Meet Our Team

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The therapists and staff that make up Radiant Kids Therapy are a dynamic team of expert, caring professionals with a wide range of skills and experiences. All of our therapists are licensed to practice in California and have a Master’s Degree or higher in their respective fields of speech, occupational and physical therapy. We love and are passionate about what we do. We look forward to working with you and your children!

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Laura Agyeman M.S., CCC-SLP

CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Laura Agyeman M.S., CCC-SLP

CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Davis, CA, Laura holds a B.A. in Child and Family Psychology (Azusa Pacific University) and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (University of the Pacific). After college and before graduate school, Laura taught private piano and voice lessons, and worked as a behavioral therapist and instructional aide for children with moderate/severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was in the midst of her work with children with special needs that she crossed paths with Speech-Language Pathologists who inspired her to make a career change. Laura now has several years of experience as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked in a variety of settings, including public schools, private clinic and in-home (her favorite). In these, she has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families with children spanning a wide range of ages, from toddlers through teenagers. Laura has significant experience treating children with a variety of needs, such as: early speech and language delay, cognitive delays, ASD, articulation and phonology, language disorders (semantics, syntax and morphology, pragmatics), and more. She is continually grateful to be in such a meaningful, rewarding career and to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful families. At the helm of Radiant Kids Therapy, Laura is passionate about creating a positive, supportive company culture for team members and providing the best possible services for clients.  In addition to her roles as CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist and the other hats she wears, Laura feels incredibly blessed to be married to her wonderful husband with two active, sweet young kids at home: a 4 year-old son and 2 year-old daughter. As a creative at heart, Laura has a rich artistic history in musical theatre, vocal performance, songwriting, writing, worship leading and musical composition.

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Amber Smith

Administrative and Client Services Manager

Amber Smith

Administrative and Client Services Manager

The proficiencies and strengths Amber brings to Radiant Kids Therapy are highly developed and unmatched by most. Her experience in business administration, organization, and time management allows for a symbiotic environment between staff, therapists, clients, and all things business. Her career has spanned from the north coast of Oregon to the state of Washington, east to upstate New York, and into the deep south of Mississippi; most recently landing her in beautiful North County San Diego, which she now calls home. You can say she’s had a taste for travel, allowing for diversity and enhancing her creativity and perspectives. Amber’s prior admin experience included support roles in the telecommunications and utility industries, municipalities and non-profits, mental health and psychiatric facility support, as well as business management in the manufacturing world. Amber’s favorite pastimes include gardening, cooking, reading, continuing her formal education, and most importantly, bonding with her teenagers, husband, and most adorable dog, Chloe.

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Nicole Berney

Human Resources Manager

Nicole Berney

Human Resources Manager

Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole puts serving others first in all she does. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from California Baptist University. She also holds a California Teaching Credential, Administrative Services Credential, and a PHR Certification. Prior to joining the Radiant Kids Therapy team, Nicole worked as a Human Resources Specialist, a K-12 teacher, and administrative coordinator. She also is an artist and has experience in website design and project management. Nicole is a life-long learner and enjoys building skills in new areas that play to her strengths, which include connectedness and empathy. She values authentic relationships, working as a team to find creative solutions, and having fun! Nicole enjoys painting, reading, walking her sweet golden retriever, exploring with her husband and their new baby boy, and quality time with family.

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Athena Bellio

Clinical Manager/Physical Therapist Team Manager

Athena Bellio

Clinical Manager/Physical Therapist Team Manager

Athena graduated from San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelors in Kinesiology in 2011. She completed her massage therapy and holistic health practitioner certification shortly after her undergraduate. After working for a few years, she applied and was accepted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and graduated in 2016.

Athena is a big kid at heart and loves working with children in any capacity. Whether it is helping the children she treats achieve their gross motor potential through meaningful play or throwing dance parties and sing-a-longs as part of her sessions, she loves finding new ways to interact and play with purpose.

She has studied neurodevelopmental and orthopedic treatment techniques and is passionate about treating movement disorders by addressing the body as a whole. In 2020, Athena earned her Board-Certification as a Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Athena is a North County SD native and when she isn’t working can be found hanging out with her obnoxiously large Italian and Greek family. She enjoys cooking and baking, crafting and spending time with her husband, Brian, their son and their multiple cats and dogs.

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Amity Saucedo

Client Services Assistant & SDRC Liaison

Amity Saucedo

Client Services Assistant & SDRC Liaison

Born and raised in Southern California, Amity holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the Radiant Kids Therapy team, Amity worked in the senior living industry for 13 years where she developed strong office management skills and a passion for helping others. In her free time Amity enjoys exploring with her three children, visiting local museums, reading, and being outdoors.

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Jecoria Walker

Scheduling Coordinator

Jecoria Walker

Scheduling Coordinator

Born in Tennessee and raised in California, Jecoria earned her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Science from Cal State Long Beach and soon after began pursuing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. With a passion for community involvement, helping others, and expanding her knowledge about the world around her, Jecoria thrives in people-oriented work. Jecoria’s professional background includes experience in the service industry in addition to working with children and their families in public school settings as well as in ABA therapy. In her free time, she enjoys admiring nature, researching astrology, and testing out all kinds of new, exciting recipes.

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Stacie Cornell

Scheduler, Occupational Therapist

Stacie Cornell

Scheduler, Occupational Therapist

Stacie received her undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology from Boston College where she volunteered with the Special Olympics program. She obtained her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. In addition to experience coaching girls’ gymnastics, nannying, and working at an ABA autism center, Stacie has clinical experience working with inpatient adults at UC San Diego Medical Center and outpatient pediatric patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Her Doctoral Capstone Project focused on the provision of culturally appropriate, accessible information to Spanish-speaking families in San Diego. In her free time, Stacie enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and taking her dog to the beach. Her favorite part of being a pediatric occupational therapist is working alongside families to meet their unique goals and making therapy fun and motivating for her clients!

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Abbie J.

Physical Therapist

Abbie J.

Physical Therapist

Abbie graduated with her bachelors in Kinesiology from San Diego State in 2019. After graduation, she moved back to her home state of Washington to pursue her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University. She has clinical experience working in outpatient pediatrics and in early intervention, where she has had training in completing NICU follow-ups and treating children with high sensory needs. In her free time, Abbie can be found outdoors with her friends and family or trying out new coffee spots around town.

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Alyssa K.

Physical Therapist

Alyssa K.

Physical Therapist

Alyssa graduated from UC San Diego where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. She went on to University of Southern California to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy and graduated in 2008. She is now a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Alyssa also has extensive training in Myofascial Release.

Alyssa has experience working with infants to geriatrics but has always had a passion for the pediatric population. She has worked in clinic, home and school settings treating children with a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic diagnoses.

Alyssa grew up in San Diego and is also a dance teacher and professional dancer. When not working, she loves spending time with her daughter and being active outdoors.

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Anna G.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Anna G.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Anna holds a B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology (San Jose State University). Anna now has 28 years of experience as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has spent the majority of years in the public school setting. After retirement from the public schools, Anna missed the little ones. She yearned to work with children and their families in Early Intervention. She discovered that the children who made the most progress were the young children that had parent involvement. The home setting was the most functional setting and the younger the child the faster the progress. Anna has significant experience with a variety of speech and language needs, such as: early speech and language delay, cognitive delays, autism spectrum disorders, articulation and phonology, language disorders (semantics, syntax, morphology, pragmatics) and various genetic disabilities. She is compassionate about the families she works with and is grateful for the opportunity to work with this very special age group.

Ashleigh C.

Occupational Therapist

Ashleigh C.

Occupational Therapist

Ashleigh grew up in Claremont, CA and began caring for children with autism during high school. She went on to be trained as a behavioral interventionist and floortime therapist before deciding to pursue her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. There, she took advanced coursework in Ayres Sensory Integration, studying under some of the most respected professionals in the field. She began working as an occupational therapist in 2015 in the Encinitas school district before moving to Salt Lake City, San Francisco and then Denver before returning to North County San Diego. Secondary to raising her own two boys, her career has focused on working alongside children diagnosed with a variety of developmental disabilities, learning from lived experiences of disabled adults to better inform her pediatric therapy approach, and working towards becoming a neurodiversity-affirming therapist. She currently lives with her partner, Brett; 5-year-old son, Nels; 2-year-old son, Sigge; and beagle/bassett-hound mix, Cosmo, in Oceanside (where Brett grew up.)

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Brenna R.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Brenna R.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Brenna was born and raised in southern California, and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands. She has eight years of experience serving a wide variety of clients from toddlers to teens, first in public schools and then in the private practice setting. Brenna is trained in Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) in Gestalt Language Processors (GLPs) through Meaningful Speech, and is passionate about providing neurodiversity-affirming care. Off the clock, Brenna enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband and toddler-age daughter.

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Brooke H.

Occupational Therapist

Brooke H.

Occupational Therapist

Brooke received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of San Diego before getting her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. From a young age, Brooke knew she wanted to work with little ones. She has experience treating children with various diagnoses from birth to three years old in-home. She loves supporting caregivers in helping their children reach their full potential. In her free time, Brooke enjoys playing pickleball, cooking, and spending time at the beach with friends and family.

Castara E.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Castara E.

Speech-Language Pathologist

In 2004, Castara received her M.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder and began her career working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the medical setting at Children’s Hospital Colorado. During her time at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Castara worked in the outpatient clinic, inpatient units, and in many of the specialty care clinics. Later, she became the Associate Clinical Manager of the Speech Department. In 2016, Castara and her family moved to sunny San Diego, where she began working at Rady Children’s Hospital as the site/clinical manager for the Oceanside and Escondido Developmental Services clinics. Since then, Castara has acquired years of experience working as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in a variety of settings (early intervention/in-home, school districts, private clinics, and preschools) with children of all ages and varying needs. She loves working directly with families and teaching children to become better communicators! During her free time, Castara enjoys relaxing on the beach, running/walking, and hanging out with her family.

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Cindy McMahon

Occupational Therapist Team Manager

Cindy McMahon

Occupational Therapist Team Manager

Cindy received a B.S. in Health Sciences from St. Mary’s College of California and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. She has been practicing as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 20 years in the local school districts as well as providing early intervention therapy. As an occupational therapist, Cindy enjoys getting to know each client as an individual and uses that understanding to work together towards their goals. She loves seeing the impact intervention at an early age can have on a child’s life. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to see her two college-age daughters, swimming, gardening, and hiking.

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Draeton F.

Occupational Therapist

Draeton F.

Occupational Therapist

Draeton received a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, before completing his Doctorate in occupational therapy at the University of Findlay. He has experience in community/in-patient/out-patient pediatric settings, assisting children with various conditions and developmental delays. Draeton has a passion for helping children reach their full potential by facilitating play-based activity to develop daily skills necessary for a lifetime of success. In his free time, Draeton prefers to spend his time exercising, hiking, taking pictures, and going to the beach.

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Dani K.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dani K.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Arizona, Dani obtained her B.S. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona and her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. She has experience working with a variety of client populations and clinical settings including acute rehabilitation, pediatric neurological clinic, public school district, home health and early intervention settings. She enjoys all things related to the brain and has specific experience working with adults and children with neurodevelopmental differences. She has gained strong clinical experience and training in autism, receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, fluency and cognitive delays. Dani enjoys spending her time cooking, raising her two dogs with her fiance, going to the dog beach and exploring new places in San Diego.

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Gina Suggett

Speech-Language Pathologist, North County SLP Team Lead

Gina Suggett

Speech-Language Pathologist, North County SLP Team Lead

Gina has been a speech-language pathologist since 1997. She has enjoyed serving children and families throughout San Diego County in outpatient clinics, educational settings, in a pediatric inpatient hospital, early intervention home visits, and in pediatric home healthcare. She has prior experience working in outpatient and inpatient settings at Rady Children’s Hospital & Health Center and Tri-City Medical Center. Gina has a special interest in early intervention and early childhood language. She was presented with the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by ASHA’s Continuing Education Board in 1999 and 2019 in recognition of continued professional study. Gina has volunteered for ASHA’s S.T.E.P. “Student to Empowered Professional” Mentoring Program and Rady’s FACES for the future program. When not at home visits with children and families, you can find Gina enjoying being outdoors with family or friends, or learning a new recipe!

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Hattie Fleming

Occupational Therapist, North County OT Team Lead

Hattie Fleming

Occupational Therapist, North County OT Team Lead

Hattie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Her capstone project was focused on increasing access to early intervention services in underserved communities abroad. This led to her developing an early intervention program in Belize through a non-profit called The Inspiration Center, where she continues to volunteer. Working with families to provide routines-based, culturally responsive, and play-centered support is the career of her dreams and she is especially passionate about using a sensory processing lens to support children’s participation in activities. Hattie loves to travel, having been to over 25 countries, and is bilingual. She has a golden retriever named Honey Bear and they spend lots of time together outdoors at the beach, doing yoga, or hiking.

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Jackie S.

Occupational Therapist

Jackie S.

Occupational Therapist

Jackie received her Masters in occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health and Sciences. She has since been working in pediatric outpatient settings and has experience working with children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, sensory processing needs, various genetic conditions and developmental delays. She loves helping children to foster learning and growth in everyday skills and abilities through play-based activities within their natural environment and supporting families to help their child thrive. She especially loves implementing sensory-based techniques to engage the child’s senses and attune their nervous system for optimal learning and engagement. In her free time, Jackie enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, travelling, being in nature, and getting crafty with her nieces and nephews when she visits them in her home town in upstate New York.

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Jon L.

Occupational Therapist

Jon L.

Occupational Therapist

Jon received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a bachelor’s in Health Science from Alvernia, PA in 2013. Since that time Jon has used his degree to provide holistic interventions to adult and pediatric clients. Jon is also a certified brain injury specialist with over 5 years of experience working with clients diagnosed with stroke, head trauma and congenial deficits. In addition, Jon also has his assistive technology professional license. This enables him to address how clients interact with their environment and provide equipment technology to enable participation in meaningful activities. In his free time Jon prefers to spend his time surfing, hiking with his wife and pups, rock climbing and mountain biking. Jon also volunteers his time to various adaptive surf events in the San Diego area.

Kelly M.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelly M.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelly graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Science & Disorders from Queens College. She then went on to receive her master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Molloy University.

Kelly is originally from New York but decided to move to San Diego in 2021. She has worked with a diverse population of patients with communication disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, expressive and receptive language delays, social-pragmatic delays, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), phonological disorders, and Spanish-English bilingual children with speech and language delays.

Kelly is an energetic and passionate SLP who loves working with kids and their families to reach their communication goals! In her free time, she enjoys staying active by working out and hiking as well as spending time at the beach.

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Kathy P.

Physical Therapist

Kathy P.

Physical Therapist

Kathy holds a DPT from Boston University, an MPT from Fresno State University, and a BS (in Biology) from UC Riverside. For more than 25 years, Kathy has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and in-home. During her career, she has worked with a variety of patient populations, from the elderly to infants, focusing on orthopedic and neurologic issues. For the past 12 years, Kathy has focused her practice on pediatric clients and has developed a passion for providing in-home early intervention therapy for young children. Kathy feels privileged to be able to dedicate her professional life to helping children and their families realize their greatest potential. When not practicing physical therapy, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kirsten P.

Physical Therapist

Kirsten P.

Physical Therapist

Kirsten is a certified Early Intervention Specialist and has been working as a physical therapist since 2005. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work and master’s degree in physical therapy from The University of Vermont. Her career began working in early intervention in Massachusetts with children birth to 3 years. In 2009 Kirsten relocated to California working for a private practice treating pediatric and adult clients. Kirsten’s passion is working in pediatrics and has provided therapy services for children and their families using home, outpatient clinic and center based group interventions. She has experience working with children with a variety of neurologic, genetic and orthopedic disorders. Throughout Kirsten’s career she has had the privilege of working with exceptional children and their families. It has been her goal to positively influence and support children by focusing on their individual strengths and abilities, to help them achieve their physical potential. Kirsten lives in North County with her husband and 2 kids. She enjoys outdoor activities including walking/hiking at the beach, skiing, and supporting her kids play the sports that they love.

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Kristin S.

Physical Therapist

Kristin S.

Physical Therapist

Kristin is originally from sunny Upland, CA. She earned her Bachelors in Kinesiology at San Diego State University in 2019. She fell in love with San Diego so much that she returned to SDSU where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2023.

From her earliest years, Kristin’s passion for working with children has been a guiding force in her life. Now, she’s thrilled to dive into the world of pediatric physical therapy, where she brings boundless enthusiasm and deep empathy to help each child unlock their full potential. Beyond that, she is passionate about enhancing not only the skills and quality of life for children but also empowering parents on their journey.

In her free time, Kristin enjoys traveling, soaking up the sun at the beach, whipping up tasty dishes, and cherishing quality time with family, friends, and her boyfriend.

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Laney P.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Laney P.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Laney earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University and her master’s of science in Communication Science and Disorders from Baylor University. She has experience working with clients in a variety of settings such as schools, outpatient clinics, tele-health and in-home therapy. She has treated children with diverse needs such as expressive/receptive delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), augmentative and alternative communication needs, articulation disorders, cognitive delays, fluency, and others. Laney is an energetic and passionate speech language pathologist who is intentional about improving the quality of life of her clients and helping them achieve their greatest potential.

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Lauren S.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren S.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology. Subsequently, she graduated with a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, San Marcos. As a graduate student, Lauren had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings: an elementary school; the acute, rehabilitation, and transitional care units of a hospital; as well as adult and pediatric private outpatient clinics. After working in an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital, Lauren pursued her passion for working with pediatric clients and their families. She loves to facilitate speech and language development within child-led, naturalistic play-based therapy sessions, with attention to the unique needs and interests of each child; as well as utilizing up-to-date, evidence-based practices to support therapy techniques and client progress. Lauren also loves opportunities to involve families and caregivers in therapy sessions, and throughout the entire therapy process. In her free time, Lauren practices yoga, Pilates, reads voraciously, loves spending time in nature, and with her family.

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Lorena G.

Occupational Therapist

Lorena G.

Occupational Therapist

Lorena received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from San Diego State University before getting her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2016. Before finding her career in occupational therapy, Lorena worked as a caregiver in an assisted living facility with adults with disabilities. She has five years of experience working as an occupational therapist in the school, clinic, and home settings with children and adults. She current specializes in the school setting working with children with Autism, ADHD, genetic disorders, intellectual disabilities, and developmental delay. She has taken many courses in self-regulation, fine motor skills, and executive functioning. Lorena is fluent in Spanish. When she is not working as an OT, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing board games.

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Mariel G.

Occupational Therapist

Mariel G.

Occupational Therapist

Mariel received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at California State University of San Marcos and in 2022, Mariel received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Science in San Marcos. She started her career as a School-Based Occupational Therapist at Poway Unified School District and Oceanside Unified School District working with grades preschool-5th grade. Mariel had the opportunity to work with children during her fieldwork level II, where she interned at a telehealth early intervention setting. Mariel enjoys helping children meet their goals while listening and collaborating with families. In her free time, Mariel enjoys photography and traveling. She also loves staying home and relaxing.

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Marissa T.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Marissa T.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Minnesota, Marissa received her B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of North Dakota and her M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from St. Cloud State University. She has experience working with kids of all ages across a variety of settings (public school, outpatient clinic, telehealth and in-home early intervention). Marissa loves working closely with families to empower caregivers with tools that foster communication across everyday routines. She has a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), sensory integration and has been trained in Natural Language Acquisition Framework. She has clinical experience with but not limited to articulation/phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Gestalt Language Processing (GLP), fluency disorders, apraxia of speech and mixed receptive/expressive language delays. Marissa enjoys spending her time taking care of her houseplants, cooking, spending time with her two cats and exploring new places.

Meg S.

Physical Therapist

Meg S.

Physical Therapist

Meg earned her physical therapy degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Her experience includes practice in acute care pediatrics, outpatient pediatric clinics and in the early intervention setting.

She has taken continuing education courses in neurodevelopmental therapy, torticollis, idiopathic toe walking, kinesiotaping and orthotic management. Meg is passionate about supporting children and their families in order to achieve their goals.

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Michelle McKinney

Speech-Language Pathologist Team Manager

Michelle McKinney

Speech-Language Pathologist Team Manager

Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University of Northridge and began her career working as a behavioral therapist (ABA) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this time she realized her passion for teaching communication, which led her to go on to obtain her M.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University, San Marcos. Since then, Michelle has acquired years of experience working as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in a variety of settings (private clinic, in-home, and child development centers) with children of all ages and varying needs. She loves working directly with families and teaching children to become better communicators!

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Natasha M.

Occupational Therapist

Natasha M.

Occupational Therapist

Natasha received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos. Natasha was born and raised in Carlsbad and found her love for working with children with special needs in high school. She became a preschool teacher for 6 years, to learn how to enhance her relationship and interaction with young children. During the course of her education, she also received an associate degree in Early Intervention from Palomar College, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in business administration. During her OT program, she had the opportunity for a level II fieldwork in outpatient pediatrics and hippotherapy, which is the use of equine movement to enhance therapeutic interventions. This fieldwork allowed her to embrace using non-traditional methods during intervention and using alternative materials to enhance progress. Natasha loves working with children and their families and feels that the families learn from her just as much as she learns from them.

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Natasha B.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Natasha B.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Natasha received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her M.S. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fresno. Born and raised in the Central Valley, Natasha decided to relocate here to sunny San Diego after graduate school. She started working at an elementary school as a speech language pathologist, and enjoyed supporting her students ages three to ten years of age. After working in the school setting for six years, Natasha decided to make the switch to early intervention. She has since been experiencing the joys of early intervention and working with her clients and families to empower them through both coaching and direct intervention. She enjoys finding new and different ways to functionally meet the needs of her clients. The best part of her job is being able to be a part of her clients’ growth and helping them to uncover the power and fulfillment that comes with experiencing their own self-expression.

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Rachel B.

Occupational Therapist

Rachel B.

Occupational Therapist

Rachel graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Child Development, followed by an M.A. and OTD in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. During her fieldwork experiences, Rachel worked with both adults and children in an acute care setting, before beginning her occupational therapy career in outpatient pediatrics, working with children from ages 2-19. Rachel enjoys working with children with sensory challenges, feeding challenges, and has experience in aquatic therapy. Rachel enjoys collaborating with families to assist children in reaching their highest potential. In her free time Rachel loves walking on the beach, reading, and traveling.

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Rachel J.

Physical Therapist

Rachel J.

Physical Therapist

Rachel is originally from Seattle, WA and graduated from Washington State University with her B.S. in Biology. She then moved to fabulous Las Vegas to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2021. However, due to missing the ocean too much, she now resides in South Oceanside, CA. She has primarily focused her career on working with the pediatric population and is working on attaining her specialization in pediatric physical therapy to further advance her knowledge and expertise. She loves finding creative ways to motivate kiddos to enjoy physical therapy and reach their goals! She also enjoys teaching parents/caregivers what she knows so they can also be involved every step of the way. In her free time, you will most likely find her skiing, horseback riding, reading on the beach, baking, painting, or attempting to surf.

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Rosa V.

Occupational Therapist

Rosa V.

Occupational Therapist

Rosa received her masters in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. Rosa offers a non-judgmental, relational coaching approach when collaborating with parents and loves supporting new families on coregulation, healthy routines, and play. She speaks Farsi and is brushing up on her Spanish now that her daughter attends a Spanish speaking daycare. Outside of work, you can find Rosa enjoying time with her daughter playing at local parks, beaches, amusement parks, and play gyms.

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Sarah P.

Physical Therapist

Sarah P.

Physical Therapist

Sarah is from the Bay Area. She graduated with her Bachelors in Kinesiology at Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State University) in 2019. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2022. After she graduated, Sarah traveled to Cancun, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida. Sarah started working in August 2022 as a Physical Therapist in a few Bay Area school districts and has experience working in the school setting with young children transitioning into preschool all the way through high-school. She is a big lover of the beach so she moved down to San Diego and has fallen in love with the area! She enjoys walks at the beach, reading a book in the sand, and enjoying a coffee with the view of the ocean.

Sarah has always had a passion for children and loves to help kids meet their milestones and become more independent as well as educate the families!

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Steph F.

Occupational Therapist

Steph F.

Occupational Therapist

Originally from the East Coast, Steph received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Messiah University in 2022. She completed training at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD, working in the Center for Neonatal Transitional Care and the Feeding Day Program. Steph continues to support clients with feeding disorders and provide post-NICU care through early intervention services. She enjoys supporting clients and families in meeting their unique goals by providing client-centered and neurodiversity-affirming care. Outside of work Steph enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring all of the great San Diego beaches with her son.

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Laura Agyeman M.S., CCC-SLP

CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Laura Agyeman M.S., CCC-SLP

CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Davis, CA, Laura holds a B.A. in Child and Family Psychology (Azusa Pacific University) and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (University of the Pacific). After college and before graduate school, Laura taught private piano and voice lessons, and worked as a behavioral therapist and instructional aide for children with moderate/severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was in the midst of her work with children with special needs that she crossed paths with Speech-Language Pathologists who inspired her to make a career change. Laura now has several years of experience as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked in a variety of settings, including public schools, private clinic and in-home (her favorite). In these, she has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families with children spanning a wide range of ages, from toddlers through teenagers. Laura has significant experience treating children with a variety of needs, such as: early speech and language delay, cognitive delays, ASD, articulation and phonology, language disorders (semantics, syntax and morphology, pragmatics), and more. She is continually grateful to be in such a meaningful, rewarding career and to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful families. At the helm of Radiant Kids Therapy, Laura is passionate about creating a positive, supportive company culture for team members and providing the best possible services for clients.  In addition to her roles as CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist and the other hats she wears, Laura feels incredibly blessed to be married to her wonderful husband with two active, sweet young kids at home: a 4 year-old son and 2 year-old daughter. As a creative at heart, Laura has a rich artistic history in musical theatre, vocal performance, songwriting, writing, worship leading and musical composition.

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Amber Smith

Administrative and Client Services Manager

Amber Smith

Administrative and Client Services Manager

The proficiencies and strengths Amber brings to Radiant Kids Therapy are highly developed and unmatched by most. Her experience in business administration, organization, and time management allows for a symbiotic environment between staff, therapists, clients, and all things business. Her career has spanned from the north coast of Oregon to the state of Washington, east to upstate New York, and into the deep south of Mississippi; most recently landing her in beautiful North County San Diego, which she now calls home. You can say she’s had a taste for travel, allowing for diversity and enhancing her creativity and perspectives. Amber’s prior admin experience included support roles in the telecommunications and utility industries, municipalities and non-profits, mental health and psychiatric facility support, as well as business management in the manufacturing world. Amber’s favorite pastimes include gardening, cooking, reading, continuing her formal education, and most importantly, bonding with her teenagers, husband, and most adorable dog, Chloe.

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Nicole Berney

Human Resources Manager

Nicole Berney

Human Resources Manager

Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole puts serving others first in all she does. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from California Baptist University. She also holds a California Teaching Credential, Administrative Services Credential, and a PHR Certification. Prior to joining the Radiant Kids Therapy team, Nicole worked as a Human Resources Specialist, a K-12 teacher, and administrative coordinator. She also is an artist and has experience in website design and project management. Nicole is a life-long learner and enjoys building skills in new areas that play to her strengths, which include connectedness and empathy. She values authentic relationships, working as a team to find creative solutions, and having fun! Nicole enjoys painting, reading, walking her sweet golden retriever, exploring with her husband and their new baby boy, and quality time with family.

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Amity Saucedo

Client Services Assistant & SDRC Liaison

Amity Saucedo

Client Services Assistant & SDRC Liaison

Born and raised in Southern California, Amity holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the Radiant Kids Therapy team, Amity worked in the senior living industry for 13 years where she developed strong office management skills and a passion for helping others. In her free time Amity enjoys exploring with her three children, visiting local museums, reading, and being outdoors.

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Jecoria Walker

Scheduling Coordinator

Jecoria Walker

Scheduling Coordinator

Born in Tennessee and raised in California, Jecoria earned her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Science from Cal State Long Beach and soon after began pursuing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. With a passion for community involvement, helping others, and expanding her knowledge about the world around her, Jecoria thrives in people-oriented work. Jecoria’s professional background includes experience in the service industry in addition to working with children and their families in public school settings as well as in ABA therapy. In her free time, she enjoys admiring nature, researching astrology, and testing out all kinds of new, exciting recipes.

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Stacie Cornell

Scheduler, Occupational Therapist

Stacie Cornell

Scheduler, Occupational Therapist

Stacie received her undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology from Boston College where she volunteered with the Special Olympics program. She obtained her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. In addition to experience coaching girls’ gymnastics, nannying, and working at an ABA autism center, Stacie has clinical experience working with inpatient adults at UC San Diego Medical Center and outpatient pediatric patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Her Doctoral Capstone Project focused on the provision of culturally appropriate, accessible information to Spanish-speaking families in San Diego. In her free time, Stacie enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and taking her dog to the beach. Her favorite part of being a pediatric occupational therapist is working alongside families to meet their unique goals and making therapy fun and motivating for her clients!

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Laura Agyeman M.S., CCC-SLP

CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Laura Agyeman M.S., CCC-SLP

CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Davis, CA, Laura holds a B.A. in Child and Family Psychology (Azusa Pacific University) and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (University of the Pacific). After college and before graduate school, Laura taught private piano and voice lessons, and worked as a behavioral therapist and instructional aide for children with moderate/severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was in the midst of her work with children with special needs that she crossed paths with Speech-Language Pathologists who inspired her to make a career change. Laura now has several years of experience as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked in a variety of settings, including public schools, private clinic and in-home (her favorite). In these, she has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families with children spanning a wide range of ages, from toddlers through teenagers. Laura has significant experience treating children with a variety of needs, such as: early speech and language delay, cognitive delays, ASD, articulation and phonology, language disorders (semantics, syntax and morphology, pragmatics), and more. She is continually grateful to be in such a meaningful, rewarding career and to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful families. At the helm of Radiant Kids Therapy, Laura is passionate about creating a positive, supportive company culture for team members and providing the best possible services for clients.  In addition to her roles as CEO, Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist and the other hats she wears, Laura feels incredibly blessed to be married to her wonderful husband with two active, sweet young kids at home: a 4 year-old son and 2 year-old daughter. As a creative at heart, Laura has a rich artistic history in musical theatre, vocal performance, songwriting, writing, worship leading and musical composition.

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Anna G.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Anna G.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Anna holds a B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology (San Jose State University). Anna now has 28 years of experience as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has spent the majority of years in the public school setting. After retirement from the public schools, Anna missed the little ones. She yearned to work with children and their families in Early Intervention. She discovered that the children who made the most progress were the young children that had parent involvement. The home setting was the most functional setting and the younger the child the faster the progress. Anna has significant experience with a variety of speech and language needs, such as: early speech and language delay, cognitive delays, autism spectrum disorders, articulation and phonology, language disorders (semantics, syntax, morphology, pragmatics) and various genetic disabilities. She is compassionate about the families she works with and is grateful for the opportunity to work with this very special age group.

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Brenna R.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Brenna R.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Brenna was born and raised in southern California, and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands. She has eight years of experience serving a wide variety of clients from toddlers to teens, first in public schools and then in the private practice setting. Brenna is trained in Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) in Gestalt Language Processors (GLPs) through Meaningful Speech, and is passionate about providing neurodiversity-affirming care. Off the clock, Brenna enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband and toddler-age daughter.

Castara E.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Castara E.

Speech-Language Pathologist

In 2004, Castara received her M.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder and began her career working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the medical setting at Children’s Hospital Colorado. During her time at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Castara worked in the outpatient clinic, inpatient units, and in many of the specialty care clinics. Later, she became the Associate Clinical Manager of the Speech Department. In 2016, Castara and her family moved to sunny San Diego, where she began working at Rady Children’s Hospital as the site/clinical manager for the Oceanside and Escondido Developmental Services clinics. Since then, Castara has acquired years of experience working as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in a variety of settings (early intervention/in-home, school districts, private clinics, and preschools) with children of all ages and varying needs. She loves working directly with families and teaching children to become better communicators! During her free time, Castara enjoys relaxing on the beach, running/walking, and hanging out with her family.

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Dani K.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dani K.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Arizona, Dani obtained her B.S. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona and her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. She has experience working with a variety of client populations and clinical settings including acute rehabilitation, pediatric neurological clinic, public school district, home health and early intervention settings. She enjoys all things related to the brain and has specific experience working with adults and children with neurodevelopmental differences. She has gained strong clinical experience and training in autism, receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, fluency and cognitive delays. Dani enjoys spending her time cooking, raising her two dogs with her fiance, going to the dog beach and exploring new places in San Diego.

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Gina Suggett

Speech-Language Pathologist, North County SLP Team Lead

Gina Suggett

Speech-Language Pathologist, North County SLP Team Lead

Gina has been a speech-language pathologist since 1997. She has enjoyed serving children and families throughout San Diego County in outpatient clinics, educational settings, in a pediatric inpatient hospital, early intervention home visits, and in pediatric home healthcare. She has prior experience working in outpatient and inpatient settings at Rady Children’s Hospital & Health Center and Tri-City Medical Center. Gina has a special interest in early intervention and early childhood language. She was presented with the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by ASHA’s Continuing Education Board in 1999 and 2019 in recognition of continued professional study. Gina has volunteered for ASHA’s S.T.E.P. “Student to Empowered Professional” Mentoring Program and Rady’s FACES for the future program. When not at home visits with children and families, you can find Gina enjoying being outdoors with family or friends, or learning a new recipe!

Kelly M.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelly M.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelly graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Science & Disorders from Queens College. She then went on to receive her master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Molloy University.

Kelly is originally from New York but decided to move to San Diego in 2021. She has worked with a diverse population of patients with communication disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, expressive and receptive language delays, social-pragmatic delays, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), phonological disorders, and Spanish-English bilingual children with speech and language delays.

Kelly is an energetic and passionate SLP who loves working with kids and their families to reach their communication goals! In her free time, she enjoys staying active by working out and hiking as well as spending time at the beach.

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Laney P.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Laney P.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Laney earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University and her master’s of science in Communication Science and Disorders from Baylor University. She has experience working with clients in a variety of settings such as schools, outpatient clinics, tele-health and in-home therapy. She has treated children with diverse needs such as expressive/receptive delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), augmentative and alternative communication needs, articulation disorders, cognitive delays, fluency, and others. Laney is an energetic and passionate speech language pathologist who is intentional about improving the quality of life of her clients and helping them achieve their greatest potential.

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Lauren S.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren S.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology. Subsequently, she graduated with a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, San Marcos. As a graduate student, Lauren had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings: an elementary school; the acute, rehabilitation, and transitional care units of a hospital; as well as adult and pediatric private outpatient clinics. After working in an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital, Lauren pursued her passion for working with pediatric clients and their families. She loves to facilitate speech and language development within child-led, naturalistic play-based therapy sessions, with attention to the unique needs and interests of each child; as well as utilizing up-to-date, evidence-based practices to support therapy techniques and client progress. Lauren also loves opportunities to involve families and caregivers in therapy sessions, and throughout the entire therapy process. In her free time, Lauren practices yoga, Pilates, reads voraciously, loves spending time in nature, and with her family.

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Marissa T.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Marissa T.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Originally from Minnesota, Marissa received her B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of North Dakota and her M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from St. Cloud State University. She has experience working with kids of all ages across a variety of settings (public school, outpatient clinic, telehealth and in-home early intervention). Marissa loves working closely with families to empower caregivers with tools that foster communication across everyday routines. She has a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), sensory integration and has been trained in Natural Language Acquisition Framework. She has clinical experience with but not limited to articulation/phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Gestalt Language Processing (GLP), fluency disorders, apraxia of speech and mixed receptive/expressive language delays. Marissa enjoys spending her time taking care of her houseplants, cooking, spending time with her two cats and exploring new places.

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Michelle McKinney

Speech-Language Pathologist Team Manager

Michelle McKinney

Speech-Language Pathologist Team Manager

Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University of Northridge and began her career working as a behavioral therapist (ABA) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this time she realized her passion for teaching communication, which led her to go on to obtain her M.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University, San Marcos. Since then, Michelle has acquired years of experience working as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in a variety of settings (private clinic, in-home, and child development centers) with children of all ages and varying needs. She loves working directly with families and teaching children to become better communicators!

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Natasha B.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Natasha B.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Natasha received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her M.S. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fresno. Born and raised in the Central Valley, Natasha decided to relocate here to sunny San Diego after graduate school. She started working at an elementary school as a speech language pathologist, and enjoyed supporting her students ages three to ten years of age. After working in the school setting for six years, Natasha decided to make the switch to early intervention. She has since been experiencing the joys of early intervention and working with her clients and families to empower them through both coaching and direct intervention. She enjoys finding new and different ways to functionally meet the needs of her clients. The best part of her job is being able to be a part of her clients’ growth and helping them to uncover the power and fulfillment that comes with experiencing their own self-expression.

Ashleigh C.

Occupational Therapist

Ashleigh C.

Occupational Therapist

Ashleigh grew up in Claremont, CA and began caring for children with autism during high school. She went on to be trained as a behavioral interventionist and floortime therapist before deciding to pursue her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. There, she took advanced coursework in Ayres Sensory Integration, studying under some of the most respected professionals in the field. She began working as an occupational therapist in 2015 in the Encinitas school district before moving to Salt Lake City, San Francisco and then Denver before returning to North County San Diego. Secondary to raising her own two boys, her career has focused on working alongside children diagnosed with a variety of developmental disabilities, learning from lived experiences of disabled adults to better inform her pediatric therapy approach, and working towards becoming a neurodiversity-affirming therapist. She currently lives with her partner, Brett; 5-year-old son, Nels; 2-year-old son, Sigge; and beagle/bassett-hound mix, Cosmo, in Oceanside (where Brett grew up.)

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Brooke H.

Occupational Therapist

Brooke H.

Occupational Therapist

Brooke received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of San Diego before getting her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. From a young age, Brooke knew she wanted to work with little ones. She has experience treating children with various diagnoses from birth to three years old in-home. She loves supporting caregivers in helping their children reach their full potential. In her free time, Brooke enjoys playing pickleball, cooking, and spending time at the beach with friends and family.

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Cindy McMahon

Occupational Therapist Team Manager

Cindy McMahon

Occupational Therapist Team Manager

Cindy received a B.S. in Health Sciences from St. Mary’s College of California and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. She has been practicing as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 20 years in the local school districts as well as providing early intervention therapy. As an occupational therapist, Cindy enjoys getting to know each client as an individual and uses that understanding to work together towards their goals. She loves seeing the impact intervention at an early age can have on a child’s life. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to see her two college-age daughters, swimming, gardening, and hiking.

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Draeton F.

Occupational Therapist

Draeton F.

Occupational Therapist

Draeton received a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, before completing his Doctorate in occupational therapy at the University of Findlay. He has experience in community/in-patient/out-patient pediatric settings, assisting children with various conditions and developmental delays. Draeton has a passion for helping children reach their full potential by facilitating play-based activity to develop daily skills necessary for a lifetime of success. In his free time, Draeton prefers to spend his time exercising, hiking, taking pictures, and going to the beach.

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Hattie Fleming

Occupational Therapist, North County OT Team Lead

Hattie Fleming

Occupational Therapist, North County OT Team Lead

Hattie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Her capstone project was focused on increasing access to early intervention services in underserved communities abroad. This led to her developing an early intervention program in Belize through a non-profit called The Inspiration Center, where she continues to volunteer. Working with families to provide routines-based, culturally responsive, and play-centered support is the career of her dreams and she is especially passionate about using a sensory processing lens to support children’s participation in activities. Hattie loves to travel, having been to over 25 countries, and is bilingual. She has a golden retriever named Honey Bear and they spend lots of time together outdoors at the beach, doing yoga, or hiking.

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Jackie S.

Occupational Therapist

Jackie S.

Occupational Therapist

Jackie received her Masters in occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health and Sciences. She has since been working in pediatric outpatient settings and has experience working with children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, sensory processing needs, various genetic conditions and developmental delays. She loves helping children to foster learning and growth in everyday skills and abilities through play-based activities within their natural environment and supporting families to help their child thrive. She especially loves implementing sensory-based techniques to engage the child’s senses and attune their nervous system for optimal learning and engagement. In her free time, Jackie enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, travelling, being in nature, and getting crafty with her nieces and nephews when she visits them in her home town in upstate New York.

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Jon L.

Occupational Therapist

Jon L.

Occupational Therapist

Jon received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a bachelor’s in Health Science from Alvernia, PA in 2013. Since that time Jon has used his degree to provide holistic interventions to adult and pediatric clients. Jon is also a certified brain injury specialist with over 5 years of experience working with clients diagnosed with stroke, head trauma and congenial deficits. In addition, Jon also has his assistive technology professional license. This enables him to address how clients interact with their environment and provide equipment technology to enable participation in meaningful activities. In his free time Jon prefers to spend his time surfing, hiking with his wife and pups, rock climbing and mountain biking. Jon also volunteers his time to various adaptive surf events in the San Diego area.

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Lorena G.

Occupational Therapist

Lorena G.

Occupational Therapist

Lorena received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from San Diego State University before getting her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2016. Before finding her career in occupational therapy, Lorena worked as a caregiver in an assisted living facility with adults with disabilities. She has five years of experience working as an occupational therapist in the school, clinic, and home settings with children and adults. She current specializes in the school setting working with children with Autism, ADHD, genetic disorders, intellectual disabilities, and developmental delay. She has taken many courses in self-regulation, fine motor skills, and executive functioning. Lorena is fluent in Spanish. When she is not working as an OT, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing board games.

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Mariel G.

Occupational Therapist

Mariel G.

Occupational Therapist

Mariel received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at California State University of San Marcos and in 2022, Mariel received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Science in San Marcos. She started her career as a School-Based Occupational Therapist at Poway Unified School District and Oceanside Unified School District working with grades preschool-5th grade. Mariel had the opportunity to work with children during her fieldwork level II, where she interned at a telehealth early intervention setting. Mariel enjoys helping children meet their goals while listening and collaborating with families. In her free time, Mariel enjoys photography and traveling. She also loves staying home and relaxing.

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Natasha M.

Occupational Therapist

Natasha M.

Occupational Therapist

Natasha received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos. Natasha was born and raised in Carlsbad and found her love for working with children with special needs in high school. She became a preschool teacher for 6 years, to learn how to enhance her relationship and interaction with young children. During the course of her education, she also received an associate degree in Early Intervention from Palomar College, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in business administration. During her OT program, she had the opportunity for a level II fieldwork in outpatient pediatrics and hippotherapy, which is the use of equine movement to enhance therapeutic interventions. This fieldwork allowed her to embrace using non-traditional methods during intervention and using alternative materials to enhance progress. Natasha loves working with children and their families and feels that the families learn from her just as much as she learns from them.

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Rachel B.

Occupational Therapist

Rachel B.

Occupational Therapist

Rachel graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Child Development, followed by an M.A. and OTD in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. During her fieldwork experiences, Rachel worked with both adults and children in an acute care setting, before beginning her occupational therapy career in outpatient pediatrics, working with children from ages 2-19. Rachel enjoys working with children with sensory challenges, feeding challenges, and has experience in aquatic therapy. Rachel enjoys collaborating with families to assist children in reaching their highest potential. In her free time Rachel loves walking on the beach, reading, and traveling.

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Rosa V.

Occupational Therapist

Rosa V.

Occupational Therapist

Rosa received her masters in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. Rosa offers a non-judgmental, relational coaching approach when collaborating with parents and loves supporting new families on coregulation, healthy routines, and play. She speaks Farsi and is brushing up on her Spanish now that her daughter attends a Spanish speaking daycare. Outside of work, you can find Rosa enjoying time with her daughter playing at local parks, beaches, amusement parks, and play gyms.

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Steph F.

Occupational Therapist

Steph F.

Occupational Therapist

Originally from the East Coast, Steph received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Messiah University in 2022. She completed training at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD, working in the Center for Neonatal Transitional Care and the Feeding Day Program. Steph continues to support clients with feeding disorders and provide post-NICU care through early intervention services. She enjoys supporting clients and families in meeting their unique goals by providing client-centered and neurodiversity-affirming care. Outside of work Steph enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring all of the great San Diego beaches with her son.

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Athena Bellio

Clinical Manager/Physical Therapist Team Manager

Athena Bellio

Clinical Manager/Physical Therapist Team Manager

Athena graduated from San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelors in Kinesiology in 2011. She completed her massage therapy and holistic health practitioner certification shortly after her undergraduate. After working for a few years, she applied and was accepted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and graduated in 2016.

Athena is a big kid at heart and loves working with children in any capacity. Whether it is helping the children she treats achieve their gross motor potential through meaningful play or throwing dance parties and sing-a-longs as part of her sessions, she loves finding new ways to interact and play with purpose.

She has studied neurodevelopmental and orthopedic treatment techniques and is passionate about treating movement disorders by addressing the body as a whole. In 2020, Athena earned her Board-Certification as a Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Athena is a North County SD native and when she isn’t working can be found hanging out with her obnoxiously large Italian and Greek family. She enjoys cooking and baking, crafting and spending time with her husband, Brian, their son and their multiple cats and dogs.

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Abbie J.

Physical Therapist

Abbie J.

Physical Therapist

Abbie graduated with her bachelors in Kinesiology from San Diego State in 2019. After graduation, she moved back to her home state of Washington to pursue her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University. She has clinical experience working in outpatient pediatrics and in early intervention, where she has had training in completing NICU follow-ups and treating children with high sensory needs. In her free time, Abbie can be found outdoors with her friends and family or trying out new coffee spots around town.

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Alyssa K.

Physical Therapist

Alyssa K.

Physical Therapist

Alyssa graduated from UC San Diego where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. She went on to University of Southern California to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy and graduated in 2008. She is now a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Alyssa also has extensive training in Myofascial Release.

Alyssa has experience working with infants to geriatrics but has always had a passion for the pediatric population. She has worked in clinic, home and school settings treating children with a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic diagnoses.

Alyssa grew up in San Diego and is also a dance teacher and professional dancer. When not working, she loves spending time with her daughter and being active outdoors.

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Kathy P.

Physical Therapist

Kathy P.

Physical Therapist

Kathy holds a DPT from Boston University, an MPT from Fresno State University, and a BS (in Biology) from UC Riverside. For more than 25 years, Kathy has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and in-home. During her career, she has worked with a variety of patient populations, from the elderly to infants, focusing on orthopedic and neurologic issues. For the past 12 years, Kathy has focused her practice on pediatric clients and has developed a passion for providing in-home early intervention therapy for young children. Kathy feels privileged to be able to dedicate her professional life to helping children and their families realize their greatest potential. When not practicing physical therapy, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kirsten P.

Physical Therapist

Kirsten P.

Physical Therapist

Kirsten is a certified Early Intervention Specialist and has been working as a physical therapist since 2005. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work and master’s degree in physical therapy from The University of Vermont. Her career began working in early intervention in Massachusetts with children birth to 3 years. In 2009 Kirsten relocated to California working for a private practice treating pediatric and adult clients. Kirsten’s passion is working in pediatrics and has provided therapy services for children and their families using home, outpatient clinic and center based group interventions. She has experience working with children with a variety of neurologic, genetic and orthopedic disorders. Throughout Kirsten’s career she has had the privilege of working with exceptional children and their families. It has been her goal to positively influence and support children by focusing on their individual strengths and abilities, to help them achieve their physical potential. Kirsten lives in North County with her husband and 2 kids. She enjoys outdoor activities including walking/hiking at the beach, skiing, and supporting her kids play the sports that they love.

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Kristin S.

Physical Therapist

Kristin S.

Physical Therapist

Kristin is originally from sunny Upland, CA. She earned her Bachelors in Kinesiology at San Diego State University in 2019. She fell in love with San Diego so much that she returned to SDSU where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2023.

From her earliest years, Kristin’s passion for working with children has been a guiding force in her life. Now, she’s thrilled to dive into the world of pediatric physical therapy, where she brings boundless enthusiasm and deep empathy to help each child unlock their full potential. Beyond that, she is passionate about enhancing not only the skills and quality of life for children but also empowering parents on their journey.

In her free time, Kristin enjoys traveling, soaking up the sun at the beach, whipping up tasty dishes, and cherishing quality time with family, friends, and her boyfriend.

Meg S.

Physical Therapist

Meg S.

Physical Therapist

Meg earned her physical therapy degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Her experience includes practice in acute care pediatrics, outpatient pediatric clinics and in the early intervention setting.

She has taken continuing education courses in neurodevelopmental therapy, torticollis, idiopathic toe walking, kinesiotaping and orthotic management. Meg is passionate about supporting children and their families in order to achieve their goals.

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Rachel J.

Physical Therapist

Rachel J.

Physical Therapist

Rachel is originally from Seattle, WA and graduated from Washington State University with her B.S. in Biology. She then moved to fabulous Las Vegas to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2021. However, due to missing the ocean too much, she now resides in South Oceanside, CA. She has primarily focused her career on working with the pediatric population and is working on attaining her specialization in pediatric physical therapy to further advance her knowledge and expertise. She loves finding creative ways to motivate kiddos to enjoy physical therapy and reach their goals! She also enjoys teaching parents/caregivers what she knows so they can also be involved every step of the way. In her free time, you will most likely find her skiing, horseback riding, reading on the beach, baking, painting, or attempting to surf.

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Sarah P.

Physical Therapist

Sarah P.

Physical Therapist

Sarah is from the Bay Area. She graduated with her Bachelors in Kinesiology at Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State University) in 2019. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2022. After she graduated, Sarah traveled to Cancun, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida. Sarah started working in August 2022 as a Physical Therapist in a few Bay Area school districts and has experience working in the school setting with young children transitioning into preschool all the way through high-school. She is a big lover of the beach so she moved down to San Diego and has fallen in love with the area! She enjoys walks at the beach, reading a book in the sand, and enjoying a coffee with the view of the ocean.

Sarah has always had a passion for children and loves to help kids meet their milestones and become more independent as well as educate the families!