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.

Morgan Lennon

Director of Operations

Bio & picture coming soon!

Bahar Khakshouri, MA, OTD, OTR/L

    Intake Specialist 

Bahar graduated with her bachelors in Philosophy and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara before going on to pursue her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. She is passionate about empowering children using a holistic approach, sensory integration strategies, and, most importantly, play. After becoming a parent, Bahar transitioned into the role of Intake Specialist to work with families who are ready to explore all that Play 2 Progress has to offer. In her time off work, Bahar enjoys spending time outside in nature and soaking in other parts of the world!  

Katie Walczuk, MA, OTR/L

Lead Occupational Therapist 

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.

Allycyn Boudreau, MA, OTR/L

Lead 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!

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, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Bonita graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with her bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Education. She volunteered in special education classrooms and inclusive preschools and worked as an ABA therapist prior to completing her masters in Occupational Therapy at USC. Combining these experiences with a love for art, she has developed a passion for learning through play and utilizing sensory experiences to support development, exploration, and self-expression. She is currently completing her doctorate at USC and is excited to continue learning about the sensory system and how to support kids of all ages and their families! In her free time, you can find Bonita drawing/painting, taking long walks, tossing a frisbee, or browsing Trader Joe's for new snacks to try!

Jacqui Marquez MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Jacqui received her bachelors of science degree in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton and received her master's degree in Occupational Therapy at West Coast University. Jacqui has prior experience working with kiddos as she spent several summers working at kids camps and volunteering in the community. Jacqui loves being creative while using play based strategies and looks forward to becoming sensory certified in the very near future! Jacqui is originally from Northern California and in her free time, she loves baking, doing pilates, going on walks, and connecting with loved ones. 

Kaitlyn McDonnell 

Class Instructor & Social Media Coordinator

Kaitlyn received her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology at UCLA, and plans to pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy in the near future. She has worked in multiple OT settings, but discovered a passion for helping kids grow into their best selves here at Play 2 Progress!

She worked as a gymnastics coach before moving away to college, and spent her time there volunteering at the Santa Monica Boys and Girls club and was part of a non-profit on campus to help rescue and foster animals in the Los Angeles area. You can always find Kaitlyn leading classes and camps, supporting therapy groups, making social media content, and working on scheduling (you've probably talked to her through email correspondence!) Outside of school and work, Kaitlyn enjoys cooking, crocheting, painting, and being outside in her free time.

Hope BelloLaRoux

Office Assistant

Hope received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy at sister campuses’ in New York and Los Angeles. Although no longer pursuing a career in the arts at this time, she remains an artist at heart with a passion for people and business. 

Hope loves camping, reading and hiking. She strongly believes and encourages everyone to live in the present; to experience the best of life.

Heather Ryan

Pre-preschool & Class Instructor

Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University and had the opportunity to study abroad in London. While living in Boston, she gained valuable experience as a preschool teacher and summer camp counselor. After completing her degree, Heather relocated to sunny Los Angeles, where she continued her passion for working with children by becoming a nanny. She is thrilled to have found her place at Play 2 Progress, where she leads pre-preschool and other classes.

In addition to her dedication to children's development, Heather is deeply passionate about animal welfare, nature, alternative music, and cooking. During her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, attending concerts, and hosting dinner parties for her friends and family.

Mondonna Niknam

Pre-preschool & Class Instructor

Mondonna earned her bachelor's degree in child development at CSUN where she later earned her masters in early childhood education. She has more than 5 years of experience working with children from camp counseling in her teens to lead teacher in both pre-k and toddler classrooms at a local preschool in Venice. Mondonna is passionate in fostering independence, resilience, and compassion in all children. She loves creating fun, sensory, and messy activities for children to explore the world around them. 

In her free time Mondonna enjoys staying active by running, going to the gym, and doing just about anything outdoors. Being born and raised in LA she loves experiencing all California has to offer from swimming in the warm sandy beaches in the Summer to skiing in the crisp snowy mountains in the Winter.

Yesenia Marin

 Group Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Antonia Gomez

Class Instructor

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Lindsey Camel

Class Instructor & Group Assistant

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Tnsae Mulu

Class Instructor & Group Assistant

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Carlin Bruce

Class Instructor & Group Assistant

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