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Helping your light shine.

Garner Therapy Services aims to help our clients reach their fullest potential through high quality, play-based therapy and family involvement and education. We love to be a part of the process as skills improve, children become more confident, and families feel more comfortable with their child’s development.

Our practice was founded in 2003 by Christine Laney Adkins as Speech Language Services in response to needs expressed by many families about the difficulty securing convenient, timely, quality services for their children.  Amanda Garner joined the practice in 2008 and assumed ownership in 2014. These partnerships have allowed for expansion of services and the addition of several excellent service providers. It has been an exciting road filled with blessings. We offer speech, language, and occupational therapy services at our main office in the Old Harding Pediatrics building in West Meade/Belle Meade and at many preschools and independent schools throughout Nashville and Brentwood.

 

 
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Amanda Garner
Speech Language Pathologist

Amanda is the owner of Garner Therapy Services. As a high school student, Amanda knew she wanted to teach young children. During her junior year, she took a class in human anatomy and physiology and fell in love with the science of the human body. At that point, she began looking for a a field that tied teaching and medicine and discovered speech-language pathology. Amanda completed her undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, TN and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Vanderbilt University. Following graduation, Amanda worked at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center where she gained expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of children with a variety of communication delays including articulation and language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and fluency/stuttering. She joined the staff of Speech Language Services in 2008. In January 2014, Amanda purchased Speech Language Services from its long-time owner and founder Christine Adkins.

Amanda lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband Travis, their three boys, and their Great Dane mix Bennett. She loves the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Christine Adkins
Speech Language Pathologist

Christine’s interest in speech pathology began in high school as a research project. She majored in Speech Pathology in college, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1987. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in Speech Pathology in 1989, she started her work with preschoolers at the Bill Wilkerson Center, now affiliated with the university. She became a senior clinician and led numerous teams, supervised many clinicians and students, and enjoyed presenting locally and regionally to share her experiences and the knowledge she’d gained working with children with language, speech and stuttering concerns.  In 2003, Christine entered private practice and she is pleased to continue in the same practice working alongside Amanda Garner and her amazing colleagues! She considers herself blessed with a wonderful husband and daughter and a rewarding professional path of nearly 30 years!

 

Katie Ouellette
Speech Language Pathologist

Katie has been a practicing speech language pathologist since 2004 after earning a Bachelor degree in engineering  from Vanderbilt University and a Master degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Florida. She experience working with people but all ages, but especially with school aged children as we focus on building language, literacy, and articulation skills. Katie has lived in Nashville for the past 11 years. She has three sweet boys and a supportive husband.


 

 

 

Annie Langley
Speech Language Pathologist

Annie received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2009 and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2011. After graduating, she began working for Williamson County Schools at Walnut Grove Elementary.  In 2015, after the birth of her daughter, Annie began working for Speech-Language Services.   Annie has experience working with both preschool and school age children with a variety of articulation and language disorders.  Annie enjoys being outside, traveling, and spending time with her family. 
 

 
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Amanda Satcher
Occupational Therapist

Amanda received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology in 2009 from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and subsequently moved to Nashville to attend graduate school at Belmont University, where she received her  Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2012. Amanda joined our team last year, and sees children at Davidson county schools to address fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual, and social skills. She is also knowledgable about S.O.S. feeding approach to enhance food variety of picky eaters. She has a passion for working with kids to foster skills that enhance self-esteem and independence through play.

Amanda enjoys volunteering at local and regional summer camps for kids with life threatening illnesses and disabilities, as well as serving internationally with 147 Million Orphans on medical mission trips. A Texas native, Amanda has enjoyed exploring Tennessee, and loves to travel with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Kona. 

 
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Julianne O’Donnell
Occupational Therapist

Julianne received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Walsh University in North Canton, OH, where she also played volleyball for 4 years.  She received her Master of occupational therapy Ohio State University and graduated with a specialization in pediatrics in 2015. Julianne has a passion for working with young children and incorporating play into all of her therapy sessions in order to address and enhance fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual, and social skills. She has spent time volunteering for special olympics events, coached youth volleyball teams and camps, and completed a medical mission trip in her last year at Ohio State. Julianne is from Cleveland, OH and loves to watch sports, travel, hike, and spend time outdoors. 

Amy Young
Speech Language Pathologist

Amy Young has been practicing as a speech language pathologist for over 18 years.  Sheattended Oklahoma State University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Before moving to Nashville, Amy practiced in both public school and private practice settings in St. Mary’s, Georgia.  Amy has lived in Nashville for the last 14 years with her husband Philip.  They have three kids, ages 16, 14 and 6.  Amy has experience in working with all types of communication concerns, but specializes in helping children with speech and language delays and receptive/expressive language disorders.  In her free time,  Amy enjoys reading, playing games and spending time outdoors with her family. 

 

 

Amanda Brown
Occupational Therapist

Mandy was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee and loves practicing in the Nashville area. She received bachelors degrees in Spanish and psychology from Murray State University and a masters of occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Mandy has worked in the inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing settings but her passion has always been for pediatrics. She loves getting to know kids and their families and finding creative ways to work on activities of daily living in the school and clinic settings. She loves spending time with her husband, baby, and two fur-babies and loves to sneak in yoga, traveling, and baking whenever possible!

 
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Shelby Wright
Speech Pathologist

Shelby is a Nashville native and grew up in the Bellevue area. She received her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2013 and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015. She worked for Metro Nashville Public Schools for 2 years with elementary age students before joining Garner Therapy Services in 2017. She has experience with preschool and school age children with a variety of speech and language needs. She enjoys spending time with her husband and baby daughter, walking in the Warner Parks, and pretending to be Joanna Gaines from Fixer Uppers.

Fun Fact: Shelby worked at Camp Widjiwagan for 4 summers with the nickname "Bugsy".

 

Amy has made speech therapy something my 6 year old daughter eagerly looks forward to each week. She has created a learning environment that is educational and play-based at the same time. The “homework” often has a game element or encompasses my daughter’s interests so that she remembers it and wants to complete it. My daughter walks in and says “Can we get started?” if Amy and I talk too long; she doesn’t want to miss a moment of her time with Amy!
— Laura B., parent