CEO, COO, DIRECTORS
Chief Executive Officer
Thane Brooks graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communications from Kent State University in Ohio. His background is over two decades of finance and mortgage lending, acting as President and CEO of Avalon Mortgage, Inc. His various talents in marketing, underwriting, and management have provided for extreme notoriety in the real estate industry. Thane is also a licensed general contractor in the state of Georgia and operates Thane Brooks Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. His entrepreneurial drive is the basis for his success and he is excited to transfer that energy and motivation into the evolution of Therapyland. Thane is the father of a daughter who is severely affected by autism. His dedication and pursuit to help her prompted his vision for Therapyland. He is honored to provide an amazing resource to the community and is committed to making a difference in the lives of people and families who are affected by all disabilities.
Chief Operating Officer
Cheri Brooks graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Real Estate, with minor studies in Psychology, from Kent State University in Ohio. She is also licensed real estate agent in the state of Georgia. Her background is building and branding a successful career in Mortgage Lending, Sales, and Real Estate, alongside her husband Thane. Working as a team comes naturally and has been the foundation of establishing multiple successful business lines within the family. Cheri welcomes the responsibility of acting as COO of Therapyland to mold an experienced and collaborative staff of administration, therapists, and coordinators. Cheri is personally connected to the special needs community by her life experiences with her daughter, who is diagnosed with autism. She belongs to multiple support groups and continues to research and understand new and innovative treatment options. She strives to connect these experiences by fostering ways to make Therapyland an incredible environment for both children, and their families.
Carly Morris, M.A., CCC/SLP
VP of Operations & Clinic Manager of Lawrenceville Location
Carly received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by a Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
As a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, Carly has treated a variety of speech and language disorders and symptoms including autism, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, neuro-motor disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, brain injuries, as well as, stuttering. Carly is P.R.O.M.P.T., Beckman, and Kauffman trained. She is particularly passionate about feeding and swallowing disorders, sensory, behavioral, and oral-motor based disorders. Carly’s experience includes medical management of feeding disorders and coordinating teams to include a gastroenterologist (GI) doctor, nutritionist, dietician, pediatrician, and psychologist to improve oral feeding. She is also an orofacial myofunctional therapist who coordinates care with orthodontists to create programs to eliminate tongue thrust during swallowing.
Carly has over 8 years experience assisting the management of a pediatric private therapy practice. She has proven skills in leadership, management, and mentoring other clinicians in the field. Carly truly enjoys coordinating care with parents and teams to create goals focusing on daily independence and functioning of the child.
Sandi Rivers, M. Ed., BCBA
Director of Behavioral Services at Alpharetta
Sandi Rivers has over 17 years experience in the special needs field. Her background includes acting as a teacher of PreK-12th grade special needs, a district autism consultant, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her 10 years as a Behavior Analyst includes in home based and clinic based therapy, parent trainings, service provider trainings and school consultations. She has also worked as a director and consultant for a nationally known non-profit behavioral company. She is instrumental in developing and implementing behavioral programs to teach social, play & leisure, communication, academic and adaptive skills. She strives to continuously implement empirically-based teaching strategies and to educate parents, as well as, school based staff, on these strategies. She strives to work with all disciplines and to teach the “whole child.”
Billing Manager, Medical Billing Auditor, and Compliance Officer
Charlene Cox has a 26 year tenure in Medial Practice Management for multiple specialties, along with 13 years’ experience as a Medical Consultant with an Associates in Applied Science and Business Management. She is an expert in her field and has done medical coding and billing as well as working with clients in all insurnace companies in making sure claims are processed correctly. She continues education to stay informed on all medical administrative topics. She has served as President of her Professional Society in Medical Management as well as on multiple national committees to assist in educating medical administrative professionals nationwide. She has worked with groups ranging in size from a few providers to 600, and is thrilled to be part of the spectacular team at Therapyland to continue the tradition of excellent customer service. Charlene is also an accomplished saxophonist as well as a published fine art photographer. She gets great personal fulfillment in helping others and making people smile!