I started my profession in 2000 working at Larue Carter State Hospital with children and adults with severe Psychiatric Disorders before deciding to change my career path by accepting a position with Meaningful Day Services in 2002. This was a very different experience for me from the institutional setting I was use to, but it didn't take long for me to realize that I was meant to work with individuals with developmental disabilities. I particularly find it rewarding to work with individuals and their families in their natural settings. As the first Recreational Therapy provider, I had the unique opportunity to start and build the program. I am currently the Director of Recreational Therapy, and while I'm not working directly with my clients, I am providing supports to other therapists and oversight to the program. I currently reside in Greenwood with my husband, Kyle, son's Jackson and Carter, and dogs Buster and Melly.
Most of my experience is working with individuals with psychiatric disorders and those on the Autism Spectrum. I am comfortable working with individuals that are non-verbal, have limited mobility, or those that have challenges associated with sensory issues. I typically use exercise, athletics, social games, and community integration as therapy interventions, although I'm willing to work with individuals to build on whatever interests they have. Part of what I do is simply help my client's find new interests and explore ways to adapt activities so that they can be successful.