I have been an occupational therapist for 23 years here in LA, after graduating with a Masters in OT from USC in 1996. I found my passion working with children during my first job in a hospital outpatient department and then moved to the school district several years later to work with children full time. Currently, I am the occupational therapist serving Hermosa Beach City School District and live here in Redondo Beach. I love being part of the South Bay community and making a difference right here at home. Besides working for the school district, I also provide private therapy in the home and for Harbor Regional Center clients that qualify. I am one of very few therapists in the South Bay that is certified in Therapeutic Listening. I find this auditory therapy has profound positive impact on my clients in regulation and development. In addition, I have helped research the effects of moving and sensory based furniture on student outcomes within school classrooms, pioneering the movement to more functional, flexible, and effective classroom environments to positively impact learning. I have continued my studies and career development in sensory integration, reflex integration, autism, ADHD, ocular motor difficulties and feeding difficulties. I hope to meet you and your child soon and help them reach their highest potential!
-Kelly and Maddie
See the power of Occupational Therapy on regulation and development!
In this video you will see an extreme premie who is now 18 months old has difficulty with regulation, cries often and requires caregivers to carry her at all times or will continue to cry. Even though she is 18 months, deep pressure swaddling continues to calm her. The movement of rocking and bouncing continues to keep her calm, activate her neck muscles and allows her to initiate social interaction.