Local Resources


Bodywork can be an important part of helping your baby optimally feed. Bodywork means any time some one is physically using their hands to touch your baby to bring back symmetry or optimize strength, range of motion, or coordination in your baby's body. Bodywork includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, massage, etc.

The uterus is a cramped place. Some times baby can prefer one position in utero and come out with a head turn preference. Or they may get stuck in the birth canal during birth and have muscle tension. They may have had a vacuum assisted birth and have the muscles of the head, neck and face pulled and strained. All of these contribute to difficulties latching at one or both sides of the breast. All of these reasons can be addressed using bodywork.

Here is my comprehensive list of bodyworkers in the Greater Los Angeles Area:

Dr. Kathryn Gill, MD: Santa Monica 424-238-5003
Dr. Virginia Johnson, DO: Santa Monica 310-576-2505 www.traditionalosteopathy.com
Pacific Coast Ostepathy: Torrance (310) 792-8900

Dr Julie Moen, DC Redondo Beach (310) 347-1698
Dr. Eileen Abrahamian, DO: Glendale 818-839-0907
Dr Michael Tebbe, DC: Rancho Park 424-259-1432
Dr George Shapiro: South Pasadena 626-792-6133
Dr Anthony Shapiro: Eagle Rock 323-507-2330
Dr. Pamela Abramson-Levine, DO:Santa Monica 310-989-0059
Dr. Kolleen E. Gregory, DC: Pasadena 626-449-0900 www.focuschiropractic.net
Dr. Suzanne Frank, DC: Mid-Wilshire 323-549-0070 www.doctorberlin.com
Dr. Carol Hong, DC: Torrance 310-316-0066 www.whole-health-clinic.com
Dr. Nicole Platte, DC: Santa Clarita 661-347-6617 www.getinspiredchiro.com
Dr Natalie Wilson, DC: Long Beach 562- 665-1479 http://fullcirclechiropractic.com/

Physical Therapists:
Dr. Rebecca Toga PT, DPT: Los Angeles 310-365-0500
Bright Star Physical TherapyBeverly Hills 818-343-3900
Sophie Tritasavit, DPT 310-435-5550 sophie@earlystartpt.com
Evelina Ricci-Yuster, PT: Miracle Mile, 323-424-7223 www.ptnplayinc.com
St Joseph Hospital Orange Mother-Baby Assessment Center 714-744-8764
Dr. Amanda Montoya, DPT Camarillo & House calls 805-208-6467 www.amandamontoyaPT.com

Occupational Therapists:
Gabriela Rosas OTR/L, CLC: Torrance 323-275-8478
Dairian Roberts, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC 310-845-5173 Humbledbymotherhood.com
Christine Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L: 626-940-4245 https://onechildsot.com/
Christine Kan, OTR, OTR/L, IBCLC: 310-634-5986 www.resilientlactation.com
Melissa Idelson, OTR: 310-899-9597
Kary Rappaport, OTR/L, SWC, IBCLC/Kimberly Grenawitzke OTD, OTR/L, SCFES, IBCLC, CNT Pasadena
Zaida Chavez, OTR: Westside 310-415-2435 ztcca@me.com
Endenne Dupree, OTR: Whittier (424) 442-9129 Mynurturecollective.com
Allison Weiss, OTR: Allisonweissot@gmail.com 310-729-9561 www.Allisonweissot.com
Brittany Cheng MS, OTR/L: Mission Viejo Www.wayztoplay.com
Olivia Edmondson MS, OTR/L: Laguna Hills www.tiedtogetheroc.com
Stephanie thormodsgaard MS OTR/L: San Diego www.thortherapies.com
Apple Sepulveda-Mathew OTR: Sherman Oaks, Whittier mynurturecollective.com (Medi-Cal)
Yvonne Howard, OTR/L: (714) 931-3777 Orange County www.babyandbeyondtherapy.com
Marielly Mitchell, OTS, OTR/L, SIPT, SWC Los Angeles - (9mos+) 310-630-9084

Speech Therapists:
Anna Gross, MS, CCC-SLP : Los Angeles 310-365-0500
Julie Matheney, MS, CCC- SLP/IBCLC: 424-386-2539 www.lalactation.com
Melissa Peters MS, CCC-SLP 424-279-8379 melissa@speakliveplay.com
Jamie Keller MA CCC-SLP: 714-904-5792 Orange County Www.tinymouth.com
Tiffany Guardado, MS, CCC-SLP/IBCLC: Long Beach/OC 714-251-6515 www.Treeoflifefeeding.com

Lauren Brim, CFT: Inglewood & House calls 917-535-8583 laurenbrim@gmail.com
Carmela Dietrich, CST: NE Los Angeles 310-717-6229 www.mountwashingtoncst.com/
Randi Kofsky, CMT: Westside & House calls 415-745-2542 www.innerwavebodywork.com
Sara Mangano, CST: Mar Vista & House calls 415-225-8775 www.cranial-sacralhealth.com
Jennifer Absey, RN, CMT, CST: Woodland Hills 818-704-5332
Karen Axelrod, MA, CST-D Redondo Beach 310-376-0113 www.karenaxelrod.com
Jill K. Mabry, CST: Huntington Beach 949-514-4779 www.jillmabry.com
Meg Madorin, CST: Silver Lake 323-486-7134


Breast Health
Bedford Breast Center Dr. Heather Richardson, Beverly Hills Breast surgeon 310-878-0999

Ridley Tree Cancer Center Katrina B. Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, PMH-C, FACS Breast surgeon (805) 879-0670

Dr. Kristi Funk Pink Lotus Breast Center 833-800-7522 www.pinklotus.com/breastcenter/

Sparrow’s Nest Massage and Birth Support: Massage and lymphatic drainage Eagle Rock 626-590-9206

Dr. Jafari LAc, DAOM: Beverly Hills 424-341-1989 jafariacupuncture.com
Leona Marrs, MS, LAc: Atwater Village 206-383-6746Leonamarrs@gmail.com
Brooke Bliss Los Angeles 323-617-5027

Naturopathic Care
Dr Sara Norris, virtual Www.drsaranorris.com
Dr Michelle Gerber, Silver Lake 323-379-4614 www.michellegerbernd.com
Dr Danielle Gran, El Segundo 310-926-4415 www.drdaniellegran.com

Postpartum Physical Therapy
Women’s Advantage Physical Therapy

Origin www.theoriginway.com

Dr Q www.drqdpt.com (ultrasound therapy)

Rachel Daof info@thepelvicmodel.com

Providence Holy Cross Onita Turner, Mission Hills 818- 496–1641

Julie Brady, OTR, pelvic floor Palos Verdes


Dr. Cynthia Williams, The Holtorf Group Torrance 310-325-9200
Dr. Lubna Naqi, San Pedro/Redondo Beach 310-376-8816
Dr Ronald Ruby, Redondo Beach 310-374-7655
Dr Sarah Rettinger, Santa Monica 310-829-8584 Providence St John’s
Dr Deepashree Gupta, Agoura Hills 805-494-6920 UCLA WestLake Village

Mental Health
Postpartum Support International
M-F 8-4:30 basic info
Participant code 33702
Free telephone conference call with a licensed mental health professional Wednesday’s at 9 or 12 EST, see website for details.

Through The Woods
Therapy Center
Provides strength-based psychotherapy services in Downtown Los Angeles including postpartum, grief, and PTSD counseling

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
A non-profit outpatient mental health clinic, offers crisis intervention, counseling, residential treatment and substance abuse counseling

Queens Care Health & Faith Partnership
1300 N Vermont Ave
Suite 1002
Los Angeles, CA 90027
A faith-based organization, offers low cost health services and counseling

Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles
Several local clinics. Also provide shelter and substance abuse services. All religions welcome.

Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic
3324 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Free medical services and counseling

Valley Counseling
16633 Ventura Blvd
Suite 1008
Los Angeles, CA 91436
Individual, couples, family counseling, nutrition counseling, life coaching. Low cost and accepts most insurance.

Support Groups
The Family Room Pasadena https://www.familyroomcenter.com/
4th Trimester Support Group Long Beach Lauren Archer www.loveofalittleone.com
LA Lactation- Redondo Beach Julie Matheney 424-386-2539
Drop in Breastfeeding Play Lab, Eagle Rock Josee Pound- joseepoundlc@gmail.com