Our National Advisors are guiding us with their expertise in the field of medicine, physical therapy, clinical research, and community outreach and advocacy.

Dr. Mindy Aisen


Dr. Aisen is Chief Medical Officer of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Her professional experiences include CEO of the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation, member of the NIH Council – National Institute Child Health, and member of the ex-officio Board of American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Dr. Aisen is board certified in Neurology and Neurorehabilitation.

Dr. Aisen’s family has been personally touched by Cerebral Palsy and, as such, she has a passion for seeing innovative rehabilitative research reshape the way CP rehabilitation is handled in the United States. Dr. Aisen is a zealous proponent of Children’s Cerebral Palsy Movement’s work.

Dr. Karen Pape, MD

Retired Neonatologist and Clinical Researcher

Dr. Pape is retired from practice, but continues to inform and influence the medical community about what we are learning about Cerebral Palsy and neuroplasticity. Her special interest is brain development and the response of the immature nervous system to injury. She has developed innovative treatment protocols for children with cerebral palsy, brachial plexus and spinal cord injury and has been instrumental in the development of Neonatal Brain Ultrasound Scanning, Threshold Electrical Stimulation (TES) and sEMG Triggered Stimulation (ETS).

Carrie Lee Riggins

Professional Dancer

Carrie Lee Riggins is an acclaimed professional ballerina. Her training began at the School Of American Ballet at the age of 8. She was offered a position with New York City Ballet at the age of 16, where she originated roles choreographed by Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Boal, Twyla Tharp, Elliot Feld and more. She has worked in film and television, including Black Swan, Center Stage, Bringing Balanchine Back, My Idiot Brother, Dancing with the Stars, House M.D., Deal or No Deal, and a Food Network series with Bobby Flay. While being based in New York City, she continues to enjoy producing, choreographing, and teaching and believes that music and dance have powers that go beyond traditional medicine that nourish the mind and soul. Carrie Lee has a desire to relocate to Southern California and is looking forward to mentoring and inspiring the children participating in our therapeutic dance intervention.

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