As an Occupational Therapist, my career path has led me in several directions. As I noted on another page…
“ A graduate of the University of Florida (UF) in 1997, registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) with a license to practice in Florida. Began career working with clients in the skilled nursing facility setting. In 2006, began working for the local school system, providing therapy services and support to students from kindergarten through high school, with a wide variety of needs. Earned a master of education degree in special education, with a specialized focus in education-health care transition. This certificate combines my occupational therapy skills with strong knowledge about education, to work with young adults as they transition from the K12 school setting to their chosen post-secondary goals. In addition, continue in rehab hospital working with adults of all ages to help them address and improve to their quality life and level of function.”
So now my path is taking a new turn. I am beginning a private practice to work with individuals that would like to address needs, provided in their home, in the community, or in a teletherapy platform. I have considered this idea for quite some time but never took the steps to follow that pathway. I invite you to follow me during this endeavor!
My own personal career transition reminds me of what inspired all of this. When I work with students, we address their needs and wants. We talk about what they would like to do when they finish school. When I meet a client in the rehab hospital, one of my first questions is, “What is your goal for this time in therapy?” Sometimes people need extra help to be able to achieve their hopes and dreams. As an OT, I love providing support to children, young adults, adults of all ages to acquire improved skills, improved quality of life, and sometimes improved tools needed to overcome some obstacles.
When I was 21, I was in a car accident that nearly ended my life. I suffered a traumatic head injury, crushed 3 vertebrae (T3-T5), crushed both lungs, broke multiple bones in my trunk/upper body. I was in coma for 40 days. I was on life support. When I awoke from my coma, I had significantly impaired memory and word finding skills. My parents were advised that they may need to find long term care for me, as I would likely remain cognitively impaired. I received occupational therapy, physical therapy and many other services, in addition to support from my wonderful parents. I remember saying to the OTs, you have a great job, you do great things. That was in 1991. By 1997, I graduated from the University of Florida and became an Occupational Therapist, eager to help others address what issues they needed, to achieve their own hopes and dreams.
What are your goals? What do you daydream about achieving? I am eager to hear what is important to you.
At this time, I work for the local school system full time and in a rehab hospital part time. As a private practitioner, I will be available weekdays, after school work hours, to provide in-home, community or teletherapy occupational therapy and consultation/coaching services as needed to address functional activities and skills to increase one’s independence. These skills may include activities of daily living (self-care), life-skills, transition planning, executive function skills, health and wellness, fine motor skills, and more!
Currently, Treasure Coast OT is currently accepting only private pay and out of network benefits. In addition, please note: This page is not intended to be used for communication between our office and you regarding you or your child’s health. Please call or email my contact information, if you would like to discuss these.
Here we go!