Dr. Christine L. Kan, OTD, OTR/L, IBCLC, is an occupational therapist that specializes in lactation, feeding therapy, orofacial sensory motor re-training, and lip and tongue ties. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in occupational therapy in 2013, focusing on feeding interventions for children with special needs.
She is trained in Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Infant and Pediatric Neurodevelopmental training (NDT), Neonatal Oral Motor and Assessment Scale (NOMAS ), Neonatal Touch and Massage Certification (NTMC), and has her advanced practice in feeding, eating, and swallowing (SWC). She has experience helping medically fragile infants and young children transition from gastronomy tube (G-tube) feedings to oral feedings at the hospital and at home.
She currently works part time as a neonatal occupational therapist in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in San Gabriel, CA and Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, CA. She also works part time at her private practice, supporting parents with complex feeding histories, infant development, and breastfeeding.
She is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and is passionate supporting parents of premature and babies with tethered oral tissues breast/chestfeed their newborn. She went through her own personal struggle of breastfeeding babies with ties; her daughter with a lip tie and her son with a lip and tongue tie. Christine is currently tandem nursing her toddler (3 years) and infant (1 year).