Diane Petersen, MD

Diane Petersen, MD, recently retired after 30 years of working in the medical industry as a speech and language pathologist and then as a head and neck surgeon (ENT) in the South Bay. Since retiring, she uses her personal and professional experience to support the work of a variety of charitable organizations, including serving on the board of directors for Pediatric Therapy Network.

Why support local nonprofits?

“We have all been hit hard in different ways by the events of 2020, and none of us will emerge from this year unscathed or unchanged. I am especially grateful for the fellowship of generous and loving friends through the organizations in which I’ve been involved. We all can make an impact. I invite everyone to get involved in a local nonprofit and shed light on the work done right here in the South Bay that makes a real difference in people’s lives.”

Tell us about Pediatric Therapy Network.

“Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) helps children with special needs and medical conditions by providing therapies and programs to help them live a fulfilling, independent life. As a physician and therapist, I am incredibly impressed by the work they’re doing to help children reach their fullest potential. PTN annually delivers 150,000 hours of therapeutic intervention to children of all abilities, including those with an autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, developmental delays, orthopedic and neurological challenges, and sports-related injuries.

I joined their board of directors a year and a half ago, and I’m the incoming chair of their Governance Committee. I’m actively supporting their 24th anniversary $250,000 Matching Fund Challenge to grow and strengthen their support base so PTN can be the resource families and communities need for many years to come.”

How did you learn about this organization?

“Throughout my medical career, I have seen the critical lifelong impact early intervention and therapy services can have, so I was aware of PTN and the vital programs they provide children. When I became a Sandpipers member, PTN was one of the agencies they supported. During a tour of PTN’s center, I was impressed to learn that, in addition to providing exceptional programs for children, the organization also participates in university-based research and training of graduate students from 38 countries. It was a joyful moment for me to learn that PTN had so many facets that enabled them to provide comprehensive, cutting-edge treatment in the South Bay.”