Michelle Brown, COTA/L





Mariah graduated with her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in 2019. She completed clinical rotations with both pediatric and geriatric populations. Additional to clinical experience, she also enjoys developing community events that give the opportunity in which children with disabilities can participate. Mariah’s favorite community event was to develop and host a sensory-friendly music recital in the greater Nashville area. In her free time, Mariah enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to concerts, traveling, and cooking. 



Michelle was born and raised in Greenville, SC.  She attended Greenville Technical College and later graduated from Brown Mackie College of Greenville, where she obtained her Associates Degree in 2016.  Michelle moved to Jacksonville, NC in June of 2016, where she began her career working with children.  Michelle has worked with children in various settings that include school settings, home health, and clinical settings.   Michelle is married to Charlie and has one son who is currently in the USMC.



Laura Thompson graduated with her Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California in May of 2015. Laura started her career in home health assisted living where she found geriatric care to be a passion of hers. During that time Laura became certified in BIG therapy for Parkinson’s Disease. Since moving to Jacksonville in July 2018 with her husband and son, Laura has enjoyed working with Pro Step Therapy. She treats the pediatric and adult population. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family outdoors trying to just soak up the small tender moments of life. 




Pro Step Therapy

Physical, occupational and Speech Therapy

Serving Children and Adults



Kate graduated in 2010 from the University of Buffalo with high honors and a degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  While in school Kate completed clinical rotations in acute care, subacute care, outpatient orthopedics and school based pediatric physical therapy.  She fell in love with working with children and worked as a school based physical therapist from July 2010 until August 2012 in Buffalo, New York.  Kate moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina in August 2012 and worked in school based physical therapy there until June 2015.  While working as a school based therapist Kate also began working for Pro Step Therapy in February 2014 providing outpatient pediatric clinic based physical therapy and some in home pediatric PT.  Kate enjoys working with children and left the school system to work more closely in the outpatient setting with infants and children.  Kate treats in our Richlands Clinic location primarily.  Kate has attended continuing education courses on bracing, torticollis, yoga, brain gym, kinesiotaping, and a wide variety of other topics. She additionally has her certification in CPR/First AID for adults, infants and children. Kate is a clinical instructor for our company and has taken on several physical therapy students providing them with knowledge and creative thinking when working with the pediatric population. Kate is married and has a large family 5 daughters and 3 stepchildren whose ages range from 17 years to 1 year old.  When not at work Kate enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach. Kate has experience in gross motor delays both professionally as a therapist and personally as a mother.  


Erin obtained her doctorate of physical therapy from Creighton University in 2006. For the past decade she has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including home, clinic, hippotherapy, aquatic, early intervention and intensive formats. She also is a certified educator of infant massage. Her hobbies include reading, running, attempting crafts, and zumba. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Jessica Bruns, COTA/L

Olivia, a native of Richlands, NC, is a physical therapist and also the owner of Pro Step Therapy. She has been providing physical therapy services to our community since 1998.   She opened Pro Step Therapy in 2007.  Olivia graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University in 1986 with a BA degree in Accounting.  She practiced as a Certified Public Accountant from 1989 to 1996.  In 1996, she changed career paths and went to East Carolina University receiving a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998. Olivia has an interest in both Geriatrics and Pediatrics.  She has attended many continuing education classes through the years to include subjects such as osteoporosis, fall prevention, yoga, strength training, sensory processing disorders, taping classes and lower extremity bracing classes.  In 2006, Olivia graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  When Olivia is not working, she enjoys singing in the church choir and playing keyboard/organ for Richlands United Methodist Church (RUMC). She has recently taken a role as the Children's Choir Director at RUMC.  She also enjoys leisure time with her family and friends at White Lake, NC.  Olivia has four pets: one Persian cat "Chubbs", and three dogs:  "Scooby", "Leila" and "Biscuit".  

Erin Moss has been a North Carolina Licensed Physical Therapist since 2014.  She graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  She attended Univeristy of North Carolina Wilmington and graduated in 2011 with a Batchelor of Science in Exercise Science.  Erin is also Trigger Point Dry Needling certified.  Trigger Point Dry needling is the use of a monofilament needle inserted into a trigger point (knot in a muscle) to improve movement and pain.  She enjoys working with both children and adults and has experience in orthopedics, post-operative rehabilitation, and the evaluation of mangement of the pediatric population.  When not at work, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Connie was born in New Bern, North Carolina and was raised as an army “brat”, traveling throughout her childhood.  She attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland where she received a master’s degree in elementary education.  She earned her second master’s degree in communication disorders from the State University of New York at New Paltz.   In 2000 she moved to the family farm in North Carolina where she started a farm based speech and language therapy practice focusing on animal assisted therapy.  This year the farm has achieved Century Farm status, recognized by the state of North Carolina as a farm that has remained in the same family for 100 years. Plans are in the works to expand the farm to welcome agri-tourism events and visitors. Connie has three beautiful daughters, a granddaughter, and is married to Steve, a registered nurse at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.  Her interests include reading, arts and crafts, horses, and alpaca farming.









Jessica graduated with an Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant in May 2018 from Jamestown Community College (SUNY), Jamestown, NY. Jessica achieved Dean’s List several semesters while attending SUNY JCC.  Jessica earned the Occupational Therapy Assistant Award in May 2018. Jessica’s level II fieldwork was completed in school based and skilled nursing settings. Her level I fieldwork was at the Mental Health Association (MHA) in Jamestown, NY where she took on leadership roll to host the inaugural Healthy Habits Wellness Fair for participants of MHA. Prior to her career change into the occupational therapy field, Jessica spent 10 years as a hairstylist. Jessica is a military spouse, and has been married to her marine husband, Chris, for 16 years. They have 2 children. When she is not working, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, exploring local beaches and grilling out with friends. 

Quenicia, known for a therapeutic smile and kind heart is a small town, country girl, from Vanceboro, NC. She attended East Carolina University for undergraduate and graduate education, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013 and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2016. While working on her Master's she explored occupational therapy by completing fieldwork in a variety of settings to include acute care, outpatient rehabilitation (for The Veteran's Administration), inpatient rehabilitation, and also school based therapy. Quenicia currently works primarily with preschool aged children as an employee for Onslow County Schools, demonstrating adept knowledge associated with use of play-based intervention methods and sensory based techniques to promote favorable outcomes in young children's sensorimotor development. Quenicia is excited to be a part of Pro-Step's team,  is a proud mother of an active daughter, lover of music and sports, and faithful follower of Christ. ​

Krysten was raised in Rhode Island, looking to pursue her passion for helping others, she attended American International College in Springfield MA.  She obtained her Bachelors degree in Occupational Science and went on to receive her Masters in Occupational Therapy.  She graduated from Alvernia University in Reading Pennsylvania in 2011.  Krysten worked with both children and adults during her fieldwork.  She began working at a skilled nursing facility where she stayed for a year until she started doing traveling therapy to gain new experiences and work with a variety of age groups.  Krysten moved to NC where she traveled around the state and found a position serving veterans at the Veterans Home in Kinston North Carolina.  Krysten enjoys being a part of the  Pro Step Therapy team and working with a variety of age groups and abilities as well as working close to home to be near her husband and children.



Allyson brings over 30 years of occupational therapy experience to ProStep. She has enjoyed working with children in clinics, home health and for many years in various school systems. She is looking forward to returning to her clinical roots and working collaboratively with other disciplines. Although a native of Pennsylvania, Allyson has come to consider coastal Carolina home after spending so much of her husband’s Marine Corps career here. Outside of work,  Allyson enjoys practicing yoga, fitness, reading and being outside, hiking, gardening or at the beach. She and her husband have 2 adult children and one very spoiled beagle.

Dale has worked in Physical Therapy for greater than 30 years.  He is a Navy veteran that served in over 12 different countries.  Dale has had a variety of experiences in the field of Physical Therapy.  He has worked in the Navy, hospital setting, skilled nursing, physician owned clinic, home health and private physical therapist owned clinics.  He is married for over 20 years and has 3 children.  Dale has lived in Onslow County for greater than 30 years and has been active in the community in a variety of settings.