Therapist Introduction

Olivia Killian

It’s time for another #therapistthursday and today we introduce Olivia Killian, M.S., CCC-SLP! She has been working at Puzzle Piece since 2016. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders in 2013 and a Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2015. Roll Tide! ❤️🐘 After graduating with her masters, Olivia completed her clinical fellowship at Puzzle Piece and now practices as an ASHA certified speech language pathologist. She is passionate about empowering children with the ability to communicate, build relationships, and share their life experiences with others. She is also an Orton Gillingham trained therapist and has a passion in helping children with language and literacy disorders. Olivia feels immensely blessed to be a part of the Puzzle Piece community, comprised of therapists, office staff and our childrens’ families, where each day is filled with joy and laughter! Olivia and her fiancé, Chase, enjoy living in Birmingham and spending time with friends and family. They enjoy traveling together and cherish frequent weekend trips to the lake!

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Therapist Introduction

Gretchen O'Rear

For our first therapist Thursday introduction, we will be introducing one of our occupational therapists, Gretchen O'Rear, MS, OTR/L, who has worked at Puzzle Piece since 2015! She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of South Alabama (Go Jags!) in 2009. An internship at USA Children's and Women's Hospital is where she gained a love for children of all abilities. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Milligan College in Tennessee in 2012. She has a passion for the pediatric population and is grateful to be able to work with children and their families. Gretchen believes every child is unique and brings a special joy and personality into our clinic every day. Their energy and interests is always teaching Gretchen something new. Gretchen also enjoys working as a clinical instructor for occupational therapy graduate students and helping them develop their skills for the pediatric population. Gretchen appreciates being able to collaborate and work alongside Puzzle Piece’s outstanding occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and office managers that make every day full of laughter, excitement, and fun.

Gretchen and her husband, Kent has two energetic little girls, Maddie and Morgan. Gretchen enjoys drinking coffee, reading, being a dance mom, traveling, and eating Kent’s delicious food.

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