What is the essence of what you do?
I am a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist at SMART Pediatric Therapy. I graduated in 2019 with honors from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas with my master’s degree in occupational therapy. I also graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015 with my bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in psychology. I have practiced in a variety of settings including adult and pediatric home health, neuro outpatient, acute care, and pediatric outpatient. I love working with children and young adults to help them 1) find their passion in life, 2) remove the blocks that are keeping them from being their most awesome self, and 3) learn to live a life they have always dreamed of.
Your Personal Interests?
You can almost always find me at my kickboxing gym or hiking/exploring outdoors. I try to go on one hike every weekend. I have to work out a lot since one of my favorite things to do at home is bake!
What do you believe (quote that describes you):
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know” –Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh)
What do you like most about working with patients?
I love that every kiddo teaches me something new and seeing each kid’s personality grow more and more every week.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist?
For a long time, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I changed my major 4 times in college from Psychology to Nursing to Kinesiology, back to psychology. My aunt finally asked me if I wanted to shadow her at work (she is an occupational therapist at a hospital here in Phoenix). I absolutely fell in love with her job and the way she worked with her patients. That’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?
I believe kids love how silly and energetic I am. I once had a kiddo tell me “Miss Amber, why are you so silly? You make me laugh”. Instead of making sessions feel like work, I make it into a fun game or mission to be completed before they leave.
I have never worked at a facility like SMART Pediatric Therapy before. The knowledge my mentors have about sensory processing is amazing. I think our families like how we do our best to educate them, so they are able to help their kiddos live their life to its fullest potential.