Owner & Director
Meet The Team
A dedicated team of therapists with years of experience
Owner & Director
Gabrielle has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including school districts, in home early intervention and private clinics around the Bay Area. She is experienced in working with children ages 0 to 18 with varied diagnoses (e.g., attention deficit hyperactive disorder, spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental delays, and social skill challenges). Her treatments have included sensory integration therapy, fine motor coordination intervention, wellness and prevention, family/parent education, and handwriting intervention.Therapy sessions incorporate the following programs and therapeutic techniques:
- Play-based Sensory Integrative Therapy
- Therapeutic Listening
- Kawar Vestibular-Ocular Protocol (“Astronaut Training”)
- Therapressure Protocol (Wilbarger Brushing Protocol)
- Handwriting Without Tears
- The Alert Program
- The zones of regulation
- The superflex social thinking curriculum
Gabrielle strongly believes that treatment is most effective when the therapist and child’s family work together to formulate therapy goals using the child’s occupations (interests and/or motivators) as a means towards achieving those goals.
Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in December of 2004+ More- Hide
Whitney has worked with children in school-based, home-based, medical, and outpatient settings. Her experience spans physical and developmental diagnoses, including: cerebral palsy, ataxia, seizure disorders, postural disorders, Erb’s Palsy, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, sensory processing challenges, visual motor and perceptual difficulties, and developmental delays. Whitney is motivated to help children of all ages experience playfulness and joy while developing new skills, cultivating self-confidence and connecting to others.
Ultimately, she strives to improve overall quality of life by addressing daily challenges that affect family relationships, friendships, play, school-related tasks, and independence in self-care. Her background as a nanny has provided a strong foundation in identifying the contextual demands of each child’s daily environments.
Whitney is committed to providing family-centered care featuring consistent collaboration and communication. She has advanced training in Integrated Listening Systems Therapy and is trained in the use of Interactive Metronome, Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Gym, mindfulness training, yoga therapy and sensory integration techniques.
Whitney completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Santa Clara University.+ More- Hide
Jackie’s background includes working with children in outpatient and school settings. She has experience in addressing sensory processing skills, fine motor delays, social skills, handwriting skills, visual-motor skills, and activities of daily living skills such as dressing, eating, and self-care skills. Jackie is experienced in working with children with global developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, social phobias, intellectual disabilities, executive functioning challenges, and Down syndrome, among others.
Jackie is motivated to help children fully enjoy their childhoods while learning and growing to their fullest potential. She believes that all children have unique gifts and abilities and sees her job as an occupational therapist as a help agent to support children in discovering and embracing these gifts in their own unique ways and to flourish into their greatest potential. As a practitioner of occupational therapy Jackie believes in the therapy of action. Through holistic, family-centered interventions Jackie strives to improve the overall quality of life by addressing challenges that affect family relationships, play, friendship, self-perception, independence, and school-related abilities.
Jackie brings her 15 years of experience as a mother of two boys to her practice. She is especially passionate about supporting children connection to the natural world and to their own innate sense of knowing what best meets their needs. Through providing fun, creative, and exciting interventions that challenge each child to adapt, excel, and enjoy all areas of their lives, Jackie hopes to support both the areas of strength and the areas in need of support in all the children she works with.
Jackie received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the Dominican University of California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from University of California at Berkeley.+ More- Hide
Occupational Therapy Aide
With a passion for movement she has a long history of getting kids moving in the city through years of coaching high school volleyball and teaching elementary physical education. While teaching physical education Aimee became curious about how she could better serve the school’s special needs community through movement. Aimee worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist with children in the Bay Area specializing in ABA therapy with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has worked with children of various diagnoses in the classroom, at home and in social group settings. Aimee enjoys working with kids of all ages and believes that purposeful play, movement and activity can help children to be happy and successful in what they do. Currently Aimee works as an Occupational Therapy Aide at Little Hands while pursuing her degree in OT.
Aimee has a Bachelors of Science in kinesiology from San Francisco State University.+ More- Hide
Speech / Language Pathologist
Cierra has experience in several pediatric and adult settings with clients ranging from preschool to geriatric populations. Settings have included a vast range of abilities and cultures in the public and nonpublic schools, workplace readiness sites, private practice and home health across the Bay Area, San Diego and Hawaii. Cierra has participated in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) workshop, as well as multiple seminars and continuing education classes focused on pediatric populations. Cierra’s clinical strengths include augmentative and alternative communication, preschool to school age receptive and expressive language delays, literacy skills as well as phonology and articulation disorders. Other areas of practice include cognition, Selective Mutism, fluency disorders, pragmatic language and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Cierra adores working and laughing with children while focusing on functional skills to maximize generalization and benefits of therapy. With a personal family connection, Cierra truly understands the importance of family-clinician relationships and collaboration across disciplines and environments.
Cierra graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, followed by her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.+ More- Hide
Kellie’s background includes providing occupational therapy interventions in different practice settings for children with varied disabilities and developmental delays. She is experienced in addressing fine motor delays, visual perceptual skills, handwriting skills, social skills, visual-motor skills, sensory processing skills, and activities of daily living, such as dressing and self-feeding. Kellie maintains a holistic perspective when working with each child and directs her treatment sessions to meet the interests of the child while facilitating a successful environment for children to develop their skills and independence. She has participated in the Sequential Oral Motor Approach to Feeding (SOS) workshop by Dr. Kay Toomey, PhD in addition to completing numerous courses focused on the pediatric population. She enjoys working with children of all skill levels and ages and believes in child and family centered therapy to support each child’s unique needs to support occupational engagement at home, school, and in the community.
Kellie has attended the SOS Approach to Feeding course presented by Kay Toomey, PhD. and Erin Ross, PhD. CCC-SLP. In addition she has attended advanced course training in SOS as it relates to using the SOS Approach when working with children aged 6 years and older.
Kellie graduated from Samuel Merritt University where she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.+ More- Hide
Monica is a Reading Specialist and experienced classroom teacher based in Marin County. Connecting and collaborating with families and teaching reading to students with diverse strengths and challenges is her passion. Monica believes children learn best in an inclusive environment that sets them up for success using positivity, continuous feedback, and frequent recalibration. With Monica you will create an individualized plan to teach targeted skills based on your child’s specific areas of need. Through the use of multi-sensory methods she will work on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and comprehension using many different strategies including:
- Fountas and Pinnell Assessment and Leveled Reading
- Lindamood-Bell and Reading Recovery strategies
- Handwriting Without Tears, Mindfulness, and Whole Brain Teaching
The population of children that Monica has worked with include but are not limited to:
- A variety of learning differences: Nonverbal learning difference, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, intellectual disabilities
- Sensory challenges
- Kindergarten Readiness
Monica is very excited to join the team at Little Hands to provide a collaborative team approach to each child’s therapy. Through working in direct collaboration with Speech and OT services at Little Hands, children can benefit from having extra guidance in the fundamental skill of reading in a safe, kind, and familiar environment while continuing to work on their OT and Speech goals.
She is looking forward to meeting you and your child!
Monica received her MA in Teaching Reading and Certificate in Teaching K-12 Reading from the University of San Francisco.+ More- Hide
Katarina is a bilingual licensed occupational therapist currently working for the public school district, San Francisco Unified. She has experience providing therapy to pediatric populations in both private clinics and school systems. She has treated children diagnosed with autism, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, visual impairments, and fine motor coordination deficits.She takes pride in collaborating with children and their families to provide quality therapy by implementing innovative activities to help facilitate learning and promote development.
Katarina has training in:
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Sensory integration techniques.
EDUCATIONKatarina attended Florida International University (FIU) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.+ More- Hide
Speech / Language Therapist
Caitlin has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including public school districts, in-home early intervention, and private clinics around the Bay Area. Caitlin’s clinical strengths include pragmatics/social skills, early language development, articulation and phonology, preschool and school-age receptive and expressive language delays, cognitive communication, and literacy skills. Other areas of practice include Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), fluency disorders, oral-motor deficits, and central auditory processing disorders (CAPD). She has participated in the Talk Tools: A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy workshop, in addition to completing numerous courses focused on the pediatric population. Caitlin enjoys working with children of all ages and skill levels. She believes in an individualized approach for each child, and thrives off of maximizing communicative growth. She is collaborative by nature and looks forward to working closely with families and team members in order to further support each child’s development.
Caitlin graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, followed by her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.+ More- Hide
LaShelle has experience in pediatric occupational therapy in the school-based setting as well as the outpatient medical setting with CCS. She has worked with a varied range of developmental challenges and physical disabilities such as: autism spectrum disorder, gross and fine motor delays, ADHD/ADD, CHARGE Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injury, executive functioning challenges, visual-motor integration challenges, handwriting difficulties, sensory processing challenges, and social skill challenges. LaShelle loves working in pediatric occupational therapy and her personal goal is to support each child as they develop in their own unique way and to help them reach their potential through providing strategies, building on their individual strengths, and collaborating with the parent /family, teachers, and other professionals who are involved in the development and support of the child. She believes that through providing activities that are fun, functional, and challenging, children learn about their strengths, ways to adapt, and areas where they can improve and build on their weaknesses.
LaShelle graduated from Dominican University of California with a bachelors in Health Sciences/Pre-OT and a Masters in the Science of Occupational Therapy.+ More- Hide
Patricia’s background consists of providing pediatric occupational therapy services to a diverse population setting with varied developmental delays and diagnoses. She has experience working with children with global developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum disorder, ADHD, gross and fine motor delays, sensory processing disorder, visual motor integration delays, and social skills challenges. Patricia strongly believes in a holistic mind-body approach when working with each child with strong collaboration with his/her family, teachers, and other professionals. By providing client centered base interventions and facilitating a safe environment for growth and learning, each child has the potential of reaching their goals. Patricia loves working with children and believes in the importance of incorporating fun and play in therapeutic activities while emphasizing on each child’s strengths and unique needs to promote their independence in all aspects of their lives.
Patricia graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology followed by her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Samuel Merritt University.+ More- Hide
Occupational Therapy Aide
Meghan’s background includes teaching in both mainstream and special education classrooms. She has experience in an elementary-aged emotional and behavioral mental health class and currently teaches preschool in Marin. She also coaches both club volleyball and high school volleyball. Meghan has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances, global developmental delays, and Down Syndrome. She loves teaching children movement and physical activity and social-emotional skills including self-regulation, self-confidence, and self-advocacy. Meghan will pursue her OT degree beginning Fall 2018.
Double major in Bachelor of Arts for Psychology and Education & Autism Studies from Bucknell University.+ More- Hide