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Kristin Ovenshire Morehouse

Kristin Ovenshire Morehouse has been working with people with special needs since 1988, for over 27 years. She has worked in therapeutic recreation running overnight, backpacking,climbing and kayaking camps for students who have disabilities. She has also worked as a teacher, occupational therapist and residential instructor in residential schools with people who have dual diagnoses and severely challenging behaviors.  She has advanced training in treating people with sensory integration difficulties and has a post graduate certificate in Leadership and Excellence in Neuro-Developmental Disabilities from the Medical College of Virginia.  She was on the intercollegiate policy debate team at Mary Washington College from which she graduated with a Bachelors in Philosophy.  She has two Master's degrees, the first was a 90 credit hour problem based learning degree in occupational therapy from Shenandoah University and the second is in special education from the University of Louisville.  She has been an occupational therapist in a range of settings: public schools, residential schools, Head Start, rehab facilities, nursing homes, out patient, home health, and hospitals.  She has provided therapy to people aged through the lifespan, from infants through people who are aged and passing through hospice.  As a teacher on the east coast she specialized in teaching people with autism and was sent as an advocate and specialist to work with families of people with autism across the state of Virginia.  She was also used as the occupational therapist on a highly respected autism diagnostic team.  As a teacher, Kristin has taught at self inclusive school for students with dual diagnoses and severely challenging behavior where she was for close to ten years.  She has lived here in Pagosa for 13 years and enjoys teaching resource students at the high school where she has been since 2014.  She enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing and Jiu Jitsu with her friends and family. 

Kristin Morehouse

P.O. Box 4790 (173 Cross Ck Pl) ♦ Pagosa Springs, CO  81157

Email: Phone: (970) 903-5338

Special Educator and Occupational Therapist

EDUCATION:  Masters of Education, Special Education, University of Louisville, 2003; Interdisciplinary Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Excellence in Neuro Developmental Disabilities (LEND program) Virginia Commonwealth University/ Medical College of  Virginia 2001;  Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, Shenandoah University, 1999;  Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Mary Washington University, 1993; Advanced training in sensory integration theory, assessment, and treatment through the University of Southern California Sensory Integration and Praxis Courses, 2001;  Positive Behavior Supports, 2000; Functional Behavioral Analysis, University of Louisville, 2002.  My Masters in Occupational Therapy was a research intensive, problem based learning, 90 credit hour program which culminated in designing and implementing a caregiver wellness and training program.  


2/14 to Present, School Based Occupational Therapist contracted with Dulce Independent School System

Provide evaluations and intervention sessions with students (pre-K to high school) identified as having occupational therapy needs.  Participate on interdisciplinary committees designed to support student achievement.  Provide services directly to students, as training of paraprofessionals, and of other professionals including regular education and special education teachers.  I offer concrete strategies for students to use in succeeding in their regular education classes.

11/13 to Present, Occupational Therapist, Pagosa Springs Medical Center Hospital

Provide multifaceted support and assess progress of individuals experiencing occupational disruptions due to injury or illness.  Provide holistic guidance to people struggling to identify resources and options for support within our community and beyond.  Teach patients and train staff in fall prevention and use of compensatory techniques in the completion of activities of daily living and additional therapeutic activities.

02/11 to Present, Occupational Therapist, Centura Health, Mercy Home Health, Pagosa Springs, CO

Prevent further injury and deterioration by encouraging person centered wellness pursuits in an effort to improve each patient’s ability to safely and independently meet their daily needs within their home environment.  Teach environmental alteration, use of adaptive equipment, durable medical equipment, the use of compensatory techniques, and the use of exercises to improve safety and independence with functional transfers and activities while meaningfully engaging in functional and instrumental daily living tasks.  Work with people of all ages and their caregivers.  Continually monitor progress towards goals.

  • I am the key figure in a cooperative program between San Juan Basin Health and Mercy Home Health; I recommend Medicaid funded home modifications to maximize functional independence and safety.
  • Skilled in interdisciplinary and interagency communications to assess patient progress and care plan formations.
  • Achieved Centura “expert level” clinical recognition in providing creative person centered care and achieving desired quality outcomes.

02/10 to 05/11, Occupational Therapist, Synertx, Phoenix, AZ

Evaluate and treat skilled nursing facility in-patient population for independence and safety with ADL’s and functional transfers.  Teach fall prevention and psycho social wellness pursuits within the patients’ particular contexts.  Monitor progress in therapeutic goals.

  • Provided multiple training opportunities for CNAs.
  • Trained, supervised, and mentored a COTA.
  • Managed DME/ wheelchair supplies required to meet the needs of a diverse patient base.

06/08 to 02/10, Occupational Therapist, San Juan Kids- Community Connections

Evaluate and treat the occupational therapy /developmental needs of children under the age of 3.                                                                                              

  • Successfully developed rapport necessary for 360 degree treatment provision with parents for their infants and toddlers.
  • Collaborated to develop multifaceted treatment plans to address complex psycho-social behavioral and developmental needs of infants/ toddlers.

1994-2003 Academic Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Residential Instructor, Grafton School, VA and MD

Designed and implemented treatment plans within a community based residential school.  We only served people with severely challenging behaviors (these behaviors were often the result of dual diagnoses and autism).  My specialty was teenage boys with autism but I worked with people aged 6 to 43.  The 3 campuses I served each had approximately 40 people with autism. My expertise was valued and used across the state of Virginia by multiple interagency organizations.  My research and specialization in wellness was born directly from my earliest experiences working directly with families.  I had full support of my administration to implement cutting edge treatment and training programs which addressed the holistic wellness needs of our students and staff.

  • Developed and implemented agency-wide staff training programs.
  • Trained in Positive Behavior Supports, Mandt de-escalation techniques 1995-2003, and in facilitating the development of PATH’s (Planning Alternate Tomorrows with Hope) a facilitated person centered/ team based long range planning process to help people with special needs identify his/her goals and develop an action plan to work toward achieving his/her goals, 2000.
  • In home/ In school state-wide Consultant for the Virginia Autism Resource Center, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Autism Diagnostic Team VIDD, Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities.
  • Organized and facilitated multidisciplinary/ interagency team sessions dedicated to help children with complex needs.
  • Mentored for grant writing.
  • Developed and implemented a multidisciplinary caregiver wellness and training program.

1989-1996 Program Specialist in High Ropes, Counselor to Camp Coordinator, Easter Seal Society of Virginia and Alabama

Met the daily needs of people with special needs while insuring their emotional and physical safety.  Conducted adapted challenges including zip-lines, a 28 foot high tree platform, canoeing, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding for people with special needs.