Karen Porter, Occupational Therapist, evaluates and treats clients of varying ages with a variety of abilities, educates family members to help them better understand and help their child, empowers her clients through intervention and education, mentors therapists, and provides fieldwork education for clinical students. Karen has been with Galvin Therapy Center since she became an OT in 1995 as a second career. Karen graduated from Cleveland State University. Prior to that, she enjoyed working in sales at a direct mail/printing firm. Karen is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, and she holds the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy. She has advanced training in DIR/Floortime and sensory processing interventions, and she is Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) certified. She serves on the OT/OTA advisory committees at Cleveland State University and Stark State College and participates in a Fieldwork Educator Community of Practice. She has enjoyed lecturing for many years on a wide variety of topics at local, national, and international conferences, as well as at many parent and professional events. She has co-taught classes and been a guest lecturer at several local universities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, teaching, learning, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. She also loves teaching children how to cook. One of her favorite quotes is, “All children have gifts- therapists help unwrap them” (author unknown). She is motivated by the energy of the amazing families she works with and her wonderful coworkers. She is also motivated by seeing families accomplishing goals, feeling successful, and being able to enjoy life more because of their successes.