About Our TeamTwo therapists and two moms.
CEO, Founder, Co-Owner
After 9 years of military service, with 3 combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, I realized it was becoming extremely difficult to be the mother and soldier I wanted to be. With the support of my loving husband, I decided to leave the US Army and further my education, to become a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Upon graduating I was employed as an instructor for the Therapeutic Massage Program at Fayetteville Technical Community College, and a PTA in the Rehabilitation setting working with individuals diagnosed with various neurological and physical impairments.
While in school, I began to notice my son, Brandon’s speech was delayed, he was displaying repetitive behaviors and had difficulty socializing with his peers. After several evaluations, Brandon was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He is currently 6 years old and is a great big brother to his 2 year old sister. His diagnosis sparked my interest in the pediatric special needs community with a burning desire to help.
My goal for Bravery is to give children a place to have fun and enjoy things that help them learn; give parents a place to engage children in purposeful play, and to bring overall awareness to developmental disorders to promote early intervention.
COO, Co-Founder, Co-Owner
When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, we were so excited! Everything was going as scheduled until our 16 week check up. The doctor gave us the news that our child would have several birth defects. We were given the opportunity to terminate, which for us, that was not an option. Avery was born in May 2008. She was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita which is contracted (curved /tight) joints that require casting, stretching, and possibly surgery to correct. She was also born with Pierre Robin Sequence which consists of a small recessed chin, cleft palate, and large set-back tongue. She required a gastrostomy tube to feed and tracheostomy to breathe. Avery has had a long road with multiple surgeries and years of therapy. Through every procedure, illness, or injury, she has shown so much bravery and determination, it proves to me just how much this whole process has made her a resilient young lady. She is now 7 years old and strives to run and play with her peers, though at times is difficult for her to do.
Physical activity and mobility is important for all children’s development as well as Avery’s. The gym will allow her an environment that gives her the freedom to play at her own pace while providing the equipment to build strength and endurance. She will be able to have fun while continuing to gain confidence, both physically and socially.
“I decided to further my education when Avery was 2 years old. I chose to go into the physical therapy field and became a Physical Therapist Assistant. I have held a position at a local rehabilitation center. I have continued my education with classes and interest in pediatric topics because of my inspiration, my daughter!
My goal for this gym is to provide a place for those special kids in our lives to feel comfortable, safe, and happy while playing and growing!