What is the essence of what you do?
I am a Registered Occupational Therapist. I began my career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant over 30 years ago. Then in 1994, I furthered my education and became an OTR, graduating from Misercordia University in Dallas PA. I have experience in a multitude of settings including outpatient clinics, homecare, hospitals, pre-schools, and skilled care facilities. However, the last 14 years have been dedicated to pediatrics in an outpatient setting. Working with children is where my heart is. I have attended numerous continuing education courses in a variety of topics related to pediatrics, and many devoted to Sensory Integration. I specialize in providing sensory-based feeding therapy, as I have many years of experience working with children with feeding issues. I have attended numerous continuing education courses in feeding. When treating children with feeding problems, I primarily use Marsha Dunn-Klein OTR/L “Get Permission Approach.”
Your Personal Interests?
My greatest joy is to spend quality time with my family. I also very much enjoy reading in my spare time.
What do you believe (quote that describes you):
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” –Forest E. Witcraft
What do you like most about working with patients?
I love helping a children gain confidence in themselves. Seeing a big smile on their face when they realize they are able to do something they couldn’t do before is a rewarding feeling. I enjoy working and helping families by providing home program suggestions to meet their needs and help improve their quality of life.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?
I think parents can see that I genuinely care about their child when I work with them. I feel they appreciate the fact that I make the time to educate them about sensory integration. I feel it is important to listen to the needs and concerns of the family. SMART is a professional and caring organization that knows how to treat the child as a whole and turns “work” into “play.”