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Serving: Sandy Springs, 
Johns Creek, Cumming,
Dawsonville & White County

Our Professionals



Melanie Sirmans, OTR/L

Founder of Star Therapy, Inc
Licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist
SIPT certified
iLs Pro Practitioner
Helping our children and young adults to reach their fullest potential is a goal that parents, therapists and educators feel alike. My name is Melanie Sirmans and I am a Licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist. I believe that occupational therapy can be a powerful tool for giving children the skills and foundation they need in all settings of their life. I am honored that you have chosen me to be a part of your child's journey in reaching for the stars!

I have worked as an Occupational Therapist for over fifteen years and I have unique expertise treating children with a wide variety of disabilities and delays. I have received extensive training in the treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and I am certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) for the evaluation and diagnosis of children with Sensory Processing Disorder(SPD). I am also a certified Pro Practitioner with use of Integrated Listening Systems (iLs).

Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 1997, I began practicing as an occupational therapist at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. I remained in Savannah for six years and became the Pediatric Coordinator and was instrumental in the development of Children’s Place Pediatric Therapy for St. Joseph’s/Candler.

In 2003, I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where I worked as a traveling occupational therapist for TOTs, Inc. and as a clinic based occupational therapist for SPS, Inc. In 2004, I began working solely for SPS, providing highly specialized pediatric care for children in the private care setting. While working in this setting providing wonderful advantages (e.g., direct client care using therapy equipment and advanced intervention techniques), I often saw a disconnect between what was happening in the therapy gym and what was happening in the child’s natural environment (e.g., classroom and home). Meaning, I lacked a clear understanding of the child’s needs, in their entirety, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with the classroom teacher. And without this understanding and ability to support the child in the classroom, I wasn’t able to fully assist the children and families I served.

In December of 2010, my husband, Monty, accepted a job with Northeast Georgia Health System as the Laboratory Sales Coordinator, and we relocated to Cumming, Georgia. Upon our arrival, I became aware of the need for qualified therapists to provide therapy for children, in their home and school environments, in the Cumming, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek areas. As a result, I established Star Therapy, Inc.

With the establishment of my own company, I had the opportunity to think “outside of the box’’ and work on solving the disconnect I was experiencing between the private clinic and the child’s natural environment. So, I asked myself, “How can I better serve the children I treat, without sacrificing the use of the invaluable therapy equipment and therapeutic intervention techniques? ”That is when I came up with the idea of converting a school bus into a state of the art, mobile, therapy gym that travels to schools and homes in my community.

My vision became reality in September 2014 and “The OT Bus” was born! The OT Bus has far exceeded even my own expectations. The children Star Therapy, Inc serves absolutely love the bus and their teachers are equally grateful to have support in the classroom. The parents, of the clients Star Therapy, Inc treat, appreciate the comprehensive approach we are able to provide and enjoy seeing the joy and excitement on the faces of their child as he/she boards the “The OT Bus.”

As the founder of Star Therapy, Inc,a dedicated therapist, and now a bus driver, I have a strong commitment to remaining continuously up to date in the most current techniques and treatment approaches used and developed by experts in the field. I have received training and have experience effectively using:

  Therapeutic Listening
  The Listening Program (TLP)
  Integrated Listening System (iLs)
  Interactive Metronome
  SOS Approach to Feeding

In addition, I have completed training in providing

  Feeding Therapy using a Sensory-Motor Approach
  Alert Programming
  Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment
  Handwriting Without Tears
  Wilbarger Protocols
  Visual-Auditory-Vestibular Treatment
  Sensory Integration Therapy

 

Meredith Palmer is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in the state of Georgia.  She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Georgia and received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University.  Meredith has completed training and is certified in effectively incorporating Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) into occupational therapy treatment.


Meredith has such a passion for working with children, interacting with people, and having fun when working that her pursuit in pediatric occupational therapy wasn't a surprise to anyone.  Meredith makes each child feel special and important which is why the children are so eager and excited about coming to therapy.  Meredith comes to work with a smile and a "ready to go" attitude.  Meredith's favorite part about being an occupational therapist is watching a child light up when he or she successfully accomplishes a new task. When Meredith isn't crawling around on the floor and building obstacle courses, she is spending time with her husband and 1 1/2 year old son.  Meredith is originally from Buford, Georgia, but currently resides in Cleveland, Georgia with her husband and son.

Testimonials


"Melanie, To say 'thank you' seems so little. I cannot begin to express how much I appreciate your dedication and support over the last 5 years. I have always respected your opinion and professionalism. I consider you a key person in Catherine's life and responsible for her extraordinary gains. You do so much for me and for Catherine. You are a source of reason, stability, knowledge, and support. You will always be a part of our lives. We are and will be forever grateful to Miss Melanie."
- Dave and Christy McAdams
  Alpharetta

Valentine Love Poem
To My Valentine
You saw me when I was young
And could hardly use my tongue
You saw me when I was one
And I could not run
You saw me when I was two
And was progressing because of you
You are still seeing me at three
Because the kind of person you are,
I am sure I can continue to go far.
I am trying to say words now, so I can tell
You that I love you with all of my heart, Mel-Mel.
Happy Valentines Day
Love,Cameron

Co-Authour, Cameron’s Father, Mac Summers
Johns Creek 

"Melanie, We can never thank you enough for all you have done for Walker. You were truly an answer to prayer! We are so grateful for your patience and care and I know Walker will always remember and love 'Miss Melanie'."
- Jason and Megan Tate
  Cumming

"Melanie Is the Best! She is hardworking and driven. My son Dylan had severe oral defensiveness and texture issues. When we came to Melanie he could only eat baby food. Now thanks to her patience and determination- Dylan is thriving on a wide variety of fruits vegetables and even a few meats- a huge challenge for us. Dylan is also mostly non verbal. Melanie has helped him learn to write working on handwriting. Starting slow on pencil grip, learning letters, and lots of practice! Giving me hope to open a whole new world and a new way for him to communicate! Although now he is saying a few words and even a few phrases! Melanie has been so much more than a therapist-she is with me for the little and big milestones and Dylan's biggest cheerleader! Her experience, devotion and natural gift with children sets her apart from the rest. I'm so glad my son has Melanie as his Occupational Therapist!"
-Miranda Erwin
Marietta, GA
"In February of this year, my wonderful Mother-in-law found Ms. Melanie for our son Chase. You see, Chase was evaluated in early January for Autism and is currently waiting for his last evaluation with the psychiatrist in Oct. (10 months away) Not wanting to delay him any further, we decided to start OT ( Occupational Therapy) with Ms. Melanie now.

Our son attends a wonderful local church Pre-K program and has for a few years. Not being able to write his name wasn't that big of a deal. But our son couldn't color or draw. He couldn't copy letters, numbers, or shapes very well either. His go to answer for questions or conversations was "yeah." He never fully listened or understood the conversations around him.

He spent much of his time locked away in pretend land in his head. Our biggest concern was his "shutdown" mode. He wouldn't do anything but stare off or worse, cry so hard he felt he needed to scratch out his eyes in order to stop. All of this was due to Chase not being able to communicate his problems or understand what was going on around him. This was very scary for his teachers and for the other kids. I also found it frustrating because I couldn't always bet there to talk him out of his distress or just hold him.

With just a few months of therapy from Ms. Melanie, he can do most things his peers can do. He can hold a pencil, write letters, numbers, draw shapes and even write his name with lower case letters!. Our family portraits have gone from blobs with eyes to heads and bodies with arms, legs, noses and even hair.

Chase has come out of his pretend land and into the real world. No more shutdowns. He will answer your questions and can now communicate correctly. He can do it all just like his peers. His preschool teacher is so amazed with his transformation. She (his teacher) went from being worried her would not be ready for Kindergarten next school year to a big smile saying that he IS ready. Chase even scored a 90 on his readiness test!

Chase also has so many more friends. Before he did not know how to approach other children, often grunting, getting too close, or repeating a rehearsed script. Now he is the most popular kid in the class! Truly amazing how he has transformed in such a short period of time.

I have tears in my eyes and joy in my heart knowing we will continue therapy with Ms. Melanie our Chase will continue to grow.
Thank you Ms. Melanie!"

- Jennifer Panos
Alpharetta, GA

Star Therapy provides exceptional Occupational Therapy services in our “state of the art” mobile therapy gym.
The OT BUS service areas includes Cumming, Dawsonville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and Sandy Springs.



Contact Us today to schedule an evaluation for your “Rising Star!

Star Therapy, Inc  provides Occupational Therapy , in children’s homes, schools, and day cares, in Cumming, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Johns Creek and surrounding areas.

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