Blair Rhodes MS, OTR/LOccupational Therapist & founder of Advantage OT
Blair holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University with a double major in Health Information Management and Health Services Management. She also holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from East Carolina University. Blair received national certification with the NBCOT. She is licensed to practice occupational therapy in North Carolina (license #7424). Blair enjoys working with all ages and is passionate about occupational therapy! Blair has special practice interest and advanced training in constraint induced movement therapy. She is also certified in Saebo to help patients who do not use one of their extremities well as a result of a neurological event (stroke, cerebral palsy). Blair is happily married with 3 children. Blair enjoys playing the piano, going to church, and spending time with her family.
Heather Heather SLP CCCOwner of Coastal Speech Therapy
Heather Heath is the owner/director of Coastal Speech Therapy Inc. Heather grew up in Wallace, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Elementary Education, has a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University in Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, and a second Master’s degree from North Carolina Central University in Communication Disorders. Heather has experience working in the school, hospital, and private practice settings.
My name is Karen Mullen. I have been an occupational therapist for over 24 years, graduating with a degree in occupational therapy from College Misericordia in Pennsylvania. I have a long successful history of treating patients of all ages with an emphasis on pediatrics. My extensive experience includes serving children and families in a variety of clinical and non clinical settings to include schools, homes, day cares, rehabilitation and acute care hospitals. My passion is on developing strategies to meet the needs of not only the patient I treat but the entire family as well. I also have advanced training in sensory integration techniques, neuro developmental treatment techniques, and handwriting without tears. I also have a certification in Therapeutic Listening Program and a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. I've been happily been married for nearly 22 years and am originally from PA. Before I settled in NC over 9 years ago, I lived and worked in 3 states and 4 countries. When not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and volunteering for the community.
My name is Stacie Wiggins, and I am a local of Kinston, NC. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Meredith College, and went on to earn my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University. My passion has always been working with children, and I look forward to expanding my knowledge in the area of pediatrics. When not at work, I enjoy reading, painting, and spending time with my husband.
LeeAnne is thrilled to be at Advantage OT. She has almost 30 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings.
My name is Ashley Etheridge, I have been with Advantage OT since 2011 and love doing what I do! I graduated from Pitt Community College in 2007 and started working with children in 2008. Since then I have gotten married and had a set of twins boys that were born 2 months early. We also have a little girl that was born Dec 2016. I feel that I can relate more to my families more since April 2015, due to having gone through some of the same things with my boys as my families have gone through with their premies. I love working with all types of dx but my passion is sensory kiddos. I have a certificate in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, along with several sensory integration certificates. Currently I services children in Kenly and Wilson areas. I look forward to meeting you and working with your kiddo as well!
My name is Heather Parker and I am a native to Duplin County. I attended Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC, graduating in 2013 with an Associates degree in Applied Science of Occupational Therapy. I joined the Advantage OT team in 2014. Since then, I got married and had the sweetest little boy. Working at Advantage OT is my dream job! I love working with children and adults from all walks of life and learning from each of them. It's truly rewarding to combine my knowledge, creativity and craftiness to improve each person’s life. I look forward to working with you or your child!
G. Brooke ThigpenCOTA/L
My name is Georgia Brooke Thigpen and I am a recent graduate of the OTA program at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. I am a native of Duplin County and have grown up and attended school here in the Beulaville area. Before starting the OTA program, I worked in a preschool setting for 5 years. I love working with children but I am also excited about working with adults here at Advantage OT. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach with my family and spending time with my friends. I am passionate about helping others! OT!
My name is Kristen Harper and I am a COTA, receiving my AAS from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. I originally began working in Florida and have since traveled throughout most of the states in the Southeast as a contractor working in various specialty areas with people of all ages within skilled nursing and long term care, acute and sub acute care, orthopedics, skilled hand therapy, cardiac rehab, and stroke recovery. On July 4th of last year, I was blessed with my first child, and she has brought so much joy to my life. I enjoy spending most of my time with her and our family. I am new to Advantage OT as of January and really enjoy working with children and treat them with the same regard as I do my own daughter. I greatly enjoy working for Advantage and feel that my experience in all aspects of OT helps to provide the very best care to the children that I service. I look forward to meeting new families in the future!
Nicole is thrilled to join our team.
Jennifer grew up in Beulaville, NC and is a licensed speech therapist. Prior to coming to Coastal Speech Therapy, Jennifer spent several years in Wake and Pender school systems as a lead therapist, working with kids of all abilities. She also has experience working with adults. Jennifer spends her spare time with hanging out with her husband, Shane, and young son, Jase.
Nancy Thomas is a licensed SLP with experience in pediatric and adult therapy. Prior to joining Coastal Speech, Nancy spent extensive time living in Mexico with her husband, Kim, and their son, Kipling.
Tracy comes to Coastal Speech Therapy from the Charlotte, NC area where she worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant for over 10 years. Tracy has experience in working with kids with autism and loves working with young kids of all abilities. Tracy loves the beach and is a big Carolina Panthers fan. She also loves hanging out with friends and spending time with her dog.
Haley ArnetteOffice Manager
Haley joined our team in May 2018. Haley helps keep the clinic running smoothly by focusing on patient intake and billing. She is the typically the first voice you hear when a referral is made and prides herself on assisting patients getting started with their therapy process in a friendly manner. Haley is from duplin county. She is married with one son.
To be a company that attracts, rewards, and retains highly skilled occupational therapy staff and to meet the needs of the communities that we serve.
Our therapists are committed to continuing education and guarantees our therapists understand and put into practice cutting-edge treatments and rehabilitation techniques.
We are committed as healthcare professionals to help our clients reach their highest level of functioning.
We take a goal-oriented approach to healing. Whatever your goals might be we want to help you achieve them
We’ll provide hands-on treatment in the office and education you can take home with you, enabling you to become an active participant in your recovery and future health and development.
Our therapists have a wide variety of clinical experience and a shared passion to help the clients we serve