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.

Jennifer Yee, OTR/L, is a California licensed Occupational Therapist. Jen earned her BS from UCLA and MS degree from San Jose State. Jen's love for OT was discovered during her time volunteering with children with sensory processing challenges and working with adults recovering from traumatic brain injury. Jen is a Bay Area native and loves exploring local hikes with her dog and cooking vegetables grown in her own garden. Jen completed part of her fieldwork training under the mentorship of Eufrocina Tomas-Salonga at the Learning Fountain.

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.

Ariel "Ari" Wilks, OTD, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist who received her Clinical Doctorate in OT from Samuel Merritt University. Ari is a Bay Area native whose family volunteers as breeder-keepers for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Ari's doctoral research project focused on the use of animal-assisted therapy in conjunction with occupational therapy at children's hospitals. Her professional background includes working in a school based setting treating children on the Autism spectrum with severe behavioral issues and supporting children with academic learning differences. Ari also has experience working with an outdoor OT program focusing on motor and social skills. She is a sports enthusiast with a passion for cross fit.

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 and VPPS trained Pediatric Therapist with more than 10 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 has 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 watercolor painting 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 the TLFI internal operations, 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 toby!

Toby is a sociable toddler with Trisomy 21, and gastroesophageal and cardiac complications. At eleven weeks old, Toby came to TLFI for feeding issues and hypotonia. He was dusky in color and could barely open his eyes. He was able to remain alert for less than one minute, and was taking his nutrition through a Nasogastric Tube (NG-Tube). Toby could not begin therapy until he underwent surgeries to repair his heart.

Toby started therapy at TLFI at nine months of age. He was introduced to both sensory integration and reflex integration programs that included Kinesiotaping. Within two weeks he started to sit. After the third week he could sit up and play on his own for up to twenty minutes, pulling toys from containers and dropping them back in. He continues to need his NG-Tube, but his ability to swallow is progressing. He is also beginning to develop a taste for different pureed foods, and CAKE! Toby fed himself for the first time on his first birthday!