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"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."

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Megan Buckland

Owner- M.S., OTR/L

Megan Buckland has been a Licensed Occupational Therapy practitioner since 2014. She has extensive experience in areas from infancy to geriatric, however her true passion has always been pediatrics and adults with developmental disabilities. She has over 10 years of specialized and diverse training that has honed her skills into the therapist she is today. Megan holds a Masters of Science of Occupational Therapy from Cabarrus College of Health Science, a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Appalachian State University, and an Associates degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

 

Lively Therapy Services, LLC is a dream that was born from Megan's deep seated desire to help families and their children achieve their highest level of potential, no matter the odds. This help will take on many forms and will be customized to each child's or family's unique needs but it might include assisting families with their child's daily routine, picky or problems with feeding, or adapting to sensory stimuli.

Megan has extensive training in pediatric treatments that include: Sensory Integration, Learning without Tears,  Anxious Eaters,  Beckman Oral Motor, NDT, Gross Motor, Reflex Integration, Fine Motor and Visual Motor deficits, and is currently certified in Therapeutic Listening. Combined with her time as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L), Megan has over 10 years of experience in the industry.

 

Lastly, Megan is also an advisory board member of a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant board at a local community college and is an adjutant instructor, helping to shape the future of the OT field by passing on her extensive knowledge to the next generation of Therapists.  

 

When Megan is not treating, she is spending time with her Husband, her 2 wonderful children, her dog, and her cat. She loves gardening, reading, and photography when she can find a spare minute but most of all she loves to vacation with her family. Megan is a born and bred mountain girl from Montana and the mountains will always hold a special place in her heart, but the beach is her escape and the ocean will always hold her soul!

Jessica Haddad

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jessica Haddad has been a Licensed Occupational Therapy Practitioner since 2019. She first graduated in 2016 from Appalachian State University with a degree in Psychology. She then graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2019 with a degree in Occupational Therapy Assistance. Her bulk of her career thus far has been at a private clinic and day facility which specialized in children with Autism paired with several other various diagnoses. She has worked closely with several different practices including: Behavior Specialists, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Teachers who specialize in working with children with various abilities and therefore loves exploring treatment options from several different aspects.

 

Jessica is passionate about all things Occupational Therapy. She bases her practice “style” around adaptation to each individual child that she works with. She places a high value on trust in relationship between herself, the child, and the parent(s) as well as unconditional love for each child. She believes that there is always a reason for each obstacle that the child is facing, and she puts her heart and mind into exhausting any and all options to overcome each obstacle. Her approach is client-centered and flexible. She loves that Occupational therapy is not always linear, as it allows for creativity and individuality.

 

Jessica married her husband who she met at Appalachian State University, has a daughter who she absolutely adores, and has two puppies. Her family loves all things nature, creative, spontaneous, and fun. She loves to re-model/DIY homes, furniture, and home décor. She also loves to soak in any sunshine she can, exercise, drink coffee, and spend time with her friends and family. She, like Megan, has a deep love for the mountains, but will never turn down an opportunity to go to the beach for an escape from chaos.

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Morgan Hudson

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Say hello to Morgan! She recently graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. She knew from the moment she graduated high school that she wanted a job where she could work with children and see them reach their goals. She is so excited to start her journey here at Lively Therapy Services.


A few of her favorite things include spending time with her family and friends, spoiling her nephews and niece, going to the beach and going on an occasional run. She has always had a passion for working with kids, from growing up with younger cousins, babysitting, and working in the nursery at the YMCA, but now she is looking to bring those lifelong skills to new levels and help your children achieve new heights! There is no better feeling than seeing a child reach their goals in life and in their occupations. In her own words: "Why do I want to work with kids? It’s the the look on their face and the excitement they show after learning a new skill and reaching a goal. Kids have a way of making each day special and exciting!"

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Hannah Youker

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Meet Hannah! Hannah recently graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College with an Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree and also has an Associate in Arts Degree. She has always had a passion to work with children stemming from growing up with a large family with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Having a large family has taught her how to appreciate different personalities and perspectives, accept responsibility, and integrate teamwork. Her passion for Occupational Therapy started first with her pawpaw, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and later with her little brother, who was born with a neurological disability. It was her passion to understand and teach others that a disability is not what defines a child and that by shaping and modifying the environment around them, caregivers will support their occupational performance for better independence in life. She is beyond excited to begin her occupational therapy journey here at Lively Therapy Services and meet incredible children and parents that will shape her into a better practitioner every day. Hannah loves spending time with family and friends, reading, adventuring out to new places, loving Jesus, and exercising. She is recently married and shares her home with two cats and a dog.

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Evie Blacka

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Hi! My name is Evie! I earned my degree as a COTA from Central Piedmont Community College in 2020. I went to East Tennessee State University for my Undergrad in Exercise and Sport Science and graduated from there in 2016. I have worked as a COTA for 1 year in pediatric home health which has allowed me to become very creative, client centered and have a huge heart for working with kids! Also nothing feels better than walking in and hearing a child scream "MISS EVIE!" 

 

I got into the field of Occupational Therapy because I have an older brother with high functioning Autism and I had a close peer tell me "you should look into OT, you are so patient with your brother!" and so began my journey to become an Occupational therapy practitioner. I have worked very closely with Autism ever since and I have also expanded my knowledge to many different diagnoses while working in the field!

 

When I'm not working, you can find me either hiking, kayaking, roller skating, skiing, at the gym and running 5Ks! I also love visiting my hometown in the mountains to see my family whenever I can and I am always down for a trip to the beach.

Katie Clemmer

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

I graduated in 2012 from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. I have been working as a therapist with children and adults ever since.  I love pediatric OT! I am a creative therapist who loves making slime and doing arts and crafts. I have specialized training in Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory feeding, Autism, oral motor training and sensory integration therapy.

 

I love doing fun activities with my son Liam who is 6 years old. Liam, my husband Joe and I love playing disc golf in our spare time. I also enjoy photography and design and going on fun adventures with my son.  Recently I became an adjunct instructor at a local community college in an OTA program working with future OT professionals. I love making therapy fun while focusing on the interests of each child.

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Ryan Buckland

Operations/Marketing

Feel free to say hi to Ryan if you see him around the office! As Megan's husband and a father to 2 beautiful children, Ryan has grown to love OT through Megan's passion and skill and his own experiences raising children. Ryan will be hard at work managing our website, daily business operations, and marketing and fundraising events.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys working on his car, building computers, going to the shooting range, and watching New York Jets football, even when they lose. And they lose....a lot.

Cheyenne Nielsen

Office Manager

Cheyenne made the transition from customer service-oriented roles in previous jobs to office manager for Lively Therapy in May of 2022. This knowledge from and history in multiple industries, namely retail, paired with her love for projects (work related or otherwise!) made the decision for her to be in this position an easy one. She, like the rest of the group at Lively Therapy, has a passion to help and thrives on being a support to those who need it. Cheyenne comes from a big family, so being the oldest child of 4 siblings and the oldest of 13 cousins, her ability to encourage, problem-solve, and think under pressure comes naturally.  

 

In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys creating in multiple forms of art, writing, attending concerts & sports events, and exercising, ESPECIALLY if it’s outdoors! She likes spending time on social media and uses it as an inspiration to create, in addition to finding it an exciting way to connect with others. She encourages the importance of mental health and has a natural drive to help you “talk it out” when you find yourself upset or desiring to celebrate your accomplishments. You will not often find her without one of the following: her water bottle, a notebook, or a piece of gum.