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

Dr. Eileen Abrahamian, DO: Silverlake 818-839-0907 Birthfitsilverlake@gmail.com
Dr Michael Tebbe, DC: Rancho Park 424-259-1432
Dr George Shapiro: South Pasadena 626-792-6133 drgshapiro@att.net
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

Physical Therapists:
Dr. Rebecca Toga PT, DPT: Kids Therapy Made Simple: Los Angeles 310-365-0500 https://kidstms.com/
Evelina Ricci-Yuster, PT: PT N’ PLAY Physical Therapy: Miracle Mile, 323-424-7223 www.ptnplayinc.com

Occupational Therapists:
Marielly Mitchell, OTS, OTR/L, SIPT, SWC Los Angeles - (9mos+) 310-630-9084 mariellymitchell@gmail.com
Christine Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L: Arcadia & Culver City 626-940-4245 https://onechildsot.com/
Kary Rappaport, OTR/L, SWC, IBCLC: www.feedersandgrowers.com
Shardia Washington OTR/L Los Angeles - (1yr+) 904-219-1523 Shardia.washington@yahoo.com

Feeding Specialists/SLPs:
Anna Gross, MS, CCC-SLP Kids Therapy Made Simple: Los Angeles (plagiocephaly focus) 310-365-0500
Julie Matheney, MS, CCC- SLP/IBCLC:Los Angeles & House Calls 616-822-1812
www.Lalaction.com @lalactation
Melissa Peters MS, CCC-SLP West LA & House calls 424-279-8379 melissa@speakliveplay.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
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


Maternal Health
Bedford Breast Center
Dr. Heather Richardson, Beverly Hills
Breast surgeon

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

Dr. Jafari LAc, DAOM:
Acupuncture, Beverly Hills 424-341-1989

Leona Marrs, MS, LAc:
Atwater Village 206.383.6746

Brooke Bliss
Universal Family Wellness
Los Angeles by

Dr Sara Norris
Naturopathic Practice

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.

Mommy & Me Groups
Gracefull Moms
See @gracefullmoms on Instagram for upcoming events

The Family Room

Fit 4 Mom

Love Bug and Me

Outdoor Music Class in ‪Griffith Park‬

Griffith Park Outdoor Music Class by Trails Cafe

Friday, Jul 15, 2016, 1:30 PM

The Trails Cafe
2333 Fern Dell Drive Los Angeles, CA

4 Lovebugs Went

Griffith Park sliding scale music class at Trails Cafe officially instated!Sliding scale $10-$25, pay what you can. Contributions will help continue this group and ensure that we meet local mommies, daddies and caregivers, engage in music, enjoy a little slice of nature together, and have fun!45 minute class will include music time with ukulele i...

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Zooga Yoga

Echo Park Lake Mamas Walk-
3rd Wednesday of every month

Sing along at Atwater Library -
Every Wednesday - 11:30-12
Atwater Public Library - ‪3379 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039‬

One Dog Down
Mama and Me yoga classes

Wiggle and Work