At Beach Kids Therapy Center, our pediatric physical therapists help children achieve their fullest potential. Physical therapists assess each child’s strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Our PTs are trained to work with children with various neurological, genetic, and developmental disorders, from infants to school-aged children. We make the learning process rewarding and fun for children and their families.
Rachel Okonski, PT, DPT
PT Department Supervisor
Enneagram Type: Achiever
Qualities: Excelling, Truthfulness
Rachel works with children of all ages and works with parents through the learning process to help their child reach their gross motor developmental milestones. From crawling, walking, running, and jumping, her passion is teaching children how to move and groove. Strong collaboration between occupational, physical and speech therapists is something that she feels strongly about. Rachel can also be seen playing the flute at different events throughout the community because she is a professional flutist. If she isn't running around the clinic or playing the flute she can be found spoiling her two fur babies!
Jo Anne Carpenter, PT
Enneagram Type: Helper
Qualities: Energetic, Supportive
Jo Anne has years of experience working with kids of all ages and specializes in early intervention. She loves figuring out what makes each kid tick and incorporating their passion into therapy to achieve the best possible outcome. She feels that the family-centered model is beneficial because then the parents engage in therapeutic handling and owning the success their child achieves. She believes that the greatest success occurs when parents and therapists work from a collaborative approach. If Jo Anne is not at work, she is spending time with her boys, golfing, mountain biking, walking their dogs, working on a fun DIY project, or working out. She finds cooking and gardening to be very therapeutic in her downtime!
Ali Tuten, PT, DPT
Ennegram Type: Helper
Dr. Ali Tuten PT, DPT is a Southern California native; growing up in Solana Beach she was surrounded by active lifestyles and water which only fueled her love for the sport of swimming. She was a competitive swimmer for over 15 years, which helped her earn a scholarship to the Division 1 program at the University of California Davis. From there, she pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and graduated with honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences which is known for its emphasis on manual therapy.
Dr. Tuten has an array of experience within the realm of physical therapy including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient pediatrics and women’s pelvic health.
In her practice, she strives to have her passion and enthusiasm shine through her work, time spent on parent education, and being a motivating presence for her patients and their families to work towards their goals.
Talya Glass, PT, DBT
Qualities: Compassion, Patience
Talya enjoys helping children improve their functional independence and achieve their highest potential through play-based therapy. She strives to help patients and families achieve goals that are of high importance to them. She believes in working as a team with the patient and their family, as well as other disciplines to accomplish these goals.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring national parks as well as spending time with family and friends.”
Callie Sun, PT, DPT
Callie earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She enjoys working with both kids and adults to meet their goals and achieve their full potential. She believes in the importance of collaborating with families, patients, and other professionals to create the best individualized care for every person.
Callie values using her skills in physical therapy to fulfill her purpose in loving her community and spreading the joy she finds in Jesus. Callie moved from Texas to enjoy all the activities that come with California nature and weather, so during her free time, you can catch her hiking, climbing, paddleboarding, or attempting to surf.
Sarah Little, BS, PTA
Sarah has been a pediatric physical therapist for the past 5 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Fullerton with an emphasis in human movement as well as an associate degree from Stanbridge University as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Sarah enjoys helping children learn how to move so they can safely explore their environment and participate in daily activities. She loves building on a child’s strengths, working on family-centered goals, and having as much fun as possible during sessions! She says being a mom has only strengthened her love for this field and has made her more compassionate toward children and their families. In her free time, Sarah loves to hike, watch her kids in their various sporting events, and find good local coffee shops.