Meet Your Team The Staff of New Beginning


Katy Baker, PT

more info coming soon.

Maria Walker, M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Maria earned her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Georgia State University, and has been a speech therapist in the metro Atlanta area for more than 10 years. She worked in a variety of settings including the Gwinnett County School System, Babies Can’t Wait, Floyd Medical Center, Gwinnett Medical Center, Comprehensive Therapy Children’s Center and several
other private clinical settings, before joining the team at New Beginning in 2011. She specializes in treating Aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injury, motor speech disorders, Autism and PDD, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, Dysphagia, feeding disorders, oral motor disorders, articulation disorders, language disorders, craniofacial disorders including cleft palate, and a variety of genetic
disorders. She has received specialized training and coursework in the diagnosis and treatment of Apraxia including the Kaufman approach, sensory integration treatment strategies, NDT treatment strategies, oral motor diagnosis and treatment including the Beckman approach, treatment of cleft palate, diagnosis and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders, as well
as specialized training in treating Autism and Down Syndrome. Maria lives in Ball Ground with her husband and 2 little girls, and loves to go hiking, camping and to the beach.

Paul Deshane, PTA

has been a resident of Jasper, GA since 1999. Paul and his girlfriend Judy, have two rescued German Shepherds. Paul was a “fat guy” who had very little energy and took medication to control hypertension. After watching the Tour de France and hearing about Lance Armstrong’s cancer battle, Paul decided to improve his health and life. Paul became a dedicated cyclist in 2004, lost weight, got off medication and improved his overall health. At that time Paul decided it was time for a career change and became a full-time student at Chattahoochee Technical College. Paul became a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2011 and has been working since he graduated.

Camille English, PTA

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Kim Odum, Office Manager

joined the staff of NBTS in 2006, starting as a Physical Therapy Tech. She has since been promoted to the position of Office Manager where she is responsible for all aspects of running a smooth and effective office environment. Kim will be the first person who will greet you when you enter New Beginning and is there to assist you in any way possible. Kim is originally from Alpharetta but moved to Jasper with her husband Trent and their two children, Elijah and Makayla. Kim graduated from Sequoyah High School and has worked in the retirement planning field before joining the staff at NBTS.

Lauren Long, Tech

has been with the NBTS team since September 2009. Born and raised in Jasper, Lauren attended high school at Grace Christian School. She has two brothers; her father is the minister at Bible Baptist Church in Ellijay and her mom is a stay at home mom. Lauren is now enrolled at Dalton State College and her plans for the future are to attend North Georgia State College University and become a doctor in Physical Therapy.