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Pediatric Physical Therapy

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

About NAPA Center Los Angeles, Our Flagship Location

 

NAPA Center Los Angeles 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 intensive therapies at our six clinic locations.

 

 

The NAPA Los Angeles clinic is located at 11840 S La Cienega Blvd, Hawthorne, California, 90250.

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. Join the NAPA family by scheduling a free screening and/or a tour of our Los Angeles clinic!

 

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Meet Your Team of Los Angeles Physical Therapists

Rebecca Weiss

Global Director: DMI Services
and Physical Therapist

Rebecca Weiss has worked at NAPA Center as a physical therapist since interning here in 2008. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Physical Therapy from Cal State University Northridge. Rebecca has had an interest in pediatrics since volunteering at the Children's Hospital of Oakland while in undergrad.

Rebecca has dedicated her practice to Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME) since studying under Ramon Cuevas in Santiago, Chile three times since November 2011. She believes that CME has enabled her to facilitate countless improvements in the lives of children and families at NAPA Center, and is so grateful she discovered CME.

When not working, Rebecca and her husband are busy running around with three small children - Aviv, Benjamin, and Talia. Never a dull moment in the Weiss household!

Rebecca Weiss

Rebecca Weiss
Cait Parr
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Washington University of St. Louis

Cait received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s degree in Pediatric Health and Motor Development from Pepperdine. During her 10-week clinical rotation at NAPA, we fell in love with Cait (and the feeling was mutual.) Cait is passionate about the power of play and strives to educate and empower all of her families. When she’s not working with the superstar NAPA kids, Cait enjoys swimming, surfing, traveling,  and organizing/leading physical therapy service trips.

Cait Parr

Cait Parr
Larissa Perry
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda University

After growing up primarily in Idaho, Larissa attended college in Washington, and then Graduate school here in Southern California at Loma Linda University. Larissa loves to utilize her knowledge of the human body to help children grow. She gets her inspiration for both original and creative PT activities from her favorite pastimes such as camping, hiking, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling. Her most recent travels have led her to The Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland. In fact, she lived almost a year in Micronesia teaching 4th grade before going into graduate school. Larissa is excited to be working at NAPA as she knows that she will be able to help children from all over the world progress in their gross motor goals.

Larissa Perry

Larissa Perry
Kristen Maranan
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine

Kristen graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. During her internships and clinical experience working with different patient populations, she realized she wanted to pursue a career in pediatrics. The vibrant atmosphere, amazing kids, and constant learning environment made NAPA the perfect place to make those dreams a reality. Kristen enjoys her time with family and friends, all while taking advantage of the perks of being an LA native. From exploring new restaurants, repping Dodger blue, and trips to the happiest place on earth Kristen is living her best life every day!

Kristen Maranan

Kristen Maranan
Jenny Swan
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Jenny studied Exercise Science at The University of Texas and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College in New York City. During PT school she babysat for a NAPA family which inspired her to come to Los Angeles for an internship and the rest is history!

She has always loved working with children and spent a year in Switzerland working as an au pair. Her favorite part about being a PT is having the opportunity to recognize the unique potential in each child and empowering families with support and knowledge to help their kids succeed.

Jenny runs on coffee (ask her where to get the best cappuccino in town) and good vibes only.

Jenny Swan

Jenny Swan
Gabriella Troggio
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Originally from Arizona, Gabriella graduated from Chapman University. While we may be biased, we think she is the bees knees! After doing an internship at a pediatric clinic on the Navajo reservation in Flagstaff, Arizona, she found her calling in physical therapy. "All through graduate school I continued to stay loyal to pediatrics making sure to get involved in as much as I could. I participated in a CP ballet class, helped tutor and took an advanced pediatrics course." We are still learning so much about Gabriella, like her passion for traveling and hiking, as well as her ability to never sit still.

Gabriella Troggio

Gabriella Troggio
Yumi Sugiyama
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Bio coming soon!

Yumi Sugiyama

Yumi Sugiyama
Kimberly Menendez
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Mount Saint Mary’s University

Kimberly is passionate about helping children reach their full potential and empowering families to help them succeed. She chose the field of physical therapy for her strong interest in human movement and function, along with the desire to work closely with children in a rewarding profession. Kimberly received her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Chapman University before earning her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is excited to join the NAPA team in delivering innovative patient care. Kimberly is a southern California native who has never lived further than 20 minutes from the beach. In her free time, she enjoys finding new recipes on Pinterest, staying active in hot yoga classes, and running after her two German Shepherds along the dog beach. Did you know, she has the best dance skills NAPA has ever seen?

Kimberly Menendez

Kimberly Menendez
Raquel Triviño
Dana Thomsen

CME Level II Practitioner

Raquel graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in Madrid, Spain in 2001 and specialized in pediatrics in 2003. She worked in early intervention using traditional European techniques (as Bobath, Vojta and Le Metayer) until 2010, when she joined her husband in an adventure to the US.

Since her move to America, Raquel has made two trips to Chile to get her certification as a CME practitioner under the tutoring of Ramon Cuevas. She is passionate about helping families unleash their CME superpowers and discover all the benefits of this unique approach to physical therapy. Raquel is a firm believer that the therapy needs to adapt to each kids needs on an individual level. Along with an individualized approach, she also finds it’s equally important to sing as much as possible during each session. This busy mom rarely gets a moment to herself but when she does, she loves to empower women by exercising her make up artist skills or cook paella!

Raquel Triviño

Raquel Triviño
Geoffrey Cruz
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapy Aide

BS Sports Rehab Therapy, Fremont College

Geoff feels that being a therapist for kids with special needs gives him a sense of accomplishment. "Hard work pays off!" It is also a very rewarding job that keeps him grounded. He enjoys weight lifting and watching Greenbay football games with friends and family.

Geoffrey Cruz

Geoffrey Cruz
Kate Orlando
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

BS Sports Rehab Therapy, Fremont College

Kate is excited to be returning to NAPA Center LA after completing her 16-week clinical in the spring. Kate attended Lebanon Valley College where she earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She is originally from the East Coast, but has happily discovered that the West Coast is in fact the best coast. Kate has always enjoyed working with children, which inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Throughout college, she was a swim coach for children and is very involved with PA Vent Camp which is a camp for children who are ventilator dependent. Find her walking on the beach, playing volleyball, and hiking the beautiful CA landscape.

Kate Orlando

Kate Orlando
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Physical therapy can benefit your child if he/she is experiencing or has experienced:

 

 

For additional resources, visit the NAPA Physical Therapy Blog!

 

 

Pediatric Physical Therapy, Tailored to Your Child’s Specific Needs

 

At NAPA Center, we take an individualized approach to pediatric physical therapy because we understand that each child is unique with very specific needs. We embrace differences with an understanding that individualized programs work better. For this reason, no two therapeutic programs are alike. If your child needs our services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals. Let your child’s journey begin today by contacting us to schedule your free screening consultation and/or a tour of our Los Angeles clinic.

 

 

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Therapies Offered

Weekly Physical Therapy

In addition to our intensive therapy, we also welcome local Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles pediatric therapy clinic.

Innovative Tools

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.

Intensive Physical Therapy

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.

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