I don’t know where to begin but Karyn was instrumental in my successful breastfeeding journey with my newborn. My baby had a tongue and lip tie and needed to be revised twice. We saw Karyn during the time in between the two revisions and so glad we saw her when we did. Her treatment along side with Dr Hope (PT) optimized my baby’s oral function to breastfeed efficiently. The sessions were needed in order to help prepare baby for the second revision and getting baby used to finger in mouth with stretches and wound care. Karyn is gentle, welcoming, attentive and is the sweetest with my baby. I appreciate her line of work in helping mamas, babies and their families. I’m beyond thankful for her and nurturing touch in helping myself and my baby." - Mace M.
Karyn Johnson Fernandez is one of the most dedicated professionals in her trade! She helped both my babies with their suck/swallow, breastfeeding latch, helped identify tongue and lip tie, helped them skip a sippy cup and go right to a straw, gave me wonderful ideas/tools and tips with solids to avoid picky eaters and promote independence, observed some mobility concerns over Zoom...the list goes on and on!! She puts so much detail, love and determination into anything and everything she does, especially when it comes to helping babies and children. Her kind, positive and hopeful attitude is a gift to everyone she works with - always accommodating and beyond fair when it comes to schedules and flexibility, and remote visits via Zoom. She never disappoints and has so much knowledge and expertise on multiple subjects! I learn so much from her daily!" - Zaina A.
We worked with Karyn after my son had a tongue/lip tie revision in order to help him learn to breastfeed efficiently. Karyn was warm, kind, and professional in her help. She was able to clearly help me understand our goals and why we were doing the exercises she suggested. I saw a huge improvement with my son and credit our success in breastfeeding partially to our work with Karyn! She also helped build my confidence as a first time mom by validating my instincts. I highly recommend Karyn for any pediatric OT needs." - Allison B.
We have nothing but great things to say about Karyn and our OT experience. We were referred to her after our baby had tongue/lip/cheek ties and I wish I would have found her earlier on our tongue tie journey! Karyn is extremely knowledgeable and professional. She provided great tongue and mouth exercises to help our baby become strong enough to avoid a third revision and to progress towards eating solids. Karyn was able to tailor each appointment to our current needs and did so without making us feel overwhelmed. We highly recommend Karyn!" - Angela H.
I am a pediatric physical therapist and I have worked with Karyn over the past 6 years. She is wonderful to collaborate with on a professional level. She is thorough and extremely knowledgeable in pediatric feeding issues. The thing that separates Karyn from other therapists I have worked with is her approach to therapy. She is warm and understands how to best help families understand their child’s abilities. She treats the child as a whole person within the family unit. Parents always tell me that she has helped their child make tremendous progress in short periods of time with their feeding skills. I personally had Karyn treat my daughter and help me with breastfeeding. Within one session her latch was already significantly better! I always recommend friends and families to see her for any type of feeding concerns."
- Hope R.
Karyn is extremely passionate, caring and super gentle. Absolutely phenomenal occupational therapist would be the smallest compliment to Karyn, who has and is continuing to help my picky eater, two year old son. I had officially given up and lost all hope that my child would never open his mouth willingly for food, yet alone start chewing. It has been only two months and I've seen such improvement in his feedings. Initially, he would only eat purees and now is eating soft foods. I cannot be more satisfied. We still have a long way to go and I'm super excited to have Karyn be a part of this journey. We love Karyn so much that we also have her for my six month old daughter as well." - Soumaya N.
Karyn is the most wonderful OT that we've been with! she's so gentle, patient and knowledgeable. We have had so many difficulties with our son regarding his eating and feeding. With Karyn's help, he's been able to taste different things, touch different textures and also starting to put his mouth on an open cup. We are really excited because we can see his progress on each session. So thankful for our friend who referred Karyn to us!" - Thao L.
We were referred to Karyn after our baby had her tongue/cheek/lip ties revised. We had no idea what to expect (having never worked with an OT before) and Karyn completely blew us away. She is kind, knowledgeable and dedicated to helping our baby improve. She introduced us to tongue exercises that our baby loved (and definitely thought they were a game) and new developmental toys that have since become her favorites. Karyn also collaborated with our lactation consultant and they did a joint session together which was so valuable. She provided us with so many new tools and we now feel much more confident as new parents. We would absolutely recommend her to anyone!" - Kaitlin B.
Karyn is so wonderful, warm, gentle and knowledgeable. She creates such a calm and comforting environment for both the baby and parents. She goes above and beyond to ensure you have all the knowledge and tools to set your child up for success. We worked with Karyn to rehabilitate our daughters tongue after a tongue & lip tie revision. In working with her, we saw improvements even after only two sessions. We are so appreciative of her!" Kimiko H.