The mission of Skilled Connections is to connect healthcare professionals to families of children with special needs in the Caribbean in order to enhance their daily lives.
Who Are We?
We are a team of certified Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists specializing in pediatric interventions with children, ranging in age from birth to eight years and eleven months, who have developmental, communication, genetic, neurological, and feeding difficulties.
Skilled Connections co-founders, Dr. Michelle Tomlinson and Dennette Vassell have a combined 30 years experience in the allied health field working with both adults and children. The co-founders are of Jamaican heritage and they have a passion for sharing their skills and knowledge to make positive changes in the lives of children with special needs in Jamaica.
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. She has extensive training in Sensory Integration and is also SIPT certified.
Dr. Tomlinson is originally from New York and her parents are from St.Elizabeth, Jamaica. 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.
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 professional interests focus on pediatric development and sensory processing. She advocates that parent education is a must for a child to succeed.
Dennette Vassell 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. 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 was born in Sav-la-mar, Jamaica and she has lived in both Tennessee and Georgia. Her professional interests focus on pediatric language development, feeding and swallowing, speech sound disorders, and myofunctional therapy. Dennette has served as the clinical director of Diverse Therapy Inc. since 2018.