Why Motor Skills Matter

The WMSM Team

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Tara Liddle

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Yi Chen

Yi graduated from Stony Brook University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and then continued her education at Stony Brook University where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. She completed clinical internships in various settings including subacute rehab, acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and outpatient pediatrics.

She has always wanted to work in the healthcare field to help those in need, especially children. Yi has volunteered at the Brooklyn Public Library after school program, Stony Brook child care service, and Sunday school in a local church with teenagers. Yi loves working with children with special needs and helping them improve gross motor and functional performance. She has extensive experience in treating children with Autism, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder, particularly using the sensory integration approach.

Yi likes staying active and learning. During her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, going to Pilates and boot camp classes, cooking, and reading

 


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Ina Joshi

Ina Joshi is a pediatric physical therapist working with children in Brooklyn, New York. Ina earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Before that, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a dual-degree in Kinesiology and Psychology.

Ina believes excellent care stems from considering the patient and family as a whole. Ina loves working with families to reach the best rehabilitation outcomes.  Ina understands the social and cognitive benefits of movement and always strives to optimize a child’s current and future quality of life.    

Ina has always had a passion for working with children, imagining herself running a daycare or as a pediatrician when she was younger. As Ina furthered her education, she became fascinated by pediatric development, and physical therapy was a natural career choice for her.

Ina has experience in a variety of settings which allows her to provide excellent care with pediatrics. She has experience with inpatient acute care, intensive outpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedic care, outpatient neurologic care, and outpatient pediatric care.

When Ina is not hard at working helping her patient reach their rehabilitation goals, she enjoys spending time with family and friends playing board games and traveling. She also enjoys dancing, reading, and hiking.

 


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Cara Yochai 

Cara received her Doctorate Degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences at the University of Miami in Florida, where she volunteered at the PT department at the University of Miami Hospital. Cara also spent time studying in Paris at the Institut Catholique de Paris. While in school, Cara completed clinical work in the areas of pediatrics, sub-acute rehabilitation, and acute inpatient and outpatient orthopedic settings.

Cara always had an interest in science and helping others. Becoming a physical therapist was a dream of hers that began when her sister was born with a brachial plexus injury, and Cara got to observe her overcome many challenges with the help of physical therapists. Cara has a special passion for pediatrics and extensive experience with children, having successfully managed staff and children as both a supervisor and counselor in an overnight camp setting for many years. She is excited to blend her passions with her career.

While not at the office, Cara enjoys exploring NYC. You might find her at a Broadway show, sporting event, or sampling the latest food trend. She loves traveling, but also enjoys spending quality time at home with family and friends.
 


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Connor McCarthy 

Connor studied Marketing at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. There he learned about designing websites and graphics, which he used to help small businesses by creating interactive and engaging websites to build their brand. He now runs and maintains the technical and digital aspects Why Motor Skills Matter. 

Originally from Albany, New York, Connor attended school in South Carolina, and recently moved to Los Angeles, California. He works remotely to help the WMSM Team's technical aspects run smoothly. When he is not working on websites, Connor enjoys making music, taking photographs, and creating multimedia digital art. 

 

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