We are an award-winning speech and occupational therapy clinic serving the greater Birmingham community of Alabama since 2010.


Renee Plata, M.S., Ed

Renee received her Double Masters degree at Bank Street College in New York City. Renee has over 20 years of experience as a Special Educator. She has worked with children with a variety of learning disabilities. Renee’s experience includes consulting with families and school systems on cognitive, social, behavioral and IEP development. Renee is Level 1 DIR certified. She is also a parent of a young adult on the spectrum, which equips her with insight to address daily needs of our families.


Hannah Murchison

Hannah graduated with her bachelors degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from Troy University in December 2015. Hannah started here as an intern, and has greatly enjoyed the experience that Puzzle Piece has to offer. Hannah is excited to work with children with special needs, and hopes to expand her knowledge and skills.


  • Lauren McCreless, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Olivia Killian, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Andrea Abts, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Rebecca Millsap, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Emily Culberson, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Regan Baldwin, M.C.D., CCC-SLP

  • Ashley Hamlin, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Abbie Novak Wood, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Cassandra Fritz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Occupational Therapists

  • Gretchen O’Rear, M.S., OTR/L

  • Lindsay Warren, M.S., OTR/L

  • Amy Maher, M.S., OTR/L

  • Martee Hewitt, OTR/L

  • Chelsea Standifer Crenshaw, M.S., OTR/L

  • Caitlyn Mullane , M.S., OTR/L

  • Kaitlyn Bennett, M.S., OTR/L

  • Annette Dunn, M.S., OTR/L

  • Mary Burch, OTR/L

what we’ve achieved

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Puzzle Piece is honored to have been named Best Special Needs Service in Birmingham by Birmingham Magazine in 2019.


Puzzle Piece is honored to have been named Best Speech Pathologists in Birmingham in 2018


Puzzle Piece has been such a blessing. My daughter came out of her first session so excited and confident. She loves her therapist and wants to go to therapy every week.
— Heather Elliot- Parent
We love Puzzle Piece! My kids look forward to their sessions each week and I have been so impressed with the improvements they have made in just a few months. The therapists are awesome!
— Ashley Lindauer - Parent
We love Puzzle Piece! The staff is friendly and helpful! The environment is welcoming, clean, and kid-friendly. My Son has worked with several different therapists (Speech and OT) and we’ve only had good experiences!
— Jennifer Elisabeth - Parent

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