Michelle Kim, OTD, OTR/L
Founder and President
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Michelle has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for the past 12 years. She received her Master of Science in Child Development/Child Life from the University of LaVerne and her certificate in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University. As she went forward in her career she went back to school for her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in Pediatrics from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her experience with helping children has included working in the hospital, at schools, at home and in the camp setting. All of her experiences in these various areas have led her into this endeavor to ensure that community resources are available for children with special needs and their families.
Treasurer & Co-Founder
Ermes and Audrey have three boys. Their second child was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at 2 years old. He is now 6 years old and their life was changed for the better when they learned how to implement a "sensory diet" into their child's routine. After much needed occupational therapy and speech therapy both Ermes and Audrey had a plan they could use in raising a special needs child.
They are passionate about establishing a sensory gym for kids and parents. They know that a "sensory diet" is not something that only needs to be done once a week or just at occupational therapy appointments. It's a lifestyle that parents, and kids, need to practice and set in motion. Having a place where families can play together without judgment for behavioral issues is a support system they still desire and they hope to provide for others. Their hope is to make special needs kids and their families feel accepted, loved and supported while bonding through sensory-based play. Through "sensory play" they formed an appreciation for their son and learned to see the world through his eyes. Their life has never been the same.
Shalani developed a love for Occupational Therapy through her role as a caretaker for her father, as well as through her own experience of needing therapy after an injury. She is currently returning to school to complete a Master’s Degree in OT, and is a volunteer at Kaiser Permanente’s Outpatient Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy Office. Her experience in fundraising and event coordination includes her role as the Community and Corporate Relations Coordinator for Makar Properties and as a Political Coordinator for Gen-Next. Other accolades include being selected as a Media and Advocacy Intern with the International Crisis Group in Washington, D.C., and being a recipient of numerous awards for her volunteer service and research, including the Albert Schweitzer Scholarship in Service, the Martin Luther King Legacy Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award and Chapman Unviersity’s Outstanding Diversity Leadership Award