About Us

Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services, Inc. was founded in 2008 by Robyn Chu, an occupational therapist.

What once was a small, home-based business has blossomed into a transdisciplinary team of passionate and dedicated therapists.

Our leadership model is shaped around mentorship, in an effort to teach and inspire one another in hopes of advancing the field for future children. Incredible therapists from across the country have joined our team, helping to transform the lives of thousands of children and their families and giving them hope. 

Robyn Chu, MOT, OTR/L, Owner and CEO

Robyn earned her undergraduate degree in psychology with a biological emphasis from the University of California at Davis.  During that time, she worked with children with special needs in a variety of jobs, as a swim lesson instructor, coach, nanny, and instructional assistant for an applied behavior analysis program for children with autism. Robyn continued on in her education obtaining her master's degree in occupational therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA in 2005. Her work experience includes Shriners Hospital in Sacramento and the El Dorado County Office of Education as an Occupational Therapist and then the Lead Occupational Therapist. Robyn completed the Level 1 and 2 intensive mentorship programs and fellowship through the STAR Institute in Colorado. She has specialized in sensory processing for the last 15 years using the techniques and research taught through the STAR Institute.  She is on the faculty of the STAR Institute and teaches all levels of mentorship in addition to passionately mentoring the team at Growing Healthy Children. 

Kristi Bachelder, OTR/L, Clinical Director

Kristi began her career as an OT in 2003 after graduating from The University of Pittsburgh and moving to Vermont. Her first position was at a private clinic in central Vermont where she was mentored for 3 years by an expert in sensory integration. She gained experience using an intensive short-term model of intervention, seeing students 3-5 days per week and working closely with the whole family. This early immersion and knowledge for how to support sensory processing and work with the whole family has informed her entire care working with children and adults in a variety of settings and regions of the country. From 2006-2013 Kristi was self-employed and partnered with Early Intervention Agencies, School Districts, and individual families to provide a broad range of OT services in the home and school setting. In 2009 Kristi began studying how to incorporate wellness interventions for families, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, and functional medicine. She became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2010 and an ADAPT Level 1 Functional Medicine Practitioner in 2017.  She then worked part-time for a non-profit, equine-assisted, therapy center from 2014-2016 obtaining her Hippotherapy Certification. 
Kristi joined the GHC team in 2016. From 2016-2018 Kristi served families in the clinic and immersed herself in studying the STAR Process. She has attended the STAR Level 1 and 2 mentorships, the STAR Process Temple University Certification Course, the SOS Feeding Certification course, and several STAR Symposiums. Kristi became a part of the GHC leadership team in 2018 as the clinical director taking an active role in training, mentoring, and supporting our growing team. She is currently pursuing her OTD from Boston University.
Our Speech and Language Pathologist Team

Angie Van Vleet

Eugenia Diaz

Kara Chapman

Denise Covello

Sarah Kadoch

Ginger Beaton 

Amanda Huynh 

Dani Bennett 

Erin Kelly 

Paola Flores 

Kimberly Cordova 

Twana Davis 

Laura Jimenez Garcia 

Marjorie Daley

Chienne Vang

Alexis Bringolf

Our Occupational Therapist Team

Kristi Bachelder

Claire Furlotte

Wendy Brandt 

Juliette Pierce 

Liz Martin

Corrin Campbell, COTA

Emily Finn

Aly Thanadabouth

Robyn Chu 

Priya Talreja 

Sheryl Trainor

Megan Pettry

Nikita Gandhi, COTA 

Candi Baca, COTA 

Carol McAlister 

Naomi Heinz 

Monica Sampson 

Whitney Shen 

Kerry Krohn 

Irina Rudometkina, COTA

Jenni Stucki 

Kaylene Bolla, COTA 

Kristina Arduini 

Johanna Thomas, COTA 

Kendal Love, OTR/L 

Kristina Pickering, COTA

Our Physical Therapist Team

Shayna Hansberry

Cheri Wieland

Our Adaptive Physical Education Team

Eric Shumacher, APE Specialist

Karrie Keeler, APE Specialist 

Administration Team 

Brenda Lyons 

Desiree Dexter 

Ana Escobar

Sydney Vuylsteke

Our Directors

Kristi Vecellio: Clinical Director

Robyn Chu: Executive Director

Sandy Chiea: Administrative Director

Tena Harms: Financial Director