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.
Alden joined the BOOST Kids team as a team speech-language pathologist in August of 2023. Alden is originally from Mississippi and moved to the Birmingham area in 2022. She earned an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Education from the University of Mississippi and went on to receive a masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Auburn University. Following graduate school, Alden completed her Clinical Fellowship Year as a trainee at the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program, where she gained additional experience in working with autistic children as well as clients with various developmental delays and disorders. Alden is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) and is licensed by ABESPA to practice in the state of Alabama.
Alden is passionate about helping children find their unique voice and build confidence with communicating! She believes that every child deserves the chance to reach their fullest potential with communication to be able to meaningfully connect with others and feels honored to work in a field that enables her to encourage and motivate her clients to do so. Alden’s clinical interests within speech-language pathology are speech sound development, language and literacy, social communication, augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC), and pediatric feeding and swallowing.
When she is not at work, Alden enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, going on walks around her neighborhood, catching a good sunset, and spending time with her friends and family.
Emily joined BOOST Kids in August 2023 to expand our after school hours to help more clients receive services in the afternoon! She has been working full time as a school-based OT in the Hoover City school system going on 5 years and has worked with all ages of children, ranging from pre school to high school. Prior to pediatrics, Emily worked in the inpatient and acute care hospital settings to build her foundation as an OT, but her passion for pediatrics was always there. From an early age, Emily has had a heart for kids and is so excited to join our team here at BOOST Kids! Emily is excited to see all of your child’s abilities and have the privilege to help them reach new possibilities!
When she is not working or coaching the tennis team, Emily enjoys baking, hanging with friends, or traveling down south to visit her family. She has a 6 year old dog named Grover and is a proud aunt to a niece and nephews that give her lots of after hours OT work!
Elizabeth joined the BOOST Kids team in January 2023 as the very first office administrator. Elizabeth is originally from Florence, Alabama and moved to Birmingham in 2021, with her now husband, Sean. They have one son, Oliver, who just turned one! She earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, General Management, from the University of North Alabama. She has a passion for organization and efficiency. With several years of experience in office management, she is dedicated to ensuring that everything runs smoothly for each and every patient whether it be with their insurance, their schedule, or just in general. Elizabeth is excited to be a part of the BOOST Kids team and looks forward to meeting all of the new patients and families! When not at work, Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, being a mom, and traveling!