Our Team

Meet Dr. Chandi

Dr. Chandi Edmonds, PT, MPT, DPT, PCS

Dr. Chandi is a licensed physical therapist who is also a Board-Certified Pediatric Specialist with 20 years of experience. She has provided quality care to pediatric and adult clients in a variety of settings in Chicago and Los Angeles, including Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Advocate Children’s Hospital, LaRabida Children’s Hospital, and Cedar Sinai Medical Center. Her experience working with infants and young children include time in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, home based Early Intervention programs, and schools systems. She is a certified  instructor in Prenatal/Postnatal Fitness and Mat Pilates and has a background/training in Yoga and Pilates for kids with and without special needs, and childhood sports injury prevention.


Dr. Chandi earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree at Spelman College. She was also Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education at Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Adjunct Clinical Faculty at University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She most recently joined Erikson Institute as an adjunct faculty member summer 2018 teaching Physical Growth and Child Development.    


The health of the community has been a passion of Dr. Chandi since she was a graduate student and is excited to be able to pursue this passion full time.

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Team members

Kaylee Goss

Kaylee Goss is a Children’s Yoga and Movement Instructor and a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (200-RYT) with Alpha Kids Shine. Kaylee has a passion for yoga, working with kids, and helping children reach their potential! 


Kaylee is a graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology working toward a Master’s in Counseling Psychology for Children and Adolescents. She also works at a yoga studio part-time and volunteers at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. She believes both adults and children can benefit and evolve with a yoga practice, and she is excited to share that growth through Alpha Kids Shine! 


Lauren Smith

Lauren is Children’s Yoga and Movement Instructor and a Registered Yoga Teacher with Alpha Kids Shine.  Lauren has been dancing and moving for 25 years. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from the Ohio State University and then spent several fun years in Orlando, FL dancing at Disney World! She is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT-200 and currently teaches and manages at CorePower Yoga--Lakeview. She loves yoga for the physical experience but also for the mental clarity and the mind/body connection. Lauren is glad to be able to bring yoga to children and start them on a lifelong journey!  We are so happy to have Lauren with us at Alpha Kids Shine!

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Sanda Hallman

Sandra is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage and Social-emotional consultant with Alpha Kids Shine.  She has a bachelor's and master's degree in child development and has been working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs and their caregivers since 2000. Her areas of specialty include prematurity, attachment, behavior, emotional regulation and behavioral organization, and routines-based intervention.  

Sandra also has a private practice (Healthy Parenting Resources) providing families outside of Early Intervention with supports around challenges they experience in parenting.  She is NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment) and NIDCAP (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) trained. She is also certified in the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Teaching Scales assessment tool. She has provided families with service coordination in Early Intervention and developmental therapy in a variety of settings, including home, school/day care, community environments, and hospital.

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