Karen Carter, M. Ed, MD is a general pediatrician who is board certified in developmental medicine. Karen attended medical school and completed her pediatric training at Medical College of Georgia. She completed a fellowship in developmental medicine at Emory University. She also has her Masters in Education and was a special education teacher for 14 years. She is an active volunteer for Special Olympics Georgia and has been involved with the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs.
Kimberly Ryckeley, CPNP-PC is our nurse practitioner. She came to our clinic while completing her schooling in 2016 and began full-time in May 2017. She enjoys supporting the families of our clinic to maximize their family member's potential. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 children.
Jenny Ferrara, LPN, is one of our nurses and our practice manager. She has worked with Karen since 2013. She graduated from the Augusta Technical College Medical Assisting program in December 2013 and again in August 2022 for the Practical Nursing program. Jenny and her husband, Justin, have 2 daughters (Karly and Hayden), 1 son (Bryson) and their dog Maddie May. Jenny absolutely loves working with our amazing miracle children and adults each day.
Emily Dressler, Speech Therapist has been a therapist since 2009 after graduating from Valdosta State University with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She enjoys working with the kids and seeing all the progress they make. Away from work, she enjoys time with her husband and son, as well as her two dogs, Sammy & BlackJack. She also enjoys hanging out with her nephews and nieces, camping, running, crafting, and sports.
Jasmine Dawson, Occupational Therapist has been working with Karen since December 2018 after graduating from Augusta University with a Master's of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia. Her desire to work with the pediatric population and become an occupational therapist originated from participating in sessions and working with her nephew who has autism. She has a passion for helping and supporting others to assist them with reaching their goals. She enjoys being creative and incorporating her love for music and crafting to make working towards goals fun. When Jasmine is not at the office, she loves going to the movies, listening to music, and hanging out with her family.
Karly Fryant, CNA, is our Certified Nurses Aid and has known Karen since 2013. She graduated from Lakeside High School in 2022 with a CNA certification and a Physical Therapy Technician certification. She is currently enrolled at Augusta University for nursing (pre-nursing program). She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Aaron, and their hound dog, Buck. She also has 3 miniature pet goats named Ellie Mae, Daisy, and Jethro.
Diamond Fair, CMA, is our Certified Medical Assistant. She graduated from the Medical Assisting program at Miller-Motte College in May, 2022. Diamond enjoys working with our amazing patients and seeing them grow to their full potential. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her God-Daughter Gabby, reading and going to the gym.
Raven Allen, is one of our front office staff. She has known Karen her entire life and is an athlete with the Augusta Stars in Special Olympics. She enjoys kayaking, swimming, bowling, and gardening. She loves animals including her two dogs, 4 cats, 1 turtle, and many, many koi fish. She has the best laugh in the world and laughs often. She enjoys interacting with the patients here at ADS.
Tracy Biske, Physical Therapist began working at Augusta Developmental Specialists in October of 2021 after moving back to the Augusta area. She graduated from Medical College of Georgia in 1998 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and is currently working on her doctoral degree in physical therapy. Tracy enjoys working with children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities to maximize their function and physical potential. She has experience with pediatric and adult seating and mobility and conducts weekly seating and equipment clinics to assess needs for wheelchairs, standing and walking equipment, bathroom equipment, beds, and special needs car seats. Tracy is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and is able to provide education, fitting, and installation for special needs car seats. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, and their cat, Henry. She has a son in college, three adult step-children, and six grandchildren.
April Stinson, works at the front desk. She started here in November 2022 after moving from Ohio in July. She enjoys greeting the kids/families that come into the office every day. Outside from work, she enjoys taking long walks, babysitting, watching movies and listening to music.
WELCOME TO 2023
As always, we are here for you!
A Place for People with Special Health Care and Developmental Needs
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Some of our Specialties
We would like to help you get the services you need. We offer the following:
- Developmental assessment & Follow up
- Care coordination
- Assessments for equipment
- Speech Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Patient advocate
- Prescription refills
- Occupational Therapist