The Story of Our Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Through example, my mother taught me to show compassion to everyone I met, no matter their differences. I spent a lot of my childhood volunteering and looking for opportunities to help. My mother also gets full credit for my ability to create a craft or game from anything.
In high school, I originally wanted to be an art therapist because it involved helping
people while being creative. This all changed when my now-sister-in-law introduced me to occupational therapy my senior year. After researching occupational therapy, I knew it was the career I would create if it didn't already exist. It met all my dream job requirements and more!
I studied Psychology at the College of Charleston in the pursuit to be an OT. As a student, I helped care for a wonderful boy with Angelman Syndrome and made a great friend through Best Buddies (we're still friends after 10+ years).
I was the first employee with the REACH Program, where I lived with young adults with disabilities to teach them independent living skills, lead study hours, and coordinate peer mentor events.
After two years, I began to teach classes for young adults with disabilities on community engagement, job skills, and preparation for life after college. I loved teaching and helping the students realize their full potential in and outside the school setting.
When my brother and sister-in-law had their first child, I moved to New Jersey to help care for my niece during the day and provide early intervention services to children with developmental delays in the evenings and weekends. When my beautiful niece (now a second grader!) was ready to attend day care and I had built up a few years of working experience, I moved to Virginia to obtain my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.
I graduated from the MSOT program on a Friday and started at a pediatric outpatient clinic the following Monday. A couple years later, I yearned for something more and began my post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) while continuing my passions in the clinic.
After several years in the clinic and in the final stages of my OTD, I decided to venture into the Roanoke community because I noticed several needs that were not being met.
Here we are now!
I am now bringing occupational therapy services to you in the comfort of your home.
I strive to provide real strategies in real places so they can really make a difference for your family.
A decade filled of living with and caring for infants, children, and young adults with varying abilities has enhanced my professional perspective on how function can affect our quality of life.
My passion is using your child's strengths to conquer their challenges.
I believe creating opportunities for one child helps bring happiness to the whole family.
Enough about me -- I would love to learn about your family and your needs.
Let's chat and see how Kidable Therapy will help your child reach their fullest potential.