Therapist Bios

Lani Hessen, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Kidspace Founder & Clinic Director

Lani created Kidspace in 2005 after years at California Pacific Medical Center's Child Development Center. She has post-graduate training in Advanced Therapeutic Listening, Masgutova Neuro Reflex Integration and the Perceptual Enrichment Program, and works with children of all ages and ability levels. Lani received her master's degree in occupational therapy from Samuel Merritt University in 1999.

Lise Carter, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Lise has been practicing occupational therapy since 1999 and specializing in pediatrics since 2001. Since graduating from University of New England in Maine, Lise has worked in various settings across the country including home-based, school, clinic and aquatic therapy for pediatrics. She founded an aquatic therapy business in Vermont as well as traveled into the bush villages of Alaska to provide occupational therapy for Alaskan native children. Lise has extensive experience working with children with fine motor and gross motor delays, visual motor and perceptual difficulties, sensory integration disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. With continuing education in Sensory Processing and Regulation, Aquatic Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, ALERT Program, Masgutova Neuro Reflex Integration and NDT principles, Lise enjoys treating children of all ages and skill levels.

Julie Callicotte, MS, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Julie has a passion for working with children and has done so for over 12 years. She has experience in the pediatric OT setting working with children who have fine motor and gross motor delays, sensory processing disorder, visual motor and perceptual difficulties, and developmental delays. Julie received her bachelor degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University where she also completed research and training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Julie has obtained continuing education training in sensory processing and regulation, Perceptual Enrichment, Therapeutic Listening, and MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration).

Chelsey Contillo, CCC-SLP -- Speech Therapist

Chelsey is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist who grew up in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology. She recently relocated to the Bay Area after spending one year working as a speech pathologist in Beijing, China. Chelsey has worked with infants, toddlers, and school-age children with a wide range of communication disorders. She has extensive experience working with children with language delay, language disorder, speech sound disorder, fluency disorder, and who are on the autism spectrum. She also has experience working with the repaired cleft lip and palate population. Chelsey has worked in a variety of settings, including school, outpatient clinic, and psychiatric hospital. Her work with clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds has shaped her family-centered approach to therapeutic services. Chelsey’s areas of interest are in early intervention and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.
Chelsey values continuing professional education. She regularly attends conferences and stays current on new research by reading published papers and reputable blogs.
In her free time, Chelsey enjoys swing dancing, riding her bike, reading, and watching old horror movies.

Genevieve Cyrs, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Genevieve has practiced as an occupational therapist in San Francisco since 2013. She has worked with school age children through young adults in community-based, clinical and school-based settings providing both individual and group therapy. Genevieve has expertise working with youth to foster development of social-emotional learning, insight, regulation and sensory/motor skills, working to address the whole child. Genevieve has co-developed a meaningful, occupation-based assessment tool and presented to national audiences on program development and implementation. She is trained in trauma-informed practices, mindfulness techniques, cultivating emotional balance, motivational interviewing and stress & resiliency in youth. Genevieve received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Eastern Illinois University.
Genevieve believes strongly in advocacy and collaboration, working to weave therapeutic strategies and learning into the multiple aspects of a child’s life to ensure consistency and carry over. Genevieve also works with clients at Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP-SF) and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Bonnie Dundee, OTR/L, Feldenkrais Practitioner -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Bonnie earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy at San Jose State University in 2017, and fell in love with pediatrics during her internship at Kidspace, Inc. She comes to the field with a decade of professional bodywork experience, including massage therapy and the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education. She loves the multi-sensory, playful approach used with kids, and has been trained in Therapeutic Listening.

Rafael Garcia, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Rafael “Rafi” Garcia graduated from Dominican University of California with a bachelors in Health Sciences/Pre-OT and a Masters in the Science of Occupational Therapy. He is bilingual (speaks Spanish fluently) and has experience in school-based setting as well as outpatient medical setting with the California Children Services (CCS) in Napa. Rafi has worked with children with a variety of developmental challenges and physical disabilities such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injury, gross and fine motor delays, visual-motor integration, executive functioning challenges, sensory processing challenges, and social skill challenges. He has taken continuing education courses in Therapeutic Listening, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Rafi has a passion for working in pediatric occupational therapy and supporting each child to reach their potential by providing strategies, building on their strengths, and collaborating with the family and other professionals involved in the child’s life. In Rafi’s spare time he likes to coach and play soccer, hike, eat, and watch movies/tv.

Dr. David Grisham, OD, MS, FAAO -- Optometrist

Dr. Grisham has served as a Clinical Professor and Senior Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Optometry for over 30 years. He has taught courses in Binocular Vision Diagnosis and Management, Strabismus (eye turns) and Amblyopia (lazy eye), Pediatric Optometry and Learning Disabilities. For 20 years he was Chief of the Binocular Vision and Visual Skills Clinic at UCB. Dr. Grisham has distinguished himself by publishing over 30 research articles and coauthored a major internationally recognized textbook, Binocular Anomalies: Diagnosis and Vision Therapy, 4th edition. A recognized expert in Binocular Vision and Vision Related Learning Problems, he is a Diplomate in Binocular Vision and Perception with the American Academy of Optometry and an Associate with the College of Optometry in Vision Development.

Joanie Hooper, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Joanie is a graduate of University of Southern California Occupational Therapy Program. She worked for more than 8 years in adult acute rehabilitation specializing in stroke and brain injury as well as other neurological disorders. She has worked in a variety of other service area such as home health and school-based therapy. Joanie has expertise in hemiplegia and is the director of Camp Bennett an intensive therapy and social skills camp for children who have suffered strokes. This camp utilizes a constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) to help strengthen less developed limbs. She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Joanie has been a member of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Cliff/Dive/Marine Rescue Unit for more than 12 years. She is passionate about and teaches disaster preparedness for both adults and children with special needs.

Lindy Joffe, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Lindy completed her master's degree in occupational therapy at Columbia University in 1999. She has practiced continuously since that time in a variety of pediatric settings specializing in sensory integration. Lindy enjoys working with a range of ages, from early intervention to adolescents, even the occasional adult. She has taken a broad range of courses in sensory integrative principles, DIR/Floortime techniques, cognitive perceptual organization, and Masgutova Neuromuscular Reflex Integration Techniques, amongst others. Lindy has a particular interest in how the motor and sensory systems, particularly the visual-vestibular-auditory triad and underlying reflex systems, interact with cognitive perceptual skills to propel an individual's problem solving abilities in both three-dimensional and two dimensional-space. Lindy believes strongly in taking therapy beyond the walls of the clinic, working closely with the child’s team to ensure maximal carry over of therapeutic techniques into the child’s life. She has taught continuing education courses in both sensory integration and problem solving and currently teaches the course "Therapeutic Listening: Listening With the Whole Body" nationwide. Lindy also sees clients one day a week at the Full Circle Development Center in Oakland.

Jenn Phillips MOT, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Jenn has a passion for helping kids and for Occupational Therapy. She received her graduate degree from Texas Woman's University and attended undergrad at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She enjoys helping children of all ages, stages, and abilities experience the joy of play to meet their goals and feel successful. Jenn draws from nine years of experience of providing children with Occupational Therapy in the bay area in a wide variety of settings. These settings include private Sensory Integration clinics, the public school system, and Early intervention. Additionally, Jenn has worked at Wings School for children with neuro-developmental differences and within San Jose Unified's program for children with Autism. Jenn has taken continuing education courses including SCERTS, Neuro-Developmental Treatment for the Young Child, Handwriting without Tears, Integrated Listening Systems, Early Intervention, various sensory integration courses, and is certified in the Therapressure protocol (Wilbarger Protocol) . Jenn believes that a strong child-therapist connection is crucial in achieving that "magic" that can take place in Occupational Therapy. She enjoys collaborating with parents and caregivers and has seen that progress in therapy is made when this is achieved. She is excited to be a part of the team at Kidspace!

Beth Sadler OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

After an extensive history of supporting children as a teacher, care provider, swim instructor, pediatric peer mediation director, and after-school program director, Beth received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2014, where she was a member of Pi Theta Epsilon Honor’s Society. Since that time, she has specialized in pediatric occupational therapy, providing care for clients in both the school and clinic settings. Her passion to support children’s development has led her to her current pursuit of obtaining advanced certification through the USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education program.

Dr. Jeremy Shumaker, OD -- Optometrist

Dr. Jeremy Shumaker is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. While trained to diagnose and treat myriad age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts, Dr. Shumaker is particularly at ease with children and is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of various childhood eye conditions. He has unique experience in vision therapy for deficient visual skills including tracking, focusing, and eye coordination. These conditions can often dramatically impact reading, learning, and athletic performance.

Jennifer Vera, MFT – Child and Family Therapist

Jennifer is a bilingual licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#96667) who offers child and family therapy. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University, and received specialized training in infant- and child-parent psychotherapy from the UCSF Infant-Parent Program. Jennifer has been working with children and their families for more than 10 years in a variety of capacities. Her clinical experience specializes in the first 5 years of life and includes providing play therapy, social skills groups, child-parent psychotherapy, and preschool-based mental health consultation. She also provides short-term parent consultations and workshops. Common issues she works with include: supporting families through the challenges of early childhood, such as struggles with feeding, sleeping, or adjusting to a daily routine; difficulties in preschool and group-care environments; parenting and co-parenting challenges; family disruption and trauma exposure; and difficult childhood behaviors, such as tantrums, hitting, and separation anxiety.

John Hessen -- Kidspace Co-Founder & Business Manager

John is the co-founder and business manager of Kidspace. After working for many years as a communications consultant and real estate investor, John decided his wife's career was more interesting. Together they created Kidspace in 2005 to support Lani and other pediatric specialists in their vitally important work with kids. John & Lani are the proud and often exhausted parents of two very energetic boys.