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 mission is to empower children and their families through sensory play so that they can thrive through childhood and beyond. Allie is the author of the 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 uses the science of child development and the joy of play to boost childrens’ confidence and enhance development within all areas of their life, from social and emotional to physical and academic. Allie believes that the best way to support children is by arming their parents, from inception, with the knowledge and skills necessary to encourage their child’s development for success through childhood and beyond.

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 and hopes that one day one day quality open ended play will be considered as important as learning the ABC’s. 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.

Katie Walczuk, MA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist & Director of Services

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.

Annie Farley

Head of Community

Annie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology & Marketing 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! Initially pursuing a degree in OT, Annie has worked in many of our regulation groups, classes, and camps. She now finds herself wanting to help P2P grow and currently manages our marketing and operations. You can usually find her working in the office, but outside of work, Annie loves going to the beach, cooking, & traveling!

Bahar Khakshouri, MA, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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)!

Allycyn Boudreau, MA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Allycyn graduated with her bachelors in Sociology and English from Emory University before receiving her master’s in occupational therapy from Georgia State in Atlanta. Allycyn loves teaching Music & Movement class on the weekend and empowering little bodies to become more confident through silly play. In her spare time, Allycyn loves to surf, find a new pilates class, and spend time outside!

Samantha Alexander, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Samantha attended a 5-year bachelor's to master's occupational therapy program at Dominican University of California. Samantha loves to incorporate sensory experiences into play in order to support development for kids of all ages! In her spare time, Samantha loves playing with her dogs, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends!

Julianna Mauriello, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Julianna received her B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College, before completing her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University. Drawing from a background in dance and theatre, Julianna is passionate about using movement and sensory experiences to instill a sense of confidence and independence in her clients as they work to develop new skills! Julianna is a native New Yorker who recently moved to LA, and she is enjoying exploring her new city and being closer to family. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, bouldering, spending time outdoors, and baking.

Bridget Rogers, MA, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Bridget earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California after graduating with a bachelors in Biological Sciences and a minor in dance at Chapman University. She is currently completing her doctorate in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California as well. She is passionate about using sensory experiences incorporated with the power of play to support development for kids of all ages. In her free time, Bridget loves dancing, trying new restaurants, and going to the beach.

Bonita Hom, MA, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Bio coming soon!

Natalie Hovsepian

Community Manager

Natalie earned her B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis while working as an academic peer advisor and leading a multi-disciplinary research team analyzing several decades of the NYT’s reporting and cultural representations. She went on to join the Career Advising team at the UCLA Anderson School of Management before deciding to pursue some of her true passions - helping children grow, and play! After her time at UCLA, she became a Developmental Interventionist providing Floortime Therapy services to kiddos in-home and at school. Through this role she discovered the importance of quality sensory play, and wanted to learn more about Occupational Therapy that supports kiddos’ sensory systems and development through play. So she found Play 2 Progress! You can find Natalie leading camps, classes, and supporting therapy groups, or in the office working on our schedules and programming. In her free time, Natalie loves hiking, camping, and writing!

Vanessa Naranjo

OT Assistant

Vanessa earned her undergraduate degree in Health Science from CSUSB. From a young age, she desired to pursue a career where she could help others and have a positive impact in their lives. After extensive research on Occupational Therapy, her love for the profession grew. Throughout college, she participated in a non-profit organization called Hope Worldwide where she served children in underprivileged communities in Pittsburgh, PA and Novosibirsk, Russia. Her passion to help others led her to work in a hospital as a PBX operator and most recently as a Patient Care Representative at an outpatient clinic. Vanessa enjoys assisting group classes and cheering on the kiddos as they achieve their goals. She is excited to one day become an OT herself! During her free time she enjoys traveling, bike rides along the beach, and spending time with her family.