I graduated from Mount Mary College with a Bachelor of Science in occupational Therapy. I became an OT due to my desire to work with special needs children and their families. As an OT I have worked in the Birth to Three programs, pediatric, school, outpatient, hospital and rehab settings.
My philosophy during therapy sessions is to improve a child’s strength, coordination, sensory and social abilities. When children are curious and motivated they want t put forth their best effort to explore, move and engage in play. My therapy sessions focus to provide children with the ability to engage in play and move toward greater independence and quality of life. My special passion is to provide children with the abilities and strength they need in a fun and supportive environment. I feel communication is important with families and team members. My goal is to design activities for families and children that incorporates play into their daily routine.
My knowledge of medical intervention, physical disabilities and sensory impairments provides a variety of techniques to meet each child’s individual special requirements and needs. I have completed extensive coursework in Sensory Integration. Continued education is important to me due to the constant changes that occur in our healthcare everyday.
Rehab Director – Central Region
As a pediatric occupational therapist I truly enjoy working with the children and the families that I meet every day. I graduated from Mount Mary College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. I have worked with Rehab Resources for the past 17 years, providing services in both the clinic and home setting through the Birth to Three Program. I have completed continuing education course work in the areas of Sensory Integration (SI), Therapeutic Listening, Neuro-development treatment, handwriting and Pediatric Myofacial Release.
The team approach to treatment is important to me. Working closely with providers on the team including physical therapists, speech therapists, early childhood educators and families is a priority to providing the best treatment possible. Each child presents new challenges, and I am motivated to provide an individualized approach to treatment to meet their needs. I work hard to incorporate activities that are not only challenging but are motivating and fun for the child. It is my goal to provide parent education and help them to build the skills to continue to assist their child after therapy is over. Communication with families to identify areas of need for their child and to establish functional goals is also a goal during the course of treatment. I am grateful for all that I have learned from the many families and therapists that I have worked with and strive to continue my education in the field of occupational therapy to provide the best treatment possible.
I have been a pediatric occupational therapist working with kids from birth and beyond since 2011. I graduated from the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin and have been working with children ever since. I have obtained further training in sensory diets, feeding and handling techniques.
As an OT I address concerns with your child’s fine motor, visual motor, motor planning, and sensory processing. Activities that I can support you in include daily living skills such as play, community outings, mealtime, hygiene, and dressing routines.
I work with each child and their family and figuring out what works best for them. Each child and family is different and I will do my best to find what works and fits into you family dynamic to best meet the goals for your child. I have a true passion for working with children. Through both personal and professional experiences I have learned a lot and continue to educate myself on the latest techniques to use in therapy.
I look forward to meeting you and your family.