I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences at Southern Illinois University. While attending school in Carbondale, IL, I provided speech and language services to toddlers at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD), during which I gained specialized training with the birth to three population with ASD. During clinical fellowships I worked in hospital and school settings which allowed me to gain a variety of clinical experience serving adults and pediatrics. Following graduation I received a position in the south suburbs of Chicago providing services to the birth to three population and their families. This is where I discovered the importance of working closely with caregivers to promote a child’s development. After working in this position for two years, I relocated to Appleton, WI where I accepted an offer continuing to work with the birth to three population and their families in Brown County. I enjoy being part of a specialized team that understands the importance of early intervention.
I began home visiting families over 20 years ago; offering support and parent education in child development, as well as teaching infant massage and leading play groups. This experience cemented my love of working with families and children. Partly because of this position, I decided to complete my degree and become and Occupational Therapist. I completed my second undergraduate degree in Occupational Science and Technology, as well as my Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I also have a previous Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology and Human Development that I received at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.
I began working with Rehab Resources before completing my Master’s Degree, working as a Therapy Aide. Following graduation, I transitioned into a position where I worked with families in the Birth to Three Program as well as treating children in the clinic. My greatest joy is in working with families, so I transitioned to another position where I could focus on just Birth to Three. I believe that the greatest resource a child has is the family that provides their care, therefore, parent education is the most important aspect of my job as an Occupational Therapist.
I am married and have 3 grown children. Outside of work, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping, spending time with my family, and quilting when I have the time.
Rehab Director – North Region
I graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I then moved to the University of Kansas for my graduate degree where I was part of the Communication and Autism Project, which allowed me the opportunity for some specialized training and opportunities in autism spectrum disorders. After graduation, my first job was with Rehab Resources in West Bend. I left for a short time in order to relocate closer to family, but rejoined the company in 20007 when the opportunity arose to join the Brown County team. I’ve been working there ever since.
Although I have worked with a variety of ages, my passion is working with children under 3. I love the process of problem-solving with the family to determine what motivates their child and discovering their child’s and their family’s strengths. I have taken coursework and had experience in feeding/swallowing, augmentative/alternative communication, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, deaf and hard-of-hearing, cleft palate and more.
I have been a pediatric occupational therapist working with children since 2006. I graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at University Wisconsin-La Crosse and have been working with children ever since. As a birth to three provider I enjoy working with children in their natural environment and collaborating and empowering parents to help their children reach their full potential. As an OT, I address concerns with your child’s fine motor, visual motor, motor planning, and sensory processing, through daily routines and play activities.
My education has continued through a variety of continuing education opportunities. I have focused my ongoing studies on learning more about sensory integration dysfunction and treatment of neuromuscular disorders.
I recieved my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UW-Milwaukee. I have always desired to work with children, and through field experience during college realized that Birth to 3 was the right place for me. I have been working in Birth to 3 since 2003. I started my career with Milwaukee County’s Birth to 3 program and now work with Brown County’s Birth to 3 program. I have thoroughly enjoyed my opportunities working with families and their children.
My education has continued through a variety of continuing education opportunities. These include training in the areas of PECS, the SOS Feeding Approach to Eating and the Beckman Oral Motor program.