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Meet Kimberly Koretoff of OT For Kids & The Therapeutic Learning Center in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Koretoff.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After finishing grad school for occupational therapy, I decided to move out to Santa Monica to pursue a job with Los Angeles Unified School District. From my studies, I had realized my passion for working with children, and hoped to get as much experience as possible as a new graduate and professional. Given that the school-based jobs often have summer vacations, I applied to a position in a clinic to gain further experience with the pediatric population in a different setting.

However, the clinic job ended up turning into a full-time opportunity and I knew I had to pursue it! Clinic based positions are extremely difficult for new graduates to receive as these particular positions often require more experienced clinicians. Throughout my initial training, I continuously sought out educational experiences and began to take on managerial roles in the clinic. Our previous owner had lived out of state, and she had promoted me to clinic manager in a very short amount of time based on my ability to take the lead when she was not available. When it became time for her to sell her practice, I was humbly offered the opportunity to take over, and have since been the owner and manager of OT 4 Kids as of November 2014.

Has it been a smooth road?
Every day presents a new challenge. My background is purely clinical with limited experiences with business practices. Therefore, learning to run and manage a business has been quite difficult. Unlike many entrepreneurs, I did not have the ability to learn and grow as my business grew, and was thrown into a full functioning business, and was expected to make it. These last three years have been the most challenging years of my entire life, both personally and professionally, and I have had to learn to navigate how to be a better manager, employer, employee, friend, therapist, and entrepreneur. I am pushed to new limits and provided with new opportunities for growth every day, and to say it’s been a “roller coaster” is only nodding at the ups and downs I have been through over the past three years, but it has been completely worth it.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with OT For Kids & The Therapeutic Learning Center – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are a private occupational and physical therapy practice specializing in children with special needs. We provide children with opportunities to improve their everyday lives by focusing on how their difficulties or disabilities impact participation in their activities of daily living (play, school, and socialization). Our therapists are trained in sensory integration, feeding and eating disabilities, neurologic rehabilitation techniques, fine and gross motor challenges, executive functioning challenges, attention and anxiety disorders, and many more! We see children 0-18 years of age with a variety of disabilities and challenges, and often work with families in their homes as well as go to their child’s school so that we can address challenges across each environment a child participates in.

We are most proud of our ability to collaborate with a wide variety of professionals in the area. It really does take a team in order to see the best results from a child’s interventions. Each professional is able to see the child and their family from a different lens, and our ability to work together as a team has brought us tremendous therapeutic success. Our team is like a small family and we are very proud of our ability to work together towards the families’ goals.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Working in Los Angeles has provided an immense amount of diversity to our clinic. We are constantly challenged by meeting our families’ personal values and ethics, and given the large amount of cultural differences of the communities we serve, we are always pushed to re-evaluate our suggestions and services, and whether they meet the needs of our individual families. The diversity also presents opportunities to see a wider variety of disabilities and difficulties, and allows us to continuously grow as practitioners.

I least enjoy the traffic in our city. We travel a lot to different schools and meetings with other professionals, and unfortunately, we would be able to have such meetings more frequently if it was easier to get around!

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