MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Jennifer Hewitt Morgan, OTD, OTR/L
Owner, Jennifer Hewitt Morgan is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy who resides in her hometown in Louisiana. She has been working with children with special needs/challenges over 15 years. Initially, Mrs. Jenn provided occupational therapy to adults until her son suffered a traumatic brain injury at age 7. Throughout her research and motivation to assist her son in his recovery, she discovered a passion for working with all children. Her son is now a healthy and happy veteran of the U.S. Army.
She received her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University while working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (one of the top children’s rehab hospitals in the U.S.). After almost 10 years at Children’s Healthcare, she accepted a job helping the children of U.S. military members stationed in the U.K.
After her wonderful overseas experience, she moved back to her hometown in Louisiana to be closer to family and work in the local school system helping with a variety of diagnoses and learning disabilities. In 2012, Happy Hands Therapy was opened so that she could provide medically based OT and reach students that struggle with coordination and visual processing difficulties that did not qualify for school assistance.
Specialties: Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Techniques (NDT), Sensory Integration Assessment and Treatment, Handwriting without Tears Motor Program, Range of Motion/Strength Testing, Bilateral Coordination, Reflex Integration, Development Assessment and Treatment, Certified in Yoga for the Special Child, Visual Processing, Ocular Motor Training
Alex Ashcraft, COTA/L
Alex Ashcraft is a compassionate, creative and loving therapist providing children the ‘just right challenge’ they need. Due to her self-drive and love for kids, she is a great addition to the team of Happy Hands Therapy. She received her Associates in Occupational Therapy at Delgado Community College of New Orleans, LA. She is licensed with the Medical Board of Louisiana and is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Elizabeth Blackwell, MOT, OTR/L
Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from the University of South Alabama in December 2013 and practices as an occupational therapist with a specialty in pediatrics. She is licensed and registered with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Her undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology with a specialty in exercise science, and she feels that this has helped to develop her teaching style by incorporating whole body movements and coordinated actions into each skilled therapy session. Her passion lies in early childhood development, visual processing, sensory integration and higher level executive functioning skills. She loves to be silly and has a knack for finding what best motivates the child in order for them to participate and function to their best potential. She is certified in interactive metronome, handwriting without tears, sensory integration training program- how does your engine run, and recently attended a visual processing course. Her favorite part about being a pediatric therapist is seeing the magic happen-- in her words, "kids are resilient, they don't let anything hold them back".
Nicole Byrd, MOT/L
Nicole has been working with children with special needs and disabilities since 2009. She received her Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from University of Louisiana Monroe Mrs. Nicole is licensed with the Medical Board of Louisiana and is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She knew pediatrics was the area she has always wanted to work in because “seeing a child’s facial expression when they finally succeed” is the biggest reward an individual can witness. Mrs. Nicole was first exposed to Occupational Therapy when her nephew was born with a rare multi-deformity disorder classified as the acronym VACTRYL. Her nephew required intense therapy sessions where she witnessed his success by simply achieving his biggest struggle at that time, his occupation of “play.”
Specialties: NICU feeding, picky eaters, reflex integration, bilateral coordination, developmental assessment and treatment, Ocular Motor training, Neuro-developmental Treatment and Techniques (NDT), etc.
Brandi McCormick, COTA/L
Brandi received her degree from Delgado Community College in December of 2016 after completing coursework in occupational therapy as well as internships at St Tammany Hospital and Trinity Neurological Rehab center. She became certified after passing OTA boards and was granted an OTA license by the medical board of La. Her love for OT began with a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer and Downs Syndrome whom she visited regularly in a nursing home. It sparked her interest to learn more about these diagnoses and how she could help him. From that point, her first job was with pediatrics and she soon knew that she loved this part of OT as well. Incorporating play into learning and assisting in their growth is very rewarding! Their playful smiles and hugs are a treat that warms her heart.
Danielle McNeil, COTA/L
Dani McNeil is a licensed, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who enjoys living life to its fullest. Dani received her Bachelor's degree in Dance Education and Special education, with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation from The University of Southern Mississippi. She went on to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy and graduated of Delgado Community College's Allied Health and Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Dani loves Occupational Therapy because OT helps individuals live life to its fullest. Her most recent certification is with the Interactive Metronome program. She loves working with kids because they are full of energy and are always working towards meeting goals in and out of the clinic. Dani comes from a strong background in dance and continues to teach dance both locally and nationally. Her other hobbies include racing sailboats, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Tracy Robertson, Office Manager
Tracy Robertson is the Office Manager at Happy Hands Therapy Services. She is known as the “go to” person if our team needs something done and is a great advocate for families when having to jump thru hoops for the insurance companies. She previously worked in the School System for 6 years with the special education department.
She loves greeting and interacting with our patients and their families as well as making the therapy payment and scheduling process as easy as possible.