Why did you choose a career path in senior healthcare?
I wanted to be a nurse and had an instinct for caring for others from a young age. I found pre-nursing classes were difficult for me, and a friend recommended the Occupational Therapy path. OT came naturally to me as a critical thinker and natural problem solver. My goal has always been to help someone get the most out of every moment, with whatever abilities they possess.
Name your best work moment.
When I became certified in vestibular balance, it changed how I was able to help my patients. Not only was I looking at muscular strength to work on balance, but I was also able to understand how vision and the vestibular system were affecting their daily lives. Over the last eight years, I have been able to help individuals who were immobile from their vertigo get their lives back. It’s been so rewarding.
What do you look most forward to at work?
Personal connections and interactions. Caring for individuals in their homes has been my absolute pleasure for the past 12 years. Now, the opportunity to work with and lead a fantastic team all focused on enhancing clients’ lives is so exciting to me.
Name some of your favorite things to do outside of work.
I am a wife of 10 years; mom of two boys, ages 8 and 5; dog mom; and Dart League playing enthusiast. My husband and I run a non-profit foundation for autism supporting local families by providing activities of enjoyment and safety for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.