Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements
- Featured in Duke Eye Center’s 2014 VISION magazine: Specialized occupational therapy for low vision patients (pp. 11-12)
- Therapeutic Communication Award John Umstead Psychiatric Hospital-2007
- Nova Award from NCOTA for outstanding occupational therapy service during the first five years of practice-2003-2004
- Marlys Mitchell Pioneer Award from UNC-CH Division of Occupational Science for demonstrated ability to pioneer new models of occupational therapy practice in the community-2001
- Tina Robbins Award-UNC-CH Division of Radiologic Science for dedicated service and work ethic-1998
- Annas’ Resources-Certificate for excellent job performance and longevity-1997
I chose occupational therapy because I wanted to work in a health and human service field that focused on improving the quality of life of individuals while still allowing me to collaboratively and creatively individualize treatment options.
I am a woman of God, a wife, a mompreneur, a runner, a poet, a writer, a speaker—let’s just say I am an occupational being, that is I love to be occupied in meaningful daily occupations. I have been an occupational therapist since 2001, helping others participate in meaningful daily occupations in spite of disability status. After working two years as an employee in a psychiatric hospital, I started Therapeutic Solutions (www.therapeuticsolutionsofnc.com), an occupational therapy agency in 2003. My business was created for two reasons: I saw a need for occupational therapy consultative services for older persons with developmental disabilities and I needed a flexible schedule due to having a premature infant. Therapeutic Solutions has now been in business for over 13 years offering innovative specialty services to include but not limited to, low vision rehab, mental health recovery services, home care services, domestic violence counseling and group home consultation. Although Therapeutic Solutions has successfully developed work in niche specialized markets, navigating the business systems of these markets has not always been easy. Therefore, in addition to growing my practice across NC, I am a dedicated educator and advocate for the success of current and aspiring entrepreneurs in health and human service fields who want to serve under-served populations. I understand the frustrations that many therapists have in some traditional settings that focus on productivity and profit more than service and improving quality of life which results in less than optimal practice. As a business consultant and coach, my goal is to partner, guide and support health and human service entrepreneurs so that they can freely provide quality services in their dream businesses while still making a profit—it is possible. It is my hope that more therapists and health care providers will start more businesses that focus on serving and meeting unmet needs!