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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan OS/OT Faculty Practice

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Chantelle Rice Collins OTD, OTR/L, CDCES >

Chantelle Rice Collins OTD, OTR/L, CDCES

Chantelle Rice Collins OTD, OTR/L, CDCES graduated from USC with her master’s degree in occupational therapy and her doctorate of occupational therapy, and completed her doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she created a lifestyle intervention program for individuals living with diabetes. Dr. Rice Collins is the director of the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she also sees patients in the Lifestyle Redesign® programs, including weight management, diabetes, college students, health coaching and pain management and chronic headache management. Having witnessed firsthand the power of lifestyle change, Dr. Rice Collins believes in prevention and management of chronic conditions, and her clients exemplify the way wellness approaches to health can increase the quality of everyday life. She recently became a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® (CDCES®) and frequently presents at both state and national levels on occupational therapy’s role in diabetes management. Dr. Rice Collins maintains balance in her life by spending free time with her family and friends across the country and enjoying the outdoors as a Southern California native.

Lindsey Shomer OTD, OTR/L, CEAS >

Lindsey Shomer OTD, OTR/L, CEAS

Lindsey Shomer OTD, OTR/L, CEAS completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. Her clinical residency was completed at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she practiced Lifestyle Redesign. Her doctoral work consisted of growing the pain management program and creating a 10-week Lifestyle Redesign Fibromyalgia Treatment and Support Group. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Shomer works with clients in the pain management, chronic headache, weight management and ergonomics programs, and is a member of the USC Chronic Pain and Chronic Headache Interdisciplinary Teams. Dr. Shomer received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from UCLA in 2011, and enjoys spending her free time outdoors going on nature hikes, traveling, camping with friends and doing yoga.

Tracy Jalaba OTD, OTR/L >

Tracy Jalaba OTD, OTR/L

Tracy Jalaba OTD, OTR/L earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise biology from University of California at Davis before completing her master’s and doctorate of occupational therapy degrees from USC. She completed her doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she focused on the development of Lifestyle Redesign services for Adults and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Jalaba works primarily with clients in our ASD, college student, mental health, weight management, and health coaching programs. She has completed the training course for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and is a PEERS® Young Adult Certified Provider. In addition to her work at OTFP, she represents occupational therapy in the USC Office for Disability Services and Programs. Dr. Jalaba is from Northern California and has found balance in LA by enjoying time outdoors with her dog, Moxie, exploring new restaurants, and escaping to the mountains to ski in the winter.

Rebecca Cunningham OTD, OTR/L, MSCS >

Rebecca Cunningham OTD, OTR/L, MSCS

Rebecca Cunningham OTD, OTR/L, MSCS received her master’s in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. Her clinical residency was completed at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she focused on further development of the Lifestyle Redesign program for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Cunningham works with clients in our Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, MCAS and dysautonomia, and neurological conditions programs. She is a member of the USC MS multidisciplinary team and MCAS working group. Dr. Cunningham holds the designation of certified MS specialist and has completed training for the delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. She is from Ventura County and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego. In her free time, Dr. Cunningham enjoys camping, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Marissa Marchioni OTD, OTR/L, CEAS >

Marissa Marchioni OTD, OTR/L, CEAS

Marissa Marchioni OTD, OTR/L, CEAS received her master’s in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. Her clinical residency was completed at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she focused on ergonomics and development of corporate wellness programing. Dr. Marchioni works with clients to implement lifestyle changes and improve the management of a range of chronic conditions including overweight/obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, chronic headache, and behavioral health. She previously worked in health and wellness for 10 years including personal training, teaching pilates and leading fitness classes. As a clinical faculty member, she enjoys promoting preventive health behaviors in emerging areas of practice such as corporate wellness. Dr. Marchioni received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Baylor University, and creates a sense of balance in her own life by walking her dog, spending time outdoors, and singing karaoke.

Malia Sako OTD, OTR/L >

Malia Sako MA, OTR/L

Malia Sako OTD, OTR/L graduated from the University of California, Davis with her bachelor’s in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior; she received her doctorate in occupational therapy at USC. Her clinical residency was completed at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. Dr. Sako primarily works with clients living with neurological conditions, including chronic headache, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Malia is passionate about collaborating with clients to identify strategies to improve chronic condition self-management so that clients can thrive physically, mentally, and socio-emotionally. Her favorite occupations include spending time outdoors, yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Serena Hobson OTD, OTR/L >

Serena Hobson OTD, OTR/L

Serena Hobson OTD, OTR/L received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA before attaining a master’s and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. She completed her residency at the USC OT Faculty Practice, during which she focused on expanding OT’s role in college campus cultural and disability centers. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Hobson primarily works with clients in our college student, chronic headache, ergonomics, pain management, weight management, and mental health Lifestyle Redesign programs. She collaborates with clients to improve their quality of life through the development of health-promoting habits and routines. At USC’s Engemann Student Health Center, Serena also provides occupational therapy consultations to undergraduate and graduate students. Serena is from Southern California and enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga, hiking, camping with family, and volunteering.

Emma Schiewe OTD, OTR/L >

Emma Schiewe OTD, OTR/L

Emma Schiewe OTD, OTR/L, received her master’s in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. Her clinical residency was completed at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she focused on expanding OT’s role in oncology throughout the cancer continuum. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Schiewe primarily collaborates with clients to promote their engagement in their meaningful activities, roles, and routines while improving the management of their chronic symptoms in our weight management, mental health, ergonomics, college student, diabetes, oncology, and health coaching Lifestyle Redesign programs. She is passionate about the expansion of occupational therapy’s role in supporting the holistic health and wellness of individuals with cancer and mental health diagnoses. Dr. Schiewe is from Southern California and graduated from USC with her dual bachelor’s degrees in human biology and art history and minor in occupational science. During her free time, Emma enjoys creating art, reading, running, visiting museums, going to concerts, and spending time with her friends and family.

Marilyn Thompson OTD, OTR/L >

Marilyn Thompson OTD, OTR/L

Marilyn Thompson OTD, OTR/L, received her master’s in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. Dr. Thompson completed her doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente Inglewood Medical Clinic and West Los Angeles Hospital, where she focused on expanding the role and value of primary care OT. She collaborated with five medical departments and multidisciplinary teams to develop lifestyle intervention services for patients requiring support with bariatric care, chronic condition management, mental health, weight management, sickle cell disease, and pediatric obesity. As a clinical faculty member at the USC OT Faculty Practice, Dr. Thompson will work with clients to improve their self-management of various chronic conditions, primarily in the weight management, smoking cessation, mental health, and health coaching Lifestyle Redesign programs. She is passionate about reducing health disparities for communities traditionally underserved through providing high-quality, culturally humble care, and increasing access to OT services. Her favorite occupations include dancing, cooking, spending time with her friends and family.

Trevor San Antonio OTD, OTR/L, HTC, PAMS >

Trevor San Antonio OTD, OTR/L, HTC, PAMS

Trevor San Antonio OTD, OTR/L, HTC, PAMS received his bachelor’s in Health Education at the University of Florida. He then received his master’s and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy at USC. His clinical residency was completed at Keck Medical Center of USC’s Outpatient Hand Therapy Clinic, where he focused on improving adherence to home exercise programs through mobile-based technology, in addition to addressing the mental health concerns of the Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. San Antonio primarily works with clients who have sustained a hand/upper extremity injury or have a hand/upper extremity-related diagnosis. Trevor is co-located with USC’s OT Faculty Practice and Keck Medical Center of USC’s Outpatient Hand Therapy clinic. Trevor has a passion for helping individuals regain the function of their hands so they can return to their most loved occupations. In his free time, Trevor enjoys traveling, art/design, making espresso, watching movies/shows, and spending time with family and friends.

Melina Allahverdian OTD, OTR/L >

Melina Allahverdian OTD, OTR/L

Melina Allahverdian OTD, OTR/L received her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from USC where she completed her clinical residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. Dr. Allahverdian primarily works with clients living with chronic headache, chronic pain, post-concussion syndrome, MCAS and dysautonomia. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with her bachelor’s in Biological Sciences where she received a distinction of honor in genetics research. Dr. Allahverdian is passionate about helping clients find strategies that empower their symptom management to build a quality of life that they find inspiring for themselves. Her favorite occupations include self-training in culinary arts, practicing and teaching yoga, supporting service development within the Armenian community, and connecting with art, nature, and her family.

Nora Dixon OTD, OTR/L >

Nora Dixon OTD, OTR/L

Nora Dixon OTD, OTR/L received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and Spanish from Elmhurst University and completed her master’s and doctorate degrees in occupational therapy at USC. During her clinical doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, Nora supported the research, development, and launch of the practice’s gender affirmation program. As a clinical faculty member, Nora works with clients in our college student, gender affirmation, mental health, chronic headache, autism spectrum, MCAS and dysautonomia, ergonomics, and life coaching Lifestyle Redesign programs. To find balance in her life, Nora enjoys planning road trips and visiting new hiking destinations with her dog.

Erin Bussell OTD, OTR/L >

Erin Bussell OTD, OTR/L

Erin Bussell OTD, OTR/L received her master’s and doctorate in Occupational Therapy from USC. She completed her doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Bussell primarily works with individuals to manage diabetes, mental health conditions, weight management, health coaching, and pelvic floor. In addition, she evaluates USC faculty and staff work environments in the ergonomics program. Dr. Bussell is passionate about promoting body positivity, engaging in culturally sensitive care, and evaluating the impact of the environment factors on individuals’ wellbeing. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bussell’s favorite occupations include hiking, spending time at the beach, participating in high-intensity Pilates, cooking and baking, and reading.

Alyssa Capellino MA, OTR/L

Alyssa Capellino MA, OTR/L

Alyssa Capellino MA, OTR/L received her bachelor’s degree in human biology with an emphasis in human performance, and her master’s degree in occupational therapy at USC. She is currently completing her clinical doctorate residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she primarily works with clients in our college student, mental health, chronic headache, autism spectrum, and ergonomics Lifestyle Redesign programs. Alyssa is passionate about improving access to care for college student-athletes to promote optimal performance both on and off the field. To balance her life, Alyssa enjoys spending time outdoors and cooking.

Kayla Gan MA, OTR/L

Kayla Gan MA, OTR/L

Kayla Gan MA, OTR/L received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from USC. She is currently completing her clinical doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice where she primarily works with clients in our MCAS and dysautonomia, multiple sclerosis, chronic headache, college student, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain Lifestyle Redesign programs. She is passionate about empowering clients by highlighting their strengths and courage as they navigate chronic condition management. In her free time, Kayla enjoys crafting, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.

Sarah Morris MA, OTR/L

Sarah Morris MA, OTR/L

Sarah Morris MA, OTR/L received her bachelor’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in social and family and health and population policies from the University of California Riverside and completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at USC. She is currently completing her clinical doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she primarily works with clients in our college student, gender affirmation, mental health, weight management, health coaching, diabetes, and ergonomics Lifestyle Redesign programs. Sarah is passionate about improving access to healthcare for medically underserved populations and improving community health and wellness both on and off campus. To find balance in her life, Sarah enjoys cooking/baking, boardgames, hiking with her dog, reading, and running.

Liz Rivera MA, OTR/L

Liz Rivera MA, OTR/L

Liz Rivera MA, OTR/L received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in clinical movement science at California State University, Fullerton and completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at USC. She is currently completing her clinical doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she primarily works with clients in our hand therapy service line. Liz is passionate about keeping her sessions with clients occupation-centered, empowering clients to advocate for themselves, and improving healthcare literacy for underserved populations. Outside the clinic, Liz enjoys longboarding, paddle boarding, and spending time with loved ones.

Adriana Rivera-Alvarez

Adriana Rivera-Alvarez

Adriana Rivera-Alvarez attended Cal State University of Los Angeles where she studied communications and business administration. She services as the Clinic Office Manager at OTFP and comes with progressive experience as an operations manager in the Traditional Chinese Medicine field, focusing on reproductive medicine and mind/body health. Adriana excels in team building and business development, and brings with her experience, creativity and innovation. Her passion in the medical industry allows her to train, coach and build strong supportive team members to ensure the clinic’s growth and success, while ensuring a quality experience for the customer. In her free time, Adriana enjoys reading, cooking, going to concerts and spending time outdoors with her family.

Rubina Azaryan >

Rubina Azaryan

Rubina Azaryan graduated from the University of Armenia with a bachelor’s degree in communications and language arts. Additionally, she holds an AA degree in the science of library arts. Her other notable certificates are medical/dental office management and billing/coding. Rubina is currently an account representative where she manages and holds accounts, completes billing and follow-ups, ensures quality customer service and maintains reports. Her passion for the medical industry has led to mentoring young adults in pursuing careers in billing/coding and terminology. She is currently a member of the Armenian Members of the Youth, which helps children and adults access clothing and food to build better lives. Her passion of creativity continues to keep her active. She uses her skills to design clothing, baby gifts and jewelry, all from scratch.

Maribell Amador

Maribell Amador

Maribell Amador attended Glendale Community College where she studied accounting and Concorde Career College where she obtained her Medical Billing Certification. Maribell serves as the clinical medical biller at the OT Faculty Practice and has 18 years of experience in billing, collections and management in the rehabilitation industry. Maribell assists with managing patients’ accounts including benefits and eligibility, billing and follow ups. Maribell is passionate about helping patients understand their insurance plans so they can access the services that they need to improve their health and quality of life. In her free time Maribell enjoys vacationing with her three sons and husband.

Denise Carmona >

Denise Carmona

Denise Carmona is a Clinical Client Scheduler at the OT Faculty Practice. She attended Rio Hondo Community College where she studied Business Administration. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a manager handling book-keeping and customer relations in the automobile financing field for 14 years. Denise is passionate about providing high-quality customer service to our OTFP clients both in-person and remotely. She handles many of our front desk duties, including scheduling, intake paperwork and referral organization, and responding to patient inquiries. In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and developing and promoting her online business. 

Viviana Valdovinos

Viviana Valdovinos

Viviana Valdovinos is a Clinic Scheduler at the OT Faculty Practice and has been part of the USC family for over 4 years. She formerly worked in the Audiology Department for three years before joining the OTFP team. She comes with over 10 years of experience in the medical field as a patient coordinator. Viviana supports both the OTFP scheduling and billing teams, including verification of benefits and eligibility and posting billing entries. Viviana is passionate about providing exceptional customer service to our clients through supportive communication, flexibility, and commitment to optimal patient care. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dogs, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family.

All the therapists were great — truly supportive, kind, encouraging and knowledgeable.

— Participant, Lifestyle Redesign for Weight Management

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