Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements
My occupational therapy career has been diverse and impactful. I have spent time working in spaces and creating programs where OTs do not typically find themselves or each other. After working in traditional hospital and community based settings, and working with infants, children, and adults, in hospitals, school systems, and outpatient clinics, I began to take the core principles of the profession and apply them to various areas of health and wellness. I became a massage therapist just before beginning graduate school, and while working as an OT, I became a holistic nutritionist, lymphedema therapist, pelvic floor therapist, yoga instructor, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Over the past 6 years, I have used the holistic lens of occupational to wholly treat women and their babies in my private Maternal Wellness practice. OT has helped to create a foundation and framework to the services that we provide, as we find ourselves at the crossroads and in the crosshairs of healthcare. I have spoken at AOTA and various other conferences since 2002, as a new graduate. I have had articles and activities published, and maintain a blog on holistic health and wellness. I have run support groups, supervised students, trained peers, and educated physicians. I have received numerous awards, but my favorite is the one that I received after I donated 20″ of hair to a patient who was recovering from breast cancer. Whether I am talking about nutrition, fitness, or breastfeeding, I ensure that OT is at the core of the conversation. My hope is to encourage more OTs to expand into these non-traditional areas of practice.