To obtain a position as a Certified Occupational Therapist in a professional setting with potential to enhance my skillset and contribute knowledge as an effective team member. A highly motivated, creative and ambitious professional with 4 years' experience assisting patients meet their functional potential. Proven ability to work on diverse teams and provide detailed documentation of client records. Developed innovative interventions to promote independence for patients who have been impacted by disease, physical, mental, emotional and developmental disabilities.
January 2014Occupational Therapist MS, OTR/L Birmingham VAMC － Birmingham, AL.
Evaluates both acute inpatient and outpatient veterans based on physician's referrals, interpreting medical reports based on knowledge of general medical and surgical conditions as well as mental health/cognitive deficits.
Independently develops patient specific treatment plans based on physical, psychological and surgical status to determine the most appropriate course of progress to promote independence in ADL, functional mobility and caregiver education.
Provides specific treatment methods to promote restoration of function, increased joint range of motion, coordination, muscle strength, ADL skills, wheelchair mobility, hand dysfunction and the proper of use of assistive devices and technology.
Prepares written evaluations and progress notes that are incorporated into the medical record indicating veteran's performance as well as physical and mental progress or lack thereof.
Successfully completed over 200 home evaluations under the Home Improvement Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant for Jefferson, Shelby, Cullman, Colbert, Tuscaloosa, Madison and Etowah counties in order to provide medically necessary modifications for safer use and access to veteran's primary residence.
Provides thorough assessment notes and pictures to the Major Medical Committee to advocate for the need of home modifications and/or adaptive equipment to allow veteran's to safely age in place.
Provides in depth assessment of mobility and function to determine the veteran's need for a power device (wheelchair vs.
scooter) to maximize safe access to the home and community.
January 2011 to January 2014Occupational Therapist MS, OTR/L Children's of Alabama － Birmingham, AL.
Completes patient evaluations and assessments for neurological deficits, cardiopulmonary deficits, functional skills, motor delays, burns/wounds, psychological and emotional wellness and adaptive equipment needs.
Establishes and implements treatment plans and documents services provided while monitoring patient progress.
Coordinates care through communication with other professionals through team meetings, written documentation and phone calls.
Initiates selection, fitting, adapting and training for the use of adaptive equipment and assistive devices.
Consults with patient and family members to provide patient education as well as plans, designs, and instructs patients and caregivers regarding their home programs.
Performs services in specialty care units such as: Bone Marrow Transplant, Burns, Behavioral Health, and Cardiac units.
Family Specialist January 2004 to January 2008Gateway Family Options Family Guidance Center of AL － Birmingham, AL.
Counseled for long-term planning and decision making by developing an in-home service program to explore alternative for placement and assist in placement arrangements for children when necessary.
Provided short-term skill-building by using direct intervention toward assisting the client to adjust to family crisis, strengthen the family or support system and resolve conflicts.
Assessed social, psychological, emotional, economic and environmental factors related to the client's risk and safety factors.
Provided immediate crisis-intervention with program resolution associated with neglect, abuse, family conflict, parent-child conflict, domestic violence and reunification.
Provided training and supervision to new employees through shadowing of case interventions.
Mental Health Associate January 2001 to January 2004Alabama Clinical Schools － Birmingham, AL
Participated in the development and implementation of client's behavioral program by providing care and close supervision of facility residents.
Assisted in implanting treatment plans and providing crisis intervention.
Developed counseling skills methods and techniques by co-facilitating cognitive behavioral-individual and group sessions as necessary.
Promoted positive peer culture by using counseling skills to de-escalate aggression and provided a variety of positive reinforcements to enhance appropriate behaviors.
Master of Science : Occupational Therapy, 12 2010University of Alabama at BirminghamOccupational Therapy Golden Key National Honour Society
Bachelor of Arts : Psychology, 5 2001Tuskegee UniversityPsychology
Children's Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Services Center for Psychiatric Medicine Transdisciplinary Team-University of Alabama at Birmingham Developed Fall Prevention Program for Adult Dementia Unit at Fair Haven Nursing Home Horizons School-assisted in development of universal cookbook for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Provided cognitive assessments and created activities for mentally ill consumers at Piper's Place.
Presentations Autism Society National Conference Poster Presentation Dallas, Texas July 2010.