What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Why should you work with me?
As an occupational therapist, I can offer practical ways to implement self care strategies for moms and caregivers learning the "co-occupation" of feeding and playing with their infants and toddlers.
Most recently, I completed 90 hours of continuing education to become a certified breastfeeding specialist. I am on the road to becoming an IBCLC (Lactation consultant). My passion for breastfeeding support came from my personal experience as a mom of four very different spirited children. Each breastfeeding and parenting experiences have taught me about what I would have wanted in an OT when my children were babies.
As an OT mamma, I have been (and still am!) in the trenches of young parenthood and all of it's joys and challenges. My true desire it to help my clients feel supported and learn how to prioritize their own needs.
What is my work experience?
I am a nationally board certified, registered and Licensed occupational therapist in Brevard County, Florida. I grew up in the surrounding Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. I graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in health sciences in 2010, and with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011. I have worked in a variety of settings across the lifespan including schools, hospitals, outpatient pediatrics, and early intervention.
What's in a name?
My love for OT has grown in each year of practice as I learn how to humbly meet my clients and families where they are in their life. As a pediatric therapist and early interventionist, I encountered families caring for newborns, infants and toddlers with early feeding and developmental challenges. I noticed there was a gap in care for moms. Peaceful Transitions OT was created to fill in this gap. The shift to motherhood is a HUGE life change in your roles and routines. Let me help you feel supported in your new parenting role!