Cali is a Havanese puppy who joined the Malibu Occupational and Speech Therapy team in December 2017. She has been working hard on her training to become a therapy dog for all of the kids who come to play and work on their skills at mOST! Cali loves playing fetch, enjoys long walks near the beach in Malibu and Pacific Palisades, spending time with pals, and taking naps around the office. Cali looks forward to her future work in speech and occupational therapy sessions and is always happy to meet new people and make new friends. We are so happy that she has joined our amazing team!!
B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Brittany began her position at mOST as office manager in August 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at California State University Northridge with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders and has worked in the clinical administration setting for over 3 years. In addition to being part of the mOST team, Brittany also provides behavioral intervention as an ABA therapist to teens and children in the Ventura County area. With mOST, Brittany enjoys assisting her team and clients by providing information, resources and scheduling appointments daily. Her work behind the scenes ensures that staff and clients alike have the appropriate information and resources needed to continue each child's journey towards progress and development.
M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Speech-Language Pathologist & Behavior Analyst
Ellen is a certified speech-language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst who joined mOST in June, 2017. Ellen received her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders and Science from California State University, Northridge. Ellen has provided speech and behavior services to children and young adults for almost 10 years in multiple settings including schools, client homes, and outpatient therapy clinics. Ellen’s experience includes early intervention, childhood apraxia of speech, stuttering therapy, augmentative and assistive communication, articulation therapy, language therapy, behavior assessment/intervention, and social skills. Additionally, Ellen is PROMPT trained. She is able to provide therapy in English & Russian. In her free time, Ellen enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband enjoy hiking the local trials with their dog, traveling, wine tasting, and trying new foods.
B.A. Sociology Emphasis: Early Childhood Education
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Leslie joined mOST in April, 2017. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the University of California San Diego, and more recently she received an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Stanbridge University in Irvine, California. Leslie’s areas of interest include early intervention, sensory processing, and school-based occupational therapy services. Her passions lie not only in working with children, but in educating parents and caretakers as they navigate the challenges of developmental and learning challenges. She encourages creativity and playfulness while engaging children in everyday activities. She looks forward to supporting the families of Malibu and its surrounding communities at mOST!
Owner & Occupational Therapist
Jennifer is a pediatric occupational therapist with a decade of experience practicing occupational therapy, and many more years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. Jennifer completed her M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, where she received a federally funded grant enabling her to train specifically in School Based Occupational Therapy. Upon graduating from USC, Jennifer worked in early intervention, then went on to work for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District as the occupational therapist overseeing all Malibu public schools including the preschool, Point Dume Marine Science School, Webster Elementary, Juan Cabrillo, Malibu Middle School and Malibu High School. While working in the Malibu schools, she realized there was a strong need for private therapeutic services in Malibu. With the support of local parents, educators, practitioners, and colleagues, Jennifer opened Malibu Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST) in August of 2013. Since then, her practice has continued to grow, and she has been able to help dozens of local children and families in Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Calabasas, and surrounding communities of West Los Angeles.
In the Fall of 2014, Jennifer created the new Occupational Therapy program at Park Century School, an innovative institution that specializes in preparing students with learning differences for high school and beyond. She is thrilled to have her services with mOST become a part of Park Century School's academic and enrichment program, and she has enjoyed watching the OT program at Park Century School become an even more comprehensive curriculum for its students.
Jennifer's specialized training includes Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, Reflex Integration, Sensory Processing Integration, ALERT Program, and more. Parents, teachers, professionals, and especially the children she works with, enjoy having Jennifer as their OT; they appreciate her expertise, and her efficient and direct approach to helping them grow to their fullest potential. Jennifer's practice allows her the freedom to work on a wide range of skills with clients, and she tailors a therapeutic program for each child. Jennifer is passionate about her work, and this is reflected in everything she does at mOST.
Speech & Language Pathologist
Missy is a certified speech-language pathologist who joined mOST in September, 2016, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience helping children reach their fullest communication potential. Although she has worked with kids of all ages, her focus has been primarily with children aged 0-6. Missy has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, home health, PPEC's (physician prescribed extended care) and outpatient therapy clinics, where she has collaborated with families, physicians and occupational, physical and behavioral therapists. Missy has been married to her husband Steve for 14 years and has 3 kids: Olivia (12), Gable (11) and Tessa (5).