Kim Reese, OTD, MOTR/L, 200YT
Kim Reese is the founder and creator of Boutique Learning Experience. The idea and passion has come from years of travel nationally and internationally, learning about people, places and ways of life that inspire, rejuvenate and keep enjoyment of moments alive! Experience in the hospitality and fitness industry combined with practicing occupational therapy, various degrees, crash course in learning through motherhood and development of 2 loving children each with their own developmental differences.
She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia and Clinical Doctorate from Misericordia University. Kim has a love for learning, whether it is a new therapy strategy, stand up paddle board yoga, meeting new people or discovering a new city! In this go go go world she has found that use of mindfulness strategies, taking time for one’s self, and developing a supportive community has been key in combating stress, anxiety and demands of everyday life. This creates a better space to really be present with the ones around us. Interactions with people at home, community and the clinic are more meaningful and productive. Although sometime counter intuitive, a little pampering and time to oneself goes a long way!
The goal of Boutique Learning Experience is to create an innovative, forward thinking community within each retreat for collaborating and developing expertise in the area of specialty while providing equal time for self care and prevention of burnout. Do things for yourself, try something new or something you once enjoyed but don’t have the time anymore, have a hot coffee (the whole coffee) these all address burnout and how we can be proactive in this area.
Joan Surfus, OTD, OTR/L, SWC
Joan Surfus has been practicing in pediatrics for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and her Master’s and Clinical Doctorate from Misericordia University. Dr. Surfus is the Clinical Coordinator of Occupational Therapy and the feeding specialist at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, California and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy in the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Her focus has been in pediatric intervention with an emphasis in sensory integration, feeding, oral-motor and dysphagia, and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Surfus is certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and a prior instructor for USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program and current instructor for the Chan USC Sensory Integration Certification. She teaches regularly in these areas both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Surfus spends her free time volunteering abroad, providing services for children with special needs and training staff at a school in Honduras. She also provides volunteer teaching and training in Russia with Naked Heart Foundation.
Dr. Amy Lynch
Dr. Amy Lynch is an associate professor in the School of Public Health in the Occupational Therapy Department at Temple University and an OT at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Postdoctoral training has included intensive training and an approved Educator status of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI ® - Dr. Karyn Purvis, Texas Christian University) and Phase 1 certification in the NMT measure (Bruce Perry, Child Trauma Academy).
She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally in topics including but not limited to: trauma, early adversity, attachment, feeding, sensory integration, NDT, family occupations, international/domestic adoption and foster care, international adoption medicine, and developmental care. She is the amazing mom of 2 gorgeous children who began their lives in institutional settings, so she understands the impact of trauma deeply both through personal and professional experiences.
Amy loves playing with her beautiful family! They enjoy biking, trampoline jumping, swimming, doing crafts, & playing card/board games. You can also find Amy running, swimming, and enjoying Bikram yoga in her free time!
Amber Ramseyer MS, OTR/L, SWC, CYT
Amber Ramseyer is an occupational therapist who currently works at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance CA, an internationally renowned pediatric therapy clinic specializing in sensory integration theory and intervention as originated by Jean Ayres. She has advenced training and certification in sensory integration and administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test as well as advanced certification in swallowing assessment and intervention. Amber is a published author of the book: A Therapists Guide to Yoga in Pediatrics: A Sensory Based Approach.
Amber has completed her 200 hour yoga certification and is certified to teach yoga for children with special needs. She received her bachelors of science degree from Grand Valley State University and Masters of Science degree from Western Michigan University. Amber was born in the midwest and currently resides in Redondo Beach, CA. She loves being active, yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her dog, Tait.