HOPE realized at a Center offering life-changing therapies for speech, physical, and occupational development.
Our pediatric physical therapists are health care professionals who are movement specialists addressing medical problems or other health-related conditions that affect a child's ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
Our physical therapists use treatment activities and techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Our physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Pediatric physical therapy uses play and fun activities to entice children to work hard and exercise to promote the highest level of independent function.
Who are your therapists?
Moira Miller, PT, MPT, PCS, C/NDT, CTKP, Director of Clinical Services, has concentrated the majority of her career on the treatment and assessment of motor dysfunction of the pediatric population. She is an American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist. Moira has experience working in a wide variety of pediatric settings ranging from group programs, school-based programs, hospital in-patient/out-patient services, in-home treatment sessions, private pediatric physical therapy practices and multidisciplinary team assessments. Moira graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a degree in Biology and then received a Master of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She furthered her educational experience with certification upon completion of the Neuro-Developmental (NDT) 8-week course in The Treatment and Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromotor Disorders. She has also completed the NDT 1-week Advanced Baby Course with Lois Bly. Moira has worked collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams focusing on the area of early intervention in addition to experience working with sensory-integration techniques, infant developmental assessment/treatment, orthopedic interventions, neurodevelopment techniques, Torticollis assessment/treatment, equipment recommendations, orthotic recommendations, Cortical Visual Impairment assessment/treatment, and is a certified Kinesio® Taping practitioner. Mostly recently, Moira completed training for CIMT at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the mother of two girls, enjoys running/yoga, and traveling with her family.
Vanessa Warrior, Lead Physical Therapist, from the start of her career Vanessa has had a special interest in pediatric rehabilitation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement and Exercise Science (1996) and received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach (2002). Vanessa has had the joy of combining her experience working with both the adult and pediatric populations ranging from in-patient hospital, home health, and outpatient clinical settings. In pediatrics, she has worked together with families and multidisciplinary teams collaborating to find the best possible solutions in regards to equipment, orthotics and splinting, rehabilitation services and referrals, and early intervention assessment. Vanessa is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Pediatric section. Her enhanced pedagogy includes Neuro-Developmental Techniques (NDT) for the infant, orthopedic updates in pediatrics, and functional gait patterns. As part of her core belief in "paying it forward", Vanessa has acted as a mentor to students from USC, Cal State University Northridge and Long Beach, and Chapman University. In her leisure time, Vanessa enjoys spending her days off with her son and daughter, music with her husband, and yoga for personal balance.
Nathan Famatigan, Physical Therapist Assistant, was born and raised in Santa Clara County, CA and then later moved down to Orange County, CA. He attended at California State University Long Beach where in 2013 he went on to earn his Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science. Soon after, he went to Stanbridge College and earned his Associate's of Science degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2015, and was board certified in the State of California soon after. He always had a love for helping people, especially in being a part of their growth to be better in what they do. Although he only had a brief opportunity to work in a pediatric setting during his time at school, 1 day was more than enough to convince him that he was in the clinical setting where he belongs. Currently, he is working on taking more Continuing Education Courses and gaining more certifications to further improve his clinical skills in the pediatric setting. Whenever he's free he loves playing volleyball with friends, practicing martial arts, dancing, singing, listening to music, playing video games, and being involved in many projects and activities in his church.
Brianna Luckett, PT, DPT, grew up in Southern California and then ventured to Boston where she received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Science from Boston University. After her east coast adventure, she came back to Los Angeles county and worked as a physical therapy aide at an outpatient orthopedic clinic for four years. While working as an aide, she had experiences working with all ages and demographics, but fell in love with her pediatric clients. Once entering graduate school, she had the opportunity to work for 8 weeks at California Children's Services in San Diego as a student physical therapist. After completing her clinical, her passion for pediatrics was reaffirmed. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2016 and began her career with UCP-OC in 2017. Since working at UCP-OC she has taken numerous continuing education courses in NDT, infant handling, and sensory integration. She is currently working towards her certification in Total Motion Release for TOTs and Teens, which has changed her way of treating and assessing. In her free time, she enjoys fixing up her new home, using Yelp to find the best new food, traveling and spending time with her husband and cat, Mila.
Kevin Peterson, PT, DPT, grew up in Santa Clarita, CA before moving to Lake Oswego, OR right before starting high school. He remained in Oregon throughout his undergraduate college experience before moving back to Southern California to attend Physical Therapy school at the University of Southern California, graduating in May of 2019. During his undergraduate education, Kevin majored in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Integrated Physiology and received a minor in Disability Studies. His drive to initially pursue Physical Therapy began through a relationship with a close friend, Erik, who has Cerebral Palsy. After being around Erik following an extreme lower extremity surgery that took weeks to recover from, Kevin wanted to find a way to provide a positive experience for more kids who may be in similar situations. Kevin was an avid athlete throughout his life, playing a wide variety of sports growing up, eventually leading up to a collegiate football career and his hobbies consist of reading, music, video games and spending time with his family and friends. As a Physical Therapist, Kevin hopes to rise up to the challenge and bring the experiences of sport and video games to the kids at UCP-OC and provide opportunities to safely step outside of their comfort zones to try something new.
Amy Quach, PT, DPT, was born and raised in San Diego. After moving up north for undergraduate at University of the Pacific, she had experienced enough “cold” weather to send her back to Southern California where she attended PT school at Chapman University. Upon graduating in 2017, Amy worked in San Diego with adults in the outpatient orthopedic setting but was drawn to pediatrics since the start of her PT program. Amy sought to gain as much experience with children as she could, working as an early intervention pediatric therapist. She quickly realized her passion for pediatrics and set her goal to become a full-time outpatient pediatric therapist. Amy was introduced to UCP-OC through a 2-week physical therapy clinical rotation, and fell in love with the patients, the clinic, and the people of UCP-OC. Luckily for her, an opportunity arose for her to join the magnificent team, and, she left San Diego once more to join the therapy team in July 2018. Since moving back to Orange County, Amy enjoys spending her time by the beach, eating good food, and doing light activity in between eating sessions.
Beth Wade, PT, MPT, C/NDT grew up in San Diego, CA. Initially an engineering major, her college career was put on hold briefly when her father survived a motor vehicle accident which left him in a coma for 30 days. When she witnessed the physical therapist help him to walk again and return to his life, it was life changing to say the least. She began volunteering in the hospital's Physical Therapy Department and immediately knew this was what she was meant to do. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology at Arizona State University in 1996. She worked alongside physical therapists to start up a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She went on to receive her Master of Physical Therapy from Long Beach State University in 2001. The majority of her clinical education was completed in pediatrics at Miller Children's Hospital and she immediately knew this was what she was born to do. Pulling from her experience as a nanny, she quickly learned how to integrate play into therapeutic activities. She has worked solely in pediatrics, with years of experience treating children of all ages, with many diagnoses including developmental delays, chromosomal abnormalities, rare disease, torticollis, autism and cerebral palsy. In 2011, she became certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment, which is a specialized form of therapy, focused on treating the "whole child". In addition to working with children, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, snowboarding, surfing, hiking, and playing with their dogs.
Our pediatric occupational therapists work with children and their families to help develop skills in the following areas: play skills, fine motor skills (how our hands and fingers work to accomplish a task), and personal or self-care skills. Treatment techniques promote function and engagement in meaningful occupations, remediate disability, and provide support to families. The strategies our pediatric occupational therapists may use include working on hand/finger/arm strength, trunk strength and stability, practice of specific self-care tasks, and overall sensory processing. Play is used as a way to address desired skills and to encourage the child to be active participants in their therapy sessions.
Who are your therapists?
Daisy Ko, OTR/L received her Masters of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. As an occupational therapist, Daisy has continued to pursue her love working with children from infancy to school-aged children with various disabilities and delays including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hand-writing delays and behavioral concerns. She continues to work towards her goals in specializing in feeding/swallowing techniques and sensory integration throughout her career. In her free time, Daisy enjoys learning about people, their culture, and their experiences. She also enjoys taking road trips and spending time with friends in the sun.
Ria Camerino, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. With almost 20 years of clinical experience, she has acquired immense knowledge in the area of pediatrics including NDT principles, sensory integration, behavioral modification, Handwriting Without Tears, Cortical Visual Impairment assessment and treatment strategies, motor-based feeding therapy, sensory-based feeding strategies, and NMES for feeding therapy. She continues to seek and learn the latest information in order to provide the most optimal therapy for the children in her care. She has rendered care for children with various diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy, chromosomal abnormalities, cortical visual impairment, seizure disorders, drug exposure, prematurity, feeding difficulties, developmental delay, etc. Her passion to make a difference in a child's life continues to be the driving force in her vocation. In her spare time, she looks forward to days spent in the company of her big, extended, close-knit family and friends."
Rachel Emas, MS, OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist licensed by the State of California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has always loved working with children and has experience working as a preschool teacher, volunteering in a children’s hospital, and interning as an occupational therapy student at California Children's Services (CCS) in Riverside. She is also a certified kid yoga teacher and enjoys using play-based yoga principles with her kiddos at UCP-OC. Rachel has completed training in Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) through the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently pursuing an advanced certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT). She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), and Neurodevelopmental Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA). In her free time, Rachel enjoys staying active, being at the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
Kalin Le, OTR/L, received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Stanbridge University in Irvine. She adores working with children of all ages and her silly demeanor with little ones helps them to achieve their goals while having fun! She loves watching children and parents’ reactions when a child is able to preform a task that they were not able to do before. Having experience both in school-based and clinic-based practices, Kalin has worked with children with various disabilities and delays including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, handwriting delays, developmental delays and behavioral concerns. Currently, she is working towards her goals in specializing in feeding/swallowing and improving her clinical skills in early intervention. When she isn’t at work, Kalin and her husband love to camp, travel, and explore new places (particularly restaurants) when they can find a babysitter for their Bernedoodle, Pepper.
Christine "Christy" Olson, ORT/L, received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has solely been working in the field of pediatrics where she has treated children from birth to 21 years with diagnosis such as autism (ASD), cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, drug exposure, prematurity, feeding difficulties, developmental delays, Spina Bifida, congenital amputations, neurological disorders, muscular dystrophy, as well as other diagnosis. To further her knowledge in the field she has taken advanced courses in feeding and oral motor disorders, NDT practice and handling, sensory integration, and Kinesio-taping. She also has been certified in Dynamic Integration of NMES and Exercise for Swallowing (DINES) as well as VitalStim Therapy. Christy is working towards her goal of becoming specialized in feeding as well as NDT certified. In her free time, Christy enjoys spending time with her family and friends enjoying the Southern California weather.
Frances Pulido, OTR/L, originally started her career as a biomedical engineer but left to pursue the rewarding profession of Occupational Therapy. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos, CA in 2013. Following graduation, she immediately started her pediatric OT career at UCP-OC. She has taken advanced courses in Feeding/Oral Motor Assessment/Treatment, Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Handwriting Without Tears, Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Assessment/Treatment. She also received extensive training at UAB in Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT). In her spare time, Frances enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Our pediatric speech language pathologists serve children and their families to address typical and atypical communication and feeding skills. Common treatment techniques may include oral motor strengthening and range of motion exercises, reciprocal interaction through modeling and play, training on the use of audio-visual aids, the use of assistive technology, and strategies to facilitate functional communication.
Who are your therapists?
Erin Harris M.S. CCC-SLP, Manager of Speech-Language Pathology, was born and raised in Atlanta, GA but traveled to Boston, MA to complete her undergraduate and graduate course work at Northeastern University. During her time at Northeastern, Erin completed clinical placements in a wide variety of settings. One of her most formative placements was with Perkins School for the Blind where her passion for augmentative and alternative communication and pediatrics emerged. Erin worked in the lower school and deafblind programs during her time at Perkins. After developing a passion for children with complex communication needs she applied for a clinical placement a Boston Children’s Hospital. During her time at Boston Children’s Hospital, she worked in the Augmentative Communication Program in the Otolaryngology department. She gained experience with the development of low and high tech AAC systems for pediatric and adult patients. After graduating with her Master’s, Erin moved to Brooklyn, NY where she continued her work with both pediatric and adult populations. In New York, Erin gained experience conducting speech and language therapy in the home, schools, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and via telecommunication systems. Erin recently moved to Southern California to continue providing speech and language intervention to pediatrics in a clinical setting. She enjoys education and has mentored graduate students from California Baptist University, California State University-Northridge and Northern Arizona University. She enjoys traveling with family and friends and discovering new music.
Angelie “Geli” Dang M.S., Clinical Fellow-Speech Language Pathologist, is licensed by the state of California. Geli was born and raised in the Philippines until she was 12 years old. She speaks, writes, and understands Tagalog fluently. She graduated with a B.S. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton and completed her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology in University of Nevada, Reno. Geli previously worked as an SLP Assistant (SLPA) prior to pursuing her master’s degree. As a SLPA, she gained experience interning at Irvine School District, working at an in-home setting, and an outpatient clinic. Geli was also a SLPA at UCP-OC, for about a year and a half. During her master’s coursework, she completed various clinical placements such as outpatient clinic working with children with complex communication needs, and acute hospital setting working with adults with cognitive and swallowing disorders. During her spare time, Geli likes to explore different food places while enjoying great conversations with her family and friends.
Lisa Risley is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant licensed by the state of California. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Biola University and completed the SLPA program at Santa Ana College in 2015. She has been at UCP-OC since the spring of 2017. Lisa has previously worked in both private and public schools. She has experience with children of all ages and in various school settings, such as primary, elementary, intermediate, and high school. Prior to UCP-OC, she has volunteered at an interdisciplinary clinic and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s child life department. During her free time, Lisa enjoys biking, running, taking her dog on walks, spending time with her family, and being an aunt to her five nieces and nephews.
Patrice (Pati) Skinner is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant licensed by the state of California, and Child Development Specialist for UCP for 7 years. Pati received her SLPA from Santa Ana College and is a member of CSHA (California Speech Language, Hearing Association). She has been in the medical field for 34 years as a Nurse, specializing in dialysis, pediatric oncology, home care for children with ventilators, and pediatric home care for terminally-ill children. She is involved in the Special Olympics Program and volunteers in the local school district. As a nurse and SLPA, she frequently takes classes to increase her knowledge to benefit the children that she is serving. Pati and her husband, Jim, enjoy traveling, and keeping up with their seven children and 10 grandchildren.
Katherine (Katya) Corbin is a Speech and Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the state of California. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Occidental College with a focus in researching autism spectrum disorders. She interned at the Center for Developing Kids (CDK) in Pasadena, CA her last year of college and spent time there working with children receiving services in PT, OT, and Speech. She fell in love with speech and language therapy following this experience and began her pursuit of graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology. Katya graduated with her Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Boston University. During her graduate experience, she worked in several different settings including an elementary school, Massachusetts General Hospital-Cognitive Outpatient Unit, and Boston University’s Academic Speech, Language, and Hearing Center. At the center she gained experience working with adults treating aphasia, fluency disorders, and TBI. She also gained experience treating preschool aged children with speech, language, and cognitive deficits. Katya is currently expanding her scope of practice into pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders and adult speech/language and swallowing disorders. Katya’s love for the field of speech and language pathology is founded primarily in her love for children. She is passionate about serving children with complex communication needs and works to facilitate their relationships with their families and their communities by creating functional, specific, and individualized treatment plans for each child in her care. When she has free time, Katya enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and church community.
Rachel Troccoli is a Speech and Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the state of California. She completed an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Postbaccalaureate program in Communicative Disorders at California State University Fullerton, and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at San Diego State University. While in school she worked at an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) company providing one-on-one, in-home treatment to children with behavioral issues. During her graduate program she gained valuable experience with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages-- providing early intervention through the San Diego Regional Center, push-in treatment for moderate-severely disabled elementary school children, children and adults at the San Diego State University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, and acute rehabilitation to adults with speech-language, swallowing, and cognitive deficits post stroke and traumatic brain injury. Since graduating she has spent her time working with the pediatric population with children with articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders motor speech disorders (including Childhood Apraxia of Speech), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, voice disorders, fluency disorders, aphasia, and others. Rachel has extensive training in motor speech evaluation and treatment, including PROMPT and Beckman. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, two young sons, and dog.
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT), is an innovative, scientifically supported treatment approach that teaches the brain to "rewire" itself. CIMT is effective in children who have limited use of one side of their body due to diagnoses such as:
Brachial Plexus Injury
What is the CIMT Program?
The CIMT program consists of three weeks of intensive outpatient therapy services - five days per week, three hours per day - at the UCP of Orange County Life Without Limits Therapy Center. The child's non-affected arm/hand is placed in a cast, and he or she is expected to perform all self-care tasks and fine-motor tasks using the affected upper arm/hand during the program. A consistent family member/caregiver is also expected to attend the program with the child to help them use his or her arm/hand in everyday activities while at home. To learn more, click here.
For more information about this program:
Moira Miller, Director of Clinical Services
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