Meet Our Staff
CO-FOUNDER, PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
Julia is our Physical Therapist Assistant, she carries out the treatment plans designed by the Physical Therapist. Julia has an Associate of Science degree from Whatcom Community College here in Bellingham and has been in practice for 10 years. Julia has been working with children in a variety of settings for 30 years. She coached sports, taught swimming lessons, was a Scout Leader, worked with children in her church and assisted her own children with raising 8 service dogs. Throughout her different experiences, she has worked with many children who are developmentally delayed or have neurodevelopmental disorders. She also worked in the Lynden School District providing as many as 20 children with physical therapy.
There are a few special facts about Julia. She is the co-founder/creator of Kids in Motion Therapy and her inspiration was her therapy dog named Rocky, pictured above. Rocky has since passed on, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of all those he has touched. Rocky began in school with Julia attending lectures and then heading to St Joseph Hospital to treat kids in the neurodevelopmental program. Rocky and Julia loved working with the kids so much. She found that there was a huge void in Whatcom County for Children’s therapy that needed to be filled. Thus, Kids in Motion Therapy Clinic was started. We are all so glad that Julia had the vision and tireless dedication to this mission. Our therapists and all the kiddos who have been touched by Julia’s mission are forever grateful.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are experts in communication. They can help with speech sounds, language, social communication, voice, fluency and cognitive communication.
David Tsuru, SLP
Dave is one of the newest members of our team, joining in the summer of 2018. He lived in Bellingham many years ago and has always dreamed of coming back. He jumped on the chance of joining two of his passions; the city of Bellingham and helping kids. Dave has his certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology with a Master’s from California State University-Northridge. He has experience with kids in both school and outpatient settings. In his experience, he has worked with children and adults with a vast array of physical, cognitive, and developmental difficulties. In the past year, Dave provided services for children and adults with the following: phonological, articulation, language, fluency, feeding disorders, cognitive impairments, and high technological augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. In his free time, Dave loves dancing, playing baseball, spending time at Village Books, and volunteering his time with various organizations.
Erin Cristofaro, SLP
Erin joined Kids in Motion Therapy in January of 2016, she grew up in Southwest Washington and received her BA in Speech Language Pathology from Washington State University in 1995, and her MS in Communication Disorders from the University of Wyoming in 2003. She is an accredited member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Erin has worked in both the public school settings and clinical settings, as well as adult acute care. She and her husband Mike have been married for 20 years, and they have three school-aged daughters. Erin is excited to be working again, as she took time away from her career to be home with her girls when they were young. She absolutely loves the kids she works with and the opportunity to see kids in their homes.
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Kids In Motion Therapy Clinic
4152 Meridian Street, Suite 105, PMB 159
Bellingham, WA 98226
Center Hours: M-F, 9am - 5pm