TRAINING AND BACKGROUND

A Passion for Childhood Development

In 2000, I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with my Bachelor of Science degree, and honors in Occupational Therapy. In 2010, I returned to school and received my Master of Science in Education degree, specializing in Early Childhood Education. In 2016, I successfully completed the Advanced Intensive Mentorship, Level 1, through the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorders in Denver, Colorado. Since then, I have completed many hours and courses focusing on neurodiversity-affirming care, the current paradigm shift regarding autism and pathological demand avoidance, polyvagal theory, reflex integration, and relationship-based interventions.

My passion has always been early childhood development and I know this is where my gifts as a therapist truly lie. I have had the pleasure of working as a pediatric occupational therapist for 24 years, starting my career at Birth to Three Developmental Center working with infants, toddlers, and families. As a working mother, I eventually transitioned to the Puyallup School District where I worked with neurodiverse preschool and elementary school students.

I have had extensive experience working with children with neurodiverse needs, including autism, sensory processing differences, emotional regulation disorders, anxiety, developmental delays, prematurity, cognitive delays, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, alcohol/drug related neuro-developmental disorders, and genetic and neurological disorders. I have worked collaboratively with multiple disciplines to best support children within their natural environments.