BS in Speech/Language Pathology from Ithaca College
MS in OT from Columbia University
OT Doctorate Degree from Chatham University
LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS
“I have been an occupational therapist for over twenty years. Early in my career I worked in Adult Physical Rehabilitation both in in-patient rehabilitation and out-patient facilities at Staten Island University hospital and Kessler Institute. I found that I enjoyed working with patients with neurological disorders, especially individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Following the birth of my first child – more years ago than I like to admit – I changed the focus of my OT practice and began working with children in a local school district while also teaching in a local OTA program. For the past 18 years I have combined teaching in occupational therapy assistant and Master’s level Occupational therapy programs with my practice as a school based occupational therapist.
I feel that continuing education is important and I attend courses that benefit my clients as often as possible. I have also presented on the topic of Autism, Inter-professional Education, and Scissor Skill Development on both the state and National level.
While I love working with the children in the school district, I found that I wanted to develop and work in a private clinic to allow me to assist children to address their goals in all areas related to occupational therapy, not just school related skill development. My capstone project for my doctoral education focused on teaching early childhood educators how to incorporate the development of OT related skills into the classroom for the benefit of all children in the class.”
MS in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University
BS in Human Development from Binghamton University
LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS
I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2015 at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center (ESPC). ESPC is an inpatient rehabilitation and nursing facility that provides services to children birth-21 with complex medical diagnoses. I had the opportunity to work with children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and sensory processing disorders. My time at ESPC has allowed me to understand the extreme importance of utilizing a team approach, collaborating with the child, the child’s family and other healthcare providers to achieve the greatest goals.
Ensuring that children enjoy themselves and feel comfortable throughout therapy is the key to achieving goals. Watching each child achieve their goals, living a more independent and successful life, is why I love being an OT.
In addition to being an OT, I am also a first time mom to twin girls and enjoy spending time with them and my husband in our hometown of Hoboken.
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