Ann Ruble, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist

Ann received her undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She then completed a Master’s in Education and Speech Language Pathology at Alabama A&M University. Ann completed an externship at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center in Huntsville, and then worked for Morgan County Schools. She served pre-K through 12th grade through the school system including a self-contained life skills classroom. While caring for her two young children, she worked as an independent clinician for the pediatric population in Huntsville and Madison, Alabama. She worked as a part time Speech-Language Pathologist and as an independent clinician with military families in their homes when her husband accepted a job in Germany. She returned to Huntsville and began working for UCP Huntsville. Ann sees children through UCP’s Early Intervention and Outpatient programs. She also serves as the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist. She is an ASHA approved evaluator for AAC devices and therapies, holds LAMP certification from Prentke Romich Company, and has evaluation and clinical experience with TOBII/Dynavox eye gaze devices. She is also an ASHA CEU administrator or UCP’s TASC program and approved presented and trainer for AACs.

Ann feels what is special about UCP therapy programs is the ability to provide outpatient therapy in the clinic and Early Intervention services in the home using the same therapists. Ann also appreciates that UCP offers all three therapies in our center making it more convenient for clients receiving multiple services. She also enjoys the collaboration among the therapists to coordinate the best possible care for the clients and their families.

 

Kayla Kinzer, MCD, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kayla graduated from Auburn University with a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and joined UCP in 2016. She worked in Early Intervention for a year and in an elementary school setting for two years prior to joining UCP. Kayla’s interests include articulation/phonology disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and pediatric feeding and swallowing. Kayla strives to put each child’s needs first and diligently work to have them show progress.

 

Janet Taylor, B.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Janet completed her Bachelors’ Occupational Therapy degree from UAB. Prior to working at UCP, she worked for Crestwood Hospital Outpatient Pediatric program, Nursing Homes and two school systems. Janet is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor protocol. She has also received specialized trainings in sensory diets, oral motor dysfunction and treatment, soft tissue (myofascial release) and Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT).

Janet feels overall wellness, prevention and family education is very important. Janet’s approach to working with children is a ‘give and take’ approach. She likes to work with the family to start a therapeutic routine which enhances the child’s progress. She evaluates each child and writes a customized program dependent on the needs of that child and family.

 

Cheryl Ramos, DPT

Physical Therapist

Cheryl graduated from University of Montevallo with a Bachelor’s degree in Education for Deaf/Hard of Hearing. She taught at the Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) in Talladega, AL for 11 years. She taught middle and elementary school with 3 years of teaching classes with children with multiple disabilities. She taught ASL (American Sign Language) classes for children and adults in the community. She was an assistant with coaching the ASD soccer team. Cheryl loved teaching the children and collaborating with other teachers and professionals for the best education for the individual child. After moving to Huntsville with their two children for her husband’s job, Cheryl went back to school. She graduated from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2008 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Cheryl had completed a clinical at UCP in 2008 and was hired in 2009 as a full time physical therapist for outpatient and Early Intervention. She has taken a variety of courses related to best practices for treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders, pediatric equipment, orthotics, gait interventions for birth-3 population with posture and movement dysfunction, and children with spina bifida.

Cheryl loves working with the children and their families. She feels that the collaboration between therapists of different disciplines at UCP is essential to providing the best care for the children. Cheryl loves the challenge of making therapy “fun” and playful for the children and collaborating with the families to address the needs of the child at home and in community to support the child and family. Collaborating with other therapists, CRS (Children’s Rehabilitation Services), vendors, orthotists, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) physicians, and professionals in the community provides the optimal care for the child. Cheryl feels blessed to have this opportunity to work with the children and families through UCP.

 

Lindsey Lamm, DPT

Physical Therapist

Lindsey graduated from the UAB Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. She worked for Crestwood Hospital for two years working in acute care and outpatient settings. She was part of an interdisciplinary team and working in geriatrics, orthopedics, and neurology. Lindsey’s passion is for the pediatric population, and after completing a 12-week rotation at UCP while in school, she joined UCP full-time as a Physical Therapist with UCP in 2016.

Lindsey wants to make therapy fun and not work. She strives to look at the big picture and assess the child’s overall function and how any difficulties may affect their daily routine. Lindsey feels one of the strongest points about UCP’s outpatient therapy program is how closely we work with families and other providers, such as orthotists, physicians, wheelchair vendors, and other therapists, so that everyone involved in a child’s care can collaborate to hopefully take some of the strain off of the families.

 

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UCP Therapists (L-R) Cheryl Ramos, Janet Taylor, Kayla Kinzer, Ann Ruble, and Lindsey Lamm