklin, Office Manager

jennie@therapy-a.com

Training & Education:  Jennie received her bachelors of science in Nursing from University of Alabama at Huntsville and completed the medical assistant program at Virginia College.

 Specializations & Certifications:  Jennie Franklin is the manager and billing specialist at Therapy Achievements. Jennie has 19 years of managing experience. Jennie’s skills and abilities include managing, billing, effective communication, and a variety of technical skills. Previously, Jennie worked as a medical assistant and manager for a podiatric surgeon and a lung specialist.  Her vision for Therapy Achievements is to uphold success and excellence while delivering value added services to obtain a great practice.

Home Town: Huntsville, Alabama  Favorite Restaurant: Longhorn Steakhouse  Favorite Treat: Lemon Bundt cake from Nothing but Bundt cake  What She Does For Fun:  Spending time and dong arts and crafts with 7 children and 16 grandchildren.

Tyler Hislop
Office Assistant

Tyler Hislop, Office Assistant

tylertherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:   Tyler attended Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Foreign Language:  German

 Specializations & Certifications: Tyler is a member of Civil Air Patrol and is awaiting an appointment with the Air Force.  He is currently serving as the Office Assistant at Therapy Achievements. 

Home Town: Huntsville, Alabama     Favorite Restaurants: Blue Plate Café, Hildegard’s Biergarten Buffet   Favorite Treats: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Brownies     What He Does For Fun: Reading, WWII Reenacting, Militaria Research and Collecting, Plays Violin

Melissa Smith
Team Lead

Melissa Smith, Team Lead

melissatherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  Melissa graduated from Hazel Green High School and has worked in the medical field for over 15 years.

Specializations & Certifications:  Melissa specializes in schedule management, customer relations, and ensures coordination of services to enable efficient function of our clinic.

Home Town:  Hazel Green, AL  Favorite Restaurant:  Long Horn  Favorite Treat:  Pecan Pie  What She Does For Fun:  Spending time with family; turkey hunting

 

Demetria West
Team Lead

Demetria West, Team Lead

demetriatherapya@gmail.com

Training & Education:  Demetria graduated from Huntsville High School and has worked in the medical field for over 15 years.

Specializations & Certifications:  Demetria specializes in schedule management, customer relations, and ensures coordination of services to enable efficient function of our clinic.

Home Town:  Huntsville, AL  Favorite Restaurant:  Thi of Surin  Favorite Treat:  Fudge  What She Does For Fun:  Spending time with family