Meet our neuroBridge Staff Members 

Knowledgeable, Professional, and Committed to Excellence




Margaret Hopping | OTR/L

Co-Founder


Margaret received her degree from the Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Regents University) in 1992. With over 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, she has worked in a range of settings, including physical rehabilitation, home health, and pediatrics. Pediatrics is her joy and led her to pursue a business that allowed her to work with children in independent schools in the Chattanooga area. She completed her Sensory Integration Certification through Western Psychological Services in 2012, and is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Margaret has her Handwriting Certification from LWT and is certified to administer The Print Tool. She has pursued and completed training courses and certification in the SOS approach to feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, The Astronaut Training Program, NeuroNet Learning™ Provider: Early Learners - Program 2, Primitive Reflex Integration Training, Interactive Metronome Provider, Executive Function coaching, Cognitive-Function (Cog-Fun)Intervention, Cogmed Provider and Autism courses focused on a strengths based approach. Margaret is passionate about using a team approach and loves working with children, families, teachers and administrators. 

Margaret and her husband Hank have two grown children, a daughter in law and two dogs to keep them company at home. Margaret enjoys traveling, spending time with family, watching college football, being outdoors, and reading on her porch.


Sarah Powe | OTR/L

Co-Founder


Sarah has degrees from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center - Memphis in Kinesiology and Occupational Therapy. Sarah has over 25 years of experience as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings. Sarah has served children and families as a pediatric clinician in burn care, intensive care, inpatient care, outpatient care, in-home therapy, school therapy, and as a school administrator. Her presence in these areas over the years has continued to ignite Sarah's passion for serving the whole child in partnership with the multidisciplinary team. Sarah received her certification as an Executive Function Certified Tutor in 2022 from the Cliff Valley Institute. Sarah has also completed certifications in and pursued continuing education in Cogmed, Exceptional Learning Styles: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia, Interactive Metronome Provider, NeuroNet Learning™ Provider: Early Learners - Program 2, The Therapeutic Listening Program, The Astronaut Training Program, Primitive Reflex Integration Training, and Play Based Therapy Interventions for Emotional Dysregulation and Challenging Behaviors.

Sarah and her husband Jeff have three children and a doodle. Each is wildly entertaining and a constant source of wonderment. Sarah enjoys spending time with her people, practicing yoga, gardening, reading, and the outdoors in her free time.

 

Brooke Baker | MSOT, OTR/L


Brooke received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in 2012. Prior to graduate school Brooke had 10 years of experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant providing services in a variety of settings. Brooke completed a clinical rotation in pediatrics in 2011 and has continued to pursue pediatric course work through Learning Without Tears. Brooke loves working with children to help them achieve success in their daily life at home, school, and in their community. 

Brooke and her husband Daniel have two children. In their free time they enjoy time with family and friends.

Karen Long, M.A. | CCC-SLP


Karen has an undergraduate degree with a double major in Psychology and Human Services from Mercer University and an M.A. degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Karen has enjoyed working with children for 25+ years in a variety of settings including home, school and clinic locations. Karen believes it is essential to identify each child’s unique strengths in order to utilize their areas of interest and success in helping them become effective communicators. Over the years, Karen has worked with students with a wide range of diagnoses, implementing multi-sensory techniques to facilitate whole-brain learning and strengthen communication skills. The emphasis of Karen’s recent continuing education has been on developing strategies to improve speech and language deficits related to weak executive functioning skills/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and emotional regulation issues. She considers family education to be one of her primary roles in serving children and she appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with any caregivers involved including parents, teachers, siblings, and/or grandparents. 

Karen and her husband have two older daughters who are doing interesting things in the world and one 10-year-old daughter who keeps them busy at home with lots of animals! On Sundays, Karen can be found in a quiet circle on the floor, teaching Godly Play to our young children and learning from the purest of heart.

Lanie Keyser, M.A. | CCC-SLP


Lanie received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Speech Language Pathology. She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of pediatric populations for over 16 years. Lanie has experience working with adults, but she found her true love and passion working with children and their families. Lanie worked in the public school setting for 10 years, working with children ranging from ages 3-12. Lanie has had the opportunity to work with fluency disorders, auditory processing, children with Autism and social language delays, children with Down Syndrome, expressive and receptive language delay, developmental delay, Apraxia, articulation and phonological impairments, learning and reading disabilities and phonological awareness. Throughout her career, she has maintained a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by continuing her education and studies in speech and language. Lanie believes that parents, caregivers, and teachers play a vital role in a child's success in therapy. She strives to foster positive, and meaningful relationships with each child and family that she works with. 

Lanie and her husband Adam have two children. They enjoy being outside, going to the beach, playing with their dogs, hiking, and camping as a family.


Andrea Henry, M.C.D. | SLP-CCC


Andrea received a Bachelor's of Science in Communication Disorders in 2016, and a Master's in Communication Disorders in 2018 from Auburn University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Special Education. She received and has maintained a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association following the completion of her clinical fellowship. Andrea has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the public school setting, a developmental center, and most recently private practice. In these settings she has worked with children aged birth to 22 with a wide range of diagnoses including receptive and expressive language delay, developmental delay, articulation and phonological impairments, stuttering, Autism, genetic differences, and feeding disorders.

Andrea and her husband, Evan live in Chattanooga with their Goldendoodle named Paisley, and hope to grow their family in the near future. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the lake, hiking, and attending live music events.

Dr. Julie Gersch | Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Julie Gersch is a Clinical Psychologist and Health Service Provider licensed in the states of Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas. Julie completed her Doctoral degree at The University of Akron in Ohio with pre- and post-doctoral training in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed an additional postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Julie has enjoyed a diverse professional work history as both a provider and a healthcare leader/administrator. Her varied career has allowed her to gain expertise in a wide range of psychological assessment and intervention services spanning all age ranges (children to older adult). She has worked in varied treatment settings including schools, private practice, hospitals, residential care settings (subacute rehab and long- term care), and in small and large businesses/organizations, including nonprofit. Julie is passionate about the intersections of psychology and career/vocation. She holds deep experience working with individuals to better understand how their thinking, feeling, and behaving translates to stellar performance and best possible outcomes in academics and work life. In addition to working locally in Chattanooga, Julie is currently the national Chair of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee of Psychologists in Long Term Care.

Outside of work, Julie and her husband have raised three children who are now young adults creating their own exciting educational and work-life adventures. In addition to traveling out of state to unite with family, Julie spends her free time volunteering, gardening, and sailing on the Tennessee River.



Kennedy Clark | MSOT, OTR/L


Kennedy received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2018 and went on to obtain her Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree from Tennessee Wesleyan University where she graduated in 2021. Kennedy has over 10 years of pediatric experience working with children of all ages and abilities which led her to pursue the field of pediatric OT. Kennedy completed her fieldwork in an outpatient pediatric setting where she experienced firsthand the immense positive impact that OT services can have on a child’s academic success. Kennedy loves working with students on handwriting skills, classroom management skills, social skills, and self-care skills and believes strongly in finding ways to make therapy sessions fun and interactive. Kennedy is committed to reducing barriers to participation so that every single child has an equal opportunity to learn and thrive at school.

Kennedy and her husband, Jacob, live in Chattanooga. Kennedy enjoys weekend road trips, personal development audiobooks, clean beauty products, morning workouts, and a strong cup of coffee.

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