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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Impactful Pediatric Occupational Therapy,
Tailored to Your Child's Unique Needs.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Los Angeles

 

About NAPA Center Los Angeles Occupational Therapy at Our Flagship Location

 

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 occupational therapy and all of our therapy programs with the understanding that no two children are alike. Our highly trained and passionate occupational therapists provide your child with individualized, fun, and meaningful OT sessions to help them reach their specific goals.

Discover How NAPA Can Help Your Child or Loved One

 

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 occupational therapy sessions, we also specialize in intensive pediatric therapy.

 

We proudly offer occupational 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 or a tour of our Los Angeles pediatric therapy clinic. The NAPA Los Angeles clinic is located at 11840 S La Cienega Blvd, Hawthorne, California, 90250.

 

 

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Meet Your Team of Los Angeles Occupational Therapists

Allyson Bates

Occupational Therapist, Feeding Manager

OTD, OTR/L, SWC, PAM

Allyson graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in Education and taught for several years in an inclusion classroom in Washington D.C. before becoming an occupational therapist. She received her doctorate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. Allyson has obtained advanced practice in the state of California in swallowing intervention and physical agent modalities. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with parents and improving children's independence in everyday meaningful activities. You can find her at the beach, hiking or in the therapist lounge pumping up her co-workers!

Allyson Bates

Allyson Bates
Katharine Gill-Garcia
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Katharine graduated with a masters in occupational therapy from San Jose State University, but really we think she has a masters in flattery. She loves to tell us “NAPA is a clinic unlike any other” and a welcome surprise in her career. Katharine pursues areas of intervention and is continually seeking opportunities to learn and grow as a therapist. She does a fantastic job sharing this information and helping the NAPA team navigate tricky and unique patient goals. She believes her journey as a therapist enriches her life, both personally and professionally, and she is privileged to be a part of a network that cares for and serves amazing families. Her work experiences in multiple settings (clinics, homes, schools) and personal experience as a caregiver, have expanded her capacity and increased her empathy, which she hopes is evident in her work as a therapist and in her life.

Katharine Gill-Garcia

Katharine Gill-Garcia
Alison Kielty
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Ali graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2013. Her passion for working in the pediatric setting started when she was an assistant in an early intervention program where she embraced the unpredictable, yet rewarding nature of working with children. Prior to joining the NAPA team, Ali gained experience as a school based therapist, working closely with children, families, and interdisciplinary teams. Born and raised in the South Bay, Ali loves going to the beach, running, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends. During college football season you can catch her cheering for her Arizona State Sun Devils!

Alison Kielty

Alison Kielty
Tiffany Brown
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

MOT, OTR/L, University of St. Augustine

Tiffany has been passionate about working with children from a young age. While teaching special education, Tiffany discovered the effectiveness of occupational therapy for students with sensory processing difficulties. This inspired her to move across the country to receive her degree in OT and work in both school and clinic-based settings.

In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and cheering on The Ohio State University Buckeyes!

Tiffany Brown

Tiffany Brown
Jonathan Rodil
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Jonathan always knew that his life purpose was to help people. An avid surfer, Jonathan discovered occupational therapy through the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (a therapy organization that surfs with at-risk youth and Veterans who have PTSD using an occupational therapy framework.)  To be able to do something he loves to do as a means to help people solidified his career path.

Jonathan is passionate about pediatric mental health, family centered practice, and learning more about innovative evidence-based therapies. Jonathan refers to himself as an “oversized child” and loves the process of families working together to maximize a child’s full potential. In his free time, Jonathan plays basketball and music, dances, travels, watches his teams play “Go Lakers, Dodgers, Rams, and Trojans” and hangs out with his friends and family (most especially his dog.)

Jonathan Rodil

Jonathan Rodil
Samantha Cooper
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

MSOT, OTR/L

Samantha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation psychology and from Tufts University with a master’s of science in occupational therapy. Our favorite thing about Samantha is that she emphasizes one of children’s main occupations in her treatment approach- play! From hiking to long walks on the beach, Samantha is making up for all the time she spent indoors during snowy winters when living in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Boston.

Samantha Cooper

Samantha Cooper
Chelsea Heritage
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

CBD College Los Angeles, CA

Chelsea is a Los Angeles native who loves the outdoors making her the intensive family guru for fun weekend ideas. Her passion for working with kids and making an impact in families lives drives her smile every day at NAPA. Being a kid at heart, Chelsea, not only knows how to be the silliest therapist but also the biggest cheerleader. The growth she gets to be a part of, in her patients and their families, is what she describes as “one of the best feelings in the world.”

Chelsea Heritage

Chelsea Heritage
Jordyn Pursel
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

M.S. Occupational Therapy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Jordyn knew she wanted to enter the field of Occupational Therapy after working as a rehab aide for a young girl with a traumatic brain injury. She believes there is no greater joy than celebrating with an individual who has reached their goals. From there, she continued working as a caregiver for children and adults with special needs throughout college and graduate school.

Jordyn always envisioned herself working in pediatrics, but never thought she would end up moving across the country to do so. While not a California native, Jordyn has quickly adapted to the LA lifestyle. In her free time, you can find her working out, biking along the beach, exploring new restaurants, or indulging in an endless supply of mint chocolate-chip ice cream. Jordyn’s lively personality adds value when providing treatment to any individual that enters NAPA’s doors.

Jordyn Pursel

Jordyn Pursel
Elena Falcy
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Elena graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She was born and raised here in California and was very happy to leave the cold to come back to Southern California. Elena fell in love with working with children while at NAPA as a student and was ecstatic to join the team! In her free time, Elena enjoys hiking, needlework, and spending time with family and friends.

Elena Falcy

Elena Falcy
Mary Kate Seville
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Mary Kate graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Studies and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. Before joining NAPA, Mary Kate worked at a specialized school in New York City for children with brain based disorders and with an early intervention agency. Mary Kate is a kid at heart and connects best with children through playing and finding what motivates them. A South Jersey native, you can find Mary Kate exploring the west coast on the weekends with her Pomeranian named Boston.

Mary Kate Seville

Mary Kate Seville
Dominick (Nico) Donato
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Nico believes that movement is medicine and through play, a child learns and practices meaningful skills that shape them into passionate humans. If Nico is not surfing waves or snowboarding, you will find him at NAPA teaching play skills to kiddos to spark passionate lives. It's no wonder all of our patients want to hang out with Nico. Between CrossFit, camping, traveling, exploring unique places to eat, and laying on the beach soaking in the sun Nico is simply a cool dude. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Cal. State Channel Islands before pursuing his Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy at Touro University Nevada. Before starting at NAPA, Nico worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in the outpatient setting with a skilled emphasis in sensory integration. Nico has also worked in school-based and early intervention settings.

Dominick (Nico) Donato

Dominick (Nico) Donato
Nicole (Niki) MacWhirter
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Niki chose occupational therapy because of her passion for human psychology, child development, and advocacy. She loves being part of a profession that promotes independence and inclusion for all people. Witnessing children reach milestones and master skills, inspires her to continue growing as a clinician. Niki appreciates that NAPA is a hub for innovation, creativity, and learning. Her special interests include feeding therapy; she hopes to become a feeding specialist to work with children with sensory and oral motor challenges. Cooking, hot yoga, running, live music, and discovering new restaurants around Los Angeles are how she sparks joy.

Nicole (Niki) MacWhirter

Nicole (Niki) MacWhirter
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Occupational therapy services provided by NAPA offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • » Improving sensory management (sensory integration, processing, and modulation)
  • » Engaging in play activities
  • » Learning to navigate environment
  • » Removing barriers to learning to help child become more focused
  • » Practice appropriate social interactions and communication
  • » Establishing autonomy and accomplishment in daily routine, such as brushing hair or teeth
  • » Improving physical ability (fine motor skills and gross motor skills), handwriting skills, visual motor skills, and self-help skills.

 

For additional resources, visit the NAPA Occupational Therapy Blog!

Therapies Offered

Weekly Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are trained to work with a variety of diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, stroke, cerebral palsy, burns, fractures, spinal cord injury, orthopedic impairments, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays and more!

Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration therapy can benefit children who are overly sensitive to sensory input, under-responsive to sensory input, are constantly seeking sensory input (touching people or objects), or crashing into people or objects.

Intensive Occupational Therapy

NAPA Center also specializes in 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. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program.

Not sure what therapies are best suited for your child?

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