Kids Therapy Spot Occupational Therapy Team
MICHELLE MILLER, OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT OWNER
Michelle is one of the owners of Kids Therapy Spot. She is the owner of the Occupational Therapy Department (OT 4 Kidz, LLC) and oversees this portion of the clinic.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Eastern KY University in December 1991. She moved to Starkville, MS with her husband Darren, in January 1992, and has been practicing Occupational Therapy in the Golden Triangle area for the past 27 years. Although she has worked in numerous settings over the years, she has always worked with children, whether in outpatient, inpatient, home or school setting. Her passion is working with children who have complex neurodevelopmental and/or genetic disorders, where she can use a variety of treatment techniques and her years of experience. Her specialty and interest is working with children who have Cortical Vision Impairment. In her free time, Michelle enjoys reading, watching UK basketball, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
BRITNEY TRANUM, MOTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
Britney joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in September of 2011 and she was promoted to Occupational Therapy Department Director in 2016. She graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in May 2008. Following graduation, she was employed with an exceptional children’s hospital in Memphis, TN. Britney has practiced in the areas of NICU, pediatric acute care and pediatric outpatient. She enjoys treating children of all ages and working closely with families to provide optimal care and education to maximize each child’s level of function. Britney and her husband, PJ, were married in December 2010 and have lived in Starkville since September 2011. They enjoy spending time with their sweet daughter.
JESSI SUGG, MOTR/L
SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Jessi joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in December of 2013. She graduated from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in May 2010. Following graduation, she was employed with a pediatric hospital before specializing in pediatric cancer at a well known children’s rehab hospital in Memphis, TN. Jessi has experience treating children with a variety of diagnoses,rare neurological disorders, along with treating children from effects as a result of cancer treatment. She has practiced in the areas of pediatric acute care and pediatric outpatient. She and her husband, Greg, were married in 2011 and relocated from Memphis, TN to West Point, MS in December of 2013. They enjoy spending time with their two children.
KATE ANDERSON, MOTR/L
Kate joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in November of 2015 and is the primary OT for the Starkville school system. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2008. She obtained her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. Kate has worked in a variety of settings which include adult inpatient neurology and outpatient, pediatric outpatient and the school system. Kate enjoys treating children of all ages and has experience treating a variety of diagnoses, including neurological disorders and visual impairment. Kate and her husband, Tres, were married in 2010 and have two boys. They relocated from Tupelo, MS to West Point, MS in 2014.
CLAIRE SHEPHERD, OTR/L
Claire joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in April of 2017. She is the primary Occupational Therapist at the Kids Therapy Spot clinic in Columbus, MS.
ALAINA ULMER, MOTR/L
Alaina joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in July of 2019.
ERIN TRAINELLO, MOTR/L
Erin joined the Kids Therapy Spot team in August of 2018. She is the primary OT at Pediatrust, the Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care location in Columbus, MS.
JOY MARVIN, OT
Joy joined the Kids Therapy Spot team in August of 2017. She is the primary OT at the Meridian Pediatric Extended Care location in Meridian, MS. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Joy has worked in a variety of settings including adult inpatient rehab, swing bed, pediatric outpatient , and was trained and worked in the NICU at a hospital in Alabama. Joy and her husband have been married since 2014. Joy is mom and step mom to four beautiful daughters.
ASHLEY SHAPLEY, MS, OTR/L
Ashley joined the team at Kids Therapy Spot in August of 2014. She works as PRN for the Starkville clinic. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2006. She then moved to Arizona where she attended A.T. Still University and obtained her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Ashley has worked in a variety of pediatric settings which include school, clinic, and home bound. She also has experience with a variety of ages (2-24 years old) and diagnoses. Ashley and her husband, Andrew, were married in 2007 before moving to Arizona. They moved back to Mississippi in 2009 to raise their boys and to be closer to family. Ashley and her husband enjoy spending time with their three boys and watching the Bulldogs play every chance they get!