Hyche Center for Sensory & Motor Learning

Pediatric Occupational , Physical, Speech Therapy
 and Counseling 

Karen Lea Hyche, OTD, OTR/L. Owner and occupational therapist. She is a doctorate level Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience. She is the co-author of "Classroom Strategies for Children with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder", and has spoken nationally on these subjects. Karen is SIPT certified and an ILS and IM provider. Karen is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association. 

Becky Hyche Merchant, Business Manager. With over seventeen years in the health care industry, Becky's experience allows us to maintain fiscal responsibility. She is committed to assisting families and meeting scheduling needs. 

Leann Oliver, LPC, RPT. Leann serves two separate roles. She is a license counselor and registered play therapist. She provides counseling services as an independent therapist at the Hyche Center. Leann also serves as the Hyche Center's patient care coordinator. Leann meets with families following evaluations to go over policies and patients rights. She will assist in meeting scheduling needs. She will also meet with you if you have any concerns about quality of care.  

Patti Johnson, RPT. Patti has over twenty two years experience as a physical therapist. Her experience includes home health, early intervention, public schools and outpatient services. Patti takes a very functional approach to physical therapy. 

Karen L, COTA/L. Karen completed her Associates of Science in occupational therapy at Wallace State Community College. She completed her level 2 fieldwork in a public school system. Previous experience includes Raising Readers School Coordinator. Karen's areas of interest includes handwriting, fine motor development and social-emotional development. Karen is a certified Interactive Metronome provider. 

Kelsey Martin, COTA/L. Kelsey completed her Associates of Science in occupational therapy at Wallace State Community College and worked with an Early Intervention Program for her Level 2 fieldwork. Kelsey's areas of interest include sensory modulation, sensory motor and feeding. 

Leigh Brown is our newest team member. She is the afternoon receptionist. Leigh is married and has three children. Her youngest was a micro preemie and has sensory processing disorder. She is a fantastic resource for our families.

Rachel Shewbart, MS, CCC-SLP. Rachel graduated from the University of Alabama with her Bachelors Degree in Communicative Disorders. She completed her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Montevallo. Her internships included Helena Elementary School and Easter Seals Pediatric Therapy. Rachel has experience working with clients of all ages providing a variety of speech therapy services. She is a member of the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology & Audiology and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.. Rachel is NMES certified. She also has additional training using LAMP.  Her areas of interest include swallowing disorders. 

Jasmine Nettles, LPTA. Jasmine earned her Associate of Science in Physical Therapy at South University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Alabama State University. She has six years of comprehensive experience in the field. Her areas of interet include motor planning and strengthening. 

Valerie Russell, SLP. Valerie is  graduate of Montevallo University, where she earned her Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Valerie has additional training using LAMP. Her areas of interest include augmentative and alternative communication. 

Halie Savage, SLP. Halie is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women. She has a Master's Degree in Speech- Language Pathology. Halie has additional training using LAMP. Her areas of interest include phonogical awareness and augmentaive and alternative communication. 

Alley Gurganus, COTA/L. Allie is a graduate of Wallace State Community College. She holds an associate degree in science. Alley has five years experience as a COTA/L. Her areas of interest include feeding and general developmental delay. Alley is a certified Interactive Metronome provider. 

Debbie Carden, COTA/L. Debbie holds a B.A. in psycholoy and an M.A. for school psychomotry. She worked as a Child LIfe Specialist for two years. Debbie holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She work in special education for eight years before returning to school to complete her education as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Debbie's area of interest include social-emotional development and visual motor skills. 

Aubrey Green, COTA/L. Aubrey completed her associate degress and education as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Wallace State. Aubrey is a certified Interactive Metronome Provider. Her areas of interest include sensory motor development. 

Stephanie Tempus, Receptionist. Stephanie is our afternoon receptionist. Stephanie has years of experieince in child care. She has three children. 

Sharron Jones, Administrative Assistant. Sharron has expereience in child care as well as an administrative assistant.

Kaye Cannon, Occupational Therapist. Certified Hand Therapist. Kaye holds a Bacholar's degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 30 years experience as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings. She holds a speciality certification as a Hand Therapsit.