Meet our team of Pediatric therapistS

Our highly trained, licensed therapists have advanced degrees in their areas of specialty with ongoing continuing education to advance their knowledge in pediatric skills.

Support Staff

Meet the MPTS Support Team

Cynthia Secura

CEO and Founder

Penny Haywood

COO/Co-Owner

Cynthia Secura

CEO and Founder

Cyndi is a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. AS in Occupational Therapy. She has 24 years of diverse pediatric experience.

Penny Haywood

COO/Co-Owner

Graduated in 2003 at UNC at Pembroke with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in management. She has been in the medical field for 17 years.

Adriana Aguirre

Intake Coordinator (Rockingham Clinic) and Interpreter for all MPTS clients

Lorraine Carpenter

Front Office Coordinator
(Southern Pines Clinic)

Danielle Davis

Billing
Representative

Chelsey Davis

Front Office Coordinator (West End)

Breanna Jenkins

Authorization
Specialist / Administrative Assistant to COO

Melissa Osterbur

Administrative Assistant to COO

Adriana Aguirre

Intake Coordinator (Rockingham Clinic) and Interpreter for all MPTS clients

She has been working with MPTS since 2014. She assists therapists with translating for our Hispanic population.

Loraine Carpenter

Front Office Coordinator
(Southern Pines Clinic)

Danielle Davis

Billing
Representative

Danielle Davis, joined our team February of 2019

Front Office Coordinator (West End)

Chelsey has an associates degree in early childhood education from Sandhills Community College. She joined the team in 2023.

Breanna Radford

Authorization
Specialist / Administrative Assistant to COO

Breanna joined MPTS in Dec. of 2020. Breanna has a bachelor of interdiscipliary studies with a concentration on financial administration from University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Melissa Osterbur

Administrative Assistant to COO

Occupational Therapist

Meet the MPTS Occupational Therapy Team

Brian Anisansel

COTA/L

Meredith Bryson

COTA/L

Leslie Burelson

COTA/L

Hunter Elkins

COTA/L

Alyssa Hussey

COTA/L

Melanie Jacobs

COTA/L

Casey Marks

COTA/L

Elizabeth Mataxis

MS, OTR/L

Rachel Pessagno

MS, OTR/L

Samantha Smith

COTA/L

Kamryn Spivey

COTA/L

Lori Stocum

COTA/L

Rose Thompson

COTA/L

Morgan Tucker

COTA/L

Mynde Turner

OTR/L

Abbey Yarborough

COTA/L

Brian Anisansel

COTA/L

Brian attended Penn State University at Shenango.  Before moving to the great state of North Carolina in 2019, he lived in PA and NY.  Brian has been a COTA ( Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant)  for three years.

Meredith Bryson

COTA/L

Leslie Burelson

COTA/L

Leslie Graduated from Stanly Community College in 1989. She has been practicing for 28 years.

COTA/L

Hunter joined the MPTS team in 2023. Hunter eared a bachelors degree in recreational therapy from East Carolina University and received her OTA certification from Pitt Community College.

COTA/L

Alyssa joined MPTS in 2023. She graduated from Cabarrus College with an associates degree in occupational therapy.

COTA/L

Melanie joined the MPTS team in 2023.  She is a 2017 graduate from Durham Technical Community College.

Casey Marks

COTA/L

Casey attended to Cabarrus College of Health Sciences getting her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Graduated in 2020. She plans to go back for Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Elizabeth Mataxis

MS, OTR/L

Beth has been part of the MPTS team since 2019. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from UNC-Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Rachel Pessagno

MS, OTR/L

Rachel has been with MPTS since 2017. She graduated from University of Southern Indiana. She specializes in SOS feeding therapy, sensory processing  & integration, primitive reflexes, handwriting without tears and yoga.

Samantha Burris

COTA/L

COTA/L

Lori Stocum

COTA/L

Lori has been with MPTS since 2017. She earned her degree from Cabarrus College of Health and Science.  Lori has a special interest in Sensory Integration Therapy and is a Certified Mental Health Aide.

Rose Thompson

COTA/L

Rose joined MPTS is 2021. She attended Bryant & Stratton and Suny Canton College.

COTA/L

Morgan joined MPTS in 2023. She is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who earned a Associates of Science in occupational therapy assistant from Cabarrus College.

OTR/L

Mynde has been with MPTS since 2019 and earned her degree from Chatham University.

COTA/L

Abbey joined the MPTS team in 2023. She graduated from the occupational therapy assistant program from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Speech Language Pathologist

Meet the MPTS Speech Language Pathologist Team

Alyssa Bradshaw- Motes

SLP-Assistant

Shana Cameron

SLP-Assistant

Jennifer Cline

SLP- Assistant

Jaime Cuff

SLP- Assistant

Angela Easter

SLP- Assistant

Jean Harrison

M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Anna Lassing

SLP-Assistant

Cindy McNeill

SLP-Assistant

Veronica Meert

SLP-Assistant

Danielle Reitzel

M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Christine Rudy

SLP-Assistant

Jenna Sampson

SLP-Assistant

Leslie Sinclair

MA, CCC-SLP

Sherry Johnson- Swann

SLP-Assistant

Linda Tufts

M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Erica Vasquez

MS, CCC-SLP

Erica Vasquez

SLP-Assistant

Shana Cameron

SLP-Assistant

SLP- Assistant

Jennifer is a Speech Language Pathology Assistant who joined the MPTS team in 2023. She earned a Bachelor of Science in communicative disorders and deaf education from Utah State University and an Associates in speech- language pathologist assistant from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

SLP- Assistant

Jaime has been with MPTS since 2023. She has a bachelors in speech communication from Arizona State University.

SLP- Assistant

Angela has been with MPTS since 2022. She is a 2005 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Jean Harrison

M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Jean has over 25 years of experience. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro and is passionate about communication in part because she needed speech therapy as a child due to stuttering.

Anna Lassing

SLP-Assistant

Anna has been with MPTS since 2017. She graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with AAS in speech therapy and an AS in science.

Cindy McNeill

SLP-Assistant

Cindy has been part of the MPTS team since 2015. She has an associates degree from Sandhills Community College and an associate degree in science /SLP-Assistant from Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Cindy has a special interest in apraxia of language and AAC devices.

Veronica Meert

SLP-Assistant

Danielle Reitzel

M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Christine Rudy

SLP-Assistant

Christine has been with MPTS since 2019. She graduated with honors from FTCC Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant Program.

Jenna Sampson

SLP-Assistant

Leslie Sinclair

MA, CCC-SLP

Leslie is a Speech Language Pathologist with over 30 years of experience.

Sherry Johnson-Swann

SLP-Assistant

Linda Tufts

M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Erica Vasquez

MS, CCC-SLP

Physical Therapist

Meet the MPTS Physical Therapy Team

Averi Cross

PTA

Linda Fraley

PTA

Rebecca Harper

PTA

Rebecca Jones

PTA

Ashley Kubit

PT, DPT

Michelle Moran

PTA

Elizabeth Peterson

MS, PT

PTA

Averi has been with MPTS since 2023. She graduated from Guilford Technical Community College.

Linda Fraley

PTA

Linda is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and has been with MPTS since 2020.

PTA

Rebecca has been with MPTS since 2023. She is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Rebecca Jones

PTA

PT, DPT

Ashley has been with MPTS since 2023. She has bachelors in exercise physiology from East Carolina University and a doctorate of physical therapy from Campbell University.

Michelle Moran

PTA

Michelle has been with MPTS since 2020. She has a bachelors degree in health and exercise science from Lenoir Rhyne University and is associate of applied science in PTA.

Elizabeth Peterson

MS, PT

Elizabeth has been with MPTS since 2016. She  is a National Board Certified NC Licensed Physical Therapist earning her masters degree from the University of Miami.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Meet the MPTS ABA Team

Andrea Anderson

RBT

Melissa Askew

RBT

Haley Baker

RBT

Cydney Baldwin

MA, BCBA

Rebecca Bouchelle

RBT

Daniel Bourque

RBT

Angela Caviness

RBT

Anjel Cruz

RBT

Paula Daigle

RBT

Dominique Darden

RBT

Anna Egloff

RBT, QASP-S

Josh Hill

RBT

Brianna Jackson

RBT

Katie Koerner

RBT

Jennifer McGuire

BCaBA

Isaiah McNeil

QASP-S

Amy Rees

BS, BCaBA

Andrea Anderson

RBT

Andrea has been with MPTS since 2022. She has a masters degree in social work and a masters degree in applied behavior analysis with and emphasis in Autism. She is also CPR and CPI certified.

Melissa Askew

RBT

Melissa is a Registered Behavior Technician who joined the MPTS team at the Autism Center in 2020. She is CPR certified as well as CPI certified.

RBT

Haley has been with MPTS since 2023. She studied special education at Methodist University and is CPR & CPI certified.

Cydney Baldwin

MA, BCBA

Cydney has been with MPTS since 2021. She earned her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She is also trained in AAC devices.

RBT

Rebecca is a registered behavior technician. She joined MPTS in 2023.

RBT

Daniel is a Registered Behavior Technician. He joined MPTS in 2023.

Angela Caviness

RBT

Angela has been with MPTS since 2022 and has an AAS in occupational therapy assisting. She is also CPR and CPI certified.

Anjelica Cruz

RBT

Anjel has been with MPTS since 2022. She has a special education background and is CPR certified as well as CPI certified. She is also trained on AAC devices.

Paula Daigle

RBT

Paula has been with MPTS since 2019. She has a BA in psychology, special education and Montessori education.

Dominique Marston

RBT

RBT, QASP-S

Anna has been with MPTS since 2023. She earned a masters in special education with an emphasis in ABA from the University of Oklahoma. She also has a bachelors degree in recreational therapy from East Carolina University.

Josh Hill

RBT

Josh is a Registered Behavior Technician who has been with the MPTS team since 2019.

Brianna Chriscoe

RBT

Bree joined the MPTS team in 2019. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill with a minor in education and social and economic justice.

Katie Koerner

RBT

Jennifer Hill

BCaBA

Jennifer is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She joined the MPTS at the Autism Center team in 2020

QASP-S

Isaiah is a Qualified Autism Services Practitioner – Supervisor. He joined the MPTS team in 2023. Isaiah earned a Bachelor of Arts from Elizabeth City State University and a Master of Arts in teaching with a focus in special education from North Carolina Central University.

Amy Rees

BS, BCaBA

Amy has been with MPTS since 2020. She has a bachelors in early education from DePaul University and earned her BcaBA certification from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Mental Health Therapy

Meet the MPTS Mental Health Team

Kelly Driscoll

LCMHCA

Kerry Goldman

LCSWA

Jessica Lykes

LCMHCA

LCMHCA

Kelly joined MPTS in 2023. She earned her undergrad and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina – Pembroke.

LCSWA

Kerry joined the MPTS staff in 2023. She has her LCSWA license from UNC-P. Kerry is passionate about helping not only the child but the entire family achieve a positive outcome.

Jessica Lykes

LCMHCA

Jessica has been with MPTS since 2022. She has a masters degree in mental health counseling from Capella University.  She has a special interest in ADHD, ODD, school performance, parental training, emotional dysregulation and childhood trauma.