Our team of diversely skilled professionals continually push themselves to learn and evolve so that we may help you conquer each new challenge on the road to success. Every person on our staff is committed to providing you with the best possible service. Learn more about our team below.
Read more about Yuan Tao
Yuan received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California, where she received a scholarship as a research assistant in pediatric occupational therapy. She received Bachelors degrees in both Psychology and English Literature at University of Southern California, and received the USC Presidential Scholarship. Yuan has experience in working with children with ASD, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, and other developmental delays from 2-16 years of age. She also has experience working with adults in hospital and other medical settings with neuromuscular, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as a travel occupational therapist.
Outside of work Yuan enjoys hiking, painting and spending time with family and friends. Yuan grew up in Palo Alto, California, in additional to spending a few years in China and Japan.
Languages: English, Mandarin, some Japanese, some Spanish
Read more about Karen Jenks
Karen received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University, after earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in both humanities and psychology. She has extensive treatment experience with both adults and children. For the last 20 years she has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in hospital, clinic, and home settings with the 0 to 21-year-old populations treating children with developmental disabilities, neurological issues such as cerebral palsy and TBI, spinal cord injuries, autism, and sensory processing disorders.
Karen has specialized training in feeding and swallowing diagnoses including working with children with vents and tracheotomies, transitioning children from G-tube to oral eating, children with abnormal facial and tongue muscle tone, and children with sensory processing feeding issues. She has her Advanced Swallowing Certification (SWC) through the state OT licensing board.
Further specialized training includes:
- NDT Certification
- Wheelchair positioning and custom seating systems with manual and power chairs.
- Neurological and Behavioral Distinctions between Autism and Sensory Processing
- Optimizing Pediatric Outcomes by Combining SI with other Approaches
- Pediatric Kinesio Taping
- Handwriting Without Tears
Karen has always had a passion for working with children. She believes that every child deserves the opportunity to participate in his or her environment, learn skills, and have functional success in as many areas as possible. To accomplish this, it is important to develop a working relationship with the child and their family. In the treatment environment the child needs to know that he or she is cared for, accepted for who he or she is, and that the therapist believes in the child.
Read more about Michael Underwood
Michael Underwood is a bay area native, born and raised in Palo Alto California. He received his Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in 2018. His interests in therapy include family centered care, intellectual disabilities, sensory integration, gross and fine motor development and connecting families with community resources. He has completed the level 1 intensive mentorship program in sensory integration through the star institute.
Michael became interested in occupational therapy through the experiences he had with his older brother Kevin who has intellectual and physical disabilities. Michael was able to see the changes that occupational therapy made in the life of his family and wanted to make that kind of impact with other families.
When he isn’t in clinic Michael is typically out running, cycling, hiking, or eating with friends and family. In the rest of his free time Michael enjoys photography and attempting to garden.
Read more about Andrea Weller
Andrea earned her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. Andrea has experience working in the clinic, home, and school setting treating children with ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and other developmental delays from 1 month to 16 years of age.
Andrea became a pediatric occupational therapist because of her belief that the power of play can help build countless skills and abilities in every child. She finds it extremely fulfilling to work together with families to create solutions that help their child gain confidence and independence in their day to day lives.
When Andrea is not at work, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, sipping on cappuccinos, and chowing down at various restaurants.
Read more about Priscilla Julian
Priscilla earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada and is also a graduate of the SJSU Pre-OT major. She has been working for 2 years and has experience working with the adult and pediatric populations. She is a dedicated, creative, and motivated OT with a passion for helping clients and their families. Priscilla is an enthusiastic team player with effective interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. She is client centered and occupation based to provide the highest level of care and skilled interventions to achieve her client's goals.
Priscilla has a passion for feeding therapy and has received training in Talk Tools courses focusing on oral motor skills and the sensory motor approach to feeding. She has also taken other continuing education courses focusing on the neurobiology of dysphagia and swallowing. Priscilla is working towards an advanced swallowing certification (SWC) to support clients and families with their feeding goals.
In her spare time, Priscilla enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, eating delicious food, exploring new dessert and boba shops, playing with her dogs, attending craft fairs, and traveling.
Occupational Therapist Intern
Read more about Ann Nguyen
Ann is an occupational therapy intern in her Masters Degree program for Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. She received her Bachelors Degree in Recreation Therapy at San Jose State University and has been working at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System for the past 5 years. Ann has experience working with children with ASD, ADHD, and other developmental delays at a nonpublic school during level 1 fieldwork while in the occupational therapy program. She also has experience running therapeutic recreation programs for children with varying developmental delays as a recreation leader for the City of San Jose and the City of Santa Clara.
Ann is enthusiastic about working with children and loves to be active. She is a native San Jose. On her free time, she enjoys hiking or spending time with her family.
Languages: English and Vietnamese
Occupational Therapist Intern
Read more about Mary Eckert
Mary is completing her second fieldwork rotation which is the last step before obtaining her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from SJSU. Originally from Colorado, Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University in 2010. Several years later, Mary moved to San Diego where she discovered and began her journey towards becoming an occupational therapist. Mary has worked with people of all ages but is especially excited to be working with children again. Mary gained clinical experience working in the SJSU pediatrics clinic and found that play and child-led therapy leads to powerful and impactful sessions that are both therapeutic and fun. When she's not at the clinic, you can catch Mary leading classes as a fitness coach and instructor at OrangeTheory Fitness and Trufusion. Mary believes in the power of movement and enjoys living an active lifestyle. Mary's other loves include family, dogs, coffee, and the beach.
Read more about Sharon Hsu
Sharon Hsu received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay. She treats children with a variety of speech-language disorders that include pragmatic language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), articulation disorder, phonological disorder, fluency disorder, neurogenic disorders, attention deficit disorder, auditory processing disorder, and apraxia.
She has experience in a variety of settings including private practice, schools, and hospitals. She has treated children with mild to severe ASD in the public/private school setting as well as in the clinical setting. She has also worked with articulation disorder, phonological disorder, voice disorder, TBI, attention deficit disorder, auditory processing disorder, apraxia, and medically fragile children (e.g., Cerebral Palsy) in the clinical setting. Aside from working with children, Sharon has enjoyed working with adults at the VA Hospital.
On her free time Sharon enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves practicing yoga as well as being outdoors hiking, biking, and exploring. Sharon is an avid traveler and some of her favorite places that she’s been to are Tibet, India, China, and Greece.
Languages: English, Mandarin (Intermediate)
Speech Language Pathologist
Read more about Shivani Bhakta
Shivani is a dedicated and enthusiastic speech-language pathologist who received
her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of
the Pacific in 2015 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Psychology
with a minor in Disability Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in
2013. Shivani has experience working at a research language lab, an early
intervention program for children with autism, an elementary school, a hospital,
university clinics, a private practice, and two nonprofit clinics. During her program
and time at a pediatric private practice, elementary school, and nonprofit clinics,
Shivani has gained experience serving children and adults with a variety of
communication disorders and diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder,
Down Syndrome, fluency disorders, hearing impairments, expressive and receptive
language deficits, articulation and phonology disorders, aphasia, dysarthria, and
apraxia. She has also gained experience with working with clients who use
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Her experiences have taught
her how to be flexible and the importance of building a foundation with her clients
and their families. Shivani is dedicated to providing quality service to her clients
and families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family,
watching sports, playing board games, and enjoying the outdoors.
Certifications: Introduction to PROMPT
Speech Language Pathologist
Read more about Karen Vang
Karen earned her BA and MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Chico. She is bilingual and speaks both Hmong and English. While living in Ghana, she was able to educate and provide services in speech and language to a local special education school. This experience solidified her passion and commitment to speech therapy. As such, she has worked in early intervention and with the school age population in the home setting for the past 2 years. She enjoys parent coaching, teaching the PECS method to clients and families, implementing Social Thinking curriculum with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and providing voice therapy to adults with Parkinson’s Disease with the SPEAKOUT! program. She has a healthy addiction to traveling and has gone to over 16 countries (and counting).
Read more about Shreya Krishnan
Shreya received her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2016. She has extensive experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in clinical and research settings. She has worked in a research lab focusing on the development of social communication in children with ASD. In addition, she has served children with several diagnoses such as: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Expressive and Receptive language deficits, articulation disorders, phonological disorders and other medically fragile populations (extreme prematurity, tube/vent dependent children, failure to thrive etc.) Shreya also has a keen interest in feeding disorders and continues to develop her clinical skills to serve that population. She has worked in multiple settings such as early intervention, schools, home health and a pediatric hospital.
Shreya is a firm believer in individualized treatment and strives to provide therapy, specific to each child’s developmental needs. She enjoys collaborating with families to enhance their child’s potential.
Outside of work, Shreya enjoys reading, attending music and dance performances, and spending time with friends and family. Originally from Mumbai, India, Shreya loves traveling and exploring new cultures.
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil
Read more about Tyler Davis
Tyler Davis has a background in Business Management with an emphasis in small business entrepreneurship and recently graduated from San Jose State University. Tyler is looking to explore creative ways to provide occupational therapy practices to a varying degree of children. While providing an organic decentralized work environment where therapist have the creative freedom to explore new treatments while building on the Fundamentals of therapy.
In addition to daily operations Tyler is an American Heart Instructor. He has been providing CPR and First Aid education for parents for the last 2 years. On his free time, Tyler enjoys gardening and playing disc golf with his son Oliver. He also likes taking care of his chickens and brewing beer.
Read more about Jenni Miller
B.S. in Biological Science
Jenni is a Bay Area native, born and raised right here in San Jose. Because of that, she loves to travel the surrounding areas outside of work. She loves exploring new areas by going to the mountains, the beach, and the city. She enjoys staying active by hiking, exercising, and playing field hockey with friends and family. Jenni’s career goal is go into genetic counseling, and working at JLD is helping her learn the ropes of business healthcare.
Read more about Andrea Aleman
As part of our Administrative team, Andrea is dedicated to serving our families here at JLD. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development, once she reaches that goal, Andrea hopes to pursue her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Working at JLD has been great motivation for Andrea as an aspiring Occupational Therapist. She has been trained and currently leads our team in the Handwriting Without Tears Program, which gives her the opportunity to work with our families in a more hands on basis and provides her with the experience needed to continue pursuing her ultimate career goals.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her friends and family.
Read more about Janvi Dudhatra
Janvi Dudhatra received her Bachelors of Occupational Therapy degree from Gujarat University in Gujarat, India in 2015. She is a registered member of All India Occupational Therapy Association (AIOTA).
As part of her studies, she worked in different clinical facilities and hospitals. These settings have helped her gain experience across different disciplines such as pediatrics, spine hospital, pain clinic, and mental health. In addition, she completed her occupational therapy internship in Asia’s top hospital, Civil Hospital Ahmedabad. After graduation, she started working with a Neuro-physician / Neuro-developmental pediatrician in Rajkot, Gujarat, India.
Janvi’s love for kids drew her towards a decision to work in pediatrics. During the course of her work, she has treated children and adults with a variety of orthopedic conditions, spinal injuries, pain management, and neuro-developmental disorders. Along with experience working with patients with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and learning disabilities.
After moving to the United States, Janvi is working to continue to further her studies in Occupational Therapy and become a licensed Occupational Therapist here in the United States.
Janvi has attended various workshops and conferences as part of her interest in this field, including:
- “The Verbal Behavior Approach: Teaching Children with Autism” (2016) By Kinnari Bhatt (BCBA)
- “Handling Problem Behaviors” (2016) By Kinnari Bhatt-BCBA
- “Managing Autistic Behavior-MAND Training” (2016) By Kinnari Bhatt
- “Basic Principle of NDT and its application on Cerebral Palsy and other Development disorder in children” (2015) By Dr. Savji Nakum
- “Handwriting Without Tears” (2019) By Learning Without Tears
- 8th annual conference of Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy (IACPCON) (2013),
- 9,50 & 51st annual conference of AIOTA.
While working in India, Janvi provided in-home therapy sessions for children on the autism spectrum and helped prepare their homes to best fit their needs. Her experiences have taught her how important flexibility and patience are for this field. She believes that quality outweighs quantity for her patients. Therefore, she dedicates her quality time to pediatric clients and her family.
In her free time, Janvi enjoys watching movies, is an active social media participant, loves to explore new places, and spending quality time with her family.
Occupational Therapist Aide
Read more about Hiral Khatri
Dedicated Occupational Therapist Aide with Doctorate of Occupational therapy degree from the University of St Augustine. Hiral has extravagant abilities to plan, organize, and conduct OT programs in hospital and community settings to help people because of accidental fractures and sudden neurological problems like stroke, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, Mental Health related disorders, and needs related to early intervention.
Passionate Pediatric person with specialized skills on handwriting, neurology and child psychology. Able to give presentations about various neurological treatment plans to junior and fellow therapists. Sound ability to effectively communicate diagnostic test results, diagnose and propose a treatment plan in a manner easily understood by patients. Solid knowledge of latest technological gadgets and smart applications to apply for patient’s recovery and rehabilitate them be independent for routine tasks.
Positive personality with excellent written and oral communication skills enhanced by advanced course in professional communication for health professionals. Apart from clinical skills Hiral is very much active with her leadership roles in professional organizations: Social Media Coordinator at Occupational Therapy Assn of CA (OTAC), Chair-Membership Committee at the Asian Pacific Heritage Occupational Therapy Association (APHOTA) and active volunteer leader in different professional growth committees in these organizations.
Flexible and creative therapist to put new ideas in designing interesting activities for treatment purpose for any age of patient. Pursuing Occupational therapy registration license in the near future to continue the path she has chosen to provide skilled services to the pediatric community. Outside of work Hiral enjoys reading, traveling, playing with her puppy and daughter, visit friends and spending time with her family.
Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati