Elizabeth MacArthur
Dr. Elizabeth Van Varick

Jennifer Kovanis,


Jennifer is the founder and owner of Premier Children's Therapy Center.  She started Premier Children's Therapy Center in 2001 with a dream to reach more children and families, and to make a real difference in their lives by helping them to become the best they can be.

She obtained her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 1999.  Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Jennifer gained her business expertise from working for the Federal Reserve Bank.

Jennifer's occupational therapy experience is rooted in her years working with catastrophic brain injury patients at The Shepherd Center.  At Premier, she reaches children of all ages and all levels of need.  She continuously stays abreast of new and emerging concepts and trends in all disciplines.  She provides continuing education opportunities for all staff members and offers many resources for parents.  Jennifer has successfully raised two adult children and enjoys summer concerts under the stars.

Kelsey Gagne, MSOT, OTR/L

Kelsey received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Auburn University. She continued her education by earning a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Since graduation, she has worked with adults in a hospital setting, treating patients with neurological, orthopedic and cardiac diagnoses. Kelsey works on-site at the Atlanta Speech School in the Stepping Stones program as well as here at Premier. She has clinical experience with diagnoses that include ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental and motor delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, and fine motor difficulties. Kelsey has been trained in Handwriting Without Tears.

Kelsey lives in Dunwoody with her husband and dog. She emjoys being outdoors and traveling.

Kelli Quinn,


Kelli is a licensed, pediatric speech pathologist and has been working with children for more than 15 years.  

Kelli has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Arkansas, 2000 and a Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Central Arkansas, 2002.  She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence.

​Kelli is a dedicated and caring professional who enjoys working with children in individual as well as group settings. She is currently working with children at their school. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and intervention of children with a variety of communication challenges including Augmentive Communication, PROMPT, Receptive and Expressive Language, Phonological Processing, Cranio-Facial/Resonance, Oral and Verbal Apraxia, Dysphagia, Sensory Feeding/Food Chaining, Written Language and Auditory Language Processing.

Elizabeth MacArthur,


Elizabeth has been a pediatric Physical Therapist for over 18 years.  She attended LSU Medical Center in New Orleans and received her BS Degree in Physical Therapy in 1992.  She is trained in NDT and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.

She worked for the Children's Hospital in New Orleans where she worked in out patient rehabilitation and the NICU/PICU.  She ran the Wheelchair Clinic and the Amputee Clinic.  She moved to Atlanta in 1995 and started working for Scottish Rite Children's Hospital specializing in Early Intervention.  In 1998 she started working independently in Pediatric Physical Therapy.

She has been with Premier Children's Therapy since 2006 and provides care to her patients in their home, school and our clinic.  She is the founder of our Infant Massage program.

​Elizabeth is married and has two teens!

Dr. Elizabeth Van Varick,


Dr. Elizabeth Van Varick is a pediatric physical therapist that holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy - both from the University of Florida.  She has been published in the International Journal of Student Research in Physical Therapy, and she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. 
Dr. Liz has always had a love for children, and her passion lies in treating children with developmental disorders and torticollis.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and baking.  She currently lives in Roswell with her husband, Matt, and her cats, Klaus and Kairo.

At Premier Children's Therapy Center

ALL of our therapist have obtained advanced degrees and are certified by the State of Georgia. They remain active in their respective national and state level professional organizations.


Jennifer Kovanis
Heidi Martin

Elizabeth Schelhamer
Michelle Shepherd
Leah Planchard
Emily Shuster

Amy Reynolds

Kelsey Gagne

Lindsay Medwed,


Lindsay has experience in early intervention, school and private clinic settings.  Lindsay is licensed by the State of Georgia and certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.  In addition to receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Florida, and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University, Lindsay has experience with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, Apraxia of Speech, Auditory Processing Disorders, articulation and phonological disorders.  She has sought extensive continuing education studies including P.R.O.M.P.T. training, The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling and Speech (LiPS), Beckman Oral Motor, has become certified in the Interactive Metronome program, and has completed the comprehensive Orton Gillingham Training.

Elizabeth Schelhammer,


Elizabeth received a Bachelor and Master Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 1999.  Additionally she has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia.  

Elizabeth has experience working with children as well as adults.  She has specialized in pediatric care for twenty years and sees children in group or individual settings at our clinic and some schools.  Her pediatric experience includes therapy and behavior programs for young children of all functioning levels including Down Syndrome, Sensory Integration, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and Apraxia.

Elizabeth is married and has two children.

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Leah S. Planchard,


Leah received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. She continued her education as a Tar Heel and received a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2008.  

Leah’s clinical experience includes working with children with developmental delays, feeding problems/picky eaters, sensory processing difficulties, fine motor problems, autism, ADHD, motor coordination problems, and mental health issues.  She is Sensory Integration certified and can administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT).  She has also been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach, and Brain Gym.  She also has an interest in ergonomics.  Leah’s experience includes outpatient clinic settings and schools.  She enjoys working with children of all ages.

Leah lives in Alpharetta with her husband and has a young son and daughter!

Jenny Olson,


Jenny is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She has a BS degree in both Communication Disorders and Psychology, and received her Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University. 

Jenny enjoys working with children of all ages, and provides evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of speech, language and feeding disorders including Articulation, Phonological Process, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Receptive and Expressive Language, and Pediatric Dysphagia (disorders of feeding and swallowing).  She is PROMPT trained and experienced in working with children of all levels of the autism spectrum, and works closely with Occupational Therapists to apply sensory integration techniques as needed.

Michelle Bank,


Michelle is a licensed speech-language pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her BS in Education from the University of Georgia in 1998, specializing in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She received her Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Georgia State University in 2001.
Michelle has a wide range of therapeutic experience that includes working with children who have a variety of challenges, including expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound/articulation disorders, auditory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, sensory integration dysfunction, and oral motor delays. Her pediatric experience includes working with preschool and school-age children in the home, clinic, and public school setting.

Michelle is the recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Award for Continuing Education. She is an active member of ASHA. She is PROMPT trained and has also taken numerous Lindamood-Bell courses including the LiPS program and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Michelle is dedicated to quality client care and strives to help clients reach their maximum potential.

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Amy Reynolds,


Amy received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from August State University in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia. She continued her education by earning her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2011. Her graduate level thesis involved revising the kinesthesia subtest of the Sensory Integration Praxis Test to make it more engaging to children.

Amy spent her first four years after graduation working at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, GA, where she treated patients of all ages. Her pediatric experience there included working with children with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder,ADD/ADHD, Mitochondrial Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and developmental and motor delay. She obtained her Physical Agent Modalities certification and was able to apply modalities to children recovering from orthopedic and neurolgical injuries as well.

Since 2015, Amy has focused solely on pediatrics specializing in developing and implementing strategies to address fine motor skills/handwriting deficits, behaviors, sensory diet plans, visual motor skills, and overall developmental delays.  She has also been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, and Rhythmic Movement Training and Reflex Integration.  She enjoys working closely with families to educate and carryover helpful strategies to the home environment.

Amy is married with two young children and enjoys dancing, singing (we all love to hear it), and making children laugh!!!!!

Clinic Management

From new patient referrals to insurance and billing, our office staff is here to support our Premier families with the administrative side of therapy so they can focus on their children's development and success.

Jennifer Kovanis - Owner, Clinic Director
​Debbie McLaughlin - Office Manager
​Shannon Iuni - Billing Manager
Jessica Fannin - Technical and Office Assistant

Heidi Martin,


Heidi received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1994. She continued her education by earning an additional Bachelor and Master degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 1999.

Her therapy experience covers all ages.  Her pediatric experience includes  working in the home, clinic and school setting with ages 0-12.  Heidi specializes in developing and implementing strategies related to fine motor (hand use/handwriting), visual motor, reflex integration and sensory  processing for children.  She has earned a reputation in several Atlanta schools for effectively treating children with these specialties as well as attention and organizational issues.  Additional clinical experience  includes Autism/Asperger Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Learning Disabilities.

Heidi has been working with Premier Children’s Therapy Center since 2003.  She is passionate about helping kids and families progress towards achieving their goals. She has two teen aged boys.

Michelle Shepherd,


Michelle provides diagnostic and therapeutic expertise for developmental delays in fine motor/handwriting skills, sensory integration and Apraxia.  She has conducted handwriting and cursive camps for children over the summer months.  She works on site in the Hall County public schools as well as in home care and here at the clinic.

​Michelle's Master Degree comes from Brenau University.

Emily Shuster,

Emily obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2003. Following graduation, she worked for a number of years in corporate staffing and recruiting until her grandfather, a tennis champion, suffered a stroke. Inspired by her grandfather’s therapist who helped teach him the skills necessary to reclaim his independence, Emily returned to school and obtained her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2011. Her Master’s Thesis involved revising the kinesthesia subtest of the Sensory Integration Praxis Test to make it more engaging to children.

During her training and since graduation, Emily has provided clinical intervention including aquatic therapy, hand therapy, hippotherapy, inpatient hospital rehabilitation, as well as home and school interventions. For the past three years, Emily has specialized in outpatient pediatrics. She has extensive experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and motor delays. Emily strives for a family-centric approach to treatment in order to maximize results.

Meet Our Staff


Michelle Bank
Jenny Olson
Kelli Quinn

Lindsay Medwed

Whitney Blankenship