Meet the Director

Deborah Kempston BS, OTR/L, Owner/Director

Mrs. Kempston has over 35 years of pediatric Occupational therapy experience in hospitals, schools and clinics.  Ms Kempston served 20 years in the public schools including San Diego Unified and Mesa Public Schools in Arizona.  She worked 2 years at San Diego Children's Hospital and 7 years at UCSD Medical Center.  In addition, She worked with the neuro-developmental population 0-21 at California Children's Services for 7 years.  

Mrs. Kempston is certified in Sensory Integration and has extensive training including Sensory Integration and Praxis Certification, and completion of advanced mentorship training at the SPD  (Sensory Processing Disorder) Foundation in Denver with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.  She has worked with a variety of diagnosis and ages with sensory processing disorders, including children with ASD, ADD, ADHD, Hearing Impaired and Learning disabilities.  

Mrs. Kempston is Pediatric Neuro-developmental treatment certified and has worked with a variety of neuromuscular disorders including Cerebral Palsy, Prematurity, brain trauma.

Mrs. Kempston has extensive experience in early intervention populations working with the NICU follow-up clinic, Pediatric and NICU populations at UCSD Medical center and 0-3 population through CCS and early intervention home therapy.  She served on the Special Education Early Childhood Assessment team at San Diego Unified & has worked with the 3-5 population in the school district and various clinics.

Mrs. Kempston has extensive experience in feeding with at risk infants on the NICU and pediatric floors, neuromuscular disorders such as Cerebral palsy and brain injury in the hospital setting, through the public schools and CCS.  More recently she has worked with the Autism Spectrum Disorder population in clinics and early intervention. 

Mrs. Kempston has extensive work with hand function and handwriting. Through the public schools she worked with Handwriting Without Tears Programs, Classroom teaching including Kindergarten pilot programs "The Write Direction" and computer based grant programs she wrote and implemented.  She has extensive experience in splinting and hand remediation with neuromuscular disorders and with the pediatric burn population for 5 years at UCSD Medical Center Burn Unit. 

Regarding Vision skills and therapeutic listening processing, She has a certification to Teach the PACE processing and cognitive Enhancement program developed by vision therapy and cognitive therapy experts.  She is also certified in Therapeutic Listen and the Interactive Metronome, both specialized tools using sound, music and timing.

Mrs. Kempston has a special interest in music and dance.  She has taught therapeutic dance for special needs population and yoga for kids classes. 


Meet the Staff

Samantha Guan, MOT


After graduating from Stanbridge College in 2013, Samantha began practicing as a COTA with various age groups including infants, toddlers, and adolescents within the outpatient, home health, and school settings. Her passion for children and the field of occupational therapy influenced her decision to pursue a higher education and attain a MOT degree, while also continuing to practice. She recently completed the transitional Master’s program at Concordia University Wisconsin via online/monthly on-campus weekend trips. Samantha loves spending time with her family and friends or engaging in some type of water activity or playing with her 3 dogs on her free time. 

Sherri Drehobl, COTA/L


After working in the Special Education system within the school setting since 2000, Sherri returned to school and graduated from Grossmont College with her Associates degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008. She has been practicing as a pediatric COTA in both in school districts and the outpatient clinic setting. She has experience working with toddler through 23 years old and has specialized training in Handwriting Without Tears and Size Matters, the Zones of Regulation, S’cool Moves, and Interactive Metronome.  In her spare time, Sherri teaches yoga in several settings. She enjoys water sports, live music, and spending time with family and friends. She is fortunate to have travelled to 4 continents and loves to learn about the world through travel.

Christine Murphy, COTA/L


Christine has been working in the field of OT as a Certified Occupational Therapist for almost 20 years. Christine has worked in the areas of: home health, with older adults, infants and school-based therapy.

Her main love and focus has been in pediatrics.

She recently retired from the Greater Anaheim Special Education Local Plan Area in the city of Buena Park, CA.

Currently, she works as a contract therapist for Home Grown OT for Kids in the city of Murrieta, CA.

Jaidee Benasfre, Office Assistant


Jaidee graduated from University of California, Riverside in 2018 with a B.A. in Studio Art. She first started at Home Grown OT 4 Kids as a volunteer in the beginning of 2018. After shadowing Mrs. Debbie Kempston for a number of months, she made the decision to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.  She is currently looking at different MSOT programs and is excited to start learning more about OT.

 Jaidee loves being creative- whether that be painting, arts and crafts, or sewing. In her free time, she enjoys eating out and spending quality time with her family, friends, and her two dogs.