Meet Team P2P
Our team of child development experts helps kids build key developmental skills through play, and we educate, empower, and guide families on the journey through childhood
Allie Ticktin, MA, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist & Founder
Allie’s life work is to empower children and families through play, and she believes that sensory play is a powerful tool that can help all children thrive. Allie is the author of the upcoming book, Play to Progress, where she provides parents with an overview of all 8 (yes, 8) senses and gives parents ways to enhance those senses at home. Allie believes in applying the science of child development through play to enable children to gain confidence and build the core developmental skills they need to succeed in school, friendships, and life. Allie knows that parents are the most important part of a child’s support network, and believes that the best way to support children is by empowering parents to understand and support their child’s development — from the moment they find out they are expecting.
Allie began her work in pediatric development at the University of Michigan, where she earned her B.S. in Movement Science, and continued her studies at USC, where she received her M.A. and Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Allie is certified in Sensory Integration (SIPT & STAR Institute) and has received advanced continuing education in Neuronet Learning, Neuro-developmental treatment, DIR Floortime and Beckman Oral Motor.
When not at work, you can find Allie at the beach engaging her own sensory system, outside enjoying nature or on her spin bike. Allie also loves to bake vegan treats, read and color in mindfulness coloring books, which are her own regulation tools.
Allison is passionate about solving big problems and empowering kids and families in ways big and small. As President of Play 2 Progress, she leads the company as it builds a platform that empowers parents and families through learning centers, the P2P online studio, a developmental toy line, and the P2P blog.
Allison's leadership experience includes growing consumer technology and tech media companies. She previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Techweek, Director of Operations of Wise Apple, and as an Associate at Guild Capital. Prior to that, she worked at McKinsey & Company, where she served strategy and operations clients in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She also worked for Community Enterprise Solutions, an organization that trains and supports first-time entrepreneurs in rural Ecuador and Guatemala. Allison graduated from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Go blue!
Allison is an avid yogi, an amateur surfer, and loves cooking, gardening, and hiking. A few years ago, she took a year-long sabbatical in India to study yoga and meditation; you can find her leading our Yoga for Parents class every week!
Nora Hedgecock, MA, OTR/L
After studying developmental psychology at the University of San Diego, Nora went on to pursue her master's in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. Nora loves leading Parent & Me Classes and is passionate about the power of play to support development for kids of all ages. Outside of work, you might find her in the ceramics studio or cooking!
Kimberly Lindgren, MA, OTR/L
Kimberly earned both her master's in occupational therapy and bachelor of science at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was born and raised. Once she moved to LA, she expanded her knowledge in Sensory Processing and child development through leading research programs, such as the STAR institute. Her favorite class to lead is Little Ninjas and she loves to incorporate sensory experiences in order to foster a child's confidence, independence, and overall well being. When not in the gym, Kimberly loves spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Katie Walczuk, MA, OTR/L
Katie graduated with her bachelors in psychology at Sonoma State University before studying occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. Katie loves getting creative and silly with kids to teach them ways to manage their wiggly bodies and cope with big feelings. She's passionate about helping little picky eaters learn to embrace new foods. In her free time, Katie loves to box, spend time outside, and practice calligraphy.
Bahar Youdai, MA, OTD, OTR/L
Bahar got her B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology at UC Santa Barbara and spent a few years working at a PR firm. She soon realized her true passion is empowering children and families and went on to pursue her masters and doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy at USC. Bahar loves working with clients through picky eating and potty training journeys using sensory integration strategies and, of course, play. You can also find her having a blast leading our Music & Movement class! In her time off work, Bahar enjoys soaking in other parts of the world and has checked 29 countries off her list (so far)!
Annie received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University New Orleans in 2017 and has worked in senior care and through LAUSD as a one-on-one interventionist. In each place, Annie worked with OTs and grew very passionate about the practice, which eventually led her to us! She hopes to one day become an OT herself. You can usually find her working in the office or helping out with our regulation and coordination groups and camps, but outside of work, Annie loves to cook, travel, and is always listening to music!
We value kindness, empathy, connection, and fun. We're driven by the small, extraordinary moments - when a toddler makes their first friend, a parent realizes the power of their own intuition, a preschooler feels proud of themselves for learning something new.
Think you'd be a good fit for our team? We're always looking for more brilliant, kind (and fun!) people to join our team.Say hello!