Alisa P., B.A, SLPA

Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Clinic Director

After growing up in Southern California Alisa headed north for school and graduated from San Francisco State University. She then continued on to Long Beach State University. Alisa is committed to the kids as there is no better feeling than watching a child learn how to communicate and express themselves!  She feels very lucky in that I get the best of both worlds.  Not only do I get to work with, and be around amazing children everyday, as the KDA clinic director, I get the opportunity to help parents navigate the initial  (and sometimes overwhelming) process and make the whole experience a little less scary.  Outside of the KDA center, Alisa likes to travel, loving anything that involves being outside: hiking, sailing, and running! Alisa’s current goal is to run a half marathon in every state... still have 46 states to go!

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Before Kara Dodds, my son received speech services with Rady's. I normally have great things to say about Rady's, but the way speech was set up (short 25 minute appointments once a week) just didn't work for us. Since switching to Kara Dodds, my son has made incredible progress.

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Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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