the Learning Fountain

Meet Our Specialists

Eufrocina "Cina" Tomas-Salonga, OTR/L is a certified Feeding specialist, HTC, HWT, NDT, SI, and MNRI (Masgutova) associate, and a TLP provider with over 30 years of experience practicing Occupational Therapy.

Sarah Kwee, OTR/L, is a California licensed occupational therapist. Sarah is originally from the east coast. She first learned about OT while volunteering with the Special Needs Aquatic Program in Berkeley California, teaching kids how to swim. Her professional background is in education and health related non-profit administration. Sarah received her BA in Human Development from Cal State East Bay and her MS from San Jose State University where part of her graduate fieldwork training was completed under the guidance of Eufrocina Salonga at the Learning Fountain. Sarah's graduate research on sensory processing and sleep was accepted for publication by the AOTA. AOTA member, NBCOT certified, CBOT license.

Rachel Shimer, MOT, OTR/L is a Therapeutic Listening provider, and MNRI (Masgutova) specialist, trained in NDT, SI, and Feeding strategies. She has over 13 years of experience practicing Occupational Therapy.

Shruti Bhave, OTR/L is a California licensed Occupational Therapist. Shruti was born in India and moved to California at age 8. Shruti interned at the MIND Institute where she worked with many children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She completed her fieldwork training in a variety of settings including sensory clinic, school based, hospital rehab and social work clinics. She has a passion for Occupational Therapy and loves working with the pediatric population. Shruti has a bachelors degree in Neurobiology from UC Davis and a Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy from USC.

Joanna Dishman, OTR/L, MS, Joanna fell in love with OT while working as an aide at an Early Intervention Preschool. She works with children and young adults with autism, cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder. She is especially fond of treating children with developmental delays. Joanna works with clients both at the clinic and in home. She has a BS in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay, an MS in OT from San Jose State and is NBCOT certified.

Alice Lewsey, OTR/L is an Anat Banial Method and Felden Krais practitioner, trained in NDT, HWT and Feeding strategies. Alice was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Canada. Alice moved to the Bay Area in 1997, and began her career as an Occupational Therapist. She lives locally with her husband and 2 children. NBCOT certified and CA licensed.

Kristine Young, OTR/L received her BA degree from UCLA and an MS degree from San Jose State. She grew up a member of a large family in Los Angeles and misses the beaches but not the traffic. Kris witnessed Occupational Therapy first hand when she sought services for one of her sons. She saw the difference OT could make in a child's life and decided to return to school to pursue a career in OT. She lives locally with her family and is an avid sports fan (Go Bruins!).

Karen Williams, OTR/L is an SI trained Pediatric Therapist with more than 8 years of experience and specializes in pediatric in home care. Karen was born & raised in the Bay Area and received her degree from The University of Washington. She lives locally with her husband and four children.

Pam Kulas OTR/L is a licensed Occupational Therapist who began her OT career in 2004. Originally from Michigan, she worked at Childrens Hospital of Michigan and Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA in the acute care and outpatient clinics. Pam enjoys working with kids of all ages and is especially fond of the early intervention population.

Joan Lightfoot, INSURANCE ADMINISTRATOR Joan has a background in business and has worked in the therapy industry for many years. Joan enjoys spending time with her grandson and rock collecting. If you have an insurance authorization related questions you may contact her directly at 925-264-9822

Kim Botelho, OPERATIONS AND PATIENT SERVICES Kim joined TLFI in 2013.. She fell in love with our kids and their families so she decided to make her once temporary position a permanent one. Kim manages all staff & patient scheduling as well as patient billing questions and concerns.

Our dedicated team is here to help unlock your child's full potential, and to provide both you and your child with the tools essential to their development. Contact us today to arrange a consultation, free of charge, and learn how your child can benefit from our Services.

here's nolan!

Nolan had received school-based therapy for over one year prior to coming to TLFI. He was five years old, and his parents worried about his motor challenges. He walked or ran on his tip-toes most of the time, and was unable to pedal his tricycle, hop on one leg, play hopscotch, or walk on a balance beam. He also had difficulty with his pencil grip and letter formation.

Nolan's program at TLFI included postural and dynamic reflex integration, sensory integration and neuro-developmental treatment, handwriting strategies, and family training for follow-through at home. Within eight sessions, his tip-toeing had greatly decreased and his overall balance and confidence were much improved. He began to hop on one leg and play hopscotch successfully. Best of all, he started riding his bike (with training wheels). Within four months, his letter formation improved and he began enjoying writing activities too!