Greenville Pediatrics at Verdae Staff
Owner, Occupational Therapy
Dillen graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, School of Occupational Therapy in 1995 and moved to the USA in 1996. He is co-owner of Advanced Therapy Solutions. Dillen has 20+ years of clinical experience and is trained in multiple treatment approaches with both adults and pediatrics. Dillen’s interest is in the areas of Autism, developmental disorders, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, ADD and learning disabilities. He is trained and experienced in sensory integration, neuromuscular re-education, brain gym, vision therapy, environmental adaptation, Tai-Chi, yoga, Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. He serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for Interactive Metronome and he is also a certified iLs trainer and is often asked to present his views and treatment approaches in treatment of children internationally. Dillen lives in Duncan with his wife, Miki and their two sons, Jakob and Austen.
- Favorite Color: Blue
- Favorite Food: Sushi
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Sydney, Australia
- Favorite Hobbies: Wood working, Golf and Hiking
Clinic Director of Verdae Clinic
Nikki is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and is originally from St. George, SC. She has experience working with clients of all ages; however, her passion lies in the treatment of children with sensory processing disorders as well as learning disorders. Nikki has extensive training in sensory processing disorders, is a certified Interactive Metronome provider, and an advanced practitioner of the Integrated Listening Systems program. Nikki lives in Greer with her husband Scot and their 2 children Ethan and Emerson.
- Favorite Color: Pink
- Favorite Food: Pizza
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Any beach
- Favorite Hobbies: Running, Camping with her family
- Professional Interests: Sensory Processing Disorders, Learning Disorders, anxiety in children
Kathie completed her undergraduate work at Purdue University with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. She then obtained her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. She has been working with children of all ages and varying challenges for over 20 years. Kathie is a certified Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems provider. She currently lives in Greenville with her daughter, Reagan.
- Favorite Color: purple
- Favorite Food: pizza
- Favorite Vacation Spot: anywhere that has mountains
- Favorite Hobbies: anything outdoors, hiking, kayaking, running and jewelry making
- Professional Interests: Sensory Processing/ASD, ADHD/Learning differences, Feeding disorders
Andrea graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2006. After moving to Greenville, she worked as an ABA therapist before pursuing Occupational Therapy as a career. She graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Greenville Tech in 2011. Andrea joined the ATS staff in March of 2012. She is certified in integrated Listening systems and Interactive Metronome. Andrea lives in Greenville with her husband Robby and dog, Winnie.
- Favorite Color: orange
- Favorite Food: chips & salsa
- Favorite Vacation Spot: beach
- Favorite Hobbies: spending time with friends and family, traveling, taking pictures
- Professional Interests: Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing
Chris joined the ATS team in 2011 and is certified in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome. Prior to completing the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Greenville Tech, he studied percussion at Anderson University. In addition to providing occupational therapy services at ATS, he also teaches music at NoteAbility Music School in Greer. He lives in Simpsonville with his wife Jerri and their spunky little girl Eliza.
- Favorite Color: Blue
- Favorite Food: French Fries
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Pawley’s Island
- Favorite Hobbies Tennis, ping pong, basketball, cards and board games, movies, traveling, Clemson football, and spending time with family & friends
- Professional Interests: The therapeutic benefits of music; Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Amanda is from Columbia, SC and graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. She received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Belmont University in May 2015 and joined the ATS family in June 2015. She serves as the director of aquatic therapy at ATS. Amanda is currently certified in Integrated Listening Systems and has been educated in the use of aquatic therapy techniques for treatment.
- Favorite Color: Turquoise & Navy
- Favorite Food: Mexican anything!
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Beach
- Favorite Hobbies: Traveling, being outside, spending time with friends and family
- Professional Interests: Aquatic therapy, Sensory Processing/ASD, Sensory Integration Disorders, Learning Differences, and supporting children and their family’s needs
Emily is from Red Bud, IL and graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science. She received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in May 2016 and joined the ATS family in June 2016. Emily is currently certified in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome.
- Favorite Color: Lime green
- Favorite Food: Any type of ice cream
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Mountains, skiing in Colorado
- Favorite Hobbies Traveling, hiking, camping, trying new things
- Professional Interests: Sensory Processing/ASD, Sensory Integration Disorders, Feeding and Swallowing, and Academics and Learning Disabilities.
Barbara joined the ATS Kids team in December 2015. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy, and holds a Master’s degree in Child Development. She is certified in Preliminary Neuro-developmental Treatment, Kinesiotaping 1-3, Myfascial Release, and Spasticity Management. Barbara has an extensive background in pediatric physical therapy in a variety of settings including the NICU, Acute inpatient, outpatient and home health. Barbara specializes in treating infants (birth-3) and working with medically fragile/complex population including children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Barbara lives in Greer with her husband, Ed and cat, Sharkbait.
- Favorite Color: Red
- Favorite Food: Lobster, Pizza
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Beach, Central America (Guatamala)
- Favorite Hobbies: Cooking, crafting, kayaking, bicycling
- Professional Interests: Early childhood development (birth-3); Medically fragile/complex; Torticollis/plagiocephaly.
Emily was born and raised in Ohio. She graduated from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH with a Bachelor of Science in 2012 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. She made the move to Charleston, SC to finish her clinical coursework and stayed in the area to work in an orthopedic clinic as well as treating pediatric patients in their natural environment. Emily moved to Greenville with her husband Igor, son Leo, and two Siberian Huskies, Legolas and Sasha. She began working at ATS, Kids in 2018.
- Favorite Color: Purple
- Favorite Food: Pizza
- Favorite Vacation Spot: The beach
- Favorite Hobbies: Dogs
- Professional Interests: Neurological disorders
Kelly earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2009. She joined the ATS team in 2012 as the Intake Coordinator in Greenville. As the practice has grown, so has her position with ATS. She enjoys spending time traveling with her husband, Scott.
- Favorite Color: Clemson orange
- Favorite Food: Mexican
- Favorite Vacation Spot: New York City
- Favorite Hobbies College football and Yankees baseball
- Professional Interests: Making a difference in the lives of the patients by making their experience at ATS a pleasant one from every aspect.