Heather R. Heath, M.Ed. CCC- SLP
SHeather Heath is thrilled to work alongside Coastal Kids Therapy by providing speech services to the pediatric population in Wilmington, NC. Heather is a former Kindergarten teacher for New Hanover County Schools. There she gained special interest in early language and phonetics development which led her to pursue a Master’s degree in speech language pathology. She has worked in the public school system, hospital, and private practice settings. Heather enjoys camping and boating with her husband, Bartley. They have two boys, Fisher 2 and Brody 7 months.
Amanda Fortier, MS, OTR/L
Amanda looks forward to working along side the Coastal Kids Therapy team to help the children reach their full potential and support their families with resources to continue and carry over that success outside the practice. She has experience working with kids in both the school systems and outpatient pediatrics. Amanda looks forward to working along side the Coastal Kids Therapy team to help the children reach their full potential and support their families with resources to continue and carry over that success outside the practice. She is originally from the New York City area and moved to Wilmington in 2016. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grove City College in 2011 and went on to receive her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University in Pittsburgh. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband Blake and son Harrison and traveling.
Leila Garriss, Office Assistant
Though she lived in Atlanta, Honolulu and Raleigh as a child, Leila has lived in Wilmington for most of her life. She graduated from North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree in Communication and from Western Carolina University with a graduate degree in School Counseling. She has worked with many of Wilmington’s youth through the school system and community organizations. Leila is excited to transition into a new role within our clinic as office assistant. When she’s not spending time with her family’s rescue animals, Leila enjoys going to the beach, watching movies and playing poker with her husband, John, and their two children, Cole and Molly.
Abbey McCormick, COTA
Abbey moved to Wilmington in 2008 to attend UNCW, where she received her BA in Recreation Therapy with a minor in Psychology. In 2015, she received her Associate in Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Cape Fear Community College.
Since then, Abbey has been working in a local school system, where she provides direct services to students in the areas of fine/gross/visual motor skill development, handwriting, sensory integration, social skills and self-care.
In her spare time, Abbey enjoys spending time with family and friends, being near the water, and volunteering with community organizations that support inclusion, especially The Miracle League of Wilmington.
Abbey is very excited to be a part of the Coastal Kids Therapy team. She looks forward to working with children, alongside their families, to help them reach their full potential.
Megan Sahraie, MS, OTR/L
Megan is very excited to be joining the Coastal Kids Therapy team. She is originally from upstate New York. Megan received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University at Albany in 2012 and went on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in Georgia in 2015. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics and has found a passion for working with children to help them achieve success and gain independence. In her spare time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, reading, and traveling.
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Julie W. Smith, COTA/L
Julie joins Coastal Kids Therapy with 9 years of experience treating the pediatric population, and 3 years of experience in education as an instructor/academic fieldwork coordinator for the CFCC OTA program. She enjoys working one on one with children and their families to improve their success with daily living.
Julie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Communications in 1996 from Mount Olive University. She received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2001 from Cape Fear Community College. Special interests include sensory integration, feeding, and handwriting.
Weatherly Landry, COTA/L
Weatherly Landry, COTA/L is excited to join the Coastal Kids family. She and her husband, Jack, moved to Wilmington in 2005 and have enjoyed every minute of it. She has two little boys, Gus, 2, and Boone 7 months and she loves nothing more than spending time with her family. Weatherly is a graduate of The College of Charleston and The Citadel and, most recently, received her degree in O.T. Assisting at Cape Fear Community College. Her pediatric professional experience ranges from teaching for Easter Seals to working as a COTA in the school system.
In her free time, Weatherly loves hanging out with her family, getting out on the water, writing, and just relaxing!
Blair Kutrow, Business Manager
Blair is changing careers after 25 years in executive leadership positions with various wireless telecommunications companies including Vanguard/Cellular One, Sprint/Nextel, and XM Radio. Blair is active in several non-profit organizations, serving as Vice Chair of the board of Trey McIntrye Project, a dance company, President of the board of Iona Seniors Services in Washington, DC, a member of the leadership council of the Sitar Arts Center of Washington, DC and member of the University of North Carolina Graduate School Advisory Board. Blair graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1985 and has a certificate in strategic leadership from the Business School of Georgetown.
Blair loves to travel and enjoys hiking, running, golf, skiing and kayaking.
Laurel Thornton, OTR/L
Opening Coastal Kids Therapy with her sister has been a dream come true for Laurel.
She graduated in 1985 from East Carolina University and has loved her 30 year career as an occupational therapist. Laurel has extensive experience and education in the treatment of children and adolescents with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, neuromuscular disorders, sensory processing dysfunction, and a variety of genetic syndromes. She has practiced in the public school system, home health, and private clinic settings. She is certified in Childlight Yoga, Therapeutic Listening, Sequential Oral Sensory feeding, and Interactive Metronome.
Laurel loves working with children, reading, yoga, art, and spending time with family friends, and her two dogs.
“We are opening Coastal Kids Therapy to fulfill Laurel’s dream of bringing her passion for helping children achieve their potential to a place we both love.” Laurel & Blair
Coastal Kids Therapy was founded in January 2012 by sisters, Laurel Thornton and Blair Kutrow who have family ties to and fond memories of visiting their grandparents and great-grandparents in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, NC. Laurel is relocating to Wilmington from Fayetteville, NC with her husband Bob and labrador retrievers, Moose and Dixon. Blair is relocating to Wilmington from Washington, DC. Occupational Therapy