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our mission

To help children achieve their fullest potential by building life skills, sparking creativity, and finding solutions to life’s challenges.

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our philosophy

We believe in helping children thrive by:

 

  • Focusing on their strengths

  • Helping them gain new skills by expanding their horizons

  • Using play, creativity, and exploration as a foundation to build intellectual curiosity

  • Recognizing that every child is unique

  • Taking a can-do approach to problem solving

  • Engaging the child's community (parents, teachers, and clinical team) is crucial to success

MEET THE TEAM

We are a group of  experienced and passionate occupational, physical, and speech and language therapists  who specialize in assessing and treating kiddos in the preschool and elementary school settings. We believe in a  strengths-based, child-centered, holistic approach,  and value open communication with parents and teachers to help each child excel beyond “therapy time.” Having worked together  in the public school setting for many years, we are passionate about giving every child an opportunity to  thrive based on his/her individual needs. 

Meilani Connolly, Occupational Therapist
 MEILANI
 CONNOLLY 
 FOUNDER 
OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPIST
Raquel
medina
ms, OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPIST
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OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPIST
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SArah
gragnani 

 OTR/L
lead occupational therapist
PHYSICAL
THERAPIST
Lily Lau, Speech Language Pathologist
SPEECH 
LANGUAGE pathologist
Susan Dambroff, Special Educaton Teacher
SPECIAL
EDUCATION TEACHER
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 MEILANI
 CONNOLLY 
OTR/L
PEDIATRIC
OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPIST

MEILANI has 22 years of experience in occupational therapy, the last ten of which have been focused on treating children in school-based and inpatient/outpatient hospital settings. Since graduating from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in 2001, Meilani has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home-based, early intervention, and school setting in San Francisco. She traveled as an occupational therapist for two years all over the United States prior to meeting her husband in Washington, DC in 2006. In 2008, Meilani and her family moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Meilani's husband's job. In Malaysia, Meilani used her knowledge in occupational therapy to mentor occupational therapists in Kuala Lumpur, where she volunteered at a children’s clinic to help treat underserved children with cerebral palsy, learning disorders, and other neurological conditions.

Meilani has her Certified Autism Specialist Certification through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Meilani also has her advanced certification in Physical Agent Modalities (PAM) and has used this to treat patients who have had a stroke. Meilani has participated in continuing education programs in Sensory Processing and Regulation, the ALERT Program, the Zones of Regulation, the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia, and the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), and Handwriting Without Tears. She recently took courses on The Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Autism Across the Spectrum, and Executive Function and Self-Regulation.


Meilani has used her knowledge in all settings to treat children of all ages in order to increase a student’s learning and abilities. Meilani has two teenage boys, ages 16 and 14. Meilani enjoys hiking with her family during her spare time. Most weekends, she is juggling to watch her boys play football, soccer, and/or baseball!
 

Meilani
raquel
medina

OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPIST

Raquel is a dedicated occupational therapist with a passion for making a positive impact on the lives of children. She graduated with her masters of science in occupational therapy from San Jose State University in 2020. Since then, she has worked with children ages 4-14 who present with a wide range of disabilities as a school-based occupational therapist. Collaboration is at the core of Raquel’s practice. She recognizes the significance of working closely with a client’s entire support network to ensure that therapy is holistic and tailored to the unique needs of the child. 

When Raquel is not working, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, traveling with her partner, and trying out new foods in her native San Francisco!
 

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Bailey
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 Bailey
Kiser 

OTR/L
OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPIST

Bailey is an occupational therapist and feeding therapist with a creative and playful approach to improving children's skill and independence. She earned her master's of Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Since joining the professional occupational therapy field, Bailey has provided services to families in-home, in-clinic, and virtually. Bailey has started her journey with feeding therapy with the SOS feeding approach and has plans to continue this journey with other continuing education units in the future.

 

Outside of work, Bailey enjoys being outdoors, hiking, reading with her cat, and playing soccer. 

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Sarah
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 OTR/L
lead
occupational therapist

Sarah has been practicing pediatric Occupational Therapy in San Francisco for 12 years. She graduated from The University of Sydney, Australia. Sarah has experience working in the school-based setting and with the 0-3 years population with leading therapeutic groups, conducting individual therapy sessions and running summer camp programs.


Sarah currently works with the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco. Sarah has experience working with children on fine and gross motor delays, difficulties with visual perception and visual motor skills, sensory processing difficulties and with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum disorders and Developmental Delays. Sarah has continuing education in the Handwriting Without Tears Program, the Alert Program (How Does Your Engine Run?), Sensory Integration, Pediatric Yoga and Oppositional and Defiant Behaviors. 


In her spare time, Sarah likes to take her own two kids on adventures in the Bay Area, grow vegetables in her backyard and loves to travel!

Rachel
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 RACHEL
phillips 
MPT
PHYSICAL
THERAPIST

RACHEL has been a physical therapist for the past 12 years and has been working exclusively with children for 5 years. It’s tough to say who likes playing with the toys and blowing bubbles more: Rachel or the children she is working with! When she is not working, she enjoys camping, working on her campervan, biking, or seeing live music.

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 Lily
Lau 

 MS, CCC-SLP
SPEECH LANGUAGE pathologist

LILY is a dedicated speech language pathologist who utilizes evidence-based treatment interventions. She has experience working with individuals of all ages who have autism spectrum disorders, articulation disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, acquired neurogenic communication disorders, cognitive linguistic impairments, and etc.  Lily is passionate about working with individuals with special needs.  She has experience providing speech and language assessments and treatment under various capacities, including home-based early intervention, school-based services within Bay Area public schools, and clinic-based treatment for adult inpatient population within medical facilities.  Lily completed her B.A. in Sociology & Chinese at University of California Davis, M.A. in Chinese at San Francisco State University and M.S. in Communicative Disorders at California State Eastbay. She is native to San Francisco and enjoys attending conferences/workshops for continued education and traveling during her breaks.

Lily
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SPECIAL
EDUCATION
TEACHER

SUSAN Dambroff is a special educator, specializing in early intervention.  Susan plays guitar, and incorporates music activities into her work with children. She worked for 25 years for SFUSD, as a Special Education teacher, Autism Specialist, and Coach in Inclusive Practices.  She specializes in working with children with social and communication challenges, working to provide play and language rich environments that promote learning and facilitate engagement.

Susan
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