Our therapists

Experience you can trust. Care you'll appreciate.

Our therapists

Experience you can trust. Care you'll appreciate.

Kayla Bryant

Founder & Director

“I welcome you to a safe space of authentic acceptance for people of all abilities. ”

About Kayla

My name is Kayla Bryant and I am an occupational therapist and full-time mom living in Asheville, NC. I have a passion for helping my clients connect and take control of their bodies through a holistic, client centered approach.

You may be wondering how I ended up on this journey as an occupational therapist working with pediatrics and women experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction and what does an occupational therapist actually do?

Occupational therapists are educated in the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person, which means we can address the vast majority of the factors that impact an individual’s pelvic health and daily life. We use a truly holistic approach.

Now that you know what this amazing profession can do, why did I choose to become an OT?

As a child I experienced sensory sensitivities that manifested into physical and emotional problems. I did not like the way my clothes felt, the bright lights in preschool, the loud noises on TV, and I ate the same breakfast food everyday for almost 2 years. As I got older I experienced urinary urgency, UTIs, and IBS. My parents were constantly searching for answers and I was made to believe it could be all in my head.

When I was 15, my grandfather had a stroke and received occupational therapy services. The treatment interventions were creative and unique incorporating what was most meaningful to him—gardening, cooking, and playing with his dog. They considered how his disability impacted his quality of life and used a functional treatment approach to reach the main goal—living life to his fullest potential.

I was introduced to pediatric occupational therapy while completing the Masters degree program at West Virginia University. My last fieldwork (internship) was completed in a sensory clinic focusing on sensory integration and feeding difficulties. The children I worked with reminded me of myself as a child and it clicked. Since then, my passion for children exploded and my determination to provide a multimodality approach to treatment began to unfold.

After having my daughter in December 2018, I experienced my own pelvic floor dysfunction, which led me to study and treat the condition on my own. Through extensive continuing education I am able to treat pediatrics and adults with pelvic floor conditions. With the combined knowledge, professional, and personal experience, I strive to help my clients find the balance and confidence they need to take control of their lives and loving themselves from the inside out!

If you’re seeking quality whole-person care regarding your child, yourself, or your family, I am glad we have found each other and I look forward to meeting you!

Education & Experience

  • Advanced Professional in Sensory Processing- Certified Level 1 STAR Institute
  • Safe and Sound Protocol- iLS
  • Hands-On Biofeedback for Complex Pelvic Floor Cases
  • Biofeedback Evaluation and Treatment for Elimination Disorders and Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Herman and Wallace Trauma-Informed Pelvic Care
  • Herman and Wallace PF1 & 2B
  • Herman and Wallace Pediatric GI
  • Pediatric Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Dawn Sandalcidi
  • Dynamic Core Applied: the Challenge of Incontinence
  • OT Pioneers: Introduction to Pelvic Floor Therapy for Occupational Therapists
  • STAR Institute Level 1 Mentorship Program
  • The SOS Approach to Feeding: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders
  • Handwriting Without Tears K-5
  • Building Blocks for Sensory Integration, presented by: Vital Links
  • Making Sensory Integration Measurable: Clinical Observations and Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration, presented by: Dr. Gustavo Reinoso
  • Dynamic Feeding Assessment and Intervention in Sensory Integration and Autism, presented by: Juliana Gutiérrez MA, OTR/L, SWC
  • Bilateral Integration: A Comprehensive Approach to Bilateral Integration, presented by: Vital Links

Deb Hagerty

Therapist

“To be neurodivergent in a neurotypical world is to go through life in a constant state of disruption; not by following a formula, but by listening to my clients, I learn how to help them navigate the maze of a neurotypical world.”

About Deb

In 2007, I earned a small, seemingly insignificant scar on my left shoulder that was placed there by a 4 year old; not in anger, but in an expression of excitement to see me.

In 2008, I lost a 5 year old I dearly loved. She always knew my voice despite her lack of sight. My 2011 was filled with kitchen dance parties, dinosaurs, trains, melt downs, tears and an autism diagnosis for a child I nannied for. I supported them, but I wanted to better know how to help. Right after I graduated from college, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a condition that explained so many of my life long struggles and I was met by a wave of support and knowledge from clinical providers that changed my entire world.

My pursuance of a career in Occupational therapy is directly inspired by the three aforementioned children and a host of others whom I have loved along with my own experiences.

I returned to school at Georgia State University as a non-traditional student in 2017 to pursue my Masters in Occupational Therapy. During one of my fieldwork experiences, I was lucky enough to get Kayla Bryant as my CI and I began to learn how pediatric occupational therapists can approach therapy with a holistic perspective: understanding the whole child and working with them by entering their world. I learned how to see actions not as intentional behaviors, but as the struggles of neurodiverse humans living in a neurotypical world.

As I have grown as a therapist, I have found my passion lies also in working with teenagers. The teenage world is one on the brink of adulthood, where independence, self-expression, and trust are foundational to growth. Where life is not only most difficult, but also most passionate, most deeply experienced. My therapeutic approach is always trauma informed and child led. I partner with teens to not only learn how to navigate a world that was not made for them, but also how to communicate those needs to parents, peers, and others so that they can feel safer and more supported.

Julianne Vesely

Therapy Assistant

“With the child and family as the focus, we will work together to facilitate learning through play and experiences.”

About Julianne

My name is Julianne Vesely and I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant here at The Family OT.

Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, I moved to the beautiful mountains of Western NC one year after graduating with my bachelor’s in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I was first introduced to the therapy field when I broke my ankle the summer before my freshman year of high school. Since then, I knew a career as a therapist was the fit for me, being able to combine my love for physical activity, science, and passion for helping others reach their goals!

After moving to western NC, I attended AB-Tech and earned an associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. I love occupational therapy because I can work with children and adults with varying abilities and diagnoses, in a variety of settings. I enjoy working with children on feeding using a family-centered and child-led approach to create a feeding experience that is non-threatening and encourages the child to learn and increase their food repertoire through exploration and play. I also enjoy working with children with sensory integration difficulties to increase independence with self-regulation and tolerance to new sensory experiences.

As a holistic practitioner, it is important to me to provide support and education on incorporating self-care routines for parents and caregivers into our therapy sessions to promote a state of well-being for the whole family. When I’m not playing and building forts at the pediatric clinic, I also work at a local inpatient rehabilitation hospital working with people recovering from stroke, brain injury, cardiac debility, and orthopedic injuries. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Michael, and our Catahoula leopard dog, Jake. I also enjoy working out and running, reading, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers!