My Story

Hello! My name is Natalie Lopez (and that’s Bear the therapy dog), and I am a Pediatric Physical Therapist working in Los Angeles.  I am a proud UC Berkeley graduate and I earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC.  I am loud, energetic, and love to talk!  As a result, I have found my calling in working in pediatric PT and am also a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy.  I get to run around all day after my kiddos as I help them reach their milestones.  I also educate their parents along the way to help my kiddos reach their full potential.

I started Beyond Basic Play as a blog to share my ideas and tips in an effort to reach out to those who do not have access to pediatric physical therapists and to educate anyone who is interested.

My dream, however, has always been to create an online community where families of children with special needs can connect with one another to share, learn, and grow from their experiences.