Our Therapists

Occupational Therapists

Owner and Clinic Director
Occupational Therapist
AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics
Certified Infant Massage Instructor

Erin Clemens is a 2001 magna cum laude graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in schools, early intervention services providing home-based therapy, daycares, group homes, and outpatient clinics. In 2004, Erin became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor through the Loving Touch Foundation, and currently teachers both group classes and private instruction on the techniques of infant massage for parents and other caregivers. In July 2007, Erin became a Certified Handwriting Specialist through the Handwriting Without Tears (R) Program. Erin has been a certified provider of the Therapeutic Listening Program since 2011, and develops home programs for families using this approach. She also provides feeding therapy and has been trained in the Beckman Oral-Motor Protocol as well as the SOS Approach to feeding. She has presented at numerous local and state conferences on varied topics such as handwriting, sensory processing, executive functions, feeding, and fine motor development.

Erin has been the President of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association since 2016, and is in her second term as President.

Erin is a past adjunct faculty member for the Northern Virginia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program teaching the Developmental Disabilities course for four years.

Erin is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA). She was the secretary for the Northern District of the VOTA from 2012-2013. She was the co-chair of the Northern District of the VOTA from 2013-2015.

Erin takes an active role in advocating for children and families who have a child or children with disabilities, particularly military families. She was a contributing writer for the book Life Journey through Autism: A Guide for Military Families, a guidebook from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). She is also in the process of writing a handbook for families on childhood development.

Erin maintains an active role in professional associations as well as community organizations. She keeps herself educated on current evidence-based practices to ensure the provision of the highest quality of care. She keeps current on therapeutic trends and evidence-based research. She maintains current national and state licensure by regularly attending a variety of continuing education conferences and workshops to further her knowledge in pediatric occupational therapy. Erin enjoys spreading the word and educating the local community on the importance of occupational therapy across the lifespan, in addition to the value that occupational therapists provide to a multitude of settings and practice arenas.

Erin was accepted into the AOTA's Leadership and Development Program in Bethesda, MD in September 2012. She spent four days learning from the top leaders in the profession, including the President, Vice President, President-elect, and Vice President-elect of the AOTA. She also spent a day on Capitol Hill speaking with VA Senators' offices on current legislative issues impacting occupational therapy.

In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, hiking, cycling, and reading. She volunteers on the PTA of her son's Chinese School and volunteers in her community whenever time allows.

Assistant Clinic Director

Jennifer Faherty is the Assistant Clinic Director at Pediatric Achievements. She graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Jen specializes in working with mental health conditions, sensory processing disorders, feeding issues, and executive functioning challenges within the pediatric and young adult population. She is a certified Trauma Professional. She is also certified in Handwriting Without Tears and Therapeutic Listening.

Jen grew up in the Northern Virginia area and loves working with local families. Her favorite treatment activities include food preparation, crafting, and strategy games. She is a member of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, playing video games, and exploring the Northern Virginia and DC dining scene. Her hobbies include baking, cooking, and photography!

Occupational Therapist

Beth earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from The Ohio State University and a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Belmont University. Because of her passion for pediatrics, Beth completed a short-term fellowship through Vanderbilt's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND). During her academic career, she also completed two research projects, one concentrating on sensory processing and the other focusing on pediatric power mobility. Her research has been accepted for presentations at state and national conferences. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with families, community members, and other health professionals.

Throughout school, she volunteered with the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, where she held a variety of leadership positions. In one of these roles, Beth implemented a statewide mentorship program for students and new practitioners. She has presented on the success of this program at a state conference. She is a current member of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

In her free time, Beth enjoys the outdoors, baking, and practicing her calligraphy!

Occupational Therapist

Sam received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and went on to earn her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Radford University in Radford, VA in December of 2019. Sam has experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of abilities in outpatient pediatrics, the school system, pediatric primary care, daycares, and a variety of summer camps. Her primary areas of interest include autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, and feeding difficulties. Sam has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) since 2019.

Sam is passionate about forming meaningful connections with clients and values the importance of providing meaningful and engaging therapy for individuals of all ages to promote holistic development. She enjoys serving individuals and their families across the lifespan and had the privilege to do so internationally at the conclusion of her graduate program. Sam attended a therapy mission trip to an orphanage in Jamaica working with children and young adults with a variety of cognitive, physical, and neurological conditions, as well as providing education to caregivers. Sam hopes that this was the first of many trips of this nature throughout her career!

When not in the office, Sam enjoys spending time in the great outdoors by running, hiking, backpacking, biking, and gardening!

Occupational Therapist

Rachael received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Radford University in Radford, VA and earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in August of 2021. Rachael has experience working with children and adolescents in school systems in all grades, special needs summer camps, and home-based handwriting treatments. She also has experience working in the mental health field. While working towards her masters, Rachael participated in research about issues both patients and practitioners experienced during the rapid shift to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has since been published in WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation in 2022. She has also presented this research at a national conference, and will be presenting at an international conference in August 2022.

Rachael knows firsthand the difficulties of living through a disability as a child while not having access to healthcare, and was diagnosed with dopa-responsive dystonia in 2012 while living in rural West Virginia. For these reasons, Rachael is passionate about providing affordable, accessible healthcare to her community, advocating for children's mental health, and promoting holistic, affordable treatments for families. She is also passionate about learning about the many forms of assistive technologies, and would one day like to sit for her Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification. She has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) since 2021.

In her free time, Rachael loves to cook, play video games, paint, read and hike. She also loves to try new things, such as traveling to a new place, indoor skydiving, or trying an adventurous food.

Speech Therapists

Speech Language Pathologist

Hayley is a graduate of Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville with her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics and within the school system as well as leading small social groups. Her primary interests include early intervention, articulation and language disorders, and oral-motor disorders. Hayley has taken a variety of continuing education courses to include the Beckman Oral-Motor Course.  She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Hayley grew up in Southern Illinois but has also lived in Texas and Arizona. She enjoys spending time with her family, and her hobbies include video games, baking, cooking and playing board games. Fun facts about Hayley: she played the flute for 10 years and has her blue belt in tae kwon do!

Speech Language Pathologist

Kelly graduated from West Virginia University where she received a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She has experience in private practices and school settings working with an array of ages and diagnoses. Her primary interests include early intervention and language disorders. Kelly is passionate about continuing education and seeks to both attain and share current best practices regarding communication sciences and disorders.

Kelly grew up in Maryland but has also lived in Delaware and West Virginia.

Kelly loves spending time with family and friends, and her hobbies include kayaking, baking, cooking, and language learning.

Speech Language Pathologist

Kate is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who has a passion for helping all children communicate. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Baylor University, a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. Kate has worked in both the public school setting and in private settings with over 9 years of experience in pediatric speech therapy. She enjoys using evidence-based practices along with family collaboration to support a child’s speech fluency, articulation, receptive language, and expressive language needs. She has additional training and a passion for working with AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), the SCERTS Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Supports), the Social Thinking Framework, and speech phonological processes.

Kate is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in both Virginia and Texas.

When she’s not in the clinic, Kate enjoys cooking, reading, playing tennis, and exploring her neighborhood!

Physical Therapists

Physical Therapist

Fieldwork and Volunteer Coordinator

“Whether it’s standing for the first time, learning how to maneuver a wheelchair, or helping a kiddo swing a bat and hit a ball, seeing smiles on both my patients’ and families’ faces makes being a pediatric physical therapist a very rewarding career.”

Courtney received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech and went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Lynchburg in May of 2019. While studying at the University of Lynchburg, Courtney helped manage a pro bono health clinic and treated uninsured and underinsured patients of all ages in the Southwest VA area.

Throughout high school and college, Courtney spent a great deal of her time being a nanny, which established her passion for working with children. Courtney has pediatric physical therapy experience in both the outpatient and school-based settings working with a variety of ages and diagnoses. She has also been involved with helping to clean, assemble, and fit adaptive equipment for children. One of Courtney’s passions is advocating for her patients and their families to make sure they get the care they need and deserve.

Courtney has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2016 and is a member of both the pediatric and neurological sections.

In her free time, she enjoys watching and playing sports as well as putting together over 1000-piece puzzles!

Physical Therapist

Tracy received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science as well as her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She worked as a nanny and dance teacher for many years, and she has experience working with a variety of ages and diagnoses in both the outpatient private practice and school-based physical therapy settings. Tracy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the APTA Pediatric and Orthopedic sections.

Tracy grew up in Rhode Island and has now lived in the DMV area for 7 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking with her 2 dogs, and reading.