Academic Preparation

 

Doctor of Health Science
Nova Southeastern University

 

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Florida International University

 

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition: Dietetics Specialization
University of Florida
 

Clinical Experience

 

Kinspire HealthMay 2022 – present

  • Translate research to inform content development and user experience.

  • Test content for alignment with treatment focus and goals.

  • Assess the effectiveness of the user interfaces for provider and caregiver use.

 

Amplio LearningFebruary 2022 – present

  • Provide telehealth OT services to home instruction students.

  • Advise on platform and program development

 

eSupport Health - July 2021-July 2022

  • Managed a research study in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society quantifying the benefits of a 12-week program of eSupport Health professional support groups for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

  • Oversaw REDCap and WordPress systems for data collection and participant contact.

  • Exceeded recruitment goal (80 participants) by 50%.

 

Global TeletherapyApril 2021-June 2022

  • Consulted to evaluate and determine eligibility for school-based OT services.

  • Provided telehealth OT services to home instruction students.

  • Supervised Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) provision of services to brick-and-mortar students.

 

Nova Southeastern University, Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, Baudhuin Preschool  – Davie, FL – February 2016 to July 2021

  • Established the need for services and assessed progress using various data collection sources such as standardized testing, work samples, teacher records, or observed student performance.

  • Coordinated pre-service placement and serve as a fieldwork educator for NSU level 1 and level 2 Occupational Therapy students.

  • Developed content and present relevant topics for staff and parent training.

 

EBS HealthcareBroward County, FL - September 2015 to February 2016

  • Managed a caseload of 35 students at 3 schools, grades K-8.

  • Improved physical, cognitive, social/emotional, sensory, and other aspects of performance in the classroom environment.

  • Reduced barriers to participation through regular performance of activity and environmental analyses.

 

Blossom’s Therapy Center, Inc. - Coral Gables, FL – July 2015 to September 2015

  • Evaluated and treated children for therapy services under Medicaid and CMS guidelines.

  • Provided therapy services to children enrolled in a day medical program.

 

Northside HospitalAtlanta, GA – April 2013 to June 2015

  • 245-bed Acute Care Hospital

  • Established expertise in General Medical, Neuroscience, Orthopedics, Pulmonary/Thoracic Surgery, Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Cardiac units.

 

Cobb Pediatric Therapy ServicesAtlanta, GA - August 2012 to June 2015

  • Managed a caseload of 30 students at 2 schools with frequencies ranging from bi-weekly to monthly.

  • Evaluated and treated children ages 3-15 for fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, school-related ADLs, self-regulation, handwriting, adapted equipment, and classroom performance/participation.

 

Rehab Care/Bon Secours Health SystemPortsmouth, VA- June 2011 to July 2012

  • 466-bed Med surge unit; primarily completing evaluations for general medical and surgical patients.

  • 25-bed Acute Rehab Unit for treatment of medically stable patients with amputation, brain injury, Degenerative Neuromuscular Disorders, Multiple Trauma, Neurological Disorders, Orthopedic Conditions, Spinal Cord injuries/Disorders.

 

EBS HealthcarePortsmouth, VA - August 2010 to July 2012

  • Managed a caseload of 7 schools including students grades Preschool to Grade 12.

  • Performed evaluations, attended IEP meetings, responsible for daily documentation and progress reporting, push-in/pull-out service model.

 

Teaching Experience

 

Nova Southeastern University – January 2022 – May 2022

  • Fieldwork Educator for Level I telehealth fieldwork related to practice in settings serving children and youth in educational, medical, and community settings.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (NSU MOT Conditions Guest Lecture) – December 2020

 

Occupational Therapy in Preschool, OT Schoolhouse Podcast OTSH 58, September 2020

 

Supervision of a Level II Occupational Therapy fieldwork student [OTS], Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice's Baudhuin Preschool September 2020- November 2020

 

Department of Occupational Therapy Teaching Intern, Nova Southeastern University, College of Health Care Sciences – February 2020 to April 2020

  • Delivered a guest lecture on Autism: Effect on Occupation and OT strategies.

  • Supervised online activity sessions and facilitated virtual classes.

  • Performed grading with supervision/feedback from the lead instructor.

 

OT for Individuals with ASD (NSU MOT Pediatric Assessments & Interventions Guest Lecture) –

October 2019

 

Occupational Therapy Process for Individuals with ASD (NSU MOT Pediatric Assessments & Interventions Guest Lecture) – March 2019

 

Sensory, Fine Motor, and the Occupational Therapist (NSU Honors Undergraduate Autism Today Guest Lecture) – February 2019

 

Autism and Occupational Therapy (NSU MOT Pediatric Assessments & Interventions Guest Lecture) – October 2018

 

Administering the Miller Function & Participation Scales (M-FUN) (NSU MOT Pediatric Assessments & Interventions Guest Lecture) – February 2018

 

Supervision of a Level II Occupational Therapy fieldwork student [OTS], Baudhuin Preschool at Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Center, September 2017-November 2017

 

Sensory Processing Considerations for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (NSU Honors Undergraduate Autism Today Guest Lecture) – April 2017

 

A Primer for the New School-Based Therapist: Understanding the Role of OT in the Educational Setting (hosted on OccupationalTherapy.com) – April 2016

Continuing Education and Professional Development

 

International Ayres Sensory Integration® Annual Congress, ISIC USA 2022, July 2022

 

Autism Foundations CE Badge, American Occupational Therapy Association, June 2022

 

Reiki and OT Level I & II, Biofield Energy Modality, March 2022

 

AOTA INSPIRE 2021, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, April 2021

 

Clinician to Educator Series Module IV: Assessment Strategies for Teaching and Learning, AOTA Continuing Education, April 2021

 

A Strengths-Based Approach to Autism & Behavior, Learn Play Thrive, LLC., July 2020

 

Annual Legislative Social, Nova Southeastern University - OT Program, October 2019 FOTA Leadership Development, Florida Occupational Therapy Association, June 2019

Young Children with Autism: Where to Start, OccupationalTherapy.com, March 2017

Scholarship/Research

 

Making Sense of Self-Regulation, Autism in Black 2nd Annual Conference, June 2022

 

Culturally Competent Telehealth Interventions to Increase Autistic Student Participation During Virtual Instruction, DHS 8140 Practicum, DHSc Program, Nova Southeastern University, March 2021

 

Virtual Reality Simulation in Allied Health Education: A Systematic Review, Evidence-Based Literature Review Student Contractor, President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant, June 2020

 

Professional Licensure and Certifications

 

Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR), National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

 

License to Practice as an Occupational Therapist

  • Florida

  • California

  • Texas

 

Florida Occupational Therapy Educational Consortium (FLOTEC) Certification in Fieldwork Education

 

Professional Affiliations and Service

 

American Occupational Therapy Association

South Florida Black Occupational Therapy Caucus

 

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Roster of Accreditation Evaluators (RAE)

 

Florida Occupational Therapy Association Leadership Development Cohort 3

 

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

  • Standard Setting Committee 

  • Item Writer

  • Validation Committee 

 

ADVANCE Magazine for Occupational Therapy Practitioners- Editorial Advisory Board member

 

Honors and Awards

Certificate for President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant, Nova Southeastern University, Virtual Reality Simulation in Allied Health Education: A Systematic Review, June 2020

Employee STAR Recognition Award for Scholarship/Research, Nova Southeastern University Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, August 2018