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, Speech-Language Therapy and Physical Therapy 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 an environment that allowed them to address their own needs in conjunction with their child’s treatment? And so Kids Therapy Made Simple was born!
Dr. Lisa J Lewis
Dr. Lisa J Lewis OTD, OTR/L, MACLP, CPAM is a licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of California. What’s unique about her practice is that she is also licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, which can at times play a pivotal role in the betterment of the child. Dr. Lisa began her journey earning a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, allowing her to become an independently licensed psychotherapist in the state of California. While receiving her training in psychotherapy, she was introduced to, and then fell in love with, the magical world of Occupational Therapy. Not long after, Dr. Lisa earned a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.
As a strong believer in continuing education, Dr. Lisa is always attending seminars and has received certified training to implement the following programs into her practice:
- A Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) Approach to Baby Treatment with Lois Bly
- Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy through the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT)
- The Alert Program
- Handwriting Without Tears
- The Zones of Regulation
- The Incredible Years
With an empathetic and creative approach, Dr. Lisa’s desire has always been to assist others in reaching their full potential. With a passion and drive for working with children, she 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 there is no "one size fits all" approach to any type of therapy. She believes it takes time, patience and understanding to really develop a successful individualized therapy plan for any child to succeed.
Dr. Lisa’s mission is simple: Helping kids with life.
Anna Gross, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Anna completed her coursework in orofacial myofunctional therapy with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT). Subsequently, Anna completed an internship program with Joy Moeller at her renowned clinic in Pacific Palisades, CA. Anna is also a professional member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences (AAMS), and the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). In addition to her work in private practice, Anna’s clinical experience includes the Los Angeles Unified School District, and an externship at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.
Anna holds a Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge. At Cal State she served as president of her professional student organization (NSSLHA), and was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Graduate Award.
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. She has considerable experience in working with challenging behaviors with her background in ABA therapy. Elaine's area of 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. Additional specialized training and certifications she has completed include: PROMPT, ADOS-2, and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program through Children's Hospital of LA. 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.
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 internship 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.
Elaine’s mission is to empower families by providing the support and resources needed to build their child’s 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
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.
Dr. Rebecca Toga
Dr. Rebecca Toga PT, DPT is a licensed Physical Therapist. Rebecca earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and also received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of San Francisco. Rebecca became interested in pediatrics after spending several years coaching youth soccer and working as an athletic trainer for kids with special needs.
Rebecca completed her final graduate internship at Boston Children’s Hospital where she specialized in treating infants with Torticollis, children with developmental delays and worked with teens status post-concussion. She thoroughly enjoys working with kids of all ages in order to enhance the quality of life for both the child and the parents. Rebecca is enthusiastic about her career and clinical focus, and strives to provide patients with understanding and encouragement. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys playing soccer, cooking and traveling.