Collaborative OT Solutions therapists are experienced and trained to support children and families with a range of exceptional needs and circumstances.  We welcome children and families from all backgrounds. Collaborative OT Solutions takes a collaborative approach, working together to meet each child’s unique therapy needs.


Jennifer Canaris, OTR/L

President and CEO

Jennifer Canaris is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University, California. In addition, Jennifer has a Certificate of Specialized Training in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California/ Western Psychological Services and, an Assistive Technology Certificate from the University of California, San Diego Extension Program. Jennifer also holds a Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears Certification. She also has specialized training in Therapeutic Listening, The Zones of Regulation, and SOS Approach to Feeding.

Jennifer has 21 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist. She has been in private-practice for 19 years and has worked with private and public school systems, families, and early intervention clients. She has been a guest lecturer/speaker at local public and private colleges and organizations throughout San Diego. She was previously a Board Member and Presenter for the Occupational Therapy Association of California. Jennifer was a National Workshop Presenter and Consultant for Handwriting Without Tears™ for 4 years and has over 19 years of experience using the Handwriting Without Tears™ program with pre-school, elementary, and middle school aged children of all ability levels.

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Danielle Burns, MOT, otR/L

Occupational Therapist

Due to her passion for people and healthcare, Danielle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology, from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA. In preparation for graduate school, Danielle began work as an ABA therapist where she fell in deep love with children with disabilities and their surrounding communities.  In 2015, Danielle received her Master’s degree at the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA.  Since then, she has worked with a variety of ages and diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, sensory integrative disorders, developmental delay, and more.  Her passion is to make therapy a fun, enjoyable experience for her kiddos, as well as provide as much guidance and understanding for their families as possible. If you catch her outside of work, you will most likely find her out in the fresh air, with her husband, doing some of their favorite activities: rock climbing, backpacking, surfing, paddle boarding, or playing fetch with their Border Collie (Finn). 

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Ashley Martinez, otr/l

Occupational Therapist

Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, along with minors in Biology and Music, from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State in 2011. Due to her passion to help others achieve the highest quality of life, she earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences in San Marcos, California. Her experience includes working with children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. Ashley enjoys finding strategies and collaborating with family members to help her clients achieve the highest level of independence possible. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband, volunteering at her local church, and going on walks or hikes around beautiful San Diego.

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Mariana Leon Garcia, COTA/L

Occupational Therapist

Mariana received her Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate’s degree in 2013 at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania after spending years involved in the care of children with special needs. Since then, she was worked in a variety of settings. However, her passion has always brought her back to working with children to help them achieve the level of independence they need to develop through life. Mariana is bilingual in both English and Spanish. Outside of work, Mariana enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running and rock climbing. 

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Lan Tina Tran, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Tina strives to provide a caring and supportive environment for her clients and families, enabling her clients to grow and excel in their daily life.  She is passionate about helping people improve their quality of life and increase their independence with their daily activities. Tina has worked in a variety of occupational therapist settings, including in-home early intervention services, skilled nursing, and pediatric outpatient therapy. Her experience also includes working with infants and children with a variety of diagnoses, such as developmental delays, fine motor delays, autism spectrum disorder, seizure disorder, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. She is also trained to use the Handwriting Without Tears™ program with elementary school-aged children. Tina is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and has both Arizona and California licenses. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Tina holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara. When she is not working, you’ll find her outdoors at the beach or on a hike with her dog Autumn, spending time with her family and friends, or traveling to a new city or country. 

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Kailey Bender, MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kailey received her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science from California State University, Long Beach in 2014. Before attending graduate school, Kailey volunteered with an organization which provided Ocean and Surfing Therapy to the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton and also to at-risk youth in the community. This experience sparked a passion for helping others and in 2018, Kailey graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Kailey’s experience involves working with children with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD and developmental delay. She knows the importance of establishing a great relationship with her clients and their families, and providing a fun setting for therapy. When she’s not at work, Kailey enjoys going to the beach and exploring good places to eat in San Diego!

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Carmen Smith, DOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Carmen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in 2015. After completing an internship in a pediatric occupational therapy clinic and research assistant position in an Early Development Studies Lab, she found her passion in working with children of all abilities. In 2018, she earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Northern Arizona University. Her latest experience includes working with children with developmental delay, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder through development of an animal-assisted occupational therapy program in Northern Thailand. Carmen is dedicated to being a passionate and creative therapist to help children develop new skills and abilities as well as provide a supportive environment for families. Outside of work, Carmen enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, being out on the water and spending time with family and friends. 

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Jasmine Barlow

Administrative Assistant

Jasmine went to Pima Medical Institute where she learned a lot of her skills such as excel, word, and electronic health records. She has always had a love for people and making sure that they get the best care possible. Jasmine wants everyone who visits a medical office to be able to say that we helped them and their child to get the care they deserve. She has always loved working with children having worked for the El Cajon Unified School District for 2 years where she worked with children from the ages of five years old to 10 years old. When not at work, Jasmine enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with my family.

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