Sunayna Thakur - Founder, Director & Occupational Therapist

Sunayna Thakur, OTD, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist. She  completed her graduate and clinical doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. Over the past 11 years, she has worked in various settings including, home health, school-based practice, early intervention, outpatient clinics, and inpatient hospital care for acute cases.

Her areas of expertise include Development Assessments (ASQ, SIPT etc), Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Integration, Infant Massage and Communication. She is certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and is a Certified Instructor of Infant Massage (CIIM). In addition, she has extensive clinical experience in pediatric occupational therapy covering areas such as Handwriting, Feeding, Yoga, Environmental Modifications, Parenting Skills, Stress Management, Positive Behavior Support etc.

In 2008, under the mentorship of Kalena Babeshoff, founder of Healthy Family Living Foundation, she created the Tender Touch Communication program incorporating her parent training skills of infant massage and communication to work with families while continuing to focus on early intervention. 

She is a consulting occupational therapist at HealthBridge Children's Hospital in Orange, CA and continues to provide training and educational workshops in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to empower the greater community.

LinkedIn Profile  At USC

Christine Szymanek - Occupational Therapist

Christine Szymanek (Bennett), COTA/L is currently working as an occupational therapy assistant at Alamitos Belmont Rehab Hospital. She has had many experiences working with children and has a passion to “encourage, educate, and empower” those she works with in order for them to meet their full potential. 

Christine offers personalized support as she knows what it feels like to be on the other side, having grown up with an undiagnosed learning disability until the age of 35. She also suffered a stroke at the age of 29. She has experienced how therapy, determination, and patience have assisted in leading a happy, healthy and independent life. Having these experiences, she knows how important it is for people with special needs to advocate for themselves. In addition, she is involved in a number of charitable causes, including Women Helping Women and United Way.

Robin Yates Hogerhuis - Behavior Therapist

From the first day that Robin Hogerhuis began teaching in special day classes for the Orange County Department of Education, she knew that specialized instruction was her calling.  She enrolled in a Master’s Program in Special Education, vowing to improve future outcomes for her students. While on her master’s track, Robin’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2 years old. Rather than letting the diagnosis devastate her family, Robin continued in her studies, focusing on the education of students with severe disabilities and Applied Behavior Analysis techniques as they related to individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, and ADHD. It is Robin’s professional goal to combine her personal experience as a parent of a child with a disability and her specialized training and expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis to empower and educate children with disabilities and their families.