Owner - Occupational Therapist
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
Figuring out a way to make therapy engaging and playful so they develop skills faster.
What are you complimented on most in your work?
The parents with whom I work tell me I can really connect with their children. This is important to me as I know that building a connection is vital to a good therapeutic process.
What would you do even if you didnʼt get paid to do?
I would volunteer to hold babies in the NICU, read with young school children, and lead a recess program with elementary students.
How long have you been working in your field?
I have been an occupational therapist since 1998, working with children in school, hospital and clinic settings.
Whatʼs your biggest accomplishment professionally?
I like to think that many smaller accomplishments throughout my career have led me to this point- From being a new grad and following in the footsteps of a wonderful mentor to starting a pediatric OT program for a health board in Ireland to creating programs with a supportive team in a local school district. These experiences have led me to owning and running our therapy center, which is my biggest accomplishment. Nothing makes me happier than knowing we can provide needed services by accomplished therapists, teachers, and behavior specialists to children and families around Northeast Ohio.
How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personally?
I knew I wanted to be an occupational therapist when I was in high school. I chose Xavier University as they had an OT department, but also for a liberal arts education. This combination has provided a foundation for a well rounded way of thinking and approaching life.