It all began with my love of children. When I sat down to figure out how I could most effectively help children and their families become the best they can be, a combination of different services came to mind: individual Occupational Therapy and Social Play Groups for young children. But then I thought about the parents. Who is taking care of them while their children are being cared for?
That was my “a-ha” moment. What would happen if I provided parents and caregivers with individual and group psychotherapy to address their own needs in conjunction with their child’s treatment? And so Kids Therapy Made Simple was born!
Dr. Lisa J Lewis, OTD, OTR/L, MACLP, CPAM (Dr. Lisa) is a licensed Occupational Therapist and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. She has earned a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Lisa has also earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is an independently licensed psychotherapist in the state of California. Dr. Lisa is trained in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and is also certified to use Physical Agent Modalities on all populations, including children. In addition, she has received certified training to implement the following programs: PACE, The Alert Program, Handwriting Without Tears, The Zones of Regulation, S.C.E.R.T.S, The Incredible Years.
Dr. Lisa has always had a passion for working with children and has finally realized her dream in combining her occupational therapy and psychotherapy experiences to encourage every child to reach their developmental potential. Dr. Lisa believes that each child is a unique individual and therefore one specific program is not necessarily going to fix everything. It takes time, patience and understanding to really understand what each child needs.
Her mission is simple: Helping kids with life.
Dr. Nora Bachman, PT, DPT is a new transplant to Los Angeles, coming all the way from Washington, DC. She began her career in pediatric physical therapy working at an inpatient and outpatient rehab center and providing aquatic physical therapy. She assisted in recommending equipment including wheelchairs, braces and dynamic movement orthoses and worked closely with medical professionals including PM&R physicians, neurologists, and orthopedists. In addition, she worked with PT’s from other clinics, and the speech therapists, occupational therapists, rec therapists and child life specialists whom she called her co-workers. She championed the Go Baby Go program, planning and coordinating to bring the founder, Dr. Cole Galloway, to the mid-Atlantic region to host a workshop which would teach providers and families how to help children gain independent mobility. Dr. Nora then moved up to a supervisory position as the Lead Motor Therapist at a private clinic with two locations in Maryland and D. C., overseeing occupational therapists as well as physical therapists, while treating children from extreme preemies up to 21-year-olds, through Washington, D.C.’s Early Intervention program.
Prior to becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Nora received her Bachelor’s degree in Writing from Georgetown University and worked and lived in New York City for four years. After returning to DC, she took prerequisite courses for graduate school and moved to Delaware where she attended the #1 school for Physical Therapy in the country, University of Delaware.
When not running around chasing children at work, Dr. Nora enjoys playing with her dog, Pinky, knitting, making jewelry, singing, cooking and playing soccer.
Anna Gross, MS, CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, trained in PROMPT and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. Prior to her work as a private speech therapist, Anna worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District where she evaluated and treated students ranging from preschool through eighth grade. She completed her clinical fellowship at The Learning Grove, providing early intervention for children ages 0-3. Anna completed her graduate school externship at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, where she worked with neurologically impaired veterans on both an in-patient and outpatient basis.
Anna holds a Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sceinces from California State University, Northridge. At Cal State she served as president of her professional student organization, and was awarded the Ruth Rothman Scholarship and the Dean’s Outstanding Graduate Award. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Brooklyn College/CUNY.
Elaine Nguyen, MS, CCC-SLP holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency from ASHA and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of California. In addition, she is trained in PROMPT therapy. She has treated clients between the ages of 18 months to 15 years old and has experience working with children with Autism, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and rare genetic disorders. She has considerable experience in working with challenging behaviors with her background in ABA therapy. Her expertise includes working with the early intervention population, children who are nonverbal and/or have challenging behaviors, as well as assessment and treatment of language disorders, social pragmatic-language disorders, and alternative communication methods. Most recently, Elaine is excited to be participating in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program through Children’s Hospital of LA.
Elaine completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She has experience in a variety of pediatric settings including her graduate externship in Seattle, WA, at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Main Campus and Seattle Children’s Autism Center and her clinical fellowship at a pediatric speech private practice in Irvine, CA. Additionally, she has also provided behavioral therapy in home settings.
Elaine’s mission is to provide the tools, resources, and support to promote the child’s optimum success!
Lindsey Loftus, MS, OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist. She earned her Masters of Science from Loma Linda University and received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lindsey became interested in pediatrics when she led aquatic therapy sessions for children with developmental disabilities. She completed her final graduate externship at Kids Therapy Made Simple and has been working here ever since. Lindsey enjoys collaborating with families to adapt and enhance the development of each child in order to achieve their highest potential in all areas of life. She is passionate about using her creativity to develop dynamic sensory-motor interventions for her clients.
Dr. Jennifer DiNardi, OTD, OTR/L is a licensed Occupational Therapist. Jennifer earned her Clinical Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science from the University of Southern California. The focus of her clinical doctorate was understanding the underlying factors that impact children’s participation, and identifying the best practice interventions to meet these needs. Jennifer strongly believes that creating meaningful experiences and facilitating family-centered care are integral in enhancing children’s skills. Jennifer has experience as the Clinical Director of Occupational Therapy of a private clinic where she provided in-clinic and home health services to children ages 0-3. She also completed her graduate externship providing physical and mental health interventions to children ranging from the age of 2-12.
Jennifer dedicated to helping children and their families achieve their goals through fun, meaningful activities.