Speech Therapist Luci Knotts recently joined the staff at Southeast Rehab. “As a child, I could not say the ‘r’ sound and was teased a lot—hence the reason I chose this profession,” Knotts laughs. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, she earned her Master’s Degree in 1995.
Her extensive 20-year career includes working with the Pascagoula school system, providing speech therapy in the nursing home setting, and most recently at Singing River Health System. “Actually, a patient I was treating from Lucedale planted the seed to come to George County,” she explains. “I’m excited to be here. This health system is growing and I’m glad to be a part of that growth.”
Knotts will focus on providing outpatient speech therapy at the rehab center (838 Mill Street) and in the nursing home setting at George Regional Health & Rehab. “The variety of this profession is what I enjoy the most. I may be working with a newborn baby, then helping a stroke victim—I love the challenge of it,” she explains.
“I’m very interested in feeding issues in children. My goal is to become certified in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, which is a way to address problematic feeding behaviors. There’s a real need in this area,” Knotts points out. “So many babies and children are being referred to outlying areas and it would be wonderful to offer the service here. Early intervention is key.”
Southeast Rehab & Wellness Center, an extension of George Regional Health System, helps patients effectively manage their wellness and rehabilitation. The center features a blend of prevention and treatment services all at one location. For more information, call 601-947-9190.
Southeast Rehab Staff
Johnny Smith, Physical Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation Services
Johnny received his degree from the University of South Alabama in 1990. He was employed by George County Hospital in 1997 where he helped design and develop Southeast Rehab and Wellness Center. He specializes in outpatient therapy, acute care, wound care, and home health. Johnny has taken numerous continuing education courses in neuro rehab, spinal mobilization, and McKenzie protocols. While serving in the Air Force from 1983-1987, Johnny was an athletic trainer at the Air Force Academy for the boxing, baseball and soccer teams.
Chad J. Ardoin, Physical Therapist, Director of Physical Therapy Services
Chad graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2000 where he then began his career at Southeast Rehab. From 2002-2008, Chad served as Assistant Director at Southeast Rehab. Chad has a passion for Sports Medicine. He also graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 1998 with a BS in Athletic Training. For the past 13 years, Chad has provided medical coverage for all George County High School Football games.
Robin Hovermale, Speech Therapist, MS, SLP, CCC
Robin received her master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Mississippi University for Women in 1998. She joined George Regional Health System in 2011 after working in the school and early intervention settings. Her area of expertise includes Autism and Dysphagia. She oversees speech generated devices with pediatrics and geriatrics as well as modified barium swallow studies. She holds certifications in Adult VitalStim and Integrated Listening System. Robin is an ASHA member for 15 years.
Kellie Hughes, Occupational Therapist
Kellie is a graduate of Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1998. Prior to joining Southeast Rehab in 2012, she developed and implemented OT in the Ocean Springs School District and co-developed and directed the first Pediatric Aquatics Therapy program for Encore Rehabilitation. With a focus on the specialty area of Pediatrics, Kellie has advanced training in Sensory Integration, Aquatics, Handwriting without Tears, and Seating and Positioning. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of Sensory Integration and Praxis Test as well as the Integrated Listening System. Kellie assisted in the standardization process of the Sensory Processing Measure and Preschool Sensory Processing Measure for Western Psychological Services. Kellie holds memberships in both AOTA and MSOTA.
Morgan Weihing, Speech-Language Pathologist
Morgan received her master’s degree from the University of South Alabama in 2010. She specializes in Autism and child language. Morgan is a member of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association where she is the co-chair for the 2013 Conference Committee and an appointee to the Mississippi Autism Advisory Council.
Beth Woodard Williamson, Physical Therapy Assistant
A graduate of Bishop State Community College, Beth joined the Southeast Rehab staff in 2003. She specializes in wound care. Beth has experience in a variety of settings to include acute care, school system, outpatient, nursing home and home health with adults, pediatrics and geriatrics.
Malorie Clark, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Malorie is a graduate of Pearl River Community College and joined the staff at Southeast Rehab in 2009. Her areas of expertise include orthopedics and neuro outpatient therapy. She also has therapy experience in home health, nursing home, and school system settings.
Jason Hall, Physical Therapy Assistant
Jason is a graduate of Bishop State Community College and specializes in outpatient rehabilitation. His experience also includes home health, geriatrics and pediatrics.
William “Scottie” Tisdale, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Scottie graduated from Pearl River community college and specializes in therapy services in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. He is certified in vestibular rehabilitation and is also a certified personal trainer.
Courtney Ready, Physical Therapy Assistant
A graduate of Pearl River Community College, Courtney joined the Southeast Rehab staff in 2012. She specializes in outpatient and pediatric therapy.