Cathy Shepherd, OTR/L, MA

Cathy Shepherd has been an Occupational Therapist for over thirty-five years. She received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota. She was awarded an M.A. in 1994 from the University of West Georgia in Psychology with an emphasis in behavior and has 14 years of work experience in that field. Cathy worked with spinal cord and head injuries at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver, Colorado before starting one of the first neurotrauma units for comatose head injuries at Swedish Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. She moved to Atlanta in 1975 to help start Shepherd Spinal Center where she worked for 18 years. After leaving Shepherd Spinal Center, Cathy worked as an occupational therapist in the Marietta City, Cobb County, and Calhoun City school systems. For two years, Cathy served as Director of Occupational Therapy for the Emory Hospital Systems. In addition, Cathy worked for the early intervention program for special needs children at The Reach Center in Atlanta (now known as The Frazier Center). She also re-established the OT Department at the Georgia School for the Deaf at Cave Springs.

In 1995, Cathy established her own private practice specializing in children with special needs. The spectrum of her practice includes all disabilities, but she specializes in behavior problems, sleep issues, sensory integration issues, feeding issues, and therapeutic intervention for dietary issues. She has also received training in Sonomas and Vital Sounds listening programs and Theratogs for Neuoromotor and Postural Training. She has received training in understanding biomedical treatments for children with Autism and other disorders and helps parents monitor these treatments in conjunction with therapy. She lectures and presents seminars on related topics for parents and professionals. She also provides internships for O.T. students.

Cathy has served as past president of the C.G. Jung Society, has been a member of numerous committees for Georgia Occupational Therapy Association throughout her years of practice, and has served as an advisory board member to the Mythic Imagination Institute.

Marie Strickland, OTR/L

Marie Strickland brings 26 years of experience to Pediatric Occupational Therapies. Marie has worked in a variety of settings since beginning her practice as an occupational therapist in 1982, yet her career has always brought her back to her first love, working with children.

Marie began her career as an early intervention and school based therapist in Iowa. She expanded her expertise in 1987 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Marie enjoyed her work in acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home health care. After moving to Acworth, GA. in 1999, Marie worked on call for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta from 2000 to 2006. She began her work with Pediatric Occupational Therapies in 2001.

Marie offers her clients unique interventions. Vital Sounds Therapeutic Listening addresses sensory integration challenges. The Theratog Orthotic System provides neuromotor and postural training. Marie also treats sensory processing disorder through individual and group sessions using the sequential oral sensory approach to feeding.

Marie received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 1981.

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