What is the essence of what you do?
I am a bilingual Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) at SMART Pediatric Therapy. I graduated from Brown Mackie College with an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant. My academic achievements include graduating with honors and as a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society. I am honored to work at SMART Pediatric Therapy with Susan Gregg as my mentor.
Your Personal Interests?
I love spending time with my family exploring Arizona. I recently received my passport and I can’t wait to begin exploring the world.
What do you believe (quote that describes you):
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)
What do you like most about your job?
I love that I am continually learning something new with each child, there is never a dull moment. The expression on a child’s face as they accomplish an activity that they have been working so hard on is priceless. It is so rewarding to hear the parents talk about how different their child is now and how they are hitting milestones since coming to therapy.
Why did you choose to become an Occupational Therapist?
Both my parents were in the medical field and I have always found it fascinating. Occupational therapy interested me because it focuses on the patient as a whole in their everyday life, not just on their illness or disability. After observing in the pediatric setting, I fell in love and knew that was what I was meant to do.
What do patients like most about you? And your organization?
What families love most is the same reason why I love working at SMART Pediatric Therapy; the focus is on the client and their family. I believe what the patients like most about me is my ability to make their “work” fun. For example, it is no longer an obstacle course, it’s a “secret mission” or “fireman training.” I do my best to incorporate the child’s interests into each session.