Meet Our Team

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Jaclyn Meadows DeLoach, PT, DPT, MS
Physical Therapist

Dr. DeLoach, owner of Advent Therapy in Richmond Hill, Ga. Jackie is a lifelong resident of Richmond Hill, GA, where she attended school through the Bryan County School system. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 1999 with a BS and MS in Physical Therapy. She has practiced Physical Therapy in Bryan, Chatham, and Liberty counties. In addition, Jackie is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA since 2004. With Jackie’s drive for success and passion for physical therapy, she attained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Jackie resides in Richmond Hill with her husband, Ricky DeLoach, son Billy, and daughter Callie. She is an active member of the community, promoting health, fitness, and rehabilitation for all ages at Advent Therapy.

Lindsey Duffy, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Lindsey is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, who graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2014. She also obtained her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from AASU in 2011. She has practiced as a Physical Therapist since 2014, gaining experience in pediatrics, orthopedics, post-surgical conditions, and neurological rehabilitation. She has been with Advent Therapy since August 2017, and thoroughly enjoys treating patients of all ages and abilities.  She is originally from Hawkinsville, GA, but moved to Savannah in 2007 for college. She has remained in the Coastal Empire since. She is currently a resident of Richmond Hill with her husband, Austin, and two sons, Hudson and Wheeler. In her time off from work, she loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and playing with her boys! 

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Haley Worst, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, CMTPT
Physical Therapist

Haley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology followed by a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Georgia. She then earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of North Georgia. Haley has had extensive clinical experience in a variety of orthopedic and sports outpatient physical therapy clinics. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, GA. She has been involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate physical therapy courses including orthopedic pathophysiology and examination, implementation of evidence-based practice in the clinical setting, and case management.

Haley has been involved in numerous research projects that have been presented at state and national conferences. Haley is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She is also certified in Dry Needling and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. She is a member of the Orthopedic and Sports sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has served in numerous leadership roles for the American Physical Therapy Association at the national and state levels.

Haley lives in Richmond Hill with her husband, Gary, who is now retired from the Army. She has 2 daughters, Emma Grace and Lydia. She is active in the community and loves promoting health at Advent Physical Therapy.

Hollye McAdams, PT
Physical Therapist

Hollye attended University of Georgia for pre physical therapy studies for two years and played tennis for UGA while there. She completed her education at Medical College of Georgia, earning a BS in Science, with a degree in PT in 1980. She has been a practicing PT ins Savannah since then working in multiple settings from adults to pediatrics, orthopedics to neuro, and all in between.

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Kirby Smith, PT, DPT, PCES,
Pelvic Health Specialist

Kirby attended Ithaca College in New York where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Health Studies in 2010. She then continued at Ithaca College to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, which was earned in 2015. Kirby has attended extensive post-doctorate training in pelvic health physical therapy and specializes in the treatment of bowel, bladder, and sexual/reproductive health and dysfunction. She also holds certifications in Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise and Functional Dry Needling. Her favorite thing to treat is pelvic pain and loves helping patients return to their favorite activities with better function and less symptoms.

Kirby is originally from Pennsylvania but has been residing in Richmond Hill since 2018 with her husband, Ryan, two children, Grace and Wesley and dog, Ellie. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and never turns down a good book.

Charity Parker, PT, DPT,
Pelvic Health Trained

Charity is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2023. She specializes in Women’s Health Physical Therapy, treating varying impairments related to pregnancy, birth preparation, postpartum, endometriosis, breast cancer, and many other women’s health related diagnoses. She has received various post-doctorate education focused on pelvic floor physical therapy and has clinical experience treating a wide variety of women’s health related impairments. 

Charity is a proud resident of the low country with her husband, Chaise, who currently teaches at Richmond Hill Middle School. You can typically find them out at the middle school baseball fields with their pup, cheering on the Wildcats!

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Maria Morris , PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Maria is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, who graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2021. Maria is a proud double Eagle, obtaining an undergraduate Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology- majoring in Exercise Science at Georgia Southern. Maria has clinical experience with a variety of pediatric, sports medicine, orthopedic, and neurological conditions. She is equipped to treat patients of all ages— which she loves!

Maria is originally from Jesup, GA, but school brought her to the Hostess City where she and her husband met. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, being on the water, and rollerblading.

Maria is very involved in the community and is passionate about caring for, equipping, and encouraging people to meet their goals

Brooke Dieterich, MOT, OTR / L, CPAM
Occupational Therapist 

Brooke graduated with a B.S. degree in Food & Nutrition Science with an emphasis in Dietetics from Florida State University in 1999. She earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2003. Brooke maintains her board certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association.

Brooke has 15 years of experience as an occupational therapist. She has worked in the public school system (pre-school-12th grade) and in the private practice setting. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities including autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, neurological and genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, developmental delays and fine motor/visual motor delays. Brooke joined Advent Therapy in August of 2017 and is excited to have the opportunity to treat patients of all ages and stages of life during her work day. Brooke is passionate about occupational therapy and loves helping others. She also enjoys incorporating her nutrition background to help patients understand the role that food and nutrition have on physical function.

Outside of work, Brooke enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 boys, tending to her “hobby farm”, and cheering on her beloved Florida State Seminoles.

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Christina Pitts, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM
Occupational Therapist

My name is Christina Pitts. I am originally from Charleston, SC, but have lived up and down the east coast throughout my childhood, including West Palm Beach, FL, Smithfield, VA and Richmond Hill, GA. I graduated from Richmond Hill High School (RHHS) in May 2013. I attended Georgia College & State University (GCSU), in Milledgeville, GA where I completed my bachelors of science in community health in May 2017. I immediately went to pursue my dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist, where I attended the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL. I earned my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in May 2020.
I worked at Candler Hospital in Savannah, GA for one year in the transitional care unit (TCU), where I had the opportunity to also work in an inpatient rehab unit (IPR) and on the acute floors. I enjoyed my experience there using the foundation of occupational therapy getting to treat a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s/dementia, Parkinson’s disease, neurological (stroke), cardiovascular, orthopedic (spinal surgeries, hip replacements, knee replacements), etc, where the main focus were ADLs (activities or daily living).

I began working at Advent Therapy in July 2021, where I enjoy getting to challenge myself everyday while treating the lifespan, from ages 0 to 100! I have enjoyed treating the pediatric population working with children who have fine motor delay, developmental delay, ASD, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc. I am certified in physical agent modalities, which helps me when treating our adult population. I have treated adult patients who are post-stroke, in addition to those with a variety of orthopedic conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervains, cubital tunnel, lateral/medial epicondylitis, trigger finger, various upper extremity fractures, etc.
I currently live in Guyton, GA with my boyfriend and our sweet yellow lab, Marley. We enjoy spending our weekends on the water in Savannah or at Lake Murray in South Carolina, wake boarding, tubing and wake surfing!

Emily Gerrity,OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Emily was born and raised in Scranton, PA, and moved to Savannah from Seattle, WA in 2021. She went to Misericordia University, receiving her Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences in 2018, and her Masters in Occupational Therapy with a specialization in Pediatrics in 2019. 

Emily resides in Richmond Hill with her husband Pat, daughter Nora, and chocolate lab Teddy. Emily has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including outpatient, home health, community based (daycares, public settings), an Autism Center for military children, and with Babies Can’t Wait. 

Emily’s strengths include building relationships with her patients and their families, and creatively making therapy fun and engaging. 

In her free time, Emily likes to play with her daughter Nora, go out for brunch with her family, visit the beach, and craft with her Cricut!

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Hannah Hood, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapist

Hannah received her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Hannah’s passion includes working with patients who have articulation/phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and voice disorders. She has experience working with children in both the home/natural environment and in outpatient setting. Some special populations that she enjoys working with include autism, Down Syndrome, hearing impairment, and stroke patients. Hannah is ASHA certified and is licensed in the state of Georgia. Hannah is a Richmond Hill native and resides here with her husband and two children.

Cheri Barclay, MS, CCC-SLP, OMT Trained
Speech Therapist

Cheri Barclay is a Georgia licensed Speech-language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association. Cheri enjoys treating both children and adults and has experience with cognitive and developmental difficulties across the lifespan associated with traumatic brain injury, executive dysfunction, autism spectrum: disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing disorder, stroke, and more, as well as with feeding and swallowing. Cheri is also trained in orofacial myology and is currently working toward certification as an Orofacial Myologist with the International Association of Orofacial Myology where she treats complications related to chronic oral habits (finger/thumb sucking or TMJ), improper oral resting posture (such as mouth-breathing from obstructed breathing or tongue/lips ties), and tongue thrusting (such as from prolonged use of pacifiers). With her behavioral research background, Cheri has skill in utilizing evidence-based practice to diagnose, treat, and counsel from a whole-person perspective. She resides In Rincon with her husband, 10-year-old step-daughter, and 6-month-old son.

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Kayleigh Miller, MS, CF-SLP,
Speech Therapist

Kayleigh received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia College, and worked as an SLP-A in South Carolina before moving to Savannah to complete her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia Southern University at Armstrong. She is currently completing her clinical fellowship year following graduation, and is eager to learn and grow as an SLP! Kayleigh has experience working with both adults and children in the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as in the home-health setting. She enjoys working with patients across the lifespan who have language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and voice disorders. In her free time, Kayleigh enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Honey!

Linda Naessens, Patient Coordinator

Linda Naessens comes to us from Metro Atlanta where she worked as an Executive Assistant for a large Insurance Corporation. Before that she was Employee Benefits Coordinator for a NASA Contractor in Houston, TX and part of the Insurance and Benefits Development team at Ernst and Young. With her vast range of experience she is Advent Therapy’s Front Office Coordinator since May 2015. She ensures the patient receives the best care and experience from the beginning. She coordinates all front desk operations including calls, referrals, insurance verification and scheduling. Linda ensures timely and accurate customer service and while doing so has been known to develop patient relationships and repport that lasts well after the patients care plan.

Linda is the crafty one in our Advent Therapy family and heads up our community and team projects such as the annual Christmas parade float.

In Linda’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Brianna and her granddog, Cedar.

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Suzanne Meadows, Clinic Coordinator

Suzanne graduated with a B.S. Degree in General Studies and Associates Degree in Nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She joined the Advent Therapy team in December 2015 bringing with her over 20 years of experience in executive positions such as: Finance, Marketing, and Human Resources. She combines her experiences, skills and knowledge to ensure the smooth and successful operation of the clinic.

She enjoys being a team player, working in the community and meeting new people whether they are patients, doctors, or new employees. Her goal is for patients and their families to have a pleasant experience from the start of their care until they have met all their goals. Additionally, she focuses on growth and networking within the community and surrounding areas. Her belief is that employees are happier, more productive and less stressed in a fun and flexible environment making this her passion to create the best work environment.

Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys spending time outdoors and boating with her husband and 2 children, Ayden, and Brynnan.

Cassie Cooper, Patient Care Coordinator

Cassi is currently a senior at Georgia Southern University obtaining a BHS in Health Services Administration and a BS in World Languages and Cultures, concentrating in Spanish. Cassi has always been interested in working in a healthcare setting and brings 15 years of prior customer service experience to the Advent Office. After completing undergraduate degrees, she would like to further her education in Spanish studies and translations. Her goal is to aid in closing the communication gap for Spanish speaking patients, allowing them to focus on their healthcare needs. 

Cassi is from Newberg, Oregon and has lived in South Georgia since 2012. She looks forward to graduating college in May of 2024, and enjoys spending her free time traveling with her husband Mike, and son Cason. 

Se habla español y ayudará lo mejor de nuestra capacidad.

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