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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.
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.
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.
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.
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..