What is the essence of what you do? (Who am I?)
I am a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. I graduated in 2004 from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and was inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon honor society. My specialty has always been in pediatric therapy, and I have worked in outpatient clinics, private practice, and home health. I also have early intervention experience working in day treatment centers for medically fragile infants and children ages 0-5 years. I have treated numerous kids with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) as well as children with developmental delays, disabilities and diagnoses such as prematurity, Autism, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
I have invested significant time over my career attending continuing education courses and training devoted to understanding the sensory integration approach in occupational therapy, and to increase my knowledge in treatment modalities related to infants and children. I am trained in NeuroDevelopmental Treatment of the baby, Pediatric Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Listening, Vision/ Visual Processing, How Does Your Engine Run?, Astronaut Training (Auditory, Vestibular, Visual protocol), Reflex Integration, and am certified in Beckman Oral Motor. I also have experience in feeding therapy and mealtime challenges.
What do you believe? (A quote that describes you):
“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” – John Irving
What do you like most about working with patients?
I love the therapeutic relationship that develops with the children when they come to their occupational therapy sessions. I feel good knowing I am able to meet them where they are and help them obtain the sensory input they need, and I have a blast at the same time! By implementing the “just right challenge” during play activities that are meaningful to the child, the gains are immense for self-regulation/social/emotional/communication/play skills.
Why did you choose to become an occupational therapist?
When I discovered occupational therapy, it felt like a natural fit for me. I could channel my need to help others and use my strengths in creativity, problem solving skills, and intuitiveness to connect and support my client’s abilities to participate in meaningful activities in their daily lives despite any obstacles impeding their functioning.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?
I feel like families sense that I respect their child and understand their needs and that I try to honor what is important to them throughout the therapy process. I think because I am very energetic and fun loving, I am relatable to the kids and they can be themselves, and we will find fun ways to get their needs met!
SMART Pediatric therapists and staff are truly invested in your child and your family. We are available to offer education and tangible strategies for home program implementation. We utilize a strong team approach and always strive to improve functional outcomes and quality of life for the kids and the families we serve.