Hyche Center for Sensory & Motor Learning

Pediatric Occupational , Physical, Speech Therapy
 and Counseling 

Karen Lea Hyche, OTD, OTR/L, BCP.  Owner and occupational therapist. She is a doctorate level Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience. She is one of two Board Certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist. 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 Intergrative Listening System, Safe and Sound and Interactive Metronome provider. Karen is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association. 

Becky Hyche Merchant, Business Manager. Becky has over seventeen years in the health care industry,  Becky is responsible for all adminstrative duties and ensuring the Hyche Center for Sensory & Motor Learning runs smoothly and is fiscally responsible. 

Leann Oliver, LPC. LeAnn Frost is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 18 years experience-whose speciality is working with children who are dealing with mental and emotional problems, and often children who are dealing with difficult family or life circumstances. While children’s problems are often similar to those experienced by adults, the symptoms and experiences of children with these issues can be very different. Mrs. Frost treats a broad scope of problems, from grief, trauma, abuse, divorce, anxiety, depression to attention deficit disorder.  She works to create an open, accepting and friendly environment for the child with a variety of fun,creative techniques to help them deal with their problems. Mrs. Frost will often liaise with other services, when required, to help make necessary interventions and referrals. She will also work with the child’s parents or caregivers to address any negative interactions in the home, and to assess the child’s progress.

Counseling with children can be in an individual or group setting, depending on the type of problem the child is experiencing and what type of setting works best for them

Dixie Allen, OTR/L.

Dixie is a graduate of the University of South Alabama Mobile, AL . SHe received a Master's of science degree  in Occupational Therapy in 2018. 

She completed her Level II Fieldwork at  UAB Civitan Sparks Clinics. She was a Junior Board Member of the  Autism Society of Alabama. 

Layna Word, OTR/L
Layna is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she completed the Master of Occupational Therapy program in 2019. She received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Her areas of interest include sensory integration and developmental delay, and she hopes to become board certified in pediatrics one day.


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. 
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. 
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. 
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 inelopmental delay. Alley is a certified Interactive Metronome provider. 

Paige Ehrhardt, DPT. Paige completed her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of South Alabama. She has a 

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. 

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. 

Rachel Shewbart, SLP-CCC. Rachel is a certified speech language pathologist. Rachel received a bachelors degree in Communicative Disorders from The University of Alabama. She then received a masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Montevallo. Rachel is licensed by ABESPA and ASHA. She is a member of NSSHLA. She has experience with children, adolescents, and adults with articulation and phonological delays, childhood apraxia of speech, various augmentative and alternative communication needs, expressive and receptive language delays, cleft lip and/or palate, cognitive impairments, and swallowing disorders. Rachel is certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation which is used to treat facial weakness and/or muscle weakness that affects swallow function. She believes that helping individuals communicate improves independence in all areas of life.


Valerie Russel, SLP-CCC. Valerie graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She also completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Montevallo. Her pediatric internships included Trace Crossings Preschool, Chelsea Park Elementary, United Ability Hand in Hand Early Intervention Program, and United Ability Life Without Limits Outpatient Clinic. Valerie has experience working with Aided Language Stimulation, Gateway, Unity, LAMP Words for Life, Eye Gaze Devices, and Scanning Devices. She has completed additional training in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Kaufman methods to childhood apraxia of speech, pediatric dysphagia, and she is certified in Neuromuscluar Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Her areas of interest include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and early language. Valerie is a member of the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Halie Savage, SLP-CCC 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. 

Beth Gabriel, SLP

Kelsey Shake, SLP. 

Sharron Jones, Administrative Assistant. Sharron has expereience in child care as well as an administrative assistant in health care settings. She is responsible for verifing insurance, obtaining and maintaing physican orders necessary for therapy services. 

Stephanie Tempus is one of our welcoming receptionist.  Stephanie has years of experieince in child care. She has three children.  

Victoria Yielding, Pateint Care Coordinator. Victoria is responsible for patient scheduling and ensuring patient satisfaction.