For over 35 years I've had the privilege of working with people during some of their toughest times, i.e. while going through rehabilitation due to illness or injury, while transitioning home from hospital, struggling in the workplace, returning to work post illness or injury, healing from traumatic events, and working on re-engaging in meaningful activities in the community.
I've specialized in working with people who are living with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, mobility issues, arthritis, hand and upper extremity repetitive strain injuries, and cognitive challenges. While listening attentively I've learned of the physical, cognitive, and attitudinal barriers people face, the challenges they have in their environments that were designed for the "able bodied", and I've witnessed human rights violations, ableism, and discrimination in the workplace.
My passion is helping people, children to adults, develop or maintain participation in their life choices to the fullest extent, by reducing and removing barriers. My focus is on equal opportunity for all, and for participation in all desired daily living activities in the home, workplace, and in leisure pursuits.
What I will bring
My career as an Occupational Therapist has offered me opportunities to work with people of many cultures, and with individuals and families of all sizes and ages. In all cases I've strived to deliver my services with respect and kindness.
My skills are honed and evidence based. I keep pace with research and innovations.
I've conducted my own clinical research at a major hospital, on the Chronic Pain Management program I co-developed with my colleague, as evidence based interventions matter.
A passion for lifelong learning and an ability to teach and train others in an engaging and enjoyable manner and in a way that matches their learning style; auditory, visual, kinesthetic, in quiet and in chaos.
By embracing Universal Design (UD) we will eliminate the need for disability labels, we will make everyone's temporary, permanent, or episodic limitations invisible in day to day life, and we will replace barriers with... dignity for all!
Neuroscience - The human brain is wired for and needs beauty!
Biophilic Design for Health and Wellbeing
e.g., The power of flowers, trees, gardens, and bees...
Sustainability - Preservation of nature and the inclusion of nature in our healing environments, will always be one of our finest achievements!
Collaboration - Is the key to win/win!
A love of Bees- The honeybee's 6 sided hexagon beehive design is inspiring; it is the most efficient way to fill space, there are no gaps in the design. In Masonic lectures the beehive is explained as a symbol of industry and cooperation, it has inspired the creation of buildings, transportation, and storage. Bees are highly sociable and work hard together contributing in their unique roles in the hive. Bees are at risk and need our support.