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Phone: 858.866.8133
P: 858.866.8133
E: info@blastofftherapy.com
9520 Padgett Street, Suite 104, San Diego, CA  92126
Meet Blast Off's Occupational Therapists

Amanda earned a BS in Pre-Occupational Therapy from Fresno State in 2007 and her MS of Occupational Therapy from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2010. As a pediatric OT, she has worked with children in San Diego area public schools and private pediatric clinics and has provided Early Intervention services in homes throughout San Diego County. She has also provided OT services to clients in the skilled nursing facility setting who have a wide range of medical, physical, and mental ailments. In addition, Amanda has many years of experience of working with children through various settings including daycare facilities, in-home as a nanny, teacher of young students in a science program, Karate for All (Karate for Special Needs youth), a counselor of abused and neglected children, as well as being a mom of 2 girls and an aunt to 11 nieces and nephews. Amanda’s approach to therapy always keeps in mind the big picture and how to see the small gains towards the child’s and family’s goals. Amanda realizes, that while a specific need may not be written in her client’s OT plan of care, she’s always looking out for “teachable moments”, that is, real-time opportunities to establish and grow important life skills such independent problem solving, compassion, flexibility, self-esteem, self-control, and respect.

Amanda’s post graduate training and education includes the ALERT program, Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking Curriculum, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, Vestibular Rehab, TalkTool’s Sensory-motor and Oral Motor Intervention for feeding, and reflex intervention through the Musgatova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) ® method.  

Amanda’s motto is, “Live every day as if it were your first!” Her favorite quote is from Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Amanda Malicki, M.S., OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
CA License #11760

​Sam was born and raised in Northern Arizona. Sam attended Arizona State University for her BS in Aeronautical Management Technology with a concentration in Aviation Management. After two years of working in the aviation industry, Sam had a change of heart and went back to receive her MS in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2015. Sam has worked in a variety of settings including early intervention (home based services), charter and public schools, outpatient clinics for adults and children, and skilled nursing facilities. Since moving to San Diego, Sam has worked in charter schools, private pediatric clinics and has provided Early Intervention services in the homes. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses such as ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental and motor delays, Sensory Processing Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, learning disabilities, and Cerebral Palsy. 

Throughout her pediatric career, Sam has taken courses in visual rehabilitation, behavioral training, sensory diet implementation, and DIR/floor time approach. 

She thoroughly enjoys adding a functional purpose to play and watching children grow in their independence. She loves working in the clinic setting in that it provides the opportunity to develop long term, meaningful relationships with her clients and their families. Sam believes possibilities for children are endless when fun is involved! 


Sam Mitchell, M.S.,  OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
CA License #16980
sam@blastofftherapy.com
                  
Christine has been an Occupational Therapist for 15 years, working in Massachusetts, Hawaii and California. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Christine has focused her career on pediatrics, working in early intervention and clinic based settings. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). While working in Massachusetts, Christine completed the process to become a Certified Early Intervention Specialist in state. 

Christine has worked with a variety of developmental needs and diagnoses, including the autism spectrum, Down Syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: feeding (oral motor and sensory based), fine motor skills, sensory processing disorder/self regulation difficulties and self help skills. Christine participates in continuing education opportunities to further advance her skills. She has completed advanced training in SCERTS®, an educational model addressing the key challenges facing children on the autism spectrum. Christine has attended multiple conferences focusing on the treatment of oral sensory and oral motor based feeding challenges. She continues to attend workshops to expand her knowledge in the treatment of sensory processing.
Christine Chmielak, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
CA Lic. # 12510
christine@blastofftherapy.com