What is unique about Carolina Kinder Development…

We don’t just treat “the neck” or “the head” or “the development,” and never have!

We began as a small practice in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2006 devoted to baby head shape and neck issues (torticollis, plagiocephaly, and brachycephaly). We are highly experienced with cranial band treatment and also seek to understand the underlying reasons of head shape, not all infants need a cranial band. In addition to physical, occupational, and speech Therapy, baby classes and cranial bands, we offer a helpful infant development video series. This multi-part series is specifically designed to help parents and caregivers navigate the challenges of head shape and neck issues and educate about the variety of other topics such as tummy time, side lying & baby equipment (swings, carseats, etc).


Our team includes highly specialized physical, occupational, and speech therapists:

Susan Klemm Carolina Kinder DevelopmentSusan Klemm, MS, OTR/L, Founder

Susan founded Carolina Kinder Development in 2006 to offer a holistic approach to the head shape and developmental needs of infants through the early years. She has been a licensed occupational therapist since 1996. Susan has advanced training in Myofascial Release (MFR); torticollis; cranial band theory and use, and trauma-informed care of the premature infant.  She has extensive training in Anat-Baniel, Craniosacral Therapy (CST), and kinesiotaping and Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT). She has presented at state and national conferences and is the fourth author on a research article in the Journal of Maternal and Child Health titled “Infant Positioning, Baby Gear Use, and Cranial Asymmetry.” 

Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Purdue University.
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stacy Conder, PT, Lead Clinical Director

Stacy has been a licensed physical therapist since 2000 and is the Lead Clinical Director at Carolina Kinder Development. She has extensive continuing education and training in areas including torticollis, Myofascial Release (MFR), cranial band theory and use, kinesiotaping, manual therapy, and sensory processing. 

Education: B.S. in Physical Therapy, University of Toledo in consortium with the Medical College of Ohio

Courtney Graham, PT, DPT

Courtney has been a licensed physical therapist since 2011. She has received continuing education in Myofascial Release (MFR), torticollis, cranial band theory and use, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), infant massage and state regulation, Anat-Baniel and postural mechanics and associated motor patterns in pediatric populations (Massery Approach). 

Education: B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science, University of Mississippi
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Maria Stephens, OTR/L, CST

Maria has been a licensed occupational therapist since 1994 and has worked in home health, acute and outpatient rehab and orthopedics. She has a focus in pediatrics and extensive training in torticollis, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Tummy Time Method (TTM), cranial band theory and use, the AEIOU approach to feeding, sensory processing disorders, Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and Total Motion Release (TMR). 

Education: B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Florida A&M University in Tallahassee

Denise Palmaro, PT

For the past 30 years, Denise has worked as a licensed physical therapist in pediatrics in a variety of settings, including day and residential schools for children with developmental disabilities; hospital-based acute care, outpatient and early intervention. Her work includes treatment and caregiver education in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as well. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME): Level 1

Education: B.S. in Physical Therapy, State University of New York

Brianna Watt, PT, DPT

Brianna has been a licensed physical therapist since 2017. Her main area of expertise and experience is with infants through the early years and working with conditions such as developmental delays, torticollis and delayed acquisition of gross motor skills.  She has extensive experience in working with children in the home environment. 

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science, minor in Psychology, University of South Carolina. Doctor of Physical Therapy, Wingate University 

Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Michelle has been a licensed occupational therapist since 1995. She has specialized in pediatrics with extensive training and experience in Sensory Integration, Myofascial Release (MFR), torticollis, cranial band theory and use, kinesiotaping and handwriting. Michelle co-created a handwriting program, Fundanoodle.  She is certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). In addition to being a certified infant massage instructor, she is also trained in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, TAMO, TMR, and The SOS Feeding Approach. Michelle loves teaching and has presented and taught nationally.

Education: B.S. in Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University


Colleen Nolan, CCC-SLP

Colleen has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 2004. Her areas of expertise are speech and language acquisition for toddlers through the early years. She also has expertise in oral motor/feeding; overall neurodevelopment in pediatrics; and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Colleen has advanced training in MNRI® Core as well as training in the Anat Baniel Method, NDT for infants and mindfulness for children and adults. She has worked in private practice, schools and pediatric hospital settings. She is the founder and owner of Heartcentered.

Education: B.S. in Psychology, Boston College; M.S. in Communication Disorders, Emerson College


The In House Team

The administrative staff seamlessly helps with scheduling appointments; greeting you and your infant; and doing the behind-the-scenes work including services needed for insurance.

Madison Lynch, Family Care Specialist and Front Desk Coordinator

Madison earned her B.S. in Communications with a degree in Public Relations and Communication Studies and a minor in Business from Appalachian State University in 2011. She has worked in administration for seven years, first working in the non-profit sector and then transitioning to healthcare.

Rebecca Fowler, Front Desk Coordinator

Rebecca earned her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Education, from Belmont Abbey College. She has prior management experience in health care and plans on pursuing further education in Occupational Therapy. She is originally from Moore, Oklahoma.

Tammy Herrmann, Patient Care Representative

Tammy earned her B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in all aspects of marketing, communications and public relations both in the corporate setting and in non-profits. Previously, she held positions for a health care corporation in internal communications, marketing director for a national real estate company and worked as a primary spokesperson for a non-profit.

Please click here to read more about our close partnership with Ballert Orthopedics for cranial bands and orthotics.

Devoted to infant development and prevention and treatment of torticollis, plagiocephaly and brachycephaly.

*limited appointments available

WAXHAW, NC 28173

(within Waxhaw Health and Wellness)