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.
Traci Proksa, MS-CCC-SLP
Speech Team Leader
Traci grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and 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
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.
Mallory Lucas, MCD, CCC-SLP
Mallory received a bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of West Georgia. She completed a master's 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 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.
Morgan Cook, MSOT
Morgan grew up in Birmingham, AL and received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology in 2019 and received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Alabama State University in 2021.
Morgan’s favorite part about being an occupational therapist is helping people of all ages achieve the life skills they find meaningful, and bring them joy. She has a variety of clinical experiences including acute care, psychiatric care, rehabilitative hospital care, and outpatient hand specialty care.
Morgan currently lives in Auburn with her husband, daughter, and their four cats.
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.
Mary Beth Smith
Mary Beth is a graduate of Auburn University, with a major in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She will be starting graduate school at Auburn University in the Fall of 2022 to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her dream job is working in a speech clinic with children!