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Nathalie Aluisi, M.A., OTR/L, SWC

Owner / Director

Nathalie Aluisi, M.A., OTR/L, SWC is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 18 years of experience. She specializes in the areas of sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, social/emotional regulation, executive functioning, social thinking, developmental delays, premature birth, social skills, fine motor/visual motor difficulties, and feeding/oral motor skills. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration theory and practice, and is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She has completed courses through AOMT and is an orofacial myofunctional therapist. She has her advanced practice certification in Swallowing Assessment and Intervention (SWC). Mrs. Aluisi is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is certified in the Interactive Metronome and is trained in the Therapeutic Listening Program and iLs Integrative Listening System. She completed the U.S. Department of Education traineeship for the USC School-based Occupational Therapy Training Project. She has served on the advisory board for this School-Based Training Grant. Mrs. Aluisi worked in various school settings running sensory-motor groups incorporating yoga, consulted with teachers and parents and provided individualized treatments, while working closely with professionals using Floor Time (DIR Model). She has been in private practice in West LA, providing clinic based intervention, home and school based services, and consultation. She is currently on the advisory board for the development of an Early Childhood Center. She presents at schools and parent groups on topics relating to sensory integration and children’s motor skill development. Nathalie works closely with parents, teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists, physical therapist, and other professionals assisting children. Nathalie received a B.A. in Kinesiology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. She lives in West LA with her husband and three sons.

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Angeline Hernandez, MA, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Angeline graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelors degree (2018), Masters degree (2019), and Clinical Doctorate (2020) in Occupational Therapy, all from the University of Southern California. Angeline has always been drawn to serving children of all ages and abilities, as evident by years as a summer camp teacher, preschool literacy tutor, and aid for children with special needs. She is passionate about the unique lens that occupational therapists use to recognize areas for growth and help children reach their fullest potential through play. She is eager to be immersed in such an idealistic and wonderful setting as Bloom. In her free time, Angeline loves going to Disneyland and exploring all the dog-friendly spots in LA with her dog Chloe!

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Claire Mijares, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Claire graduated from the University of Southern California Occupational Therapy program in 1998 and has since practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist in the Los Angeles area. Working with infants through school-age children in community-based, clinic, and school-based settings has been her passion. Over her years of practice, Claire has honed her skills in working to address the whole child. Through careful assessment of the child’s strengths and needs, and in collaboration with parents, educational teams, and other therapeutic professionals, Claire is able to formulate a plan of action to help the child reach their fullest potential. Claire has extensive experience working with children with fine motor and gross motor delays, visual motor and perceptual difficulties, sensory-based feeding difficulties, sensory processing challenges, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. Claire maintains her knowledge base and skills with continuing education in USC’s Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certification Program, basic Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, and ALERT Program. In her spare time, Claire enjoys spending time with her three children, husband, and extended family. She loves to read, travel, watch movies, and Trojan football.

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Natalie Sardarov

Occupational Therapist Aide / Administrative Assistant

Natalie is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a B. A. in Psychological Sciences and minor in Management. Outside of Bloom, she works as a Behavioral Interventionist where she provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapy services to children with Autism. Throughout her time in her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in Brighton, England where she enjoyed taking courses on child development and the biological basis of mental disorders. She also spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. serving as the assistant to the director of a small nonprofit, focused on fostering mentoring relationships to vulnerable youth populations. Natalie has been volunteering at Bloom for about a year and has aspirations of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. She is incredibly excited to join the team as an Occupational Therapist Aide and Administrative Assistant!

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Maddie Bond, MS, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Maddie came into the field of Occupational Therapy through her time spent as a special needs inclusion counselor at a camp in the Midwest. After obtaining her degree in Child and Adolescent Development from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, she returned to the midwest to pursue her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Maddie is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Los Angeles and serve the children and families in this community. She has a considerable amount of experience working with children through her many summers spent as a camp counselor, time as an au pair, as well as four years of working at a preschool. She is passionate about inclusion and advocates for all children with various abilities. She enjoys being outside, meeting new people, and traveling.

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Eva Josephs, BSN, MS, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Eva began her career as a pediatric registered nurse. After attending Emory University for her undergraduate studies, she gained clinical experience working with those affected by chronic disease at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She then decided to return to her home state and further her professional growth by seeking a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 2016, Eva moved to New York City, where she worked as an Occupational Therapist in early intervention, school-based settings and a pediatric private practice. During that time, she sought additional training in areas such as effective neurological management of autism and sensory processing disorder, using play to benefit self-regulation, and promoting visual-motor skills through movement-based learning. In the summer of 2019, Eva and her husband decided to make the cross-country move to California. In her pursuit of acquiring advanced knowledge in the theory, assessment, and intervention principles of sensory integration, she recently completed continuing education through the USC Chan Sensory Integration Certificate Program. Eva says she is thrilled to be living on the west coast and excited to put down some roots. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving, yoga, and dance classes. She looks forward to exploring the greater Los Angeles area through hiking and will never turn down the opportunity to try a new vegan spot!

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Tracy Wind, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Tracy is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in developmental delay, early intervention, sensory processing disorders, feeding challenges, handwriting difficulties, and other developmental delays associated with various genetic, neurologic, and orthopedic diagnoses. She has received advanced training and certification in Sensory Integration and has extensive experience in feeding challenges. Tracy believes that good nutrition is essential to support children's growth and development and during feeding therapy aims to improve her clients acceptance of food textures, tastes, and a variety of nutritious foods. Tracy received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri - Columbia (2000). She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient pediatric clinics, early intervention home health, and preschools. Tracy believes in working collaboratively with parents to determine how she can best support their child's development. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children and is an active volunteer in her children's school and sporting activities.

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Megan Conner, MA, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Megan has pursued a Bachelor’s (2019) and Master’s Degree (2020) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has always loved working with children and spent many summers as a camp counselor, nanny, and volunteer in preschool classrooms. When in 6th grade, she was exposed to Occupational Therapy as a patient at CHLA, where she remembers being struck by the creative and compassionate approach her OT took each treatment session. From that point on, Megan knew she wanted to pursue occupational therapy in order to offer even a small portion of the care she once received. She is a huge fan of the outdoors and loves spending her free time at the beach, baking a new recipe, or rooting for USC football.

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Abby Leven, MS, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Abby graduated with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from California State Dominguez Hills (2020). She has always loved working with children and has spent many years as a camp counselor, Hebrew School teacher, tutor, and nanny for children of all abilities. Working as a pediatric occupational therapist allows Abby to access her creative and fun side. She finds OT to be a rewarding career as it affords the opportunity to develop long term relationships with her clients and see their progress. In her free time, Abby loves hiking, making pottery on the wheel, and taking her pooch, Otis, to the dog park.

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Bryan Morales

Occupational Therapist Aide / Administrative Assistant

Bryan is currently an undergraduate senior at the University of Southern California, where he is working towards a BA in Health and Human Sciences and a BA in NGOs and Social Change. He is also completing a minor in Occupational Science through USC Chan, with aspirations of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. Outside of Bloom, Bryan commits his time to youth engagement and child development, mentoring students in the South LA Community through USC's oldest philanthropy, Troy Camp, and interning at the social work child abuse prevention nonprofit, Children's Bureau. Within USC, he also serves in the Undergraduate Student Government as the Chair for the Committee on Accessibility, where he advocates for the basic needs of undergraduate students with disabilities on campus. Bryan has been volunteering at Bloom for over two years and is incredibly excited to join the team as an Occupational Therapist Aide and Administrative Assistant!