• Meet Our Staff •
The therapy team at Kids Therapy 4 Success are trained and certified professionals with experience in diagnosing and providing personalized therapy solutions for children from birth to 18 years of age.
Tracy Schallberger - OTR/L and Co-Owner
Tracy is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She attended San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has been a co-owner in a private therapy practice providing school-based OT since 2000. She has completed extensive coursework in the area of sensory integration theory and practice and is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. In addition, Tracy has completed training in Sensational Brain Sensory Diet Program, Size Matters Handwriting Program, and Handwriting Without Tears.
Tracy is passionate about children. She believes every child should be given the opportunity to live purposefully by reaching their full potential regardless of their challenges. When Tracy is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, most often on the sports field or court, or on their small ranch just outside of Lodi.
Shelley Banks - OTR/L and Co-Owner
Shelley is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington. Shelley went into occupational therapy with the goal of working with children. She started her career in Southern California working for the Child Development Center at Simi Valley Adventist Hospital and has been providing both school and clinic-based occupational therapy services, in Lodi and the surrounding communities, since 1994. She has been a co-owner in a private therapy practice since 2000.
Shelley has always loved working with children and their families to help them meet their goals and maximize their skills. She has extensive training in sensory processing assessment and therapy and is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. Shelley also has training in the Sensational Brain Sensory Diet program, has completed continuing education in the Handwriting Without Tears and Size Matters Handwriting Program. She always enjoys opportunities to provide training for parents and educators. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her family and friends, hiking, and long walks with her dog.
Ruth Fox - MS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist
Ruth is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University. After discovering the career of occupational therapy, she decided to make a switch and went on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State. She has always had a passion for working with children.
Ruth has worked in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, providing school-based therapy, as well as experience working in a private clinical setting in the bay area. Ruth has had training with the Handwriting Without Tears and Size Matters Handwriting Program, as well as training and continuing education in the area of Sensory Integration, specifically the Sensational Brain Sensory Diet Program. She has also taken continuing education courses and has experience working with children with feeding issues, utilizing the SOS approach to feeding. Ruth has a passion for helping children with special needs and challenges live their best life as well as educate families on how to best support their children.
When Ruth is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two girls, and her lab, taking walks, going to the beach or a park, and enjoying the outdoors.
Mallory Mertz - PT, DPT - Physical Therapist
Mallory is a licensed physical therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. She published a review on passive stretching in children with cerebral palsy in the Journal of Physical Therapy Student Research while at UOP. Mallory has been working with children in a variety of settings including clinic-based, warm water therapy, school-based, and early intervention since 2011. She has been trained in the Movement Opportunities Via Education (MOVE) Program and enjoys working with children and their caregivers to empower movement in a way that is meaningful to each child. Mallory enjoys practicing yoga and she frequently uses aspects of yoga and mindfulness in her therapy.
When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her husband and two young children, most often playing outside, going on walks, and taking trips to the zoo.
Erin Cecchini - PTA - Physical Therapy Assistant
Erin is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Kinesiology from California State University Fresno. She received her AA in Physical Therapy Assistant from Professional Skills Int. Erin has been actively practicing for 20 years and working with children in a variety of settings including NICU, Outpatient Clinics, and Early Intervention for the last 16 years. Erin has an interest and experience in sensory processing and especially how sensitivity to movement affects children. She enjoys working with children and their caregivers to assist in obtaining their highest functional and developmental ability. Erin strives to help the family discover all resources available to assist in helping them succeed.
When not working, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage boys, watching them play sports, taking trips to the beach and the mountains to relax and discover new adventures.
Sarah Takahashi - MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist
Sarah Takahashi is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She attended Loma Linda University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy.
After graduation, she returned home to the island of Oahu where she went to work as a school-based OT for the Honolulu School District. In 2008, Sarah moved to Lodi, CA with her husband and two young boys. She worked at Fairmont Rehab for a few years before returning to her true calling, school-based OT. Working in pediatrics with children of all ages is her passion and she loves celebrating all the accomplishments, big or small, of each student she works with. Sarah has completed continuing education in Handwriting Without Tears and Size Matters.
When not working, she enjoys CrossFit, running, watching her two boys play sports, and going to Disneyland.