Meet the Team
Tala Brinderson - Owner / Occupational Therapist
Advanced Certifications: Ayres Sensory Integration
Speciality Certifications: Reflex Integration and Rhythmic Movement, Myofacial Release, Yoga and Mindfulness, SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Neurodevelopment Treatment of Baby and Child.
I value the development of the whole-child. Becoming a mother of two boys and being surrounded by new parents increased my love for working with children and their families. I am passionate about trying to figure out the underlying factors that inhibit a child’s ability to make progress in their daily life. My eight years of experience has given me invaluable tools to help each unique child reach their full potential. On my free time, I enjoy going to the beach with my family, cooking, playing tennis, practicing yoga, and traveling.
Amanda Fink - Owner / Occupational Therapist
Advanced Certifications: Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation, and Intervention
Speciality Certifications: Beckman Oral Motor, Handwriting Without Tears, SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Neurodevelopmental Treatment of Baby and Child.
I love helping children learn about their environment using their senses. Having two children, and a daughter born with a congenital heart defect, I understand the depth of love and tenacity parents hold for their children. My greatest satisfaction comes from watching the clients I work with achieve their goals using a family-centered approach. Seeing a child and their parents smile together is something that never gets old. Together with my family I love to spend time at the river, camping, beach, and exploring nature whenever possible.
Danielle Galland - Speech and Language Therapist
I have trained hundreds of individuals and families on how to communicate better. I’ve worked in public schools, outpatient clinics, and private practice treating childhood and adult speech and language disorders. I love working in the community teaching continuing education courses for professionals on topics including bilingualism and acquired language disorders, as well as neuroprotective practices. I am passionate about educating parents and caretakers on simple strategies they can implement at home to help their child, spouse, or parent to communicate better. I live in Laguna Beach with my partner, David, and two kids, Rocco and Sophia.
Kaylie Gustafson - Speech and Language Therapist
Advanced Certifications: Pediatric VitalStim
I have experience providing individual and group therapy for children of all communication needs, as well as feeding and swallowing. My area specialty is Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), and I am passionate about improving children’s functional communication and language skills to achieve independence through low tech (i.e., eye gaze, ASL, pictures, etc.) and/or high tech (i.e., communication programs such as LAMP WFL, PRC Unity, TouchChat, Snap+Core First, GoTalk Now+, Speak for Yourself, and Proloquo2Go) communication strategies. I love being part of a multidisciplinary team as it allows me to collaborate in order to maximize each child’s potential to achieve their goals. I enjoy spending time reading, running, and traveling with my husband to Formula One races.
Carrie Pulone - Speech and Language Assistant
I have experience providing individualized therapy to young children with needs in receptive and expressive and language, pragmatic/social language, articulation and fluency and find great value in the collaborative benefits of working as part of a multidisciplinary team. I strive to discover and highlight each child’s strengths and abilities an utilizes these strengths to nurture their language development. For early intervention aged children I employ play-based therapy to target their speech and language goals. After being a stay-at-home mom and raising three children, I returned to school and received my degree as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. My unique experience as being a mother to two children with special needs enriches my compassion and patience in the therapeutic process.
Shannon O'Brien - Physical Therapist
Advanced Certifications: Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
I enjoy helping children learn how to move so they can explore their environment safely, improve functional independence, and reach their highest potential through play-based therapy. Becoming a parent has greatly influenced and strengthened my commitment to helping children and their families. The most rewarding part of my job is watching a child reach their movement goals and become more independent. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, running, swimming, hiking, and crocheting.
Anne Magdits - Physical Therapist
I love teaching kids to explore their environment by rolling, crawling, walking, and jumping. I believe that kids can be most successful through fun and play based therapy. My training in Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) allows me to assess movement limitations in children and provide the best approach in order for them to reach their goals. The most rewarding part of my job is being a part of the child’s life as they achieve their milestones for the very first time. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son camping, going to the beach, and traveling.
Belen Guillen - Marriage and Family Therapist
I have had over 15 years of experience as a bilingual (English-Spanish) Marriage and Family Therapist working with teens and adults in diverse mental health settings. My passion is helping families achieve a complete state of wellbeing from a bio/psycho/social and spiritual perspective, through promotion of healthy lifestyle, disease prevention, early intervention, and construction of a strong support network. To me, Family Therapy is the art of discerning the things that really matter, and turning the unbearable into something more tolerable. On my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, reading, and arts and crafts with my two kids.