Knowing my true passion is working with children, I spent the first two years of my career working in the school system in addition to private practice. I also had the opportunity to plan, organize and supervise a fully integrated summer camp program for children with varying disabilities. After relocating to the United States from Canada, I spent some time working in a private practice clinic in Raleigh, NC, which specialized in treating children diagnosed with Autism. There, I focused on using the principles of sensory integration within my occupational therapy treatments in the home, clinic and school-based settings. I gained valuable experience including my initial work in the DIR/Floortime ® Model and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). After moving to the Tampa Bay area, I began to practice at All Children’s Hospital, which provided me with invaluable experiences and learning opportunities. Now, I have once again returned to private practice in the Tampa Bay area to continue to provide therapy services to children with multiple diagnoses.
My work has developed to empower parents and to support their interactions with their child. Within each session the emphasis is on understanding the individual differences of the child and the family members, including sensory processing, emotional regulation and social emotional development. In addition, I will also work with the parents/caregivers separately to educate and support their individual needs related to understanding their child or siblings’ individual profile.
Outside of my clinic work, I love spending time with my husband, Todd and our three yellow labs, Cooper, Bauer and Newman (the clinic service dog). I am an avid runner and love to engage in physical activities.