Recreation Therapists

John Abel

Donna A. Baker

Donna Baker, CTRS is the Supervisor for Therapeutic Recreation Services at the Emory University Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. Donna was born and raised in Georgia and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgia Southern College in 1983. Donna joined the Emory team as a Senior Recreation Therapist in July of 1988 and has 20+ years of experience as a clinician in the rehabilitation field. Her clinical areas of expertise include Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation, with a special interest in Aquatic Therapy. Donna is certified through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Devon Harvey

Devon Harvey, CTRS is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine and has worked at Emory since 1996. He is a native of Jamaica and completed his Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy at the University of Florida in 1984. Devon worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, Florida before relocating to Atlanta.  His professional interests include adaptive golf, brain injury and stroke rehabilitation.  He is an active member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and National Counsel for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. For 13 years, Devon has been the Director of the Pathfinder Club, a coed youth mentoring program at his church.

Kirk Hines

Kirk Hines, HTR, is a registered horticultural therapist at Wesley Woods Hospital and has been a member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) since 1993. He graduated from Berry College with BS in Ornamental Horticulture and completed his practicum and post-graduate internship in Horticultural Therapy at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital.  Kirk joined the Rehabilitation Services staff at Wesley Woods Hospital in 1993 and founded its Horticultural Therapy program.  He has served two terms on the AHTA national Board of Directors, a charter executive Board of Directors member of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the AHTA and its 1999-2002 President.  Published articles include "Gardening with Older Adults" and "Wesley Woods Horticultural Therapy Program" from Horticultural Therapy-A Guide for All Seasons and Health & Gardens.  Articles featuring his program have appeared in The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Reader's Digest, Pulse and Wesleyan Advocate.  Television segments on Horticultural Therapy at Wesley Woods have aired both locally and nationally.

Kayce Kellman

Kayce Kellman, CTRS is a recreational therapist at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. Kayce is a native of North Carolina and completed her Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University in 2002. She is a member of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and she has her National Certification in Therapeutic Recreation.  Her professional interests include aquatic therapy and adaptive sports.

Sherrill Rucker Peoples

Sherrill Rucker-Peoples, CTRS is a staff Recreational Therapist at Emory University Hospital. Sherrill is a native of North Carolina and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Winston-Salem State University in 1993. She completed her Master's degree in Special Education at the College of Brockport- State University of New York in 1999. She currently works with patients on the Stroke team at Emory's Center for Rehabilitation Center with her primary focus on community reintegration skills, adaptive leisure skills and community resource awareness. Sherrill is a member of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and she has her National Certification in Therapeutic Recreation.

Kelly-Blaine Uehling

Kelly-Blaine Uehling, ME.D., CTRS, HFS, is a recreational therapist at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.  She is a native of Georgia and received her Bachelor degree in Health Promotion from Appalachian State University in 2001. She went on to work in New York City for 2 years before going back to school to receive her Masters of Education with a concentration in Leisure Studies from the University of Georgia in 2005. Her professional interests include adapted sports, community re-entry, adapted fitness exercises, and working with children who have varying abilities. She is member of American Therapeutic Recreation Association, National Therapeutic Recreation Society, and American College of Sports and Medicine.

April White

April White, CTRS is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a native of Georgia and completed her Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Shorter College in 1986. She has 20+ years of experience as a recreation therapy clinician and has worked in multiple clinical areas including psychiatry and both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Her clinical areas of expertise include spinal cord injury and adapted aquatics.