About Us


Sandy Karlek has a BA in Recreation and is certified in both Aquatic Therapy and Exercise Therapy.  She has over 20 years of experience in aquatics working with a diverse group of clients, across all ages, with various congenital or acquired health challenges.  She is an expert in behavioral, sensory and developmental challenges and has worked with clients of all ages on the Autism Spectrum. Sandy's innovative water-based therapy and exercise programs are individually created to best fit the needs of each individual.  


Maya Hamel studied Aquatic Therapy in Isreal. She was involved in treating patience with a variety of diagnoses such as children on the autism spectrum as well as cognitive, emotional and physical delays. She also has experience and training in orthopedic and neurological issues, including traumatic brain injuries. She has intensive training in specific areas of aquatic therapy such as Watsu, Hallawik, and Bad Ragaz. She is excited to move back to the states and start a new chapter in her career.   


Heather Elizabeth Hawthorne, LMT, CYT, ATRIC is a former U.S. national champion swimmer and member of the U.S. National Swimming coaching staff as well as a background in alternative health care therapies, massage, Naturopathy and Yoga. She has worked with kids and adults with chronic conditions and special needs. She recently completed her training in Aquatic Therapy and is looking forward to helping clients of all ages with chronic illness/pain, behavior or cognitive challenges, or difficulty with motor planning enjoy the benefits from the incredible healing properties of water.


Teal Hoffmann is an ABA Therapist now taking the plunge into Aquatic Therapy. She has a long history with swim teams, swim instructions, and lifeguarding and is looking forward to sharing her love of being in the water, and all the healing properties it can posses with her new clients.  Teal has two children of her own, and understands the importance of teaching water safety in and out of the pool.  While being involved in childcare most of her life, she has never had such a rewarding experience as she has had with ABA Therapy, it has opened her eyes to a whole new wonderful world, and is looking forward to bringing that into the water. She also enjoys the art world, her talents include mural art, metal smithing, painting, ceramics and other mixed medias.



Victoria Law is self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic about life. She has an adult son and they love to travel together. They are looking forward to their family trip to Africa next year. Victoria works as a Medical Assistant in an Emergency Room in Seattle and loves it. She is motivated by helping people, working hard but really enjoys her time off by hiking, paddle boarding and traveling.



Daniela (Dani) Garmendia is passionate, self-motivated, disciplined, enthusiastic, resilient, and goal oriented. Originally from Venezuela, Daniela swam for many years with the Venezuelan synchronized swimming National team. She recently graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelors in Athletic Training and is a certified personal trainer. She has been a swim instructor for over 8 years and has worked with people of all ages and abilities. Her patience, experience and creative nature is demonstrated as she works with the wide range of clients in the pool. 

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