Andrea Vallejo-Dismukes


Andrea Vallejo-Dismukes is a 1996 graduate of the University of South Alabama and a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience in Alabama and Florida. She is a current member of The American Occupational Therapy Association. Her specialties include acute care, skilled nursing, ergonomics, workman’s comp rehab, in-patient and out-patient rehab, home health, and pediatrics. Andrea was Director of Occupational Therapy at Flowers Hospital from 1998 until 2002. She continued to focus on adult and geriatric populations until 2008. It was then that she transitioned into pediatric school based and private clinic settings. She is now at Child and Family Services working full time.

Andrea is passionate about pediatrics. Working with a diverse caseload, which ranges from autism to dysgraphia, she focuses on the physical “occupations” of life in each of three primary areas: work, play, and self-care. Andrea makes learning fun by incorporating therapeutic exercise and activities to address deficits involving motor development skills, sensory processing, and visual perceptual skills. She also focuses on improving cognitive components, such as sequencing, memory/recall, safety and problem solving. Using a comprehensive approach, Andrea helps students develop the skills they need to grow into functional and independent adults.


Richard Dismukes

M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervising Counselor

Mr. Dismukes has practiced as a professional counselor for over twenty-five years. As a licensed counseling supervisor he has supervised many counselors through the licensing process. He periodically conducts workshops and training seminars related to behavior management, learning disorders, attention problems and special education services. He also works with adults in areas of depression, stress, anxiety and marital conflict. He is a consultant for Alabama Post Adoptions Connections, School Systems, Head Start and Early Head Start programs and is The Executive Director of Chrysalis, A Home for Girls. Mr. Dismukes works with people of all ages from pre-school to seniors and utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques. He has a particular interest in mindfulness and stress reduction techniques. Richard and Jeanne Dismukes have been married for 35 years and have one son Andrew.

Jeanne Dismukes

M.S., Educational Consultant

Experienced in the field of education and has remediated children with learning deficits for over twenty years. Designed and compiled the programs and techniques utilized by The Learning Center.


B.A. Social Studies: Louisiana Tech University

M.S. Education: Troy State University

About Mrs. Dismukes and The Learning Center

The Learning Center provides individualized, multisensory academic therapy programs designed to remediate students with learning deficits in all academic areas from early reading, language and math to upper level math and science for high school and college students. The center provides one-on-one and group after school tutoring for students in all grades. Students can also make up course credits when needed. Teachers at The Learning Center have a variety of academic specializations and they can be a vital link between the child, parents, clinicians, schools and pediatricians.

The Learning Center has a robust home school support system which can be customized to meet the individual needs of each student and family.

The Learning Center provides test proctoring services for students taking online classes and for other institutions which need proctored evaluations for their personnel.

Toni Cannon

M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor

Mrs. Cannon is an experienced provider of therapy to adults, children/adolescents and families. She works with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, coping/ communication skills, stress management, personal relationships, parenting skills, anger management, and adjustment related issues. Mrs. Cannon has worked with Child and Family Services since 2000 providing counseling services to children, adolescents. In addition to her private practice, Mrs. Cannon serves as Clinical Director for Chrysalis Girls Home, and she is a provider for schools, Department of Human Resources and Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections. Mrs. Cannon has been married since 1999 to her husband and they have two children.

Jakobbee White

M.S. , ALC Associate Licensed Counselor supervised by Richard Dismukes, LPC #459

Jakobbee White received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Troy University of Dothan. His experience includes working with clients with ADHD and behavior issues. His strengths include helping people who are dealing with difficult situations such as anxiety, low self-esteem, anger and relationship problems learn to lead a happier, healthier life. He also works with families desiring to reconnect or rebuild the dynamics of a healthy household. Additionally, he works as a consultant for local school systems, trying to help build a mutual learning environment for both student and school without undue stress.

Our Team

Lea Burnett Haisten

MS,CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Lea Burnett Haisten is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders degree from The University of Alabama in 2005. In 2008, Lea graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama, where she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed her fieldwork at the University of South Alabama speech clinic, Mitchell's Place in Birmingham, Alabama, and Slocomb Elementary School in Slocomb, Alabama.

Lea moved to Birmingham after completing her clinical fellowship to continue her career as a speech-language pathologist. In Birmingham she worked at Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center and Mitchell's Place providing speech and language therapy to children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. She moved back to her hometown of Dothan in 2012 and worked as a speech language pathologist. Lea enjoys working with clients of all ages with a special interest in autism spectrum disorder and apraxia.

Lea has been married to Josh since 2012 and they have one daughter. She is a member of First United Methodist Church. She is active with the Dothan Area Young Professionals and is the President of the Wiregrass Area Autism Society of Alabama Junior Board. Lea established the Wiregrass Junior Board shortly after moving to Dothan to raise awareness and support of autism spectrum disorder through social fundraising in the Wiregrass area. For more information about the Junior Board or its events, please email Lea at​

KK Gorland

MCD CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

KK Gorland is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist since 2008.She received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in 2006. In 2008, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Master of Communication Disorders from Auburn University.  She completed her field work at the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic; Easter Seals in Montgomery, Alabama; and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Trussville, Alabama.

After graduating with her Masters of Communication Disorders, KK moved to Montgomery, Alabama where she completed her Clinical Fellowship Year at Crowne Healthcare. She remained at Crowne Healthcare until moving back to her hometown of Dothan to work at Wesley Manor. While working at these two facilities, KK provided speech and language therapy primarily to the geriatric population focusing on speech and language related disorders such as dysphagia, receptive and expressive aphasia, cognitive impairments, and motor speech disorders.In 2010, KK began working at Children’s Rehabilitation Services in Dothan where she provided evaluations with a team based approach and consultative services to families, schools, and other professionals/professional organizations. She enjoys working as a speech language pathologist with children of all ages.Her areas of interest are feeding and augmentative communication. She has been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and Beckman Oral Motor Strategies.

KK has been married to Michael since 2011 and they welcomed a little boy named Declan in 2015.They attend Covenant United Methodist Church.

Kristen Money Thompson

MCD, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Kristen Thompson is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in 1997. In 1999, Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University where she received her Masters of Communication Disorders. She completed her fieldwork at the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Birmingham VA Medical Center, Oakview Manor Nursing Home and Northview High School.

After graduation Kristen moved back to her hometown of Abbeville to begin her Clinical Fellowship with Restore Therapy in Ozark while also working part-time for Henry County Health and Rehabilitation. She then worked for Dothan City Schools providing speech and language evaluations and therapy to students in elementary, middle and high school. While working for Dothan City Schools she supervised two speech-language pathology interns at Highlands Elementary School.

Kristen has been married to Steve since 2000 and they have three children. They live in Dothan and are members of Wiregrass Church.

Cameron Powe


Cameron Powe, PhD went to Auburn University for her undergraduate degree and The University of Alabama for her Master’s and PhD. She completed her internship at OhioGuidestone, a community mental health center in Cleveland, OH. She is clinically trained in psychological and psycho-educational assessments. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents with a variety of issues, including ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, and depression.

Leslie Mathis


Leslie Mathis is a Dothan native who has been a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 2016. She was raised in Dothan, Alabama and graduated Suma Cum Laude from The University of Alabama with a degree in Psychology. She received her graduate degree in Communication Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas. While there she developed a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and presented a poster on word learning in young children with Autism at the annual American Speech and Hearing Association convention.

She did her clinical fellowship year at Juan N. Seguin Elementary in Grand Prairie, Texas, and worked for two years at Cottonwood High School in Cottonwood, Alabama where she served children from preschool to 12th grade. She has been with Child and Family Services since 2018. She enjoys serving both children and adolescents with a variety of language and articulation disorders.

She moved back to Dothan in 2016 to be closer to her family and in 2018 she married her husband Jason. They attend and serve at Wiregrass Church with their son.

Melanie K. Cotter

Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

A native of the Wiregrass, Dr. Cotter completed her training at the University of Alabama and her internship at Children's Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has practiced at CFS for the last 18 years. She enjoys working out, horseback riding and spending time with family.  In addition to providing mental health services, she is active in her church and children's activities and enjoys nature.

Dr. Cotter provides therapy to adults and children addressing concerns including depression, anxiety, learning disorders, marital problems and chronic health problems. She conducts comprehensive evaluations to assess clinic patterns involving attention, memory, learning, emotional and behavioral needs.

Specialized services are offered in the area of developmental challenges, including autism spectrum patterns. Established assessment instruments are used and parents are offered a range of resources, services and contacts to help them face the challenges of parenting a family member with special needs.

Brandi Reeves

M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor -Supervising Counselor

Ms. Reeves is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been in practice since 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Alabama in 1998. In 2000, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with her Master of Science in Counseling degree. She worked exclusively with people with addictions for the first nine years at the Aletheia House in Birmingham, AL and CARE in Marianna, FL. She is a consultant for Alabama Post Adoption Connections. She is experienced in treating adults, families and children using a variety of therapeutic techniques, but primarily uses Positive Psychology and Solution Focused methods. She offers social skills groups for children, anger management sessions, co-parenting sessions, behavior management coaching, blended family coaching, and teen counseling.

She is a member of First United Methodist Church. She enjoys many outdoor activities and floral design.


B.A. Psychology: The University of Alabama

M.S. Counseling: Mississippi State University

Kristyn Rouse 

M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor

Ms. Kristyn Rouse, MS, LPC joins CFS offering individualized and group services to adults, adolescents, children, and families. Specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, anger management, adjustment issues, trauma-related issues, abuse issues, adjustment stress as a result of changing family dynamics; divorce, marriage, remarriage, step children/siblings etc., vocational counseling and mental health counseling.

Ms. Kristyn Rouse received her BS in Psychology at Troy University and her Masters in Community Mental Health Counseling from Troy University. She is licensed by the State of Alabama as a Professional Counselor.

Prior to joining CFS full time, Ms. Rouse worked with non-profits in various counseling roles where she provided clinical mental health services and vocational rehabilitative counseling with both adults and children. Ms. Rouse also has extensive experience treating trauma related issues.

Teletherapy is offered for all services. Tutoring is also available online.

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