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I knew the answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” since the age of 16. My education began at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and I continued on to receive my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Florida.
My clinical experience started 10 years ago when I had the opportunity to work with the Mentor Network, as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) for children with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, developmental delays and a variety of diagnoses.
I also had the amazing experience to volunteer with a daycare for children of refugees, where I made fine motor toys for the children who didn’t have any toys and taught their parents how to utilize the resources they had to promote developmental skills. The materials used were often things like: felt, buttons, cardboard, plastic bottles, shoe strings, clothing items, and boxes.
As an Occupational Therapist, I have provided services for children with Autism, ADHD, hypotonia, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, rare genetic syndromes, infants discharged from the NICU, fine motor delays, and many other diagnoses within outpatient and hospital settings. I’ve treated amazing clients from all over the United States and internationally.
After 4 great years of working with All Children’s Hospital John’s Hopkins Medicine as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, I had the desire to make a bigger impact on relationships with the children and families in our community.
I am trained in cognitive-behavioral theories, a biomechanical approach, motor control and learning theories, neuromuscular and neurodevelopmental principles, sensory integration, fine motor skills, visual-motor training, cognitive-behavioral strategies and psychology principles.
I founded Movement with Meaning to provide you and your child with compassion, quality, a love for learning, sustainable change, fun, emotional well-being, convenience, simple solutions, and trust.
Compassion. I LOVE your amazing child! And I don’t even know you yet! I am smiling as I write this.
Quality. Sessions are personally tailored to your needs. I carefully choose treatment methods based on the information you’ve provided along with information gathered from the evaluation. I take your time seriously while providing an expert eye with a sprinkle of fun.
A Love for Learning. I have a love for learning and feeling triumph after a challenge. I hope you do too! If not, I am happy to show you and your child how to make the switch from “I can’t” to “I can”.
Sustainable change. I help you make this type of change, because therapy happens with your life, not when you fit therapy INTO your life. So many times I see parents bring their child to a location and they make amazing progress in the session, or in the clinic, but changes achieved in the therapy session do not last, because the changes were not made into daily habits and routines.
Fun. Your child is working hard (and sometimes working out!) and having fun because I know how to foster and grow your child’s “just right balance” between frustration and fun. It’s the secret to my success and my therapy trademark to balance your child’s motivations and frustrations so your child achieves their full potential.
Emotional well-being. Occupational therapy (OT) is a therapy unlike any other, because OT considers the physical and functional needs of your child along with addressing their emotions and overall well-being.
Convenience. I travel to you for your convenience. So many times I see families take 3 hours out of their day to carve in a 60-minute therapy session and this is not necessary to receive quality services.
Simple solutions. Locations of sessions are flexible! Imagine a real-life situation that you are in with your child, and at the time, you wished for another person to be there to help you know what to do with your child. I have seen clients at the beach, at the grocery store, in the park, at daycare, or at school. Just like at-home sessions, these on-the-go locations are scheduled ahead of time.
Trust. Your child works hard through challenges because they trust me. The children I work with may have several health conditions and, at times, several different health professionals involved in their medical care. When your consent is provided, I will communicate with your child’s other therapists, teachers, and medical providers to make sure they get what they need to succeed.
I had a tumor when I was 16 years-old that caused years of trauma to my physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Through the help of therapists, doctors, self-discovery, family and friends, I found confidence, independence, and persistence to move meaningfully through life. Shortly after recovering from the toll illness had taken on my body, I knew I wanted to be an Occupational Therapist, because I would be able to help others improve the quality of their life, just as others’ had helped me.
My mission is to empower parents to guide their children to reach their highest potential at any age, to live a meaningful life through learning, persistence, and fun!
National Provider Number: 1699073411 / Nationally Board Certified (NBCOT): 281737 / State of Florida License Number: 14476