General Booth Office
Located in the Strawbridge area of Virginia Beach, our General Booth office provides speech therapy, occupational therapy, as well as pediatric physical therapy with experienced therapists in a caring environment. Southeastern Therapy for Kids provides pediatric physical therapy services to meet the rehabilitation needs of patients, their physicians and parents. We work with children from birth to adulthood providing timely, individualized therapy services in a caring environment through the personalized attention of a committed staff.
At Southeastern Therapy for Kids, we go above and beyond when it comes to the treatment of our young patients. Our goal is to make their experience as close to “play time” as possible. Our specially-trained pediatric physical therapists work one-on-one with our young patients to help them, encourage progress, and form lasting bonds. In addition, our pediatric physical therapists work to improve a child’s gross motor ability (large muscle groups) which facilitate improved mobility, coordination and balance.
We’ll also do everything in our power to accommodate your busy schedule – including getting your child in for an appointment within 24 hours. Whether your child needs physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy, we’re here for you. Our friendly General Booth, Virginia Beach staff is happy to walk you through necessary paperwork and assist in any way possible, including insurance questions and scheduling. We’ll even call your insurance company for you to help you understand your benefits. The Southeastern Therapy for Kids team has partnered with Ivy Rehab in their joint mission to offer more services and an exceptional patient experience. The same caring staff at Southeastern Therapy for Kids will continue offer the same great service their patients have come to expect.
Ashley DrabikMS, OTR/L
General Booth Clinic Manager
Ashley is an Occupational Therapist specializing in pediatrics. She recieved both her Bachelors of Science (2011) and Masters of Occupational Therapy (2012) from Duquesne Univeristy, Pittsburgh. In addition to working with a variety of diagnoses within the pediatric population, including Autism Spectrum Disoder, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, DiGeorges Syndrome, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and feeding difficulties, Ashley has worked in an adult outpatient clinic focusing on hand therapy. She received training in S.O.S. Feeding Therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, and the Interactive Metronome. Ashley is passionate about client-centered care and using a holistic apporach in therapy to help children reach their full potential.
Wendy HarrisMS, CCC-SLP
Wendy comes to SPT as a veteran speech-language pathologist who currently specializes in evaluation and treatment for Literacy and provides skilled training using the Wilson Reading System. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in the areas of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1983 from Old Dominion University. While working in a local school system, she provided services for children receiving early intervention and early childhood special education. During this time, she became actively involved with Operation Smile. She served on two separate medical missions as a speech pathologist in the Philippines and then Africa providing pre and post op care to patients and their families with cleft lip and palate. In 1991, Wendy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University. Shortly thereafter, she worked for a local children’s hospital both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Wendy obtained extensive experience during her twenty-three years working with children with a variety of communication disorders including: oral-motor feeding, oral-motor articulation, language, as well as voice and fluency. Within the past five years, Wendy has obtained extensive training, evaluating and treating reading and spelling disorders, which has become her current passion. She enjoys working with the adult population providing services for disorders including: swallowing/feeding, oral motor skills and communication disorders following a stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injury. Wendy is committed to her patients and families. She remains passionate in developing and providing functional services for individual needs.
Heather LassiterPT, MPT
Heather has been a licensed physical therapist for over ten years. She received her bachelor’s in exercise science with an emphasize on exercise physiology from Kent State University in 2003. She then achieved her Masters’ of Physical Therapy from the University of Cincinnati in 2006. She began her physical therapy career treating adults in a hospital setting in Ohio but soon became a traveling physical therapist whom has been lucky enough to have worked in multiple states across the United States with patients of all ages.
Heather is passionate about helping children to achieve their age appropriate level of functioning or highest available level through play. She has experience assisting persons recovering from orthopedic injuries, helping athletes return to sport, assisting patients with balance deficits, and assisting persons returning to their daily activities following an injury or general debility. She also enjoys working with patients with neurological disorders such as traumatic brain injuries, CVA, Parkinson’s etc. Heather utilizes a multidisciplinary approach while providing patient and family education in order to achieve the patient’s highest available level of function.
Heather and her husband love outdoor activities like hiking, running (just for fun) and SUP as well as volunteering in the community. She became a new mom in 2017 and has really enjoyed playing with her son and being a part of his motor development.