Meet our neuroBridge Staff Members
Knowledgeable, Professional, and Committed to Excellence
Margaret Hopping | OTR/L
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
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.
Carly York | OTD, OTR/L
Carly York received her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2021. Prior to her time in Chattanooga, she attended the University of Alabama where she double majored in Dance and Human Development/Family Studies, with a minor in Psychology. Carly has over 2 years of clinical experience in outpatient and hospital-based pediatric OT, as well as additional experience in adult inpatient rehabilitation. In addition to her clinical practice, Carly has now served as an adjunct professor at her alma mater of UTC within the OT department for the last year. Carly has a passion for helping students from pre-K to graduate studies maximize their strengths to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Carly and her husband, Ryan, have one fur baby named River. In her free time, Carly loves traveling, reading a good book, going to the lake, and visiting with friends and family.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
Meredith Thomas, M.S. | CCC-SLP
Meredith received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Furman University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She then went on to Southern Connecticut State University where she received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. While she initially became an SLP to specialize in voice therapy, Meredith fell in love with the pediatric population in graduate school and went on to work in the public school sector after graduation. During this time, she received and has maintained her ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Since moving to the Chattanooga area, Meredith has been a stay-at-home parent and has loved getting to experience the speech and language development of her own children first hand.
Meredith lives on Signal Mountain with her husband Paul, their two children, and their new puppy. In her free time, Meredith enjoys traveling, going on adventures near and far with her family, enthusiastically starting new craft projects that she likely will never finish, leading parent-child Musikgarten classes for young families at her church, and singing in her church choir.
Rachel Blanton M.Ed | MCC, Empowerment Coach
Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auburn University in 2014 and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia in 2016. She has completed additional training in the Seeing My Time approach to supporting executive functions and received certification as an online executive function specialist. Supporting executive function and social-emotional skills is a passion for Rachel. She has worked as a school counselor in elementary schools, both public and private, for the last 7 years. She believes the best way to support students is strengths-based and through a team approach. In her free time, Rachel loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, and pets, preferably outside either going for a stroll or working in our garden. She also loves to be in the kitchen, baking treats or experimenting with new recipes.
MacKenzie O’Neal | Digital Marketing Assistant
MacKenzie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She began her career in the classroom where she taught 1st and 2nd grades for a total of 7 years in a private school. MacKenzie loved her time in the classroom working with children and devoting her time to expanding her knowledge of education, but decided to stay home to raise her daughter when she was born in 2022. A few years into her career, MacKenzie stumbled into the social media scene and began creating, influencing and networking online with other creators of similar interests. MacKenzie’s love for the digital world collides with her passion for teaching tiny humans to read, write, learn and grow as our Digital Marketing Assistant.
MacKenzie loves to spend her weekends with her husband, Kenston, and daughter, Kennedy. They love to take long walks, try new restaurants for brunch, and travel to see new places!