Meet Our LAIPT Staff

Dr. Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT

Dr. Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT is the founder and owner of Los Angeles Intensive Pediatric Therapy (LAIPT). She received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the California State University of Northridge and completed her post-professional clinical doctorate with honors at Regis University. Since her undergraduate years, Dr. Pokras  interests included the study of movement disorders. She participated in numerous research projects as a graduate student. Upon graduation, Dr. Pokras was invited to participate in a three-year research project at UCLA involving a lokomat and patients with multiple sclerosis.

Since 2009, Dr. Pokras has been contributing to the Russian publication, “Life with Cerebral Palsy: Problems and Solutions.” Her articles in this magazine inform readers about current methods, treatment options, and the latest research findings covering the topic of cerebral palsy.

Dr. Pokras holds a clinical instructor’s certification from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is an active member of the organization. Dr. Pokras is passionate about sharing her knowledge of pediatric physical therapy with physical therapy interns. Many of her former students are now successfully working in pediatric settings. She is constantly participating in conferences, symposiums, and presentations to enhance her knowledge and exchange information with her American and European colleagues. Dr. Pokras holds numerous certifications in various treatment methods.


Occupational Therapy Department

  • Lesley Lai MA, OTR/L
  • Jessica Lee MA, OTR/L
  • Valerie Lang MA, OTR/L

Physical Therapy Department

  • Shannon Long PT, DPT
  • Eva Simons PT, DPT
  • Natalia Pokras PT, DPT
  • Jenni Benger PT, DPT
  • Marissa Dannaway PT, DPT

Speech Therapy Department

  • Alex Gersh MA, CCC-SLP
  • Jaclyn Steinberg MA, CCC-SLP
  • Debra Mizrahi-Smith MA, CCC-SLP
  • Kanyinsola Banigo MA, CCC-SLP

Office Management

  • Maxine Pokras BA Psychology – Office Manager
  • Maria Krylova – Billing

Grow Strong Together Leading Therapists

  • Alex Gersh MA, CCC-SLP
  • Lesley Lai MA, OTR-L
  • Natalia Pokras PT, DPT