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, Cullen and Greyson. 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 mental health. Brooke currently lives in South Charlotte with her husband Adam and two kids, Hudson and Poppy.

 


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 Matt, son Ezra and fur baby Tar. She enjoys running, swimming, watching college sports, interior design, and spending time with friends and family.

 


Summer Gaddis, MS, 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 two girls Merritt and Molly.

 


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 Andrew, daughter Emily and their dog Molly.  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 with her husband Josh and daughter Ava. She enjoys running and 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. Sara’s interests include photography, kayaking, boating and biking with her husband Richard and son Nathan.

 

 

 


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.

 

 


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 husband, 3 daughters 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.

 


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.

 

 

 


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Emily graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Appalachian State University in 2017 and received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UNCG in 2019. She has completed fieldwork In various settings including public schools, acute care hospital and inpatient rehabilitation. Her speech therapy interest areas including pediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties, expressive and receptive language delays, articulation concerns, and phonological disorders. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends.

 


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Ann Marie attended the University of Delaware, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1994, as well as Old Dominion University, completing Secondary Education Certification in 1996.  Initially a high school Biology teacher for Norfolk City Schools in Norfolk, VA, Ann Marie relocated to Charlotte, NC with her husband and began teaching high school Biology/Anatomy and Physiology for Charlotte-Mecklenburg and then Gaston County Schools. After several years Ann Marie left teaching to ultimately become a stay at home mother to her two children until they were old enough for her to consider going back to school for a second career. Ann Marie graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with an Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2019 and started working at Pediatric Hands On Therapy. She loves to create interesting and fun therapy sessions for her pediatric patients as well as working with parents to help them re-create those ideas at home.  

 


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Erin is a full-time Speech Language Pathologist. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Appalachian State University. Erin has worked at Pediatric Hand on Therapy since 2019 and enjoys working with a variety of patients. Her special interests include treating children with disabilities, expressive and receptive language delays or disorders, articulation concerns, phonological disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), and working with nonverbal communicators who utilize AAC as a means of communicating. Erin enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, being outdoors, staying active, watching movies, and going on hikes.


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Britt attended Appalachian State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2007. She received a Master of Speech Pathology degree from the University of South Carolina in 2009. Britt began her career in the public schools in South Carolina. She worked in North and South Carolina schools for 7 years before deciding to pursue her interest in private practice. She started working at Pediatric Hands On Therapy in 2017 and enjoys working with a variety of patients. She has attended training for Beckman Oral Motor protocol, pediatric feeding, teletherapy, and other skill areas. Britt lives in Lincolnton with her husband Trent, daughter Caroline, and dog MacGyver. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and being at the beach.


Lindsey Mackey, OTR/L