Mary Compton PT, DPT
Center Director, Physical Therapy

Education: BS Kinesiology, Minor Art History from University of Southern California; Doctor of Physical Therapy from The George Washington University

What I like most about being a PT: I love being able to work with children through a play-based approach to help them learn new skills while having fun. I also enjoy providing parents with the education and support they need to work with their children at home and in the community. Getting to “play” all day with the kids keeps me young at heart.

My hobbies include: Hiking, crochet, cross stitch, bird watching, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
If I could have any super power, it would be: Teleportation
My favorite animal is: Octopus
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Cookies and Cream
Areas of training & expertise:I have worked exclusively with the pediatric population for 10 years in a variety of settings (outpatient clinics, in home, and in schools). I recently have become trained in Pediatric Pelvic Floor physical therapy, which includes issues such as day time accidents, night time accidents, and constipation. I have completed courses on Total Motion Release for Tots & Teens Levels 1-3. Other areas I have completed continuing education include: Toe-walking (Lisa Ritchie (Persaud)’s course), as well as Congenital Muscular Torticollis. I have extensive experience in working with infants, with some of my patients as young as one week old!
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Kathie Sweeten, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Psychology, Behavior Analysis

Education: Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral

What I like most about my job: Helping others

Areas of training & expertise: Trained in applied behavior analysis, cognitive behavior therapy, psychological testing, parent training, school evaluations

My hobbies include: Shopping, power lifting
If I could have any super power, it would be: Flying
My favorite animal is:My toy poodle
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Jamocha Almond Fudge
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Edwin Tsai M.S. BCBA
Applied Behavior Analysis

Education: Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

What I like most about my job: I love working with my clients and teaching them the different skills that help them in their daily lives. 

Areas of training & expertise: Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments, Conducting Functional Analysis of Behavior, Reducing Problem Behavior, Skill repertoire building and Treatment Plan Development

My hobbies include: I love golfing and video games
If I could have any super power, it would be: To be able to teleport anywhere in the world
My favorite animal is: Any type of turtle
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Coffee flavored
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Lara Anderson PT, DPT
Physical Therapy

Education:
Undergraduate Degree from Virginia Tech in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Graduate Degree from Old Dominion University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy

What I like most about being a PT: I enjoy seeing the parents reactions to their child achieving different milestones or performing different activities they couldn’t previously do; whether it is crawling for the first time, walking for the first time, jumping, and more.

My hobbies include: Reading, running, spending time with my 2 dogs
If I could have any super power, it would be: Time Travel
My favorite animal is: Snow Leopard
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Cookie Dough
Areas of training & expertise: I also work with adults in the orthopedic setting
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Marissa Stendel OTR/L
Occupational Therapy

Education: BA Psychology, Minor Italian Studies, MS Occupational Therapy

What I like most about being an OT: I enjoy working in an outpatient setting because it allows me to continually learn from my fellow colleagues. I appreciate the diversity each one of us has within our scope of practice and how we share the knowledge we have between the team in order to help children attain their highest potential!

My hobbies include: Going to the gym and movies with my husband, yoga, and being a foodie in San Diego!
If I could have any super power, it would be: Telepathy
My favorite animal is: Koala
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Neapolitan!
Areas of training & expertise: I am currently pursuing a board certification as a lactation consultant. I am trained in infant feeding practices, sensory processing interventions, and handwriting.
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Richele Ehardt OTR/L
Occupational Therapy

Education: B.A: Exercise Science, Hope College
M.S: Occupational Therapy, Grand Valley State University

What I like most about being an OT:  I love sharing the “aha” moments with parents and kids. Anything from tying their shoe for the first time to excitedly exploring new foods at the dinner table! I love supporting parents to be able to play with and understand their child better each day.

My hobbies include: Latin dancing, going to the beach, hammocking.
If I could have any super power, it would be: Teleportation so I could visit family and friends in Michigan and Minnesota and travel the world!
My favorite animal is: Koala
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Chocolate Moose Tracks
Areas of training & expertise: SOS Approach to Feeding, Primitive Motor Reflex Integration: Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration – MNRI® Method & Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), Handwriting Without Tears, DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime®, Sensory Integration The Zones of Regulation
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Victoria Briltz OTD. OTR/L
Occupational Therapy

Education: B.S: Exercise Science from CSU, Fresno. Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from University of St. Augustine. Completed a doctoral residency gathering knowledge of OT’s Role in Maternal Mental Health within Transition from the NICU to Home.

What I like most about being an OT: The best part about being an OT is being a part of a family’s developmental journey.

My hobbies include: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, yoga
If I could have any super power, it would be: To fly, so I can leave my house whenever I want without worrying about traffic.
My favorite animal is: Labrador Retriever
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Chocolate
Areas of training & expertise: Board certified in swallowing assessment, evaluation, and intervention. Infant feeding with baby led weaning approach. Primitive motor reflex integration, and sensory integration.
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Abby Oveis CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology

Education: BA in Human Development/Psychology (Boston College), MS in Speech-Language Pathology (Boston University)

What I like most about being an SLP: I love being an SLP because I get to help my clients find their voices, gain independence, and be understood by others. I have the opportunity to learn what is most important to a child and their family, and provide resources and strategies for achieving their goals. We also have a lot of fun in the process!

My hobbies include: Running, Volleyball, Hiking, Reading, Painting
If I could have any super power, it would be: To understand and use every language (including animal ones) – to speak with anyone in the world!
My favorite animal is: a dog!
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Strawberry Cheesecake
Areas of training & expertise:I have been practicing as an SLP since 2016 in a variety of adult and pediatric settings including public schools, specialized schools, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, and several outpatient clinics. I have completed additional training in: PROMPT (Introductory, Level 1 Training), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for both low and high-tech systems, cognitive impairments in brain injury/concussion, and Signing Exact English (SEE, Introductory Level).
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Paris Mathis
Patient Care Coordinator

What I like most about my job: I love seeing all the kids

My hobbies include: Going for walks outside, laying out at the beach, & reading

If I could have any super power, it would be: To fly
My favorite animal is: Elephant
My favorite ice cream flavor is: Chocolate chip cookie dough
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