Certified Hand Therapist, Hand & Upper Extremity, Splint Fabrication, Stroke & Neurological Disorders, Functional Tone Management
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of North Dakota
What made you choose a medical career?
When I was 8 years old, I developed osteomyelitis in my foot. As a result, I was hospitalized, restricted to bed for 3 months, and received physical therapy for a short while. I was non-weight bearing on one foot for a year. Additionally, my mother was a nurse and often spoke of her work in the hospital. With those experiences, I developed an interest in the medical field. Occupational therapy has been a good fit for me because I am able to help others regain their independence. I have an understanding of what it feels like to not be able to do for your self and participate in life's activities. Helping others achieve their goals through therapy is very rewarding.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
Currently I work in an outpatient setting. I see a wide variety of clients ranging from neurological to orthopedic conditions. I enjoy the variety of patients as each individual has their own specific needs. Hand therapy is specifically interesting to me. Working through each stage of recovery with the client and helping them regain functional use of their extremity is very rewarding.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
I have had clients come to me for therapy and admit that they feel silly about coming to therapy for "something as small as a broken little finger." My philosophy is that no matter how small a problem you may think it is..., if it limits your ability to carry out your daily activities, then it is affecting your quality of life. I am here to help my clients achieve their goals so their quality of life is improved.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
My two teenage children keep me busy with attending their school functions. I also love to walk my dog.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
Work for what you want and then appreciate what you have for tomorrow you may not have it. Does that sound sad? I lost my parents at a young age. Because of that loss, I do not take for granted the most precious things in life and that is family and relationships.