OUR TEAM

DAMIR
HECIMOVIC MS OTR/L, Owner

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Damir Hecimovic, MS OTR/L, is a licensed, registered Occupational Therapist with experience in treating children and adolescents with different developmental disabilities. 

Damir was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he got his undergraduate degree in Sports Education. After working for US Military in Iraq for 3 years, he moved to Atlanta, GA.  Damir attended the Brenau University in Gainesville where he earned Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Damir treats children and adolescents implementing DIRFloortime® model and sensory integration techniques improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, handwriting, emotional regulation, and activities of a child’s daily living. Damir believes that the foundation of childhood development is through a strong relationship with the child focusing on their individual differences and development capacities, all of which can be achieved through play. He has completed training in DIR Floortime (101, 201, and 202), Tomatis Method Listening Therapy (2.0), and is licensed Interactive Metronome provider.

Damir views individuals holistically to incorporate an approach that looks at the whole child to promote independence in their daily activities. Damir has had valuable experience working with Dr. Milagros Mili Cordero with whom Damir has shared clients for more than 6 years.

Damir keeps current in his field through continuing education and training on subjects such as sensory integration, therapeutic listening, DIRFloortime® model, and updated research.

Before receiving his degree in occupational therapy Damir worked/volunteered at The Hirsch Academy as a therapy assistant mentored by Shelley Cranes, OTR/L. Damir and his wife are the proud parents of three daughters Sara, Hana, and Leyla.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.

  • BS SPE (Bachelor of Science in Sports and Physical Education), University of Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

SHARON
ALVARADO
Office Manager

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Sharon is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in business administration in Olgethorpe university. Originally born in Nicaragua, sharon uses her bilingual abilities to communicate and implement interpersonal skills with her community and with our families and their children. With her love in helping others, she is happy to be able to work with the DH Therapy team. On her free time, she continues to help Spanish speaking families through volunteer work in her congregation. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves listening to music and exploring all the small spots of Atlanta.

RACHEL
BAEK
MS OTR/L

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Rachel Baek graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and The University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Rachel successfully completed her fieldwork in an outpatient pediatric clinic where she gained experience with little kiddos with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, cerebrovascular accident, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, and hearing and visual impairments. Rachel strongly believes in focusing on the strengths of each kiddo for therapeutic outcomes. In her free time, Rachel enjoys trying new local restaurants with her boyfriend, golfing, running, hiking, and taking her pup to the park.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

  • BS (Family and Consumer Sciences), University of Georgia, Athens, GA

ERIKA KABU
M.Ed., CCC-SLP

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After pursuing a career in the Arts, Erika found her passion was for the ‘art’ of communication. She received a Master’s degree from the University of West Georgia in Speech and Language Pathology and thrives on continually learning and updating her skill set. Erika resides in Decatur and she is thrilled to be a part of the DH Therapy team.

Her experience includes 10-years in the clinical, school, and early intervention setting evaluating and treating children who have: developmental delays, articulation/ phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fluency disorders, Apraxia, oral function, and feeding challenges.

Erika enjoys working with the pediatric population and collaborating with families and other professionals to ensure the best possible outcome for each child.

  • M.Ed (Master of Education in Speech-Language Pathology) University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

  • BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

SAMANTHA

CHONG

MS OTR/L

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Samantha is a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Her passion has always been to enrich the lives of the children she works with by supporting them to do the things they want and need. Samantha believes in a family-centered approach and wants to empower families to see their children's potentials and strengths through her work. Prior to discovering her love for pediatric OT, she grew up in the beautiful Borneo Island in Malaysia and attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. After college, she moved to New York for a year doing creative work but knew that working with children was what made her the happiest. Her love for diversity, traveling, and understanding of different cultures can surely be attributed to the different places she has lived in throughout her life thus far. In her free time, you can spot Samantha photographing her adventures in Atlanta or sipping coffee at your nearest coffee shop.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

  • BA (Arts in Psychology), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

TAYLOR NETTLES
MS OTR/L

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Taylor graduated from Augusta University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and received a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from The University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! Taylor has always had a passion for pediatrics and helping people and is so excited to fulfill both of these passions through OT. She enjoys working with a variety of kiddos and creating a unique, playful, and sensory-friendly environment. Outside of work Taylor enjoys going to the gym, outdoor activities, traveling and trying new coffee shops/local restaurants.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Augusta University, Augusta, GA.

  • BS (Family and Consumer Sciences), University of Georgia, Athens, GA

SAMANTHA CUBBLER 
MS OTR/L

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Samantha graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a bachelor's degree in exercise science. During her time at Georgia State, she gained experience working with children through the public and private school system and in the pediatric outpatient clinic setting. Samantha has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and learning disabilities. She is passionate about improving the lives of the children and families she works with and takes a sensory integrative and play-based approach during her sessions. In her free time, Samantha enjoys cooking, listening to live music, and spending time with her family and friends. 

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

  • BS (Exercise Science), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

SARA BOLIVAR 
MS OTR/L

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Sara Bolivar is a bilingual registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology where she also volunteered as an assistant coach for adaptive gymnastics and Special Olympics Young Athletes Programs. She graduated from Brenau University with a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy where she successfully completed her fieldwork working at an independent living facility for young adults with disabilities and an outpatient pediatric clinic where she gained experience working with children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy,  and sensory processing disorder among other diagnoses. Sara is passionate about providing evidenced-based and family-centered occupational therapy services and is committed to improving the quality of life of children and their families and caregivers by providing therapeutic intervention, education, and life skills training. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, running, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.

  • BS (Applied Physiology and Kinesiology ), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

SYDNEY 
TAYLOR 
MS OTR/L

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Sydney is a graduate of the Brenau University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program and Georgia College & State University Bachelor of Science in Psychology program. She completed her clinical fieldwork in the adult neurological and pediatric outpatient settings. Her dedication to OT began through familial pediatric experiences and continued throughout her training. Sydney is dedicated to creating a positive and welcoming environment for kids of all ages to be themselves. She implements client-centered, therapeutic interventions that target specific sensory, motor and cognitive needs. She has experience working with various diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), Muscular Dystrophy, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and more. Sydney spends her free time exploring new coffee shops, boating on Lake Lanier, traveling, and spending time with her family.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.

  • BS (Psychology), Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA

DARBY KUNNEMANN
M.S., CCC-SLP

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Darby graduated from Georgia State University with a Master's of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Arkansas. Woo Pig! Darby has experience working in the clinical, school, and medical settings evaluating and treating children with developmental delays, articulation/phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders/delays, social language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, fluency disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Darby is passionate about providing evidence-based and family-centered services. In her free time, Darby enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • MS (Master's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

  • BS (Bachelor's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders), University of Arkansas, Arkansas

REBECA MATOS
M.S., CF-SLP

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Rebeca Matos began her educational career by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources from the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras Campus). Through this process, she grew to develop and immense passion for children and understanding human development—not only within the realm of psychology but also speech therapy. As a result, to further develop her passion for helping children and serving her community via a pursuit in higher education, Rebeca continued her studies with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Carlos Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “One of my greatest joys is working with children, especially in early intervention, where I am given the opportunity to create therapy sessions which foster an optimal learning environment focused on fun!” Furthermore, having grown in a bilingual household with a constant immersion and influence of Hispanic culture, Rebeca desires to continue offering her services to those within the Hispanic population as well—especially through bilingual-based therapy services. Rebeca also enjoys training, walking on nature trails, and visiting new places in her free time.

  • M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, University Carlos Albizu (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

  • B.A. (Psychology), University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras Campus)