Our Staff

Freida Poag, MS, OTR/L

Freida graduated from the Occupational Science Program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.  Freida began her career working at Gaston Memorial Hospital.  She then began working for Gaston County Schools.  Freida started Pediatric Hands on Therapy, PC in 2004.  She opened a small clinic in 2008 off of New Hope Road.  In 2015, she moved her clinic to Pembroke Road to accommodate the growing needs in Gaston County.  Freida enjoys working with children of all ages.  She specializes in sensory processing disorders, feeding disorders and prematurity.  Freida is certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test.  She has been trained in Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Myofascial Release, SOS Approach to feeding, Thera-pressure Brushing Protocol, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting with Tears, and various courses in NDT.  As the owner of Pediatric Hands on Therapy, PC,  her goal is for parents to have trust in the therapists to provide the best possible treatment.   She wants therapy to be an enjoyable experience for the families and patients.  Freida enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and dogs in her spare time.

Cathryn Beasley, Office Manager

Cathryn has been married for 25 years and has 3 wonderful children.  Rebecca is 22, Cullen is 19 and Greyson is 18. In 1990, she graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and used her degree teaching preschool for many years before coming to Pediatric Hands on Therapy in 2008.  Besides traveling with her family, she enjoys cooking, knitting and reading.


Brooke Hensley, COTA/L

Brooke is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who graduated from Central Piedmont Community College’s OTA program in summer 2014 and started working at Pediatric Hands on Therapy shortly after. Brooke found her passion in occupational therapy as the door closed on her previous career as a news producer in Charleston, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism and although she valued her time working in the news industry, she ultimately didn’t feel fullfilled. After moving back home to Charlotte, where she began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for a little girl with Cerebral Palsy, she discovered and fell in love with occupational therapy and decided to go back to school to pursue a career in OT. Brooke has special interest in sensory integration, visual deficits, and the behavioral/sensory approach to feeding deficits. Brooke currently lives in South Charlotte with her husband and two dogs and enjoys cooking, crafting and spending time with family and friends around town.

Trina Mingus, OTR/L

Trina was born in New Zealand and graduated from Occupational Therapy school there in 1993. Trina came to Charlotte in 1994 to work as an OT with plans to return to New Zealand. However she soon met her husband and they now have 2 very active, sports crazy boys together.   Trina has worked as an OT in a variety of settings including nursing home, home health and output adults and a Head Injury unit and was a traveling therapist and a OT manager for a previous facility.  Trina started working full time with pediatric clients in 2000 and has found this to be her true passion.  Trina is adult NDT certified and has attended training for Beckman and SOS feeding. Myofascial Release, pediatric NDT, Vision Therapy and a number of other specialized skills. She has experience in working with children with a wide variety of needs in school, home & clinic settings.  Trina values spending time with her family and enjoys travel, a variety of sports & spending time in their home in the NC mountains.

Caroline Miller, OTR/L

Caroline attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008. She received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy also from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. Caroline practiced inpatient spinal cord rehab in Chapel Hill and home-based pediatric therapy in Morganton before returning to the Charlotte area to work in outpatient pediatrics. Caroline has been with Pediatric Hands on Therapy for 4 years and enjoys working with a variety of patients of all different ages and abilities. She has attended training for pediatric NDT, myofascial release, vision therapy, pediatric feeding, and other skill sets. Caroline lives in Mount Holly, NC with her husband and enjoys running, swimming, watching college sports, interior design, and spending time with friends and family.

Summer Gaddis, M.S., OTR/L

Summer Gaddis graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BA in special education in 2003.  She taught special education for 5 years before deciding to return to school to study occupational therapy.  Summer graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University with an M.S. in Occupational therapy.  She completed her pediatric fieldwork rotation with Pediatric Hands On Therapy and has been working there ever since.   Summer has also practiced in the inpatient rehabilitation setting with both adults and the pediatric population. She has a special interest in treating patients with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. Summer lives in Lowell  with her husband and two children.



Meredith Dixon, PT, DPT

Meredith grew up in Shelby, NC.  She attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2013 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. She has aspired to work with children since she personally had a bout of physical therapy in high school.  Meredith completed her pediatric clinical rotation at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC where she evaluated and treated patients with orthopedic conditions from all over the world.  Meredith has special interests in developmental delay, gait deviations, toe walking, Torticollis and Cerebral Palsy.  She lives with her husband and dog.  In her spare time she enjoys running, traveling, taking her dog on walks, watching movies and baking.

Meredith is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Pediatrics Section and the North Carolina Pediatric Special Interest Group.  She has attended a continuing education course on Myofascial Release for Pediatrics, Kinesiotaping and bracing for pediatrics.

Raechel Reynolds, DPT

Raechel attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA earning a degree in Exercise Physiology in 2006. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, FL in 2008. Raechel practiced in the outpatient adult setting before moving to the Charlotte area to work in pediatrics.  Raechel has been with Pediatric Hands on Therapy for 2 years and enjoys working with a variety of patients. Raechel lives in Belmont, NC and enjoys running, spending time with friends and family.


Sarah Aldridge, PTA

Sara attended UNCG and received a BS in Exercise Sports Science with a minor in Biology.   In 1998 she graduated from CPCC with an Associates Degree Physical Therapist Assistant.  She has 16 years of pediatric experience.  She has worked in Shelby City Schools/Cleveland County Schools, Contract work for Cleveland County Schools; ChildWorks Therapy; Kids First Therapy; Pediatric Hands on Therapy.

Interests: photography, kayaking, boating, biking.



Lisa Millspaw, SLP

Lisa received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in VA. She has been working with children with speech and language disorders in home, clinic, and school settings for almost 20 years. She lives in Belmont with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and traveling.




Lisa Tallman, M.S. CCC-SLP

Lisa is a native of Belmont, NC. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in 2006 and taught at New Hope Elementary in Gastonia, NC for several years before moving to Maine, where she worked in early childhood education. Lisa moved back to North Carolina to attend East Carolina University, earning her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2015. Lisa lives in Gastonia with her husband, dog & cat, chickens, and bees. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, camping, hiking, & traveling.

Lisa’s areas of professional interest include: feeding and swallowing disorders, emergent literacy and language development, and speech sound disorders. Lisa loves to incorporate literacy activities, music, and physical activity into her therapy sessions.

Marcia Garrison, MS, CCC-SLP/L

Marcia Garrison is a full-time speech language pathologist. Marcia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Saint Xavier University-Chicago obtained in 2007. Marcia is a highly-qualified speech language pathologist who strives to give children the highest level of ability to communicate and function in their daily life. Marcia has extensive experience in various areas of the speech, language and hearing disorders/mechanisms including Apraxia, Articulation, Attention Deficit, Auditory Processing, Augmentative Communication, Developmental Delays, Neurogenic Disorders, and Sensory, Social and Behavioral Deficiencies, and Feeding and/or Swallowing difficulties. Marcia’s special interests include treating children with disabilities a well as children that have language and learning disabilities, expressive and receptive language delays, articulation concerns, auditory processing issues, phonological disorders, and nonverbal communicators. Marcia has experience working in private schools, public schools, early intervention and private practice settings.

                                                                    Tricia VanGastle, COTA/L

Tricia is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Spring of 2017.  She started working at  Pediatric Hands on Therapy, PC after completing her Level II fieldwork rotation.  Prior to making the decision to pursue Occupational Therapy, Tricia owned a printing business.  She found her calling to Occupational Therapy through a series of events.  She feels very fortunate to be a part of the PHOT team and loves the field of OT.  Tricia has special interest in working with children of all ages with sensory integration, visual deficits, autism and those severely/profoundly disabled.  Tricia lives in Belmont with her 3 daughters, mother and several pets.  She enjoys spending time with ther family and close friends, going to the beach, reading, doing anything outdoors and she is learning to garden.

Amy Mason, CCC, SLP


Morgan Maldanado, SLP


Susan Vale, Office Assistant

Susan joined our team in 2016.  She feels right at home in our clinic having taught preschool for the last 14 years.  Susan is married to Jeff and has two Children. Chelsea is in college and Joey is in high school.  When not at work, she enjpys family time, cooking and traveling to  the beach.