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Cathy R. Lopez, PT, DPT

Director, Irvine Care Center

Cathy is a pediatric physical therapist with over 15 years of experience, who truly has a passion for helping children and their families. Throughout her career, she has specialized in evaluating and treating the pediatric neurodevelopmental population, as well as the medically fragile and complex pediatric patient. She is well versed in various neurodevelopmental diagnoses and is trained in pediatric NDT, sensory integration, yoga for the special child, pediatric electrical stimulation, kinesiology taping, and other specialties.  

 

As a clinician, she has practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home-based early intervention, schools, and founded and operated her own pediatric physical therapy and yoga clinic. Over the last decade, Cathy uniquely transitioned into an administrative role and served as a leader for the rehabilitation team at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). She fostered daily process improvement while also focusing on patient and family satisfaction, clinical excellence, and associate engagement. Cathy is excited to bring her clinical background in conjunction with her leadership skills to serve as one of the center directors for Cortica. 

 

Cathy received her master's degree in physical therapy from Boston University and her doctorate in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. During her spare time, Cathy enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs.