Meet the Team

Susan Walker, OT, Director

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Tristen Taylan, OTD

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Megan Reeves, COTA

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Maya Cabiness,COTA

My goal for you >

Andrew Gulbransen, Office

Office Assistant 

About Susan

Since 1996, I have been providing Occupational Therapy to clients of various ages. In the past 20 years, I have worked directly with children and their families in the school setting, private setting and clinic setting. I have extensive experience in Sensory Integrative disorders. I am SIPT certified and experienced in creating sensory lifestyles to address individualized needs.

I have provided quality services to clients by providing them with the professional care they deserve.

I am also a mother to 5 children and have personal as well as professional experience with children with special needs. I am married to an amazing and supportive high school teacher, and together we are raising 8 children. As a blended family, I have a unique perspective on family life and helping each member to feel loved, accepted and to succeed. 

About Megan

Megan Reeves is a certified occupational therapy assistant who graduated from Florida State University in 2014. She then went on to coach the Florida State University Ladies’ Ultimate Team for the 2014-2015 season. Seeking a new sense of purpose, she moved to Ft. Lauderdale. She embraced her first employment opportunity with Head to Toe Kids Therapy working in the clinic, private school, and home health settings. She then switched to working with families predominantly in the home setting while working for AMP Pediatric Therapy. She fell in love with home health care because of the specialization of intervention and comfort than one can provide in the home. She enjoys creating strategies to meet needs of the child and family that can be utilized so that the child can flourish in all aspects of his or her life. 

“As a child, I faced struggles with ADHD. Throughout grade school, I could see my peers excelling around me as I slowly fell behind. Fortunately, my parents noticed and placed me in karate classes in order to further meet my attention and sensory needs.I did not realize this at the time, but that is really where my occupational therapy journey began as I taught valuable skills such as communication, body awareness, proprioception, and sensory regulation to those who needed it most.”

 

“As a clinician I value collaborative efforts between the therapy team and the families to identify the strategies that will work best for each family. I utilize a solution-focused approach to help enhance the abilities that each child possesses. I approach each child with empathy in order to help develop the skills he or she needs to succeed. I am detail-oriented and adaptive, and I look forward to working with your family to help you achieve your goals.”

About Tristen

Tristen Taylan is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who graduated from the Doctorate program at West Coast University in 2020. In 2014, she graduated from California State University, Northridge with her bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Tristen has over 10 years of personal experience working with children and adolescents and as a paraprofessional in the school setting. She loves working with kids of all ages and looks forward to beginning her career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist!

In her spare time, you can find Tristen working out, dancing, going on hikes with friends, or volunteering with Cheer Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for those with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Tristen has also been a cheerleading coach since 2012 and currently coaches a local High School team. Her personal philosophy emphasizes the importance of having a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle for yourself to ensure the wellness of others.

Being one of six kids in her family, Tristen understands and values the unique needs of each individual, while also working together to function as a whole family. She enjoys collaborating with families to meet their specific needs. In all aspects of her life, Tristen strives to help others reach their highest potential possible through her dedication and enthusiastic outlook on life.

About Maya

Maya attended San Francisco State University where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise and movement sciences. After graduating Maya explored her options within the healthcare field which led her to occupational therapy! After years of working in rehabilitation Maya decided to returned to attend St. Catherine’s University and receive an AAS in Occupational Therapy.

As an intern, Maya explored several settings including pediatric outpatient clinics, schools, and home health. During her internships Maya focused on sensory integration, neurodevelopmental training, oral motor and handwriting skills. Maya learned much about how difficulties can arise from the way sensory information is received and processed.

 

To help improve your child’s occupational performance I use tools and interventions involving movement opportunities, music, adaptions and environmental modifications as well as other supportive sensory strategies."

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Susan M. Walker

Occupational Therapist

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