Physical Therapist
Nancy Jean Lambert, PhD, PT is physical therapists who specialize in treating adults and children with neurological motor deficits, and infants and toddlers with early intervention needs.  Dr. Lambert is an experienced physical therapist who mentors and oversees the entire staff at Therapeutic Innovations.  With a doctorate in Exercise Science and a concentration in Motor Integration, she has taught in graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Denver and East Carolina University.  She is currently the director of the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Martin Community College.  Patient focus includes return to function for patients with CVA’s, Parkinson’s disease, vestibular deficits, traumatic brain injury, balance dysfunction, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other central nervous system disorders.
Dr. Robert D. Mull, PT, DPT  received his undergraduate degree at Siena College in Loudonville, NY and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Sage Colleges in Troy, NY. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves where he gained extensive training and professional development in orthopedic and muscular-skeletal assessment and treatment. Much of his post graduate academic studies focused on the evaluation and treatment of back and neck pain. He has extensive experience in a broad range of ages from adolescents to geriatrics. With over 20 years of experience this makes him a highly qualified therapist that helps lead the PT team of therapists at Therapeutic Innovations.
Elaine U. Brestel, PT, graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelors degree in Physical Therapy.  With over 40 years experience she has worked with all ages but specializes in adults, and geriatrics. She has attended numerous workshops in manual therapy as well as the McKenzie courses for disk problems. She works primarily with neck, back and hip pain.  Elaine specializes in Thoracic Outlet Syndromes and Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunctions (TMJ) of the jaw, as well as headaches. She holds numerous certificates for pool therapy from the American Red Cross, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and American Arthritis Foundation etc.
Jamie Van Essendelft, BS, PTA, received her Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Martin Community College (MCC) in 1997. In 1999 she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Olive College.  Jamie has a specialty in pediatric Physical Therapy through her years of experience in daycares, home health and school systems. She has experience working with multiple diagnoses including spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays. She currently works in homes, daycares and in the clinic with pediatric and homebound patients. She attends continuing education courses and training classes for pediatrics. Jamie also teaches at Martin Community College year round as a clinical instructor of intro to physical therapy, and pediatric therapy.
Patrick Guy, PTA  
Sharla Lincoln, PTA  
Julie Moore, PTA  
Occupational Therapy
Kim Brown, M.S., OTR/L is a pediatric Occupational Therapist.  She received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and Family Relations also from East Carolina University. Before coming to Therapeutic Innovations she worked as a case manager with disabled children. She has received additional training in Handwriting without Tears and the Beckman Oral Motor Program. She has experience working with children of all ages with developmental learning disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, and other neurological impairments. She works with children in their natural environment as well as in the clinic.  She continues to attend trainings and classes to enhance her education as well as frequently serves as a mentor to students looking to become an occupational therapist.
Jessi West, M.S., OTR/L is a pediatric Occupational Therapist. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies and with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy, both from East Carolina University. She has taken educational classes on oral motor exercises, specifically Beckman Oral Motor protocol and Handwriting without Tears, to help teach all children how to write using a multi-sensory approach. She began her career in clinic-based pediatrics and then gained experience working with adults in a hospital setting. She is now back in private practice at Therapeutic Innovations, serving children with special needs in their homes, schools, daycares, and at the clinic. She currently is employed full-time for Craven County Schools. She has been an Occupational Therapist since August 2005 and thoroughly enjoys working in pediatrics.  
Tim Richards, OTRL  
Gina Branch, OTRL  
Simone Cowan, OTRL  
Speech Therapy
Stephanie Smith, MEd., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in 1993 from NC State, and with her Masters in Speech Language Pathology in 1996 from North Carolina Central University.  She has over 15 years of experience working with pediatric and adult populations.  She has worked with adult populations with disorders such as Aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  She specializes in working with infant, toddler, and school age children through early intervention of speech and language disorders.  She has extensive experience with speech delay, Apraxia, Dysarthria, feeding and swallowing disorders (Dysphagia), and children with autism.  
Judy Thorne, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP is a Speech Language Pathologist who works in pediatrics. She graduated from Central Institute for the Deaf in 1966 with a Bachelors Degree in Deaf Education. She received a Masters Degree in Speech Therapy from East Carolina University in 1996. She became certified (RESNA) AAC specialist in 1999.  She has over 40 years of experience working with speech delays, hearing problems, language deficits, and tongue thrust issues.  Judy has experience working with preschool deaf children and multi-handicapped adults. She has extensive experience with children with autism, stuttering problems, speech delays, and augmentative communication devices.  She also mentors and supports students who are in the process of applying to Speech Language Pathology programs at ECU through observation and individual counseling.

Therapeutic Innovations
106 D East Victoria Ct Greenville, NC 27858
phone 252.321.6001
fax 252.321.6004