Ellen received a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 1979. She is registered and certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, licensed by the state of Georgia, and a member of both the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association. She began her private practice in Georgia in 1987, working with public and private schools, preschools, early intervention programs, and individuals in home and clinic based settings. Specialized training includes Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, Therapeutic Listening, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, and Brain Gym.