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.

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).

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.

Lindy Joffe, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

I moved to the United States from South Africa in 1976 just before my seventh birthday. Due to differences in the organization of the school year in the two countries and my late summer birth, I jumped into second grade with only a couple of months of first grade under my belt. I had a funny accent, and I couldn’t read. Though I caught up quickly with help, the feelings brought up by my placement in a remedial reading group stayed with me for years. I am now stronger for this experience. This early school challenge feeds who I am as a pediatric OT, and is an essential part of how I came to this profession.

I first learned about occupational therapy while working with adults with developmental disabilities as a vocational rehabilitation support person after graduating from UC Berkeley. I was captivated by OT’s range, and returned to school to pursue my master’s degree. After completing my studies at Columbia University in 1999, I returned to the Bay Area to practice full time in pediatric settings.

As a practitioner, I am fascinated by the ways in which 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. I love working with the kids, but I am equally passionate about working with families and teams of professionals that coalesce around each child’s needs. I am also committed to being able to translate complex concepts to people from different professional and layperson backgrounds. As such, I have taught both parenting workshops and continuing education courses locally and nationally. In 2005, I opened the clinic Kidspace in San Francisco with partners. I stepped out of the ownership role 4 years later, and continue to work out of Kidspace as a private practitioner 3 days per week. I also work one day a week out of Full Circle Development Center in Oakland.

My postgraduate occupational therapy education includes the following: Therapeutic Listening/Advanced Therapeutic Listening, varied Masgutova Neuromuscular Reflex Integration (MNRI) Protocols, the Perceptual Enrichment Program, DIR/Floortime, Handwriting without Tears, the Wilbarger Protocol, amongst others. I have studied a range of sensory integrative principles and executive functioning concepts, and have taken additional courses that focus on the integration of regulation with the emotional, attentional, and engagement systems. When I’m not working, I spend time with my partner, two children, friends, and animals. I have many other hobbies that I dream of returning to as time allows!

Megan Payne, OTR/L -- Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Megan holds a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine and a professional license from the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Her previous clinic-based work provided focused experience working with children on the autism spectrum. She also currently works in the school setting where she addresses the needs of children with a range of ages and disabilities. Megan has additional post-graduate training with Handwriting without Tears. In her free time, she likes to ride horses, read, paddle board, and enjoy the ocean water!

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.

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.