A little about myself and my qualifications that makes me the right person for this organization. I am a seasoned Occupational Therapist, I have worked in 6 states in a variety of practice settings including: NICU, pediatric, adult rehab, acute psychiatric, chronic psychiatric with Veteran Affairs, ventilator unit, school system, home care and long term nursing care. I have treated across the entire lifespan and aim to recognise and value cultural diversity. I am also an experienced therapy department manager, leading teams as small as four therapist and managing as many as 200 employees across Michigan and Indiana.
With that said, the job that I am most proud of is the job of being MOM to four bright, creative and sensible children. Because of the loss of our youngest, Alex in 2010 at the age of two, my children know first hand how stress and complex grief can make school very difficult, thereby causing more stress. As a mom, I didn’t know what to do, I tried everything. I found that it takes a lot of time and the positive influence of multiple programs or practitioners to support those who live in chronic stress environment to process and rise up.
This is how daVinci’s Brain came to be. It has been a process of creating something for my children’s needs and quickly it became apparent that it was something that our community needs. A place away from home and away from school to be a solid support between the two. A place for children and youth to unwind thoughts; using creative media such as art, technology or writing for expression. Over the last two years, I have married the needs of my children and my work as an Occupational Therapist in this organization. Everything about daVinci’s Brain is true to the Occupational therapy’s distinct value; to improve health and quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations, the meaningful, necessary, and familiar activities of everyday life. Occupational therapy is client-centered, achieves positive outcomes, and is cost-effective.
Occupational therapy distinctly focuses on participation by: • Using a holistic approach • Focusing on inclusion in natural environments • Building skills • Adapting the environment and activities • Providing expertise in both mental and physical health • Offering a lifespan approach • Providing evidence-based and cost-effective services.
I am grateful to be on this path to serve my community in a fantastic environment and a way that is meaningful to me.