Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements
I am involved with the upper limb transplant rehabilitation process as part of outpatient hand therapy. I have fabricated functional orthoses for this program to facilitate occupational performance. I returned to school 4 years after graduation from the Master of Occupational Therapy program to acquire an OTD to improve my daily evidence-based practice habits and facilitate better education for occupational therapy fieldwork students. I have created and executed a workshop educating occupational therapy level II students with the use of evidence-based practice. This workshop worked to improve comfort and practice habits to create clinicians who are comfortable with the use of evidence-based practice. I am actively pursuing a role with the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) ethics and bylaws board. I am a volunteer with the Melwood organization – Tohidu organization for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other traumatic post-deployment related trauma.
My goal has always been to better the life of others through a blend of therapy and compassion to improve life of the client and those of the community.
I am a graduate of the University of Central Florida as a Bachelor of Science in 2009 in Health Service Administration. I followed this degree with a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine of Health Sciences in 2011. I went on to complete a Doctor of Occupational Therapy in 2016 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. I am a United States Navy wife and explored contract therapy with experience in traumatic brain injury treatment, skilled nursing, and outpatient hand therapy. I have worked in Texas and North Carolina before settling in Northern Virginia with MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here I have the opportunity to work with upper extremity trauma as well as an upper extremity transplant recipient. These experiences have led me toward the ability to enhance my practice as an evidence-based practitioner and the education of my peers and fieldwork occupational therapy students. I feel strongly about being involved with state and national associations which will promote the profession of occupational therapy. I am currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA), and the American Society for Hand Therapy (ASHT). I am scheduled to take the Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) exam in May, 2017. In my spare time I enjoy running and participated in the Brain Tumor Society 5k and Navy 5-miler in 2016. I also enjoy yoga, skiing, or spending time with my twin nephews.