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.
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. Michelle began working for Team Therapy in April of 2018. Michelle and her husband 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.
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. Lisa has been back with Team Therapy since June 2021 and was here for 4 years before that. It’s great to have her back!
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. Tonya has been working with Team Therapy since August 2011!
Rachel Watson, OTR/L
Rachel has been working with Team Therapy since March of 2017. She 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.
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!
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.
Caroline H. Hill, MSP, CCC-SLP
Caroline graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a double major in Education and Religion in 2015. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina. Caroline completed a specialization track while in graduate school to work with individuals with hearing loss. Caroline has worked in the pediatric setting since graduating from USC in 2017 and enjoys leading social groups, pursing AAC devices for patients, working with children of all ages, and connecting with families to encourage speech and language development. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys spending time with her husband, her new baby boy, her family (including Ms. Britt!), and her dog. Caroline loves taking weekend trips to the beach or mountains and enjoying the beauty of both places!
Allyson Gray, MSP, CFY-SLP
Allyson graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She gained experience with a variety of pediatric patients and settings during her clinical internships and has over two years of experience working with young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Allyson is passionate about the development of communication skills in all children, especially children with hearing differences. She completed the Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) specialization track during graduate school and is eager to pursue her certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). Allyson loves learning alongside children of all ages and abilities, facilitating communication development through play, and working as a team with families. Allyson has lived in Columbia for over six years and enjoys spending time outdoors or traveling in her personal time.
Ruth Kennemore, MSP, CCC-SLP
Ruth graduated from Columbia College with a BA and then earned a Masters of Speech Pathology from USC. Over her career she has primarily worked in the public school system but has also served various part time positions in Home Health and Rehabilitation. Ruth especially loves working in the pediatric setting and loves serving the community of friends at Team Therapy. She especially appreciates the staff as well and the supportive nature of the Team. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends. She also sings in the choir at her church and likes to travel locally and internationally with friends as well. The beach is one of her favorite places to relax and forget the responsibilities of daily life. When at home she is greeted by her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who is waiting for a stroll outside any time of day.
Colleen Bodiford, MA, CCC-SLP
Colleen graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2011. After years of work experience in Early Intervention and Case Management, Colleen went to grad school and obtained her Masters degree from South Carolina State University in 2021. She completed her fellowship in a pediatric private practice working with a variety of ages and speech, language, and AAC needs. Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and baby boy, relaxing by the pool, traveling, live music, working out, sewing, and cheering for the Carolina Gamecocks!
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.
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.
Laken Rodriguez, PTA
Laken is a South Carolinian, married to a great husband and has two loveable pets, a dog and a cat, RDJ and Brutus. Laken graduated from the University of South Carolina Aiken with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2010, married, and moved to coastal North Carolina. She lived there with her husband until he retired from military service in 2015. They moved back to SC to be closer to her family.
Laken worked in pharmacy until she decided she wanted a more hands-on approach to helping people. She graduated with an associates degree in physical therapist assistant from Midlands Technical College in December 2019 and has worked in pediatrics since then. She enjoys working with children to help improve their balance, coordination, and strength. Laken absolutely adores animals and in her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, photography, spending time with friends and family and watching Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey and college football.
Reagan Muncus, Office Admin. Assistant
Reagan Muncus is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina and received her undergraduate degree with a B.A. in Public Health. She is originally from Greenville, SC and is currently living in Columbia before applying to graduate programs for a Master’s in Speech Pathology. Reagan looks forward to gaining experience with speech therapy over the next year at Team Therapy. Reagan enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her two dogs! She also enjoys spending her free time exercising, reading, and in the outdoors.