Masters in Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Application to PhD program in Health Promotion and Behavior pending
I began my career in occupational therapy in acute care. There I developed a love for the critical care patient as well as patients with neurologic injuries or disease processes.
At this same hospital, I also worked in hospital based mental health and nursing settings. I worked for many years in outpatient where I specialized in treating neurologically involved clients, hand patients as well as complex and chronic pain patients. I headed up the Aquatic Program at the hospital.
Throughout my career as an occupational therapist, I have gravitated towards opportunities to mentor and teach. I was a Rehab Specialist; in this role I carryied a patient load and also was charged with mentoring and educating therapists across program areas and disciplines. Here, I really began teaching using small workhop formats and focused mentoring to work with hospital staff.
For the last 10 years I have become very interested in the mind-body connection within health. I love teaching others the power they have within to heal and remain healthy. My main interests in this revolve around myofascial release and energy work. This teaching might be other professionals, patients or interested members of the community.
For a few years, I stayed mostly at home with my 2 boys, just working part time and doing occasional health promotion workshops. I began my teaching career at Brenau as a guest lecturer and gradually increased by teaching load to full time. I love exploring the profession of occupational therapy but even more, I enjoy expanding thinking and synthesis in relation to health and human beings. The more we can understand about conditions, motivations, and potential restrictions, the better we can facilitate engagement in occupation and participation.