What is the essence of what you do?I am the founder, owner, and primary therapist at SMART Pediatric Therapy. In August of 2016, I completed my Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy with an elective track in Pediatrics from Rocky Mountain University. Prior to that, I graduated from San Jose State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. My academic achievements include induction into Phi Kappa Phi, being awarded Dean’s Scholar, graduating with departmental honors, and graduating summa cum laude. My work is with a pediatric client base and I have experience working in the school setting, in the clinic setting, in early intervention (0 to 3 years), and in home health. I specialize in the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), which is prevalent in the pediatric population needing occupational therapy. I have devoted many hours of post-graduate work attending conferences, completing continuing education course work, and studying to be knowledgeable in applying a sensory integrative approach to occupational therapy. I also attended an advanced mentorship/training program at the STAR Center (Sensory Treatment And Research) in Colorado, a non-profit treatment and research facility run by the nationally and world renowned SPD Foundation.
Your Personal Interests:I love hanging out with my family, hiking in the mountains, fishing, sand volleyball, and softball.
What do you believe (quote that describes you):" Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people." (Colossians 3:23)
What do you like most about working with patients?I love seeing children improve and watching their confidence, communication, and socialization skills grow. I value providing children with an environment rich in equipment so that I can select the tools suitable for (and appealing to) the individual child. I help children learn to regulate themselves, and give them that “just right” challenge to keep them moving forward and making new neural connections in the brain. I enjoy working with parents, educating them about sensory processing disorder, and giving them strategies that improve the family’s way of life.
Why did you choose to become an occupational therapist?I believe I have a skill set and intuition that enables me to evaluate and treat children in a unique way that can lead to extraordinary and unanticipated gains.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?Parents are grateful that I am able to understand their child when so many others do not. Sensory processing disorder is a “hidden disability” that is often unfamiliar, misunderstood, and misdiagnosed. Parents tend to be amazed at how their child can function better with the proper type and intensity of controlled sensory input.
What is the essence of what you do?As the receptionist, the paramount part of my job is that I get to greet all the sweet little faces that come into our office. I have the opportunity to get to know parents and work with them to provide needed information on how to make therapy work for their child, on a financial scale, and also by scheduling around their busy schedules.
Your Personal Interests?I spend most of my time as a spectator, which I thoroughly enjoy. My daughters are both involved in volleyball, which is pretty much year round between school and club seasons. I also enjoy spending time watching my son in his various sporting activities. If I am not on a court somewhere you will find me at the movie theater with my hubby or enjoying time with extended family. In those moments where I can sneak an hour or two by myself you will find me crafting or getting a much needed pedicure.
What do you believe (quote that describes you):By small and simple things, great things will come to pass.
What do you like most about your job?Since I have been here, I have seen the love and dedication that all the therapists and parents put forth to better a child’s future. I enjoy getting to know the families and all of their fun, sweet, and spunky personalities. I also love that I am working with therapists who are passionately dedicated to their profession. There is true love and compassion behind what they do. This makes my job easy because people want to be here. I also love to check things off my list as accomplished. I get to do this many times a day as I follow up with different office-related issues.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?Hopefully, patients find that I am upbeat and happy to great them. I truly enjoy getting to know the families that choose SMART Pediatric Therapy. I also like to stay on top of things and not let anything fall to the way side. So, hopefully our patients see this by not having any troubles with their insurance or scheduling issues. This organization is full of thoughtful caring and planning. Needs are tended to with the utmost respect and professionalism and I believe this reflects in our patients and employees.
What is the essence of what you do?I am a Registered Occupational Therapist. I began my career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant over 30 years ago. Then in 1994, I furthered my education and became an OTR, graduating from Misercordia University in Dallas PA. I have experience in a multitude of settings including outpatient clinics, homecare, hospitals, pre-schools, and skilled care facilities. However, the last 14 years have been dedicated to pediatrics in an outpatient setting. Working with children is where my heart is. I have attended numerous continuing education courses in a variety of topics related to pediatrics, and many devoted to Sensory Integration. I specialize in providing sensory-based feeding therapy, as I have many years of experience working with children with feeding issues. I have attended numerous continuing education courses in feeding. When treating children with feeding problems, I primarily use Marsha Dunn-Klein OTR/L “Get Permission Approach.”
Your Personal Interests?My greatest joy is to spend quality time with my family. I also very much enjoy reading in my spare time
What do you believe (quote that describes you):“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” –Forest E. Witcraft
What do you like most about working with patients?I love helping a children gain confidence in themselves. Seeing a big smile on their face when they realize they are able to do something they couldn’t do before is a rewarding feeling. I enjoy working and helping families by providing home program suggestions to meet their needs and help improve their quality of life.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?I think parents can see that I genuinely care about their child when I work with them. I feel they appreciate the fact that I make the time to educate them about sensory integration. I feel it is important to listen to the needs and concerns of the family. SMART is a professional and caring organization that knows how to treat the child as a whole and turns “work” into “play.”
What is the essence of what you do?I am a bilingual Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) at SMART Pediatric Therapy. I graduated from Brown Mackie College with an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant. My academic achievements include graduating with honors and as a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society. I am honored to work at SMART Pediatric Therapy with Susan Gregg as my mentor.
Your Personal Interests?I love spending time with my family exploring Arizona. I recently received my passport and I can’t wait to begin exploring the world.
What do you believe (quote that describes you):“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)
What do you like most about your job?I love that I am continually learning something new with each child, there is never a dull moment. The expression on a child’s face as they accomplish an activity that they have been working so hard on is priceless. It is so rewarding to hear the parents talk about how different their child is now and how they are hitting milestones since coming to therapy.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist?Both my parents were in the medical field and I have always found it fascinating. Occupational therapy interested me because it focuses on the patient as a whole in their everyday life, not just on their illness or disability. After observing in the pediatric setting, I fell in love and knew that was what I was meant to do.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?What families love most is the same reason why I love working at SMART Pediatric Therapy; the focus is on the client and their family. I believe what the patients like most about me is my ability to make their “work” fun. For example, it is no longer an obstacle course, it’s a “secret mission” or “fireman training.” I do my best to incorporate the child’s interests into each session.
What is the essence of what you do?I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). I graduated from Brown Mackie College with an Associate of Applied Science for Occupational Therapy Assistant. Some of my academic achievements include induction into the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society and graduating with departmental honors. I have experience working with children in both the school and clinic setting, as well as experience working with adults in skilled nursing.
Your Personal Interests?I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling to new places.
What do you believe (quote that describes you):“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” –Bill Cosby
What do you like most about your job?What’s not to love about getting to work/play with kids all day? Working with children is a blessing and I am privileged to have the opportunity to be part of such a great treatment team.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist?Every day I am amazed by the success stories of the children (and families) that we work with. I love helping kids overcome obstacles and gain the skills they need to live happy and healthy lives while playing games and doing activities they enjoy.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?Families love coming to SMART Pediatric Therapy because the staff is friendly, caring, knowledgeable, and genuinely happy to work with each patient. We enjoy working with each child on an individual level and giving them the “just right” challenge so they can be successful in reaching their goals. The kids especially like how we make “work” seem more like “play.” The results each family sees in their child most often exceeds their expectations and greatly benefits their lives on a daily basis.
What is the essence of what you do?Hi there, I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). I graduated from Brown Mackie College with an Associate of Applied Science for Occupational Therapy Assisting. I have experience working with kids in both the school and clinic setting. I love both settings!
Your Personal Interests?I love spending time with my family, shopping, swimming, volunteering at Special Olympics Events, and helping others (whether it’s feeding the homeless or teaching children’s church). When I’m not hanging out with family, I’m likely studying, restyling my hair or polishing my teeth- I am seriously obsessed with them.
What do you believe (quote that describes you):If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. -Maya Angelou
What do you like most about your job?You know how people say that if you choose a job you love, you never have to work a day in your life? I absolutely love my job! Seeing the growth that our kids make through therapeutic play is beyond fascinating. I learn something new every day and have a great support team behind me. Awesome kids, great co-workers and playing all day—Dream Come True.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist?I have always had a special place in my heart for individuals with special needs ever since my younger sibling was diagnosed with an intellectual disability earlier in life. I want to be a part of a child’s journey—I want to help them enhance their self-esteem and realize that he/she can accomplish anything that they set their mind to.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?A patient once told me, Miss. Ariel, you act like my big sister! I feel that what my patients like most about me is my sense of humor and my friendly, yet competitive nature—it pushes the kids to work harder while having a little fun of my own. I treat each of the kids like they are a part of my family-- we can have fun, share laughs and learn all at the same time.
SMART Pediatric Therapy is received so well by our clients because we like to put family first- we keep parents informed and do our best to make sure that both parents and kids leave with a sense of fulfillment.