About Us

The staff at Pediatric Therapy Center consists of pediatric-trained occupational, physical and speech-language pathologists.  Each member of the professional staff has extensive training in sensory, motor and language techniques.

Professional Staff

Patricia Steffen-Sanchez, M.S., OTR/L

Website pics 152Licensed Occupational Therapist

Founder and Director of Services

Adjunct Faculty San Jose State University

Pat received her Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University (1977) and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy Education and Administration from San Jose State University (1982). This private practice was begun in 1983 and the team approach was adopted in 1987.  Pat is on faculty at San Jose State University in the Occupational Therapy and Special Education departments teaching  human development, pediatric  and therapeutic handling courses.  Specialty areas include: swallowing/feeding, sensory integration/processing, visual motor integration, therapeutic listening, DIR/Floortime and treatment for torticollis/plagiocephaly.


Keri Allen, M.S., OTR/L

PTC Website 288 Licensed Occupational Therapist
Clinical Coordinator OT/PT

Fieldwork Supervisor

Keri completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University (2002) and has been working with individuals with special needs for over 20 years within a variety of environments (schools, home, clinic, recreational programs, and community-based programs). As an occupational therapist, she continues to further explore her passion for supporting individuals and their families in finding greater independence, active participation in everyday life, and exploring what is truly meaningful and motivating. Keri’s background and training offers a variety of experience including sensory integration, integrated play groups/inclusion, and DIR-Floortime. Keri, her husband Jim and their dog Mia are new to the Santa Cruz area and loving the adventures and the community it offers.

Claire Wallace, MA, CCC-SLP

PTC Website 278Licensed Speech Pathologist

Clinical Coordinator

Claire was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. She spent several years working with children with autism which led her to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology. After transferring from Cabrillo College she received a BA and Masters from San Jose State University in Communicative Disorders.  She is highly motivated by supporting the entire family working within a team and is passionate about discovering ways to support children of all ages to communicate their wants, needs and dreams. She teaches cardio kickboxing and is a self-proclaimed cardio junkie. She also likes creating random bits of arts and crafts, singing in her car, traveling, shopping and eating good food.



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