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.
Lindsey Lodge, 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. Shannon McDowell
Shannon McDowell, OTD, OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist. She earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Occupational Therapy degrees from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. Shannon became interested in pediatric occupational therapy after teaching and working with orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in South Africa for a year following her undergraduate studies. She completed her doctoral residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the pediatric acute care department, where she specialized in working with childhood cancer patients and their families. Shannon enjoys working with children and their parents to improve their overall quality of life. She prides herself on her ability to create fun, dynamic approaches to keep children engaged and is very passionate about her work.
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.
Abigail Ristow, MS, CCC-SLP, is a board certified speech-language pathologist, holding a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She received a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design and received a Bachelor of Art in Economics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Abigail completed her clinical fellowship at Kids Therapy Made Simple and has completed several continuing education courses focusing on assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders, phonological disorders, orofacial myofunctional disorders, and feeding disorders in the pediatric population. Abigail became interested in working in pediatrics after working several years as a youth sports coach, swim instructor, piano teacher, and a paraprofessional working side by side with individuals with disabilities in the school setting. She completed graduate externships at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools where she worked as part of the Assistive Technology team for the school district. Abigail is passionate about working with families to provide family-centered care and using assistive technology in her therapy to help all individuals access their full communication potential across multiple modalities.