Rachel Lawrence is the founder and owner of Parallel Play, and is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist from Texas. She has a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Texas Medical Branch. She has practiced as a pediatric OT for 8 years, providing services to children of all ages and abilities. She is especially passionate about getting children moving in functional ways, as well as working with caregivers and serving as a sounding board for navigating challenges that may arise in each family’s life.
Rachel has over 16 years of gymnastics experience including coaching, judging and competing. In 2014, she received her Big Fun certification and began to combine her love of gymnastics with traditional therapy principles to help children unlock their potential. She founded Parallel Play in 2015, and opened Parallel Play’s first sensory gymnastics gym in the fall of 2019. Rachel is an Ironman triathlete, marathoner, dreamer, schemer, wife and mother. She looks forward to empowering both you and your child to live your biggest life possible!
Emma Rogers is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist who loves working with kids and families to reach their unique goals. Emma received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Stanbridge University in Irvine, CA, and her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Chapman University in Orange, CA. She was an accepted presenter at the national conference for occupational therapy (AOTA) and California state conference (CFOT) for her research on how adaptive outdoor activities can increase quality of life in children with disabilities and their families.
Growing up as a competitive gymnast and cheerleader helped Emma develop a passion to use movement as therapy. Emma also has 10 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities through her involvement in a sleepaway summer camp called RAD Camp (Rising Above Disabilities). After her days of competitive gymnastics and cheer, Emma found yoga and rock climbing and fell in love. Emma is a certified yoga instructor and has used yoga in combination with her occupational therapy practice in school-based, pediatric outpatient, hand therapy, and memory care. Emma continues to strive to learn more about how to use movement as therapy and is dedicated to the families she serves. In her free time, Emma loves hiking, swimming, hanging out with her sheepadoodle puppy Cooper, and cooking new fun dishes.