Our Team

Brittany McCutcheon MCD, SLP-CCC          _64A7321
Speech Language Pathologist

Brittany has been in the field of speech and language for almost 12 years. She has experience with a vast number of different communication disorders and ages, ranging from 12 months- senior adults. She has worked in the preschool classroom, adult rehab, private pediatric clinics, and school settings. She has started her own therapy and consulting company, Path To Progress, LLC. Working in the field of speech, language, and communication disorders is her true passion. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and 12 year old son, Cole and 10 year old daughter, Ava.
She attended Winthrop University were she received her B.A. in Communication Disorders. Then attend the University of South Carolina were she received her Masters in Communication Disorders.

• American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA)
• Certificate of Clinical Competence-ASHA
• State of South Carolina Certification/License in Speech-Language Pathology
Professional Memberships
• South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association (SCSHA)

Dawn LaClair, MA, SLP-CCC


Dawn has more than twenty years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology, much of which has included work with diverse adult and pediatric populations. Over the course of her career she has worked for hospitals, residential facilities, home care organizations, schools, and private clinics. Dawn received both her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She lives in Fort Mill with her husband and three children.

Jessica Wheaton, OTR/L

164a3990Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College. She lives with her family in Fort Mill.  Jessica has a wide range of experiences from pediatrics to geriatrics settings. Jessica has traveled to Costa Rica and provided academic support for bilingual students with learning differences that included dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders, and handwriting issues. She also worked in an orphanage setting supporting children from trauma backgrounds.  She is trained in Therapeutic Listening, The Astronaut Training Protocol, Beckmann Oral Motor Protocol, Trust Based Relational Intervention, and Handwriting Without Tears.  Jessica’s passion is working with children and their families to improve their daily lives.

Abbie Gregory COTA/LAbbie PTP

Abbie received her degree as an occupational therapy assistant from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and is currently licensed in North and South Carolina.  She has received continuing education in the areas of Sensory Integration, treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and feeding disorders. Previous to becoming a COTA, she has worked with a medically/socially diverse population of children and families for over eight years through volunteer experience, and coaching youth recreational activities. She is a true proponent of the powerful role of meaningful occupational pursuits in improving quality of life for ALL individuals. In addition, Abbie has a passion for helping children and their families realize and express their potential as unique individuals with valuable contributions to their environments/communities; she believes that through occupational therapy, children can not only develop functional skills and increased self esteem but maximize their individual potential and self efficacy. Abbie enjoys animals, literature, and all forms of dance.

Evelyn Barkaway, OTR/Levie1
Evelyn received her Occupational Therapy degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Over the course of her 18 year career, Evelyn has worked with both the pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, home health and rehabilitation facilities. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Evelyn currently lives in the Lake Wylie area with her husband and twin boys.

Marcia Garrison, MS SLP-CCC
Marcia earned her B.A in communication disorders at Northern Illinois University and her M.S in Speech-Language Pathology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Marcia has 11 years of experience working with a variety of populations ranging from infants through adulthood. She has experience working in schools, private pediatric clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. Marcia has in-depth training in all areas of articulation and communication including feeding disorders, feeding aversions, oral motor difficulties, and AAC. Marcia currently lives in Gastonia with her daughter and her dog.

Natalie Varela, MS, OTR/L

Natalie Varela, MS, OTR/L received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy degree from Florida International University in 2017. Natalie has experience as a pediatric therapist working with a variety diagnosis including, Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, Developmental Delays, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing, dysgraphia, motor planning disorders, and learning disorders. She has completed courses and has training in Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Sensory Integration Techniques. Natalie believes the best thing about being an Occupational Therapist is getting a chance to celebrate both the large and small victories that her clients experience each day. Natalie recently relocated to Charlotte, NC from Florida and is excited to be joining the Path to Progress team!

Amber Riess, COTA/L

Amber received her occupational therapy assistant degree from Central Piedmont Community College, and her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Dietetics from Louisiana Tech University. She is passionate about helping children explore interests and develop life skills. She has experience with children ages 2 to 16 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder, stroke, Sensory Processing Disorders, and developmental delays. Amber currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, daughter and cat, Moose.

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