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About Us

Who we are 

Empower Recreational Therapy is incorporated in Marietta, Georgia. We are committed to improving the accessibility of recreational therapy to adults aged 50+ throughout North Atlanta and surrounding communities. In keeping with our philosophy of personal care, we are able to work with you in the comfort of your own home. 

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To empower adults aged 50+ of all abilities to lead active, purposeful lives through a wellness model driven by individualized recreational therapy programming. 

Our Values

EmpoweRT is built upon 6 values that drive our mission for the community. 


Client and family involvement is an intentional collaboration with the therapist to identify client's needs and preferences, and to create a more meaningful, therapeutic experience.

We also value inter-professional collaborations within clinical and community settings, to share knowledge, resources, and truly bridge the gap for a successful continuum of care.


Our comprehensive understanding of the whole person inspires us to expand our role with advocacy efforts. We take pride advocating for the overall health and well-being of our clients, accessibility of services, and inclusion of our clients in surrounding community programs. We are also committed to advocating for the provision, quality, and reach of the RT profession at both the state and national level. 


Our authentic approach cultivates a genuine rapport, trust, and true bond between client and therapist. This therapeutic relationship is essential for successful client outcomes.

We value the depth of truly knowing our clients beyond surface level by engaging them in real conversations with a therapist who listens, cares, and laughs with you.


Our top priority is the health and safety of our clients, which is carefully managed and led by our Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

In addition to professional credentialing, we value experience, education, and competence to ensure quality outcomes. We continually strive for the pursuit of operational excellence and strategic growth.


Our clients are often overwhelmed by what they feel they can't do anymore. Recreational therapy focuses on what clients can do by harnessing their strengths and abilities through successful participation in challenging, meaningful activities. 


Our creativity and innovation set us apart. We embrace creative problem solving to healthcare and aging challenges with enthusiasm and optimism. Our vision statement captures our commitment to pioneer the inclusion of adults 50 and over into non-traditional programming and all recreational venues.


Wellness Model

Our model serves the needs of adults aged 50+ in all settings to serve as a viable continuum care service and to support aging in place efforts throughout the community.

Recreational Therapy and Fitness & Exercise Science are the conceptual foundations driving theory- and evidence-based interventions to optimize quality of life and related health outcomes. 

For more information, hover over "agency" and "individual." 


We partner with: 

  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • Senior Living Communities

  • Adult Day Programs

  • Behavioral Health

  • Outpatient Rehab

  • Home Health

  • Personal Care Home

  • Parks & Recreation

  • Hospice & Palliative Care


  • EmpoweRT serves adults aged 50+ of all abilities who are looking to maintain or return to an active, leisure lifestyle. 

Recreational Therapy

Fitness & Exercise Science



Individual Plan


Evaluate Outcomes



Inter-disciplinary Team

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Purposefully keeping you at the center of everything we do.

Wellness Model

Robert H., Client

Laura has a wealth of experience and is very knowledgeable about geriatric needs and therapeutic solutions. She has a highly professional, genuine approach to elder care. Her engaging personality motivates and supports efforts to achieve my fitness goals and to get back to the golf course. 

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Laura Kelly, Founder & CEO

I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with over a decade of experience developing Recreational Therapy programs in the healthcare and aging industries. I founded EmpoweRT to expand the reach of this therapy and provide creative, therapeutic solutions to diverse health and aging challenges. It is an honor to fulfill this larger calling to serve as a vehicle of empowerment and hope for adults aged 50+. 

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Who we serve 

Empower Recreational Therapy serves adults aged 50+ of all abilities throughout the care continuum:

  • Chronic Conditions

  • Stroke Recovery

  • Dementia & Mild Cognitive Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Neurological Conditions

  • Progressive Disorders

    • MS, ALS, Parkinson's​

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Social Isolation

  • Vision / Hearing Impairment

  • Fall Risk

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Paraplegia / Quadriplegia

  • Cancer

  • Hospice care

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