Leslie M. McKenzie, MSP, CCC-SLP
Leslie (founder) graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and earned her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She founded Team Therapy in November 2009 with hopes of creating a family-centered practice that focuses on parent-driven goals and the success of children in their natural environments. Leslie loves spending time with her family and taking fun outdoor trips. She has recent training in the development of social skills, management of meltdowns, and pediatric trauma, and she especially enjoys feeding therapy and working with communication devices.
Jennifer Lutterbie, MEd, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director and SLP
Jen graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She earned her Masters degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Virginia. She has worked with a variety of pediatric patients in private practice since 2010, addressing speech, expressive/receptive language, feeding, social/pragmatic language, and augmentative/alternative communication (AAC). Jen enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband (Scott) and daughters (Amelia and Rachel).
Michelle Robertson, Administrative Specialist
Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design. She worked as an administrative assistant at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, LA for 18 years. She moved to Columbia when her husband Kenny became the Connections Pastor at North Trenholm Baptist Church in March of 2018. They have two boys and one granddaughter (Lydia) born in December of 2017. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, exploring the outdoors, and facetiming with her granddaughter.
Tonya Johnson, OTR/L
Tonya graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1994. She has worked with children in outpatient, home, and educational settings. She has completed the 8 week training in Bobath/Neuro-Developmental Treatment for children with cerebral palsy, and in 2000, she became certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Tonya also is certified for the fitting of SAEBOflex splint for upper extremity recovery following stroke. She has additional training to facilitate the use of sensory diets, the Alert Program, Astronaut Training, and Therapeutic Listening. In her spare time, Tonya enjoys watching college football, baking cakes and pies, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Laura D. Serra, MCD, CCC-SLP
Laura graduated with a Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia College in 2004. She earned her Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of South Carolina in 2011. Before beginning her journey at Team Therapy SC, she gained 9 years of experience in the public school setting. Her passion is to help children become better communicators. She enjoys working with a wide variety of speech, language, AAC, and feeding needs. She has trainings and continued education in behavior management, The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding, Food Chaining, and The Get Permission Approach. Laura enjoys the outdoors, playing with her three dogs, watching live music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Laura also loves being an SLP!
Rory McCarty, PT/DPT
Rory graduated from University of Mary Washington with a Bachelors in Science in Biology. She then attended Shenandoah University and earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy. She gained experience working with a variety of pediatric patients in the school setting in her clinical internship. Rory previously worked at a skilled nursing facility prior to moving to South Carolina. She really enjoys working with the pediatric population and is excited to be back working with children. Rory has taken continuing education courses on “Improving the Body-Brain Connection in Children with ADHD, Autism, and Sensory Processing Challenges” and pediatric toe walking. She enjoys listening to music, traveling, watching Virginia Tech football, playing with her dog and cat, and spending time with family.
Rachel Watson, OTR/L
Rachel graduated from Milligan College with her Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Exercise Science in 2012. She then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Milligan College in 2014. Rachel has worked with a variety of pediatric patients, particularly children with autism, in the private practice setting since 2015 and loves the joy and energy that working with the pediatric population brings to her life. Rachel is passionate about facilitating children’s development through play and has recently completed trainings in Therapeutic Listening and self-regulation strategies for children with autism, ADHD, and sensory disorders. In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing the drums, hiking and exploring outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Kelsey L. Skorzewski, MSP, CCC-SLP
Kelsey graduated from USC Upstate in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Child Advocacy Studies. She then obtained a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina in 2016. Kelsey gained experience working with the pediatric population in the school system, community clinics, and private practices while working toward her degree. After graduation, she went on to work in an outpatient pediatric clinic gaining experience in evaluating and addressing expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, feeding aversions, pragmatic language delays, augmentative and alternative communication, and apraxia of speech. Kelsey has completed continuing education courses focused on augmentative and alternative communication, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), pediatric feeding, childhood apraxia of speech, and auditory processing disorder. Kelsey enjoys hiking, kayaking, going to the lake and the beach, watching movies, and spending time with her family, friends, husband (Nick), and dog (Tobie). She also loves to read and will never turn down an ice cream cone!
Britt Harris, OTR/L
Britt is a lifetime resident of Columbia and graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Health Science and Religion in 2018. Go Paladins! She then attended MUSC to receive her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Britt has always known she wanted to work in the pediatric setting. She pursued this by participating in summer camps for children with Autism and ADHD, completing hands-on experiences in preschools for children with varying cognitive and physical disabilities, leading swimming and aquatic therapy with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, training in behavioral modification for children with Autism, and gaining experience in techniques to facilitate mobility in infants/toddlers. In her spare time, Britt loves to go on walks with her dog, go to the beach with family, play tennis, and bake/decorate cookies. She never misses an opportunity to talk about her dog, Cooper and would love to show you one of her hundred pictures she takes of him!
Brittany Clark, MSP, CCC-SLP
Brittany graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She earned her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. Since 2015 she has worked in school, clinic, and home health settings working with a vast array of pediatric patients targeting speech, expressive/receptive language, functional communication, social/pragmatic language, feeding, and augmentative/alternative communication. Brittany enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and cheering on the Gamecocks in her spare time.
Tess Ellis, OTR/ L
Tess graduated from San Jose State University, San Jose,California in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Throughout her pediatric career Tess has expanded her knowledge working in a variety of settings. She began by working in a pediatric hospital gaining inpatient/outpatient clinical and NICU experience. Tess has also provided services in private practice, home health, and school settings. Tess strives to increase independence in all her patients through creative play and hard work. Tess is happiest when she is spending time with her family and friends. She thoroughly enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and water sports- anything outdoors!
Kathleen Whelan, MSP, CCC-SLP
Kathleen graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Elementary Education. After teaching a variety of elementary grades, Kathleen received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Florida State University. Before joining Team Therapy, she worked with pediatric patients with a variety of speech and language disorders in the home health setting. Kathleen has completed continuing education classes on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, and pediatric feeding. Kathleen enjoys college tailgating, spending time with her two sons (especially at the beach), and playing with her goldendoodle puppy, Maisie.
Lisa Weaver, Patient Care Coordinator
Hi, my name is Lisa Weaver, and I am honored to be with Team Therapy again after moving back to Fort Jackson from Fort Belvoir, VA. I am an Army Chaplain wife, the mother of two grown sons, and my latest title is grandma. I received my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business and Education) from Liberty University in 2014. I am so excited to be the Patient Care Coordinator. I have absolutely loved reconnecting with the children and family members from my time here before and am looking forward to meeting new friends as well. As the Patient Care Coordinator I am dedicated to supporting and implementing our goal of encouraging collaboration between children’s families and the therapists, teachers, and other professionals involved in their care while making a positive impact on families and the Columbia community. It’s great to be back!
Sarah Grier Thompson, MS, CFY-SLP
Sarah Grier graduated with Honors from Presbyterian College with her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2014. She went on to attend Francis Marion University where she earned her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2021. Working as a student clinician, Sarah Grier has had experience working in an inpatient and outpatient hospital system as well as in a pediatric private practice. She primarily treated feeding and swallowing disorders with adults and pediatrics. Her final externship was also spent with pediatrics where she gained experience working with infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, AAC, rare genetic disorders, phonological/articulation delays, pragmatic skills, etc. In her free time, Sarah Grier enjoys shopping online, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.