Meet our team
Therapy South is proud to maintain a vibrant, energetic and compassionate staff.
We are comprised of talented and dynamic professionals, who genuinely want to make a difference in your child's life. As a group, we emphasize celebration: in each other, in our patients and in the amazing parents we work with daily. As a team, we promote service and hold space for the many different ways that service can show up in our day to day lives.
We celebrate you and we are honored to serve you.
Ring Leader Since October 2016
Occupational Therapist and Founder
While originally from the east coast, Theresa has made San Diego her home away from home. As a graduate of James Madison University, Theresa received her Masters in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Special Education. She has a genuine passion for little ones and the family model. With advanced training in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Protocol, Theresa has a wide variety of experience within the pediatric population. As a bilingual therapist, Theresa has made a commitment to reaching members of the Chula Vista community and their families in a unique and personal way.
Team Member Since October 2020
Dana graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Her passion for working with children developed quickly at a young age and was affirmed by experiences throughout her undergraduate career in which she connected with children of all ages and abilities as a mentor, swimming instructor, youth leader, and synchronized swimming coach. While this led to her interest in Therapy and Rehabilitation, her academic experience also led to the development of interests in Public Health. More specifically, she is driven to work towards addressing health disparities in her community and to create more equitable access to vital health care services. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, watching her favorite Los Angeles sports teams, and staying active by swimming, biking, and running.
Team member since September 2021
Originally from the Midwest, Erika received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in Health and Human Sciences. She earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. While gaining knowledge and experience across the lifespan, a passion for pediatrics emerged. Her goal is to assist in the development of skills needed for greater independence and participation in the vibrant and exciting world we live in. Erika places focus not only on working with children directly, but the education and assistance of families to meet their dynamic needs. Outside of work she is a huge sports fan and enjoys being on the beach, especially dog beach!
Alyssa Martinez, OTR/L
Team Member Since March 2022
Alyssa received her undergraduate degree in Human Development from CSU San Marcos and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. As the oldest of five siblings, she became passionate about working with kids at a young age. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Alyssa worked as an ABA therapist where she gained further passion for working with children with special needs. These experiences fueled her desire to become an OT so she could help children and families build skills that enable them to participate in their meaningful occupations. In her free time, she enjoys exploring San Diego to find the best food spots, watching a good movie, and spending time with friends and family!
Team Member Since June 2019
Lead Speech Language Pathologist
Sarah is a licensed speech-language pathologist who is passionate about helping children find their voice. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Early Childhood Studies from CBU in Riverside, CA and a master’s degree from ACU in Abilene, TX. She has experience treating disorders in receptive and expressive language, articulation, voice, cognition, and feeding. With over 15 years of experience working and volunteering with the early intervention population, her passion is to use the parent-coaching model in supporting the family in promoting communication with their toddler. Sarah has advanced training in More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties. Being a native to San Diego, in her free time she enjoys the beach, Padres games, and quality time with her husband, friends, and four sisters.
Team member since March 2021
Speech Language Pathologist
Eryn grew up in central New Jersey but traveled to North Carolina to complete her undergraduate degree at East Carolina University. After undergrad, Eryn relocated to Maryland to attend graduate school at Towson University. After finishing school, she worked in Maryland providing in-home and school based Early Intervention services to children birth-5 years of age. Eryn relocated to San Diego about 2 years ago where she became the lead SLP at a local private practice working with kiddos ages 1-25 years of age. Eryn's inspiration for becoming a speech therapist was originally her love of working with children and their families. She found great joy in providing services to help children and families meet their goals and improve their overall quality of life! Outside of being a speech language pathologist, Eryn enjoys hiking, trips to the beach and spending time with her dog, Bentley.
Team Member Since March 2018
Associate Occupational Therapist
Leah received her Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Public Health from San Diego State University, and received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from West Coast University. Her experience working with children began as an After-School Youth Leader for the South Bay YMCA. Her passion for working with the pediatric population stems from the importance of therapeutic, family-centered care through collaboration. Outside of work, Leah enjoys baking, attending group fitness classes, and watching Harry Potter!