My journey as a holistic occupational therapy practitioner started when my children were small. We wanted to create a natural, balanced environment for their growing little bodies and this led to the discovery and eventual personal use of homeopathy, herbs, aromatherapy, EFT, mindfulness techniques, and whole, plant-based foods as medicine. Occupational therapy, with its emphasis on whole-person care, seemed a natural fit.
While my feet are planted firmly in these roots, I embrace and actively seek out the latest scientific evidence-based treatment methods to support every individual's plan of care. Continuing education in upper extremity conditions, subscriptions to hand therapy journals, and a love of watching surgical videos feeds my inner hand-nerd! I'm grateful to have been invited into the O.R. by a local hand surgeon to watch several of his surgeries. Prior work experience includes several fast-paced hospital-based outpatient hand therapy clinics for orthopedic and neurological conditions as well as time spent in acute inpatient rehabilitation.
Education & Certifications
Bachelor of Science / Master of Science - Dominican College of Blauvelt NY, 2011-2015
Clinical rotations in private hand therapy clinic; Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Usui Reiki Levels I, II, III & Master Certification - 2018
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatments and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.
Health Coaching Certification - National Society of Health Coaches 2019
Listed #1 in the US, the National Society of Health Coaches (NSHC) introduced the first Clinical Model of Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)®
Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification - 2019
Cupping therapy is used to improve circulation, stretch tight fascia for better mobility, increase lymph flow and oxygenate tissue. It is the opposite of massage and myofascial blading. Rather than pushing and compressing soft tissue, the cups lift and decompress.
Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) credential achieved November 2020.
My Occupational Therapy Philosophy
Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to serve clients with their recovery from medical conditions AND to also serve as wellness consultants to help clients identify and participate in activities that support health and wellbeing.
In this way, I can help with:
prevention of disease and injury
prevention of secondary conditions
promotion of well-being for clients with chronic illness
enhancement of factors that impact quality of life
promotion of healthy living practices and social participation
assisting clients in determining which life areas are out of balance and help institute healthy ways of re-balancing these areas
Clients are empowered through holistic techniques for improving the following activities of daily living:
healthy perspectives on mindful eating