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Meet Dr. Lori Baudino of Dr. Lori Baudino, PsyD., BC-DMT in West Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Lori Baudino.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Born and raised outside of Washington DC. Youngest of 3. Grew up learning through movement – tap dancing my book reports, playing basketball to learn math, dancing every day and playing sports. We had lots of time for playing outside in nature and being creative! Education was important to my family and I had inspiring teachers, sports coaches, and lifelong friends.

I went to NYC for a course called Dance For the Special Needs Child – I fell in love with the idea of using movement to help others- the importance of the mind/body connection in therapeutic practice. I went to college in California with a double major in psychology and dance I lived and traveled abroad to Australia where I lived and continued my master’s practicum work at a children’s early intervention center and a pain management hospital. I received my masters from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NYC – Creative arts therapy – dance/movement therapy.

I continued to travel the globe working and exploring how to help children with therapeutic interventions that looked at the whole child – mind/body and spirit. I then returned to california where I recieved my doctorate and became a licensed clinical psychologist, a wife, and a mother of two. I got to where I am today because I believed in myself as a learner and a person that could offer a unique way to support others. I was creative, and accepting of others differences and I always have had a passion for what I do!

Has it been a smooth road?
Growing up in a culture of doers can be challenging because I didn’t always learn the way everyone else did. My parents helped provide me with supportive environments and teachers that allowed my creativity and individual differences to be celebrated.

Choosing a field of psychology and moreso that of Dance/Movement therapy lends itself to challenges in peoples misunderstandings and perceptions of what I do. I have constantly had to explain my process, what I do and how it works. Not having a mainstream career can be isolating at times and I have had to be my own advocate and pioneer.

I constantly open myself up to learn more, collaborate with others and offer support to students learning their own path (something I wish had been offered more to me). I have continued to learn how to use my voice and get my ideas heard, to set limits on receiving what I want vs. what I should or could do. I’ve met competition, jealousy, and ignorance along the way – and I have continued to redefine my understanding, my practices, and how to help others.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dr Lori Baudino, PsyD., BC-DMT – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified dance movement therapist. I work in private practice specializing with children 0-18 and their families. I specialize in (not limited to) children with sensory processing differences/neurodifferences/autism spectrum disorder, behavioral/emotional challenges; learning differences, ADD/ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, trauma, depressions; parenting challenges; daily living skills; socialization; academic challenges; and the developing child.

I am the national clinical spokesperson for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation – sole funding of pediatric hospital programs where I provide bedside therapy to children with cancer and special needs; including medically fragile children (pain disorders, blood disease, etc). I specialize in providing individualized plans and support for each family. I look at the whole child (body -perceptions, sensory, diet, daily living skills, eyes/medical; to mind/stress/brain development and relationship -early life trauma and history). I see children in my private practice (an office detached from a home which allows for comfort, nature, and support).

Additionally, I work in the homes and school environment to turn words into actions and support challenges in the moment. My creative and body-based approaches allow for integration of emotional regulation, meaningful learning and connection. I value my understanding of the whole child, my ability to use strategies that apply to the individual needs and requests of the family and my openness to collaborate with other experts and support the child throughout all developmental stages. My practices are playful fun and meaningful – children express their joy in receiving support and therapeutic services are not taboo but necessary and helpful.

I have published my first book: Super Flyers: a parent guidebook for airplane travel with children. Taking parenting to new heights and providing a mindset for parenting on the ground and in the air. These two favorite topics- parenting and traveling; now can be celebrated and children get the gift of connecting to their parents while experiencing a journey to learn of cultures, diversity, experiences and so much more.

I am honored to communicate to parenting groups and media outlets to support more children and families across the globe. Using a mind-body approach to understanding psychological needs and wellness allows for strategies that benefit any individual, language, culture, and ethnicity. Movement is our innate way of communicating and since life experiences, challenges, illness and disease happen within and through out our bodies – movement and the body are a beneficial way to connect and learn.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that LA provides for a work-life balance – because of the beautiful weather – we get to enjoy beaches to skiing. I love the community I have formed of friends, families and colleagues. Where I live we, as a family, say yes to exploring nature, cultural activities such as plays and museums. We attend sports events and we get to play ourselves. Our neighborhood is filled with children and everyone looks out for one another.

I also love my access to such a diverse group of people, foods and lifestyles.

While I am someone that is fine driving everywhere – and I do! I still realize that I could get way more done without the traffic. I am often in my car for hours traveling to and from homes and hospitals to support children. I have found ways to listen to podcasts, and most often talk to my best friends on the phone.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.drloribaudino.com
  • Email: therapy@drloribaudino.com
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  • Yelp: dr lori baudino


Image Credit:
Catherine Lacey Photography

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