Energetic and hardworking Occupational Therapist successful at supporting and enhancing treatment with hands-on care and knowledgeable contributions to planning. Comprehensive background providing holistic, person centered intervention focused on integrating animal assisted therapy into treatment for clients ranging from pediatric to geriatric. Excellent oral and written communication interpersonal skills. Competent in completing occupational therapy protocols and focused on enabling patients to improve quality of life.
Patterson Physical Therapy- Jackson, TN December 2019 to Present
Sole Occupational Therapist in multi-discipline private outpatient practice located in Jackson, TN. Responsible for intake, evaluation and individualized treatment planning to all referred OT clients. Services provided to broad spectrum of populations including traumatic injury, geriatric, cognitive, developmental disability, and mental health clients. Also offering unique service of assistance dog training for those who qualify.
SILVER LINING K9 DOG TRAINING COMPANY-Jackson, TN November 2014-Present
Position: Owner/lead dog trainer
Silver Lining K9 (SLK9) is a private dog training business located in Jackson, TN. SLK9 strives to assist individuals lead purposeful and meaningful lives following trauma or disability. Trainers work primarily with the client/handlers to teach them how to train their dog to meet their personal needs and goals. Assistance dogs include but are not limited to Service dogs, Emotional support Animals (ESA), therapy dogs, and Home Helpmates. Also offering private basic obedience lessons and classes for anyone looking to strengthen the bond with their four legged companion.
Evaluated children in structured play environments, administered a wide range of pediatric services to families and their children focusing on the development of essential milestones addressing the areas of self-care, sensory/perceptual, visual/motor, emotional/behavioral, cognitive, and language skills.
Evaluate, write treatment goals and administer individualized occupational therapy programs in a nursing home environment to help patients develop, regain, or maintain their ability to perform daily activities. Teach/educate patients on skills/techniques including how to use adaptive equipment for participating in activities. Studies, evaluates, and records patients' activities and progress.
Independently created and implemented mental health groups to veterans in a group setting. Groups centered on promotion of health and wellness and engagement in healthy roles and routines through purposeful activities.
Assisted OTR to create and implement hands on group activities for children ages 4-10 in sensory gym. Responsibilities include evaluating children, writing progress notes, creating and implementing activities to assist children with their fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, sensory integration, self regulation strategies, mindfulness, coping skills, communication and interpersonal skills.
SARAH (stretching and strengthening of the rheumatoid arthritis hand)
BLS (CPR Basic Life Support)
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