Nell and Brett DeVore, pediatric occupational therapists in Georgia for the last 20 years, are launching a brand new clinic on September 12 that specializes in early intervention therapy for infants and young children. The couple currently owns Kiddos’ Clubhouse, a pediatric outpatient therapy practice in Alpharetta for children 0-18 years of age. The new clinic, called Milestone Makers, will provide early intervention therapy services to children through age 6 at the new facility located in Dunwoody. Mr. DeVore will continue to manage operations of Kiddos’ Clubhouse in Alpharetta, while Mrs. DeVore will be in charge of the Milestone Makers facility.
Services offered will include occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and speech therapy (ST) at the clinic, in local preschool/daycare facilities, or in a family’s home—whichever environment may best serve the child and family’s needs. The Milestone Makers team of clinicians has significant experience with children ages 0-3, as well as previous experience in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) setting, feeding disorder protocols, school and home-based services. The facility will also serve as a team-based developmental follow-up clinic for NICU graduates, children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, and medically-fragile infants, a population that is currently underserved through programs offered by the state.
The DeVores developed the concept for Milestone Makers when they became aware of a significant gap in the care available to former NICU patients. Local hospitals with large NICU nurseries formerly offered Developmental Follow-up Clinics to their patients, but over the last few years, those services have either been discontinued or undergone significant downsizing in scope.
“I have always had a love and passion for the ‘little ones’, the medically fragile babies, NICU graduates, and children with feeding-based needs, so we decided to branch out and create Milestone Makers,” said Mrs. DeVore, who previously served on Northside Hospital’s Developmental Follow-up Clinic team from 2002-2004 before she and her husband opened Kiddos’ Clubhouse.
In addition to the need for better options for continuum of care, Mrs. DeVore explained the lack of access for many families in Georgia because of the financial strain of ongoing therapy.
“We hope to ease the financial burden that families often face with therapy for children with special needs. Our billing staff will do everything possible to minimize families’ out-of-pocket costs. We will be in-network providers with several large insurance carriers, preferred out-of-network providers with remaining carriers, a Medicaid and Katie-Beckett provider, and Babies Can’t Wait providers,” she said.
Besides providing a variety of services for children, Milestone Makers will equip parents and families with emotional support and hands-on trainings as they adjust to their child’s therapy needs. Families will have access to seminars on growth and development, support groups with families experiencing similar situations, infant massage classes for parents, parenting community and financial resource support, and much more.
The Milestone Makers facility is centrally located at the junction of I-285 and GA-400, and is easily accessible to families from many areas in metro Atlanta. It is also in close proximity to Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and many pediatric physician practices in the area to coordinate services among various specialties.
Milestone Makers is now accepting school and home-based clients, and will begin scheduling clinic-based patients in mid-August for the mid-September opening date. To submit a scheduling request, please visit their website at www.milestone-makers.com or contact the team at 770-415-9165.
Nell DeVore has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in Georgia since 1997 in various settings, including outpatient pediatrics, acute care, home and school settings, private practice, and many NICU facilities. Brett DeVore has been providing pediatric occupational therapy services since 1998. He has received many certifications, including SIPT-certification and advanced certification in Advanced Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome.
The DeVores opened their first outpatient therapy facility, Kiddos’ Clubhouse, in 2005 and have established numerous relationships with local pediatrician practices. Together, the couple has worked hard to help improve the quality of life for children with a wide range of disabilities. In addition to their work with Kiddos’ Clubhouse, their non-profit organization, Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation, works to raise funding for families that aren’t able to afford the cost of ongoing therapy and/or medical equipment for their child(ren) with special needs. The foundation provides quarterly scholarships to families across Georgia and has assisted over 120 families since its beginning, awarding over $250,000 in scholarship grants.
The DeVores are so excited to serve more children and families through this new business venture. They live in Alpharetta, GA with their two sons and dog, and enjoy playing tennis and soccer, traveling, and staying involved with local service organizations such as the Boys Scouts of America and the YMCA.