Team Autism Memphis was founded by trained and experienced therapists who advocate a developmental approach. Team Autism works with other clinicians, family, and educators to provide the best possible outcomes. Heidi Hosick Joyce, M.S. CCC-A/SLP is a speech language pathologist with 30 years’ experience in development disabilities. She has specialized in Autism for the last ten years. Nancy Massey, M.A. CCC/SLP has over 30 years’ experience specializing in the treatment of children with Autism, childhood apraxia of speech, language processing disorders, and more. Together Heidi and Nancy, with their varied backgrounds, identified a significant need in the Memphis area to provide a comprehensive approach to improve the lives of children. Through this identified need, Team Autism Memphis was created!
Heidi Hosick Joyce is the co-director of Team Autism Memphis and Founder/CEO of Independent Therapy Network. Heidi is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist with 30 years of clinical experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She received her M.S. in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is certified by ASHA, and is licensed in several states as a speech pathologist and audiologist. Her clinical expertise lies in evaluating and treating individuals with developmental disabilities, Autism, and disorders of relating and communicating. Heidi’s clinical model focuses on the whole child, coaching families and paraprofessionals to maximize carryover of treatment plans. Heidi’s specialty training in AAC and Autism Spectrum Disorder treatments is enhanced with a consistent team approach to meet the client’s needs, recognizing the family as an integral part of that team. Because of Heidi’s extensive experience with individuals with developmental disabilities, she has authored numerous presentations and spoken nationally at Educational, Speech Language Pathology, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Conferences. Heidi is trained in LAMP (AAC), SOS (Feeding strategies), PROMPT, and Beckman Oral Motor Interventions. She is certified in Hanen, Interactive Metronome, and DIR/Floortime through the Profectum Foundation.
Nancy Massey is the co-director of Team Autism Memphis and Owner/Director of Germantown Speech Language & Learning Clinic. She received her M.A. in Speech – Language Pathology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Nancy is certified by the American Speech – Language -Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Tennessee. Nancy has worked in hospital and home health environments, has a lengthy clinical background, and has received many hours of continuing education. She has extensive experience in the areas of Language/Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Nancy also has a strong interest in working with adult voice disorders as well as aphasia and cognitive rehabilitation, and enjoys working with a diverse population of patients including children and adults. She is a PROMPT Certified Clinician and holds Hanen certifications and a professional certificate form the Profectum Academy in DIR/Floortime. Nancy also provides treatment with Interactive Metronome and Cogmed training.
Elise is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She received a Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Her clinical experience includes child and adolescent psycho-social therapy, inpatient rehab, and inpatient adult services. Elise’s work settings have included early intervention, school systems, post-acute, and long-term care. Her work with pediatrics covers a variety of diagnosis including a special interest in children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism. Elise is a Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) trained therapist and provides feeding therapy intervention.
Courtney is the Team Autism Memphis office manager. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She manages all non-clinical aspects of Team Autism and is available to provide information regarding payment, insurance, and appointment scheduling.
Jennifer joined Team Autism Memphis in January of 2018. She is a licensed occupational therapist. Jennifer graduated in 1998 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist since then. She has practiced in inpatient and outpatient settings, served as an adjunct instructor for UT’s Occupational Therapy program, and has owned a private practice. She has specialty certification in electrical stimulation and thermal agent modalities. She has attended many continuing education courses on a variety of topics including handwriting, sensory processing, interactive metronome, kinesiotaping, and autism/ADHD. Jennifer received Board Certification in Pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2018, a distinction awarded to less than 1% of all occupational therapists nationally. In addition to working at Team Autism Memphis, she is also participating in a Post Professional Master’s program.
Shelby joined Team Autism Memphis in August 2017 as an office assistant administrator. She is graduated in December 2017 from the University of Memphis with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Shelby will begin her masters in Speech-Language Pathology in August 2018. She will be training with Heidi Hosick Joyce and Nancy Massey in DIR/Floortime.
Holly is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who joined Team Autism Memphis in January 2018. She found her passion for working with kids in High School where she graduated with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. After graduation she completed her training as a Massage Therapist, learning more than she ever imagined about the body and mind and finding a new interest in the neuromuscular connection and kinesiology. Through further research she finally found her calling in Occupational Therapy which would inevitably allow her to return to working in pediatrics while adding her newfound interests in sensory processing. Holly graduated from Tidewater Community College with an AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2007 and received her NBCOT certification. Since then she has worked in multiple settings including skilled nursing facilities, acute care, short term rehab, home health and school setting. Her training over the years included Total Motion Release, Balance for Life, Myofacial Release and Electrical/thermal Modalities. Regardless of setting or training she continues to be drawn back to anything and everything relating to pediatrics, completing further training in Handwriting Without Tears, ALERT and working with children with behavioral/defiance disorders. She remains eager to continue learning more about sensory processing disorders and other pediatric diagnosis while creating strong relationships with her clients and their families.
Jamie joined Team Autism in May 2018. She received her M.A. from The University of Memphis in 1999 and is fully certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Tennessee. Jamie has several years of clinical experience working in the public schools, and she has extensive experience working with individuals with complex communication needs as well as complex speech sound disorders. Jamie has a strong interest in working with social language disorders and functional communication for individuals transitioning into high school and vocational opportunities.
Luz joined Team Autism Memphis in July 2017. With 28 years of pediatric experience, Luz received her degree as an Occupational Therapist in Colombia. Early on in her career development, Luz knew her calling was to serve children; she opened her private practice and consultation/intervention services for the pediatric population. Luz moved to the USA in 1996, where she continued to provide services to the pediatric population in a wide variety of settings; ICU, inpatient rehab, brain injury specialty programs, outpatient rehab, home health, and sensory integration specialty clinics. She supports level I and level II OT students as a Certified Field Work Educator by AOTA. Luz is a Certified Pediatric
NDT therapist by NDTA; she completed the intensive Mentorship levels I and
II by the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder. Other certifications and continued education she has obtained include Interactive Metronome, several Listening Programs, Astronaut Training Protocol, Pediatric Kinesiotaping, SIPT Certification Track, and Handwriting Programs.
Charissa joined Team Autism Memphis in September 2018. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a B.S. in Psychology. She went on to receive her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2017 from East Carolina University and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Before moving to Tennessee in August 2018, Charissa practiced in North Carolina, serving the pediatric population as an early intervention therapist. She has a passion for working with children and connecting with each family she serves. Charissa’s additional clinical experience includes long-term care with memory unit, acute care/NICU, and inpatient/outpatient rehab.