Meet The Team
Read a Little About Us
Dr. Michelle Tomlinson OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist/CEO
Michelle Tomlinson received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 1998. In 2009 she earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. In 2016 she completed the requirements and is SIPT certified.
Dr. Tomlinson is originally from New York and moved with her family to Georgia in 2004. She has had the opportunity to use her training in various settings-hospitals, skilled care facilities, the public schools and private clinics. Her passion has always been in pediatrics and private clinic-based therapy. Working in a private clinic- based setting affords her the opportunity to address not only symptoms or behaviors but develop a true understanding of the child, their family and how to best promote understanding and growth.
In 2013 she opened Diverse Therapy Inc. in Stone Mountain. The business is a true labor of love that continues to flourish while touching many family’s lives. Her approach to therapy focuses on the tenets of how to best educate, uplift and promote growth. She is interested in how sensory processing and primitive reflex integration impact a child’s development and advocates that parent education is a must for a child to succeed.
Dr. Tomlinson has partnered with Dennette Vassell, in creating the non-profit Skilled Connections and serves as Vice-Chair of the Board. The current focus is on working with connecting healthcare professionals with children and families in the parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica W.I.
Dennette Vassell M.S. CCC, Speech Language Pathologist, Clinical Director
Dennette is from Jamaica but considers Atlanta her home. In 2018, Dennette added the role of Clinical Director. She brings a worth of knowledgeable ideas to Diverse Therapy Inc. She has 12 years clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist serving clients from birth to adulthood in a variety of clinical settings including the public schools in both Memphis and Atlanta, skilled nursing homes, and rehabilitative facilities.
Dennette received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA and a Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. During graduate school, her clinical training occurred in the Wilson County School System and The Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. She is licensed by the Georgia Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dennette has training in play therapy, early intervention, and pediatric Feeding and swallowing.
Dennette has partnered in developing the nonprofit, Skilled Connections, and serves as chairman of the board.
Hayat Akmel, MS., OTR/L Occupational Therapist
Hayat grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to Georgia in 2006. She went to Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2018. Hayat has a passion for the field of occupational therapy-especially the global development of Occupational Therapy to reach children in under-served communities. In her free time, Hayat enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and spending time in nature.
Dione Weathersby, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist
My name is Dione Weathersby and I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I moved to Colorado in 2001 after graduating from Rush University. I earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Rush University. After working in a rehab hospital and long-term care facility, I decided to further my healthcare training and pursued Massage Therapy. I graduated from Cottonwood School of Massage in 2003 and went on to further my education in Oncology Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Therapy.
Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working in various settings such as mental health facilities, hospitals, sub-acute care, schools, and home health. It gives me great pleasure to serve a variety of clients as this enriches me personally and professionally. My goal is to provide the tools necessary for clients to be successful and as independent as possible while participating in meaningful daily activities. The needs and concerns of my clients are incorporated into my service delivery. I am inspired by my additional family I have been embraced with at Diverse Therapy, Inc. and I strive to deliver the best therapy services to everyone I serve in a meaningful way.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, attending my children’s sporting events, working out, and reading.
Rachel Thomas, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Rachel is originally from Ohio. She earned her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Therapy from the University of Akron.
Brian McDaniel, M.S. CF, SLP
Brian McDaniel was born and raised in Lithonia, Georgia. He attended Oakwood University, in Huntsville, AL where he earned his B.S. degree in Elementary Education. After serving in the classroom as a third grade teacher, he went on to teach abroad on the beautiful island of Bermuda. Although he loved all of his teaching experiences, it was on the island he realized his new calling to Speech-Language Pathology. Brian went back to school full time to receive his M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Andrews University located in Berrien Springs, Michigan. During his graduate studies, he interned for a semester at Diverse therapy where he accounts for one of his favorite internship experiences. Now as a recent graduate, Brian returns home full circle to officially join the Diverse team. What he enjoys most about Diverse is working in a family like atmosphere where he can truly be himself and give back to his community.
Karrea Richards, Lead Go to Grow Instructor
Karrea Richards was born in Virginia then later moved to Thomasville Ga at the age of 12. She now lives in Atlanta Ga with her two daughters. This is her 3rd year at Diverse therapy and her 6th year working with kids that have cognitive delays, she’s also worked with adults that have ASD. So far, younger kids are her favorite to teach! Ms. Karrea became our lead Go to Go instructor May 2019. She loves the outdoors and taking trips with her daughters.
Kiana Woods-Waul, Go to Grow Instructor
Kiana Woods-Waul was born in New Jersey and raised in Georgia. Prior to joining the Diverse Therapy team she worked with kids in daycare settings. She has a passion for providing help to kids who need extra support. Kiana enjoys working at Diverse Therapy because of the level of commitment from her team members and love that is shown not only for the kids but for everyone helping.
Her goals are to keep learning as much as she can to continue to help each child to be their best.
Kaiyan Smith, Go to Grow Instructor
Kaiyan was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Dekalb County, Georgia. Prior to joining the Diverse Therapy team she attended college full time while working for a daycare. She continues to volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She possesses a passion for providing children with the extra support, care, and attention they need to be their best self. Kaiyan enjoys working at Diverse because of the community environment that is all connected through one goal. Her goals are to communicate effectively between team members, including parents as well as make sure she truly sees each child. Kaiyan graduated with a BS Psychology 2021 and plans further her education in Psychology.
Mya is from Stone Mountain, Ga. She obtained her Associates degree in communications from Gordon State College in 2018 and a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences (pre-OT) in 2020 from Brenau University.
Prior to working at Diverse therapy, she worked in recreation and childcare facilities. She has a passion for working with children and plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
She began working at Diverse Therapy in August 2021 and has enjoyed her experience thus far. She enjoys working at Diverse because there is a true collaboration among therapists and instructors to accomplish a common goal. The workplace culture is innovative and fun providing new experiences for both children and employees.
In her free time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, watching television and creating memorable experiences with family and friends.
B.A. Tomlinson, Practice Manager
Alvin Tomlinson was born and raised in the Boogie Down (aka Da Bronx, NY). He joined the team in 2018 bringing a strong background in customer service that has really transformed the front office. He truly enjoys being part of the Diverse because of the wonderful staff, the parents and of course all the children we get to help. He prides himself on professionalism and working with the team to take Diverse Therapy to the next level.
Aaron has a passion for music. He continues to serve as a major support with connecting the office with various community support services to ensure that Diverse Therapy Inc. continues to provide quality to each and every child.