High Hopes Children’s Therapy is a mother-daughter owned business that offers Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, ABA Therapy, and Social Skills Groups. We have highly trained therapists who treat in a fun and loving manner. Children easily learn to trust our guidance in a fun and inviting environment. From the moment our clients and their families enter our office they feel at home and a part of the team. We have their child's best interest at heart and strive to create brighter futures.
Meet the Team
We have highly trained therapists who treat in a fun and loving manner.
Sara Weirich, MS, OTR/L
Sara Weirich is the co-owner of High Hopes Children’s Therapy. She owns the business with her mother, who shares her passion for helping children. Sara has her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has worked with children of all ages and all diagnosis. Sara is board certified and licensed occupational therapist in the state of GA. She continues to gain expertise in the field of occupational therapy as she continues her post graduate educational courses in the field of pediatrics. Sara is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM), Primitive Reflex Integration, Astronaut Program, and Integrative Listening System. Sara has a fun and outgoing personality that all children enjoy. Children easily learn to trust her guidance in a fun and inviting environment
Miriam Ahmad is the co-owner of High Hopes Children’s Therapy. She owns the business with her daughter, who is a pediatric occupational therapist. Miriam is a retired registered nurse who is educated in billing and coding and handles all managerial aspects for High Hopes Children’s Therapy. Miriam has a passion for helping children and enjoys working closely with her daughter who shares her same passion. Together they hope to make a great difference in many children’s lives.
Jamie earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Jamie is board certified and a licensed occupational therapist in Georgia. She has worked with children of various ages and diagnoses in settings such as outpatient clinics, school systems, hippotherapy, and aquatics. She is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM). On the weekend, she enjoys being on the lake and hiking with her two dogs.
Marileigh graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Sciences and then went on to receive her Occupational Therapy Assistant certification from Chattahoochee Technical College. She has always had a passion for working with children and their families to help them achieve their highest potential. Her background as a school teacher and fieldwork in a variety of pediatric settings, has equipped her with a skill set that prepares her for anything that may come her way. Marileigh has worked with children of all ages and conditions including: ADHD, cerebral palsy, ASD, neurological disorders, Down Syndrome, and developmental delays. Marileigh is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM), Primitive Reflex Integration, Astronaut Program, and Integrative Listening System. Her fun and genuine personality has made her an instant hit with our clients and invaluable member of our team.
Occupational Therapist/ Lead Supervising Therapist
Beth is a graduate from Brenau University where she received a bachelors in Health Science and a Masters of Occupational Therapy. During her time in the OT program she experienced a variety of clinical rotations in multiple practice areas including acute care, community-based programs, and mental health, but her passion has remained in pediatrics. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her friends and family, travel as much as possible, and watch as many movies as she can! Beth is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM), Primitive Reflex Integration, Astronaut Program, and Integrative Listening System. She is so excited to be a part of the High Hopes team.
Sara is a graduate from Brenau University where she received her Bachelor’s in Health Science and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. While completing her Master’s, she served as Secretary of the Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association. Throughout her educational experience Sara experienced a variety of clinical settings including community-based programs, outpatient pediatrics, school system pediatrics, and hand therapy. Growing up Sara always enjoyed her time babysitting for others and playing with her younger cousins. She spent her summers as a camp counselor and director for children and young adults with special needs, which implemented her passion for helping children become the best versions of themselves. Sara has worked with children of all ages and a variety of conditions including ASD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, ADHD, Neurological conditions, and Deafblind. She is trained in a variety of programs and services offered at High Hopes Children’s Therapy including Astronaut Program, Primitive Reflex Integration and Interactive Metronome (IM). In her free time Sara enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, exercising, listening to live music, going to the beach, and traveling.
Brooke graduated from Brenau University in 2018 earning her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Brooke’s experience includes clinical rotations in traumatic brain injury, Hand therapy, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient pediatrics. She has specialized training in The Astronaut Program, Integrated Listening Systems, sensory integration, Primitive Reflex Integration, and is certified in Interactive Metronome. Her background is in art education and taught drawing and painting to children for 4 years. In her free time, she loves to paint, travel, try new restaurants, and go hiking with her dog.
Alexis graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Psychology and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. Throughout her years in school and multiple clinical rotations in a variety of settings, Alexis has remained most passionate about working with kids. Alexis has worked with children of all ages and conditions including: ASD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, neurological disorders and developmental delays. She is trained in a variety of programs and services offered at High Hopes Children’s Therapy including Astronaut Program, Primitive Reflex Integration and Interactive Metronome (IM). Alexis is very excited about joining the High Hopes team and building lasting relationships with her clients and their families.
Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude from UGA earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She graduated with Highest Honors from Nova Southeastern University with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree. She was inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon – the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society – as well as the Alpha Eta Honor Society – a national scholastic honor society for the allied health professions. She was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy along with some of her peers for a research study on occupation-centered practice. She has experience in pediatrics, the NICU, and acute care. Rachel has always been passionate about working with kids and has treated kids of various ages and diagnoses including ASD, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, developmental coordination disorder, and sensory processing difficulties. She has specialized training in sensory integration, primitive reflex integration, The Astronaut Program, Integrated Listening Systems, and in Interactive Metronome. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, arts and crafts, and spending time with friends and family. Rachel is very excited to be a part of the High Hopes Therapy team.
Kristin graduated with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University. She had previously received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia. After being introduced to the field by a close family friend at a young age, Kristin had determined that not only does occupational therapy give her the opportunity to pursue her passion of working with and helping children, but it also allows her to demonstrate her determination, creativity, and problem-solving, a set of skills imperative to the field. She has experience treating children with autism, sensory processing difficulties, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, and feeding difficulties. Kristin is interested in continuing to devote herself to a lifetime of learning through evidence-based research and pediatric-focused continuing education courses. She has received training in Handwriting Without Tears. Kristin has training in the Astronaut Program, Sensory Integration, Primitive Reflex Integration, Feeding, and Visual Processing impairments. Kristin strives to make a difference in others’ lives and desires to give children and their families hope of accomplishment and the opportunity to follow passions in their own lives. In her free time, Kristin enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, exploring the area as well as new cities, spending time with her family and friends, and playing with her Golden Retriever.
Emily graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She worked with adults with special needs including Autism and Cerebral Palsy. She later became a teacher's assistant in the special education department. Emily and her husband moved to Georgia where she received a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University. Emily's clinical rotations include outpatient pediatrics, acute care, hand therapy and the school setting. She has specialized training in The Astronaut Program, , sensory integration, Primitive Reflex Integration, and the Interactive Metronome. Emily has also taken continuing education courses on early intervention and working with the 0-3 population. She plans to obtain a feeding certification within the next year. Emily resides with her husband in Duluth and is very excited about joining the High Hopes Team. She enjoys cooking, baking and spending time at the Autry Mill Nature Preserve.
Lisa has over 20 years practicing as an occupational therapist with the last 8 years specializing in pediatrics. She holds a Georgia State License and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospital and community based. Her passion and love for kids is evident while working with a variety of diagnosis and ages including autism, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, ADHD, cerebral palsy, cancer, hemiplegia, cardiac, muscular dystrophy and Down Syndrome. Some of her recent specialty courses include: The Alert Program, Neuroplasticity for Children, Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders vs. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and Early Intervention for Autism. Lisa has training in the Astronaut Program, Sensory Integration, Primitive Reflex Integration, Feeding, Teletherapy, and Visual Processing impairments. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, gardening, traveling, and evening walks.
Megan Unger, M.A. CCC-SLP earned her Bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Cortland State College in New York. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University, is ASHA certified, holds a License in Speech Language Pathology in the State of Georgia, and a teaching certificate in Speech Language Pathology.Megan has many years of experience working in both the school and clinical settings providing speech/language therapy with a concentration on early intervention, articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, autism,
Down Syndrome, developmental disorders, and social skills. Megan has also participated in PROMPT training through the PROMPT Institute.
Megan resides in Cumming with her husband, three children, two dogs, two cats, and a menagerie of fish.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Valdosta State University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a license in Speech Language Pathology in the state of Georgia. Jennifer has experience with pediatrics and geriatrics in the public school system, clinical setting and skilled nursing facilities. She has experience evaluating and treating children with articulation/phonological, receptive language, expressive language and pragmatic/communication language disorders. She also has experience working with a variety of pediatric conditions including, but not limited to, developmental delays, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Schizencephaly. She has a passion to work in pediatrics in order to give each child a voice through a method that best suits them.
Erin Cox, M.Ed. CCC-SLP earned her Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed,) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) with specialty in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. She is ASHA certified and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence and Licensure in Speech Language Pathology in the States of Georgia and Florida. Erin has 13 years of experience in many different settings, including skilled nursing facilities, private practice, outpatient clinics, and school system. She is certified in Vital Stim and has treated a variety of pediatric conditions including deficits in articulation, fluency, language, feeding/swallowing, pragmatics, etc.
Erin was inspired to become a Speech-Language Pathologist, by her mother, who is also an SLP in South Georgia. Erin currently resides near Lake Lanier and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring different areas of the city, and vacationing between the mountains and beach.
Anam earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University in Massachusetts in 2015. She is ASHA certified and holds a License of Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Georgia. She has experience working with students with Speech Sound Disorders, Language Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Neurological Disorders, Apraxia, and Autism. My strength lies in being patient, flexible and establishing rapport with children. I live in Sandy Springs with my husband. On the weekends, I enjoy going hiking, going out for brunch, and spending time with friends and family.
Kaitlin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Kaitlin has always had a passion working with children and has experience working with children of various ages and diagnoses. She has specialized training in The Astronaut Program, Sensory Integration, Primitive Reflex Integration, and the Interactive Metronome. Originally from New York City, Kaitlin enjoys exploring the beautiful Georgia scenery with her fiancé and corgi in her free time. Kaitlin is very excited to be joining the High Hopes team!
Erica Gutzweiler, M.A., CCC-SLP earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). She is ASHA certified and licensed in Speech Language Pathology in the State of Georgia. Erica has dedicated her to career working in pediatrics. She specializes in reading disorders and dyslexia and is Orton-Gillingham trained. Other areas of interest include articulation/phonological disorders, receptive-expressive language disorders, apraxia, autism, cleft lip/palate and developmental delays. Erica is also PROMPT trained. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her husband and her two daughters.