A Northeast Tennessee native, I grew up in Kingsport and moved to Knoxville to complete my bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation at the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!). Being a part of this program piqued my interest in occupational therapy and set me on a path toward working with individuals with disabilities. I went on to earn my master's degree in occupational therapy from Milligan College.
After graduating from OT school, I moved to Tampa, FL to pursue a passion for working with individuals with sensory-motor differences (autism, apraxia, sensory processing disorder, etc.). I had the opportunity to work in both private practice and the educational realm.
In my private practice I worked one on one with individuals and their families to pursue their goals. At InterPLAY Learning Academy, it was my role to incorporate functional motor skills into the curriculum for 28 students.
Seeing a need for health and wellness programming to meet the needs of my clients, I created a functional fitness program for non-traditional athletes in the Tampa Bay Area. Through partnership with a local fitness facility, we created an environment where a group of young men and women could develop necessary skills while educating the community on just how much they are capable of. And they are so capable!
With my experience in private practice, education, and fitness I am able to see the holistic view of how an individual’s sensory and motor abilities affect quality of life. My utmost professional goal is to help individuals and their families improve these abilities and achieve the lives they desire.