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.
Nikki Boland, Speech Language Pathologist
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.
Mya Wilkerson was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and raised in the Metro Atlanta area.
She can be described as warm, outgoing, has a passion for the arts and the gift of service. She strives for excellence and prides herself in producing purposeful work. In 2018, Mya furthered her education by attending Gordon State College to obtain an A.A. degree in Communications. In 2020, Mya’s desire for working in the arts and with children merged as she discovered therapeutic services for children. While enrolled in Brenau University’s dance program, she was introduced to various forms of therapy including occupational, and dance movement therapy. Within that moment, she began to explore Occupational Therapy and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences (Pre-Occupational Therapy) by the end of 2020.
In August 2021, Wilkerson joined the Diverse Therapy team as a Grow Program Instructor. Mya’s previous work with children in recreation and daycare facilities provided a solid foundation for her current role. As an instructor, her strengths include creativity, organization, collaboration, compassion, and eagerness to learn. While working at Diverse, she has gained experience in g-tube feeding and the use of communication devices. Her goal at Diverse is to develop a unique approach to connecting with clients while making learning fun. Mya enjoys working at Diverse Therapy because it provides her with the opportunity to learn from top clinicians in the field and participate in purposeful work.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, and reading.
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 Levinson, Operations Consultant
Aaron is from Stone Mountain, GA. He enjoys working as the Operations Consultant at Diverse Therapy Inc. because it provides the opportunity to serve the excellent therapists of the practice, as well as the Stone Mountain community and its members.
His goal is to help the therapists, clients and their family’s experience an enriching therapeutic experience.