A native of Illinois, I attended undergraduate at Bradley University with degrees in Health Science and Psychology. I earned my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine where I developed a practice model for the integration of occupational therapy into orphanage-like settings. In 2015 I achieved certification from the CBOT in swallowing and feeding (SWC) with a focus on pediatrics I am trained by Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) in their auditory-based multisensory program and in Dr. Stephen Porges' Safe&Sound Protocol (SSP). In 2018 I became Level 1 Certified as a handwriting specialist by Learning Without Tears.
Much of my knowledge and experience is rooted in sensory integration theory and practice that fundamentally acknowledges that the brain can actually change through repeated stimulation (called neuroplasticity). With that, I will strive to help your child be comfortable in his/her body and environment by effectively integrating incoming sensory input (visual, tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory, and oral). At the same time, I will guide you through the process to better understand what your child experiences on a daily basis, and in turn, improve your everyday interactions with him/her. My occupational therapy evaluation consists of assessing fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-care skills, handwriting skills, visual-perceptual skills, oral-motor skills, reflex integration skills, and sensory processing skills. I believe in a play-based, relationship-based approach to therapy that is rooted in regulation.
Learning is truly one of my passions, and I understand that collaborating with an integrated team is the key to holistic care--I offer one of many important pieces to the puzzle. Teaching is another passion of mine, and I am particularly curious about how diet, sleep, screen time, and play contribute to a child reaching his or her full potential. I am available for consultation and professional development with educators, learning specialists, therapists, pediatricians, and other health professionals.