Kristi Estes, OTR/L
Kristi graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2000 and has been practicing in the area of pediatrics since that time, with experience in both the home and clinic environments.

Through these different experiences with a wide array of ages and diagnoses, Kristi has developed an expertise in working with children with feeding issues, sensory integration dysfunction, developmental delay, and autism. Additional training has been completed with the SOS Approach to Feeding, oral motor strategies, Handwriting without Tears, and overall sensory integration techniques.

When not working, Kristi enjoys traveling, cooking, and cycling.

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Sharilyn Gugliotta, MS CCC-SLP

Sharilyn Gugliotta, MS CCC-SLP
Sharilyn moved from south Florida to Forsyth County, Georgia in the summer of 2007. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a Masters degree in speech and language pathology. She has been working with the pediatric population since 1995. Prior to joining Rising Stars Children’s Therapy, Sharilyn worked in many different settings, including a private clinic, a developmental preschool, in an elementary program with autistic children, and did some home health. She specializes in global speech delays, articulation, apraxia, autism, oral motor skills, and works with children with a variety of diagnoses.

When not working, Sharilyn spends time with husband and their two children, and enjoys hiking in the mountains, cooking, and volunteering with Cub Scouts and in her children’s school.


Kim D'Addario, OTR/L


Kim D’Addario, OTR/L
Kim has a bachelor degree in Psychology from Occidental College, and received her graduate education in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California in 1980. Kim trained directly with Dr. A. Jean Ayres in sensory integrative therapy, and is certified in the Southern California Sensory Integration Tests and the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. She also is trained in the Therapeutic Listening Program and Handwriting Without Tears. Kim has worked throughout her career in pediatric private practices in southern California, and relocated to the Canton area 4 years ago. She specializes in working with children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delay, attention deficits, and autism. She has 2 grown children and loves gardening, reading, and sewing.



Laura Wiley, MS OTR/L

Laura graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and from Shenandoah University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.  She has worked exclusively in pediatrics since 1999 with a specialty in sensory integration and sensory feeding.  Laura has worked in a variety of settings to include a children’s hospital, several private practices, a private school, and the public school system.  She has participated in a wide array of continuing education over the years to include therapeutic listening, Handwriting Without Tears, sensory integration techniques, and visual deficits.  She has enjoyed running a variety of therapeutic groups and camps over the years.  Laura loves her fabulous husband, her two adorable children, her dog, scrapbooking, reading, and jet skiing.



Amy Molley, OTR/L

Amy has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University.  She has a variety of pediatric experience working in multiple settings including school system, home health, and private practice.  Amy specializes in working with children with developmental delay, autism, motor coordination difficulties, and sensory processing disorders. Amy has experience working with children on handwriting and is trained in Handwriting Without Tears. She enjoys using a Floortime approach while attending to children’s individual sensory needs.

Amy loves spending time with her husband and two children.  She enjoys traveling, cooking, and sewing for her daughters.



Lori Wetherington, MSP, CCC-SLP

Lori earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Winthrop University.  She went on to earn her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina, where she completed a specialization in Auditory-Verbal Therapy for children with hearing impairments.  Lori began her career working for the Fulton County School System for a diverse population of children ranging in age from 4 - 21.  Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings including preschools, private schools, and home health.  When not at work, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Melissa Newton, M. Ed. CCC-SLP

Melissa graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics.  She then went on to receive her Master's in Education from Valdosta State University.  She is currently pursuing her Education Specialist degree from Valdosta State University.  Since earning her Master's, Melissa has worked full time at an elementary school in Cobb County.  She has also worked as a speech therapist in the home health setting.  Melissa is married with two 'fur-children'.  In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, working in the yard, and spending time with friends and family.

Kathy Brunner M. Ed. CCC-SLP

Kathy Brunner M. Ed. CCC-SLP
Kathy earned her degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has worked as a speech/language therapist in a school system and as a developmental specialist in a neonatal intensive care unit and developmental follow-up program in a metropolitan hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She owned a private practice in Pittsburgh for over twenty years, specializing in treating high risk children with communication disorders and those with autism and autism spectrum disorders. Ms. Brunner relocated to Georgia in July of 2004 and splits her time working in an outpatient pediatric practice and doing home treatment for infants and toddlers. Ms. Brunner has given workshops across the country training individuals to use Melodic/Multi-Phonemic Intervention which she has developed and used with success for many non-verbal and low verbal individuals.

Kathy specializes in treating individuals with developmental delay including autism, PDD, genetic disorders, auditory processing, and apraxia, and individuals with a range of oral motor and feeding disorders.

She is a member of the ASHA, and has presented at Autism One conferences, as well as the Georgia Speech, Language and Hearing Association conferences.

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