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Meet the Team

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Elizabeth "Liz" McMahon Kraus, MA, CCC-SLP

Founder, Executive Director & Speech-Language Pathologist


Background: Liz was born and raised on several military bases throughout her life.  In 2001, she graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor's in Education with an emphasis in Communication Disorders.  In 2003, Liz graduated from The University of Memphis with a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology.  Throughout her career, Liz has provided early intervention and pediatric therapy services for children and families throughout the Mid-South.  In October 2022, Liz founded the Pediatric Learning Center, Inc. with the goal of expanding family centered services in the area with a collaborative team approach. 

Family & Favorite Things: Liz is married to Alex and is a stepmom to two amazing teenagers. In her spare time, she can be found reading and playing board games with family and friends. 

Why PLC?  In 2022, Liz spent time thinking about her career and what she enjoyed about work.  After several weeks of reflection, she created the business proposal for the Pediatric Learning Center, Inc.  Working with a dedicated Board of Directors led to the creation of an early intervention organization focused on team collaboration, pediatric therapy, caregiver education, family support, and partnerships with other community organizations. She is excited to see how PLC grows to serve our families and community! 

Jamie Carman

Patient Coordinator


Background: Jamie was born in Jackson, TN and relocated to Memphis with her family shortly after birth. She was raised in Memphis by two of her aunts after the passing of her mother. Their love and support helped shape her into the person she is today. 


Jamie has a passion for education and helping others. She has several years experience working with children in and out of a preschool setting. One of her biggest joys in life is helping children learn and grow all while learning and growing from that experience. Jamie's upbringing has taught her the importance of kindness, compassion, and dedication, which she tries to bring to every aspect of her life.

Family & Favorite Things: Jamie is married to her husband, Carlos, and they have two beautiful daughters, Millie and Mia. Jamie loves reading, traveling, and all things Disney. She loves to travel and see the magic in the world through the eyes of her children. 

Why PLC?  Jamie worked with Liz, founder of PLC, in the past. With a passion to serve families, work with a dedicated team of pediatric professionals, and work with others to help grow a loving and supportive community

based learning center, Jamie is excited to be a part of the PLC team! 


Hope Smith White, MOTR/L

Occupational Therapist 


Background:  Hope is from Mobile, AL and moved to Memphis, TN with her husband in order for him to pursue his dream of becoming a Dentist. In 2016, she graduated from Auburn University with her B.S. in Exercise Science and then attended The University of South Alabama where she received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018. Since graduating, she has worked primarily in a local private practice in Mobile where she specialized in reflex integration, oculomotor skills, and ADL/IADLs.


Occupational therapy fulfills Hope’s childhood dream of working with children and their families to improve their quality of life through supporting their functional independence at home, school, and within the community. Her passion is rooted in improving foundational skills and treating holistically, or simply put, helping kids and their families with the building blocks for achieving functional independence.

Family & Favorite Things:  Hope is married to her husband, Gregory, and lives in Downtown Memphis with their dog (Tenn) and cat (Memphis). She enjoys spending time with family, going on long walks around Shelby Farms, participating in CrossFit, and finding the best food throughout Memphis (send recommendations please!). 

Why PLC?  Hope knew that PLC was the right fit for her the moment she met the team and saw their love, dedication, and passion for helping kids live life to the fullest. She relates to the mission and goals of PLC and could not be more excited to be a part of the team!


Tori Fortner, MOTR/L

Occupational Therapist


Background: Tori is a (West) Memphis transplant, originally from Henderson, Tennessee. In 2015, she graduated from Union University with a Bachelor's in Biology and Psychology.  In 2017, she graduated from Jackson State Community College as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).  She worked as a COTA until she received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in 2020.  


Her passion is meeting families where they are and helping children learn through play. She has taken many continuing education courses focused on pediatric eating and feeding, handwriting, play based learning, and sensory processing. Tori is also the coordinator for Project Soothe with Foster Village Memphis.  

Family & Favorite Things: Tori is married to Josh and they have a daughter (Eliza Jane) and two dogs (Yogi and Gunny). Tori loves kids, dogs, and food. In her spare time, she can be found outside playing with her daughter.

Why PLC? Tori serves with love, passion and true dedication to everything she puts her mind to. She is so excited to be a part of the PLC team because it is of utmost importance she work alongside people who put families and children first. Tori knows PLC is the place to be!

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Corey Fawcett, MA, CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist 


Background:  Corey is a Washington State native who has also lived in Oregon and Spain. She received a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Portland in 2013 and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Memphis in 2020.


Corey has experience working with English- and Spanish-speaking pediatric clients in the areas of receptive and expressive language, pragmatics, articulation, phonology, fluency, and feeding in a variety of settings. She has a graduate certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and is passionate about informing her evidence-based practice through continual learning.

Family & Favorite Things:  Corey and her wife, Ricki, share a dog named Lonnie and cat named Dewey. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and watching Survivor with her friends. 

Why PLC?  Corey believes strongly in PLC’s values of emphasizing play, prioritizing family support and education, and treating children holistically.


Emily Rayder Acred, MOTR/L

Occupational Therapist 


Background:  Emily is a born and raised Memphian but briefly lived in Spain during a study abroad program. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance and her Master's of Occupational Therapy degree from UTHSC in 2021. Since graduating she has worked in early intervention and outpatient pediatrics with experience in trauma-informed care, sensory processing, emotional regulation, handwriting, and activities of daily living (ADLs). Emily loves using the creativity and science of occupational therapy to help kids better participate in their preferred play and daily routines.


Family & Favorite Things:   Emily and her husband, Sam, have two cats Stella and Hubble. She enjoys reading, mixed-media art, traveling, spending time in nature, and all things science or space related (hence the cats' names).

Why PLC?  Emily is passionate about early intervention and giving back to the Memphis community by helping families get the support they need regardless of socioeconomic background. This passion perfectly aligns with PLC's family-centered mission, and she is so excited to be part of such an amazing, supportive team!

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