Julia Carruthers-Thorne is a native of Nashville, TN. While at Belmont University, Julia studied Social Work and came to fully understand her love of working with children with special needs and their families. She began working in the public school system in 2011, supporting a student for two years. From there she moved to The Brown Center for Autism, where she worked with both young children and their families affected by a diagnosis of Autism. During her time there, she obtained the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential and completed a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Lipscomb University. She recently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Julia is thrilled to be working with the community at Foundations for Growing!
Tanasi Otero, MA CCC-SLP
Tanasi Otero provides FFG with 16 years of experience in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, early intervention, private clinics, nursing home facilities, schools and home health care. She has worked at multiple Autism centers nationwide gaining experience in ABA settings collaborating with BCBAs, consulting, providing individual therapy, and leading social groups. She holds a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida. She is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Tennessee and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has had the opportunity to professionally work with children with Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Autism, Apraxia, Fluency Disorders, Medically Fragile Children, Language Disorders and Articulation/Phonological Disorders.
Brittany Rauch, MOT OTR/L
Brittany Rauch provides FFG with 13 years of experience in a variety of settings including pediatric outpatient clinics, adult inpatient rehabilitation, psychiatric inpatient, skilled nursing and long-term care, schools, and home healthcare. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Brittany worked as an autism intervention specialist in various psychiatric and autism centers collaborating with BCBAs and medical professionals. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a second B.A. in Sociology from Bellarmine University and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Tennessee and is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She has had extensive experience working with children and adults with Developmental Delays, Motor Coordination Disorders, Feeding Disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, and a myriad of Neurological Syndromes.
Charlotte McIntosh, RBT
Charlotte McIntosh joined Foundations for Growing in August of 2018. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and found her passion for working with children in the early intervention program at the Emory Autism Center. She has worked in a variety of settings as both a classroom teacher and one-on-on therapist, developing communication curriculum, planning activities, and implementing goals. She is currently working toward her M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Tennessee State University while providing quality care for FFG clients and families.
Danielle Habrat, RBT
Danielle Habrat just recently made her move to Nashville from the Ocean State, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in communication disorders at the University of Rhode Island in 2017. She will be attending Tennessee State University to pursue her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and expand her knowledge in the field. She has worked previously as a Lead Behavior Technician at the J. Arthur Trudeau Center in Rhode Island providing ABA services to pediatrics with Autism and as a mentor to children in social skills groups at a private practice in Western MA. She believes that she learns as much from her clients as they learn from her.