May 28

Cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.

Who I've served
How I've served
  • People with mental health diagnoses (e.g. schizophrenia, depression, anxiety) both acute and severe

  • Older adults with early and intermediate stages of dementia

  • Veterans with disabilities (e.g. lower limb amputation)

  • New immigrants, refugees and English Language Learners with disabilities

  • People with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities (DD/ID)

  • People with rehabilitation needs secondary to a physical condition: stroke, hip/knee replacement, heart surgery, diabetes management, congestive heart failure, COPD and others

  • People with multiple diagnoses/co-morbidities: i.e. mental health & physical health concerns

  • People from diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds

  • Leadership: developed and provided clinical supervision and mentorship to 27 occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants

  • Problem resolution, advocacy, support and empowerment to assist therapists in their professional growth and creating and reaching their own goals

  • Community case management and resource brokerage to help mental health clients maintain independence (i.e. facilitate housing, medical care, insurance, food assistance, cash, transportation, etc.)

  • Risk assessment, risk management, crisis intervention, suicide assessment

  • Job development, competitive employment assistance, skill assessment and development for clients with disabilities

  • Physical rehabilitative occupational therapy interventions: functional mobility, assistive device training, activities of daily living, patient and caregiver education, fall prevention, home safety, environmental modification

  • Emotional coping strategies, cognitive rehabilitation and assessment, discharge planning in numerous settings

  • Group therapy development, implementation and quality outcomes assessment

Where I've worked
  • Trauma 3 Medical Hospital in a rural area: telemetry, ICU, med surg, orthopedics, behavioral health unit

  • Psychiatric Hospitals: short-term/acute, Forensics: NGRI (Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity), Competency Restoration

  • Veterans Administration

  • Group homes (long-term care)

  • Drop-In Centers for transitional-aged youth and adults with mental illness

  • Community-based hybrid correctional sentenced-to-service/volunteer programs

  • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF's) performing physical rehabilitation

  • Clients' homes: home safety evaluations, environmental modifications, fall prevention education, risk assessment/crisis intervention

  • Outdoor settings performing ecotherapy and therapeutic horticulture with teens and frail older adults

  • Numerous community settings with clients: Social Security Administration, jail, sober houses, transitional housing, outpatient clinics, court...