Meet The Founders
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them"
Marianne has had a passion for working with kids since she was 11 years old. She started her journey as a nursing major however soon realized her true calling is working with special needs kids. During her time in school she volunteered at Mercy General Hospital conducting auditory screenings on newborns, worked with many families of different multicultural backgrounds, and was an ABA therapist working 1:1 and in small group sessions with kids with Autism, ADHD, ED, and CP. She has a B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and obtained her SLPA license through Sacramento State University. Upon graduation, Marianne worked in different therapeutic settings such as schools, private practices, in home therapy, and specialized non public schools. She has also worked with a variety of families throughout the Bay Area to support their child on their unique journey. Her passion has been running Social Groups and has been trained in Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner. She has successfully run engaging and fun activities with kids K-12. She has also worked with a handful of adults with special needs. Some of her sessions included dancing, cooking classes, girls group, talent shows, and health and wellness groups. Marianne has had 13 years of experience and truly enjoys making a difference in these children’s lives. She is beyond excited about this program, and she feels that this will really help to change not only the kid’s lives but also the parents as well.
"I want to spend the rest of my life helping others feel less broken"
Teresa always knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others. Teresa completed her undergraduate degree at Cal State Dominguez Hills where she earned her B.A. in Kinesiology, while working as a Physical Therapist Aide. It was during her undergraduate experience that she discovered the world of Occupational Therapy through teachers and mentors. After volunteering at a few private practice clinics and hospitals, she knew she had found her calling. Teresa went on to earn her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Stanbridge College in Irvine, where she fell in love with the pediatric setting during her fieldwork. Teresa went on to work in both the pediatric private clinic setting and school-based setting over the next 3 years. Teresa is well versed in curricula such as the Zones of Regulation, Size of the Problem, Handwriting without Tears and has been trained in Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner. Teresa believes in multisensory approaches in all methods of intervention. Teresa went on to working full-time for the special education department within numerous school districts providing 1:1 service, push-in, and consultation, but found her niche in running small groups. Teresa believes her experience working within classrooms in these group settings gives her the knowledge to know what functional skills are important for success and how to foster those skills in a fun, real-life setting that can be generalized and applied in all aspects life. Teresa is Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy and certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.