Meet Our Team
Heather Gotthelf, MS, CCC-SLP
Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders degree from Auburn University in 2001. She proceeded to receive a Master of Science in Communication Disorders degree from the University of Montevallo in 2003. For over 15 years, she has evaluated and treated children with the following difficulties/diagnoses: articulation, receptive and expressive language, feeding, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Heather had a clinical supervisor role at the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic from January 2012 until July 2016. She provided supervision and guidance regarding evaluations and treatment for graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. From September 2011 until July 2017, Heather has evaluated and treated children with various difficulties at pediatric outpatient facilities in Auburn, AL since 2011. She resides in Auburn with her husband, Gabe, and two boys, Bryce and Logan.
Kathy has worked as a speech language pathologist for more than 20 years, primarily with children. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Auburn University in 1986, and earned a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. in 1998. Before moving back "home" to Auburn in 2011, Kathy worked for St. Mary's County Public Schools in Maryland and Dianne D. Epplein and Associates in Virginia Beach, VA. Since moving back to Auburn, Kathy has worked for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services - Early Intervention, and spent 5 years as a clinical instructor for Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic supervising graduate students conducting testing and treatment. Kathy and her husband Aaron (Auburn Class of 1985, 2016) a retired Navy Commander, reside in Auburn. They have one son, Collin (Auburn Class of 2014), living in Maryland and working as an aerospace engineer for the Navy.
Kathy McAtee, MS, CCC-SLP
Kirby McCard - Office Manager
Kirby received a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in 2016. She proceeded to receive a certified coding certificate from the American Academy of Professional Coders in 2016 and a Billing certificate from U.S .Career Institute in 2017. Kirby moved to Auburn with her family in 2002 and graduated from Auburn High School in 2004. She has 15 years in the medical field with the last 4 years in medical billing and coding. Kirby resides in Opelika with her husband, Allen, son Cash, and two dogs Stella and Cruz. In her spare time, you can find her cheering on her son’s travel baseball team, spending time with friends on lake martin, and camping with her family.
Jesse Bowen, OTR/L
OT Team Leader
Jesse received her bachelor's degree from Auburn University in Human Development & Family Studies and received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Alabama State University. Jesse grew up knowing she wanted to work with kids and loves that OT gives her the perfect mix of teaching and medicine. She incorporates a play-based, child-led atmosphere utilizing sensory inputs to encourage the development of gross and fine motor skills. Jesse resides in Opelika with her husband, Brit, daughter Mallie, and pup, Charlie.
Krysta Rice, OTR/L
Krysta grew up in Lineville, Alabama and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication and Science Disorders from the University of Montevallo. She then moved to Montgomery and earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Alabama State University.
Krysta is passionate about occupational therapy and helping each client reach their goals and independence. She enjoys working with all ages and has experience in schools, acute care hospital, and rehabilitation hospital. Krysta resides in Auburn with her husband, Taylor, son, Raylen, and two dogs, Gus and Mollie.
Ashley Gault, MA, CF-SLP
Ashley grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Auburn University at Montgomery. She received a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Faulkner University. Ashley has experience working with a wide variety of disorders including pediatric swallowing disorders, auditory processing disorder, language disorders, fluency disorder, and neurologic disorders. She is passionate about helping children and adults feel more confident in their ability to communicate with those in their environment. Ashley is excited to begin her career in Auburn and meet new people in the community.
Aliyah Simmons, MA, CF-SLP
Aliyah grew up in Anniston, AL and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Auburn University at Montgomery. She received a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Faulkner University. Aliyah is devoted to working with children and adults, helping them develop communication skills and strategies to navigate through life. She has a variety of clinical experience evaluating and treating individuals in all stages of life. Aliyah is excited to relocate to Auburn with her dog, Gator, and begin her career as a speech-language pathologist.
Katie Taylor, OTR/L
Katie was born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. She earned her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Tennessee Wesleyan University. Katie enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them be as independent as possible in their home and school environments. She resides in Auburn with her husband, Clayton, and dog, Finley.
Caroline Bryant, MS, CF-SLP
Caroline is from Lexington, Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Kentucky University. Caroline recently graduated from East Tennessee State University with her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Caroline has experience evaluating and treating children of all ages with a variety of disorders. She is passionate about using communication strategies to help children succeed. Caroline is excited to be in Auburn with her husband, dog, and two cats.
Jill Wright, OTR/L
Jill has worked with children for over 18 years and has a passion for teaching each child to become as independent as possible so they can thrive as adults. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Occupational Therapy Degree from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. She began her career in a clinic based setting and has spent the past 15 years working with children in the school setting in Prattville, Opelika, and Auburn, AL. Jill loves to incorporate play and sensory experiences in therapy and believes any task can be fun! Jill resides in Auburn with her two kiddos, Della and Henry. In her spare time, you can find her working in the yard, reading, and walking her Boxer, Rose.
Beth is from Valley, AL, and she has worked in customer service for over 22 years. The past 7 years, Beth worked in IT with the Board of Education. She enjoys working with children and the public. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, decorating and working on home projects. She is the mother of Devin and Mikaela, and bonus mom to Marlie, Hydie and Christian. She resides in Auburn, AL with her fiancé Richard, her daughter Mikaela, dogs Ellie and Bella, and Lola, the bird.