NAPA Center was founded by Lynette LaScala in 2008 after spending years traveling the world to find the best pediatric therapy programs for her son. Now, NAPA has grown into an industry-leading pediatric therapy center; attracting patients worldwide by offering the best and most innovative therapies. We approach pediatric physical therapy with the understanding that no two children are alike. Our highly trained and passionate physical therapists provide your child with individualized, fun, and meaningful PT sessions to help them reach their specific goals.
At NAPA Center, we offer individualized pediatric therapy programs with unique combinations of our wide range of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, and more. We strive to provide children and families with hope by offering services in a playful environment that helps children maximize their full potential.
In addition to our traditional weekly physical therapy sessions, we also offer intensive therapy sessions. Our programs include occupational, physical, speech, and feeding therapy. At NAPA Center, we proudly offer physical therapy for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening and a tour of our Boston pediatric therapy clinic. The NAPA Boston clinic is located at 220 Bear Hill Road, Suite 101, Waltham, MA 02451.
Working with children of all abilities has always been a passion for Tara. During high school and college she worked in a variety of after school recreational programs for children with special needs as well as a summer camp program.
When Tara's first child Kate was born, she suffered a hypoxic event at birth and was ultimately diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This brought Tara back into the world of special needs. Like many parents, she searched everywhere for the most effective treatments for her daughter including traditional and alternative therapies. She found NAPA in 2016 when Kate was three years old and flew to LA with her family to complete her first intensive.
Tara told us “I knew immediately that I had found the right place for Kate. The expertise, therapies, knowledge, and community at NAPA is unlike anything I have experienced before.” Tara and her husband Mike are lifelong Connecticut residents and excitedly moved to the Greater Boston area to join the NAPA family. As Red Sox fans, the idea of moving to Boston was a natural fit as well as a great community to bring NAPA to.
Kerri graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor’s in Biology before pursuing her physical therapy degree at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. One of her earliest introductions to physical therapy was an observation of her younger cousin’s hippotherapy session.
While she still can’t ride a horse, she found and has maintained a passion for using her knowledge of movement to help children reach their functional potential. Kerri developed a specific interest in the rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders as a student at a pediatric hospital followed by a year spent working at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital on Cape Cod. She is excited to combine her passion for pediatrics and neurology while serving the children and families at NAPA Center. When not at NAPA Center, you’ll likely find Kerri in a hockey rink, waterskiing, or chasing after her golden retriever.
Nikki graduated from Ithaca College with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Her physical therapy career has been solely in the pediatric field, and she has experience in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She has worked for several years as a clinical supervisor, teaching graduate students of different universities.
In May 2015, she became an American board pediatric certified specialist. Nikki has experience treating a wide range of pediatric diagnoses, ranging from children with developmental delay to those with neurologic impairments, orthopedic conditions, and rare diseases. Furthermore, she has extensive training in evaluating and treating infants with torticollis as well as recommending orthotics for children.
Nikki is a CME level II clinician, and has trained several times under the creator, Ramon Cuevas. Since becoming certified in CME, Nikki truly believes her therapeutic approach has been further polished and more importantly, life-changing.
Jenn is excited to be a part of the NAPA Center Boston team! She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, Jenn swam on the varsity swim and dive team. Her experience with her own injuries as an athlete spurred her interest in pursuing a physical therapy degree. While in PT school, Jenn found her true passion in working with children. Since graduating, Jenn has worked in a variety of settings, including a school system for children with visual impairments and outpatient pediatrics, treating a wide range of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, developmental delays, genetic disorders, torticollis, and amputees. Outside the clinic Jenn enjoys beach days, learning to ski, and traveling every chance she gets.
Micayla has gained clinical experience working in early intervention, pediatric inpatient and outpatient clinics, and in the specialized school setting with children from birth to 18 years of age. Her passion lies in assisting children of all abilities to maximize their participation in all aspects of their lives, while providing their families the necessary tools to meet these goals. She is a strong believer in the intensive therapy model of care and is very excited to be a member of the NAPA Center team! In her free time, Micayla enjoys cooking, reading, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and crazy Husky pup, Theo!
In 2012, Tso-Hsien (Geoffrey) received his Bachelor in Physical Therapy in Taiwan. He worked in post-acute hospital as a physical therapist for both geriatric and pediatric population which then encouraged him to pursue higher education in the US. He attended Loma Linda University and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017.
Tso-Hsien grew up in Taiwan and has always enjoyed working with kids. After working two years in hospitals in Taiwan, he found there wasn’t enough recourses nor techniques available in pediatric rehab field, so he decided to travel to the US to gain more knowledge and training. He found out about NAPA Center and instantly fell in love with this big family and feels like it's a one-stop shop of all contemporary therapies.
When Tso-Hsien is not at work, he enjoys spending his time with his dog Gucci and his husband Wissanu. They love exploring different restaurants and never says no to good food, and will travel to a different state just for a nice medium-rare steak.
Sasha has always loved working with children, being active, and learning from others. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Elon University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Since her first internship at a pediatric clinic, Sasha knew she had found her passion. She is excited to combine her love for pediatrics and neurology here at NAPA.
On a weekend, you can find her playing ice hockey, taking dance classes, or spending time with her friends and family!
Juliann earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from MCPHS University in 2021. Prior to MCPHS, Juliann attended Westfield State University where she played softball and studied Movement Science. Her experience as an athlete motivated her to pursue physical therapy. While studying PT, she found her passion combining her love for working with children and her knowledge of physical therapy. Juliann has experience working in nursing homes, day habilitation programs, schools, outpatient pediatric clinics, and with home and hospital students. She is excited to join the NAPA team to help children and their families achieve their goals and have fun while doing so! Juliann enjoys watching and playing sports as well as spending time with friends, family, and her dog Milo!
Kati received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Ohio, she is a proud University of Dayton Flyer. Her special interest in childhood development and participation in adaptive physical activity and ski programs led her to a career in pediatrics. She has treated in outpatient, school, and early intervention settings in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. She is passionate about helping all patients explore and enjoy movement in a playful way as they build on the strengths that make them unique. She has experience in treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses including neuromuscular, developmental, orthopedic, and genetic disorders as well as torticollis. Katie finds so much joy in laughing with her patients while pushing them to work their hardest! New to Massachusetts, she is excited to explore anything involving the outdoors including skiing, hiking, and traveling with her fiancé and dog. She is always trying to become a better crafter and is on a mission to create the best stromboli.
Olivia graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, followed by her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Simmons University. Olivia has loved working with children for as long as she can remember! Olivia has a broad range of experience across pediatrics, in a variety of settings. She has worked with children from 0-22 years old. Olivia has experience in inpatient, outpatient, and specialty school settings. She has worked with children with a wide variety of diagnoses including neurological, orthopedic and rare diagnoses. She also has extensive experience working with children who have multiple disabilities and significant medical needs. Olivia enjoys staying active with friends. You can often find her out in the sunshine or in the kitchen cooking and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Zack chose the field of Physical Therapy in order to help other people. While he was able to work with various ages in this field, Zach found he most enjoyed working with kids! To see the progression and impact Physical Therapy has on children and their families is what Zack strives to continually pursue and accomplish in his medical career. Helping families meet their full capabilities and obtain the goals they never thought were possible is why Zach is proud to put on his NAPA shirt each morning. When Zack is not working at NAPA, he likes to be outdoors on hikes or bike rides with his girlfriend. He also enjoys playing sports, but primarily enjoys golf! On rainy days, he likes to play video games or watch a streaming series. He also loves to watch sporting events on TV such as football, golf, hockey, and F1.
In addition to our intensive therapy, we also welcome local Boston families to join us for weekly therapy sessions. Our highly trained and passionate physical therapists provide meaningful, fun PT sessions individualized to your child's needs. NAPA Center is dedicated to delivering innovative therapy services to infants, toddlers, and children with a variety of neurological and developmental needs. To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening and/or a tour Boston pediatric therapy clinic.
After spending two decades traveling around the world in search of the best pediatric therapy and treatments for her son Cody. Lynette made it her life’s mission to help him reach his full potential. Her journeys around the world inspired her to make the most innovative techniques and tools like CME, SpiderCage, NeuroSuit, Redcord, and Trexo Robotics available under one roof.
NAPA Center also offers intensive pediatric therapy programs which attract families from around the world. We use the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) when treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. This treatment model is increasingly used throughout the world as patients, therapists, and doctors recognize it’s many benefits and outstanding results. NAPA therapists create a customized program for each patient that varies in time, duration, intensity, and tools used. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program.
Schedule a free 30-minute screening with one of our therapists today!