Meet Our Team

Heather Gotthelf, MS, CCC-SLP

Heather received a 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. Heather received her Certificate of Clinical Competence and began working at Therapists Loving Children, Inc., a pediatric outpatient facility, in August 2004 in Woodstock, GA. For approximately eight years, she evaluated and treated children with the following difficulties/diagnoses: articulation, receptive and expressive language, feeding, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder. After moving to Auburn, Heather started 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 evaluated and treated children with various difficulties at a pediatric outpatient facility in Auburn, AL. She has experience in the treatment of children with feeding difficulties, specifically related to texture issues, behavior problems and food aversions. Heather 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

Traci Proksa, MS-CCC-SLP

Traci grew up in Mobile, Alabama, attended the University of South Alabama to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders. She moved to a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, with her husband Bill in 1987, and completed a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Governors Park University in 1990. Traci has worked in a variety of settings to include hospitals, Early Intervention, clinics, private practice and schools. She moved back to the south in 2015, making Auburn her home. Traci and her husband have three children, Tyler (Iowa State Alum Class of 2016), Cody (Auburn Alum class of 2016) and Jami (Auburn Alum class of 2019).

Jesse Bowen, OTR/L

Jesse received her Bachelor’s from Auburn University in Human Development & Family Studies and she received her Master’s 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 utilizes a play-based, child-led approach. Jesse recently worked for 2 years in an outpatient pediatric clinic in Montgomery and she is eager to be working closer to home. Jesse resides in Opelika with her husband, Brit, and pup, Charlie.

Allie Veltkamp, MA, CF-SLP

Allie grew up in Cedar Springs, Michigan and received her Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders. She completed her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Central Michigan University. Allie enjoys working with both children and adults, while she helps their confidence build through speech-language therapy. She has a variety of clinical experiences including working in a campus clinic, an early childhood special education program, and a dyslexia evaluation and treatment team. Allie is excited to live in Alabama, meet new people, and learn about the community of Auburn.

Mallory Lucas, MCD, CCC-SLP

Mallory received a Bachelor's degree of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of West Georgia. She completed a Masters degree in Communication Disorders at Valdosta State University. Mallory is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi but spent a large part of her life in Georgia. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, private practice, and skilled nursing facilities. Mallory is passionate about early intervention and utilizing play-based therapy. She has also worked with children with feeding difficulties and adults with cognitive deficits. Mallory has experience working with young adults with gaining confidence with communication skills needed for independent life skills and social skills. She is excited to start her career in Auburn with her husband and two pets, Lola Mae and May Belle. 

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 Master’s 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.

Catherine Jordan, OTR/L 

Catherine received her Bachelor’s from Auburn University in Psychology and she received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Alabama State University. She has worked in multiple pediatric settings including early intervention, school setting, and outpatient. She has a strong passion for helping children and their families improve independence and participation in meaningful occupations. Catherine lives in Alexander City with her husband, Shay, and her children, Bowman and Charleigh. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. 

Mariah Morton, MS, CCC-SLP

Voice Specialist

Mariah received her Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Linguistics and Spanish and earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Kentucky. She completed her Clinical Fellowship at the interprofessional USC Voice Center in Los Angeles, CA working alongside two fellowship trained laryngologists. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and upper airway disorders and is passionate about providing efficient, client-centered, evidence based practice in voice care. She recently moved back to the south to start a PhD program at Auburn University to study voice physiology and healthcare access to those in need of voice therapy. Mariah is excited to have moved to Alabama and continue her career in Auburn. 

Emily is a Junior at Auburn University, majoring in Exercise Science. Her dream is to become an Occupational Therapist, specifically working with special needs children. We have enjoyed having her join us in the reception area at Auburn TLC!

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 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. 

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