I have been an occupational therapist for 13 years and have enjoyed roles as a clinician, consultant, clinical educator, manager, and instructor. My practice experience has been in working with older adults along a continuum of care from independent living to assisted living, skilled nursing, and dementia care. I have enjoyed working on initiatives to address older driver wellness and community mobility, aging in place, design and programming for dementia care environments, meaningful occupational engagement for older adults, therapeutic horticulture, and low vision. In my current role, I am very excited to work with students to set up meaningful, educative, and innovative fieldwork experiences throughout their time in the Occupational Therapy program.
- MS, Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- BA, Psychology, Wake Forest University
Research and Project Interests
- Health and Wellness for Older Adults
- Community-Based Practice
- Driving and Community Mobility
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