Shea Beshara, M.S., OTR/L, founder and director
Shea is originally from Baton Rouge, LA and moved to Birmingham in 2015, with her now husband, Brian Beshara. Shea earned an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University and then went on to receive a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Shea received the Outstanding Student Award in her graduating class for her passion for the field of OT, excellence in academics, and work ethic. Shea completed her pediatric level II fieldwork at Children’s of Alabama, in their outpatient clinic. Shea then worked in outpatient pediatric clinics in Texas and Birmingham before opening BOOST Kids in the spring of 2018.
Shea has certifications in Integrated Listening Systems, Safe & Sound Protocol, Handwriting Without Tears, and children’s yoga from the international Kidding Around Yoga program. In addition, Shea has completed the STAR Institute Level 1 Mentorship in Sensory Processing.
Shea is passionate about caregiver education throughout the occupational therapy process and loves watching parents co-regulate and connect with their children. Shea and her husband, Brian have 3 young children and enjoy traveling whenever they can!
Pam Bruner comes to us with many years of pediatric therapy experience.
She graduated from UAB with a MS in OT and began her career working with children. Pam has worked in many different areas including, Early Intervention for CRS, Jefferson county ARC, AIDB, Autauga county, and the Bell Center, Sparks-Civitan Clinics, providing evaluations and intervention, several different school systems and outpatient clinics.
She enjoys working with children of all ages and needs, as well as their parents and caregivers. Her biggest joy is seeing clients meet goals and become more confident and independent.
When Pam is not working she enjoys spending time with her two girls and cheering on either of their teams (RTR and War Eagle), relaxing at the beach and relaxing with a cup of coffee on her porch. Her fur babies are also two girls and are her constant companions for walks and watching Netflix. Pam also spends time (too much) at the gym lifting weights and getting in some cardio. She feels she has to be strong and semi fit to keep up with all her wonderful children at BOOST!
Emily is originally from Pascagoula, MS and moved to Birmingham in August of 2020. Emily earned an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi and then went on to receive a Masters in Speech-language Pathology from the University of South Alabama. She completed her Clinical Fellowship as a Speech-language Pathologist in the Birmingham City School District with The Stepping Stones Group, LLC , where she continued to work until June 2022. Emily joined BOOST Kids as the Lead SLP in summer of 2022.
Emily has always known she wanted to work with pediatrics and is passionate about helping children communicate and believes the best way to achieve this is through play and making them feel like they are being understood. Emily is excited to be a part of the BOOST Kids team and share her passion with her clients and their families. When not at work, Emily enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, being active and spending time with her family and friends.
Sydney is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and moved to Birmingham in 2015, with her now husband, Kevin Holmgren. She earned an undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from Auburn University, and then went on to receive a Master of
Occupational Therapy degree from Alabama State University Health Sciences Center where she served as a Student Representative. She completed her Level II Fieldworks in the areas of Acute Care and Inpatient Rehabilitation.
Sydney began her career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. During her time at Children’s of Alabama, she completed various specialty competencies allowing her to serve children in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and Behavioral Health Unit. She served on the Early Mobility Team, Transplant Team, and Staff Council. She provided education on the role of Occupational Therapy to hospital staff, including
Nurses and Physicians, to expand the knowledge of Occupational Therapy’s impact during hospitalization.
Sydney is passionate about progressing developmental skills, implementing neuro re-education, increasing independence in daily activities, and overall improving the quality of life of children.
Sydney and her husband, Kevin, have 2 young children. Sydney enjoys being in the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Pido joined the BOOST Kids team in January of 2023. Pido is originally from Sachse, TX and
moved to Birmingham in January 2020, with her now husband, Jared Maas. Pido earned an
undergraduate degree in Biology from Austin College with a minor in music and then went on
to receive a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University School of
Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her fieldwork at Children’s Health in Plano, TX, since then
working at outpatient pediatric clinics post-graduation. She is very excited to be a member of
BOOST Kids and help kids learn to be the best version of themselves and feel confident in their
potential. Her favorite part about planning therapy sessions is to make things client-centered,
fun and creative, integrating kid’s favorite characters from tv shows of video games into
activities/crafts or creating themed-obstacle courses. Pido has taken several continuing
education classes on Handwriting Without Tears, Autism, and DIR ( Developmental, Individual-
differences, Relationship-based model) Floortime Therapy. During her leisure time, Pido enjoys
cooking new recipes, spending time with her family and friends, playing the flute/ukulele, going
outdoors on a nice day on hiking and walking trails, and video games.