Lisa received a degree in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University. She has been practicing for 29 years in the area of pediatric occupational therapy all in her home state of North Carolina. Her early career included work in residential facilities for children and adults with neurodevelopmental challenges. With an interest in emotional and behavioral development, she worked in a State psychiatric hospital providing evaluation and treatment of children with developmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges. She then realized her interest in the development of young children and worked in an early intervention agency, the Developmental Evaluation Center of Raleigh now known as the CDSA. She provided evaluations for children birth to five years, assistive technology/augmentative communication evaluation, Assistive Technology lending library, social skills groups for children with atypical development, and treatment of children birth to three with developmental delays.
Lisa then sought work in a children’s hospital to further her clinical skills. During her 18 years at UNC Children’s Hospital, she provided evaluation and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental delays, feeding dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders and congenital malformations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, transplant, oncological conditions, failure to thrive, congenital gastrointestinal disorders, cerebral palsy, respiratory challenges including tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation dependence, prematurity, visual impairment, and general debility. She also provided outpatient evaluations for children with sensory processing dysfunction, neuromotor dysfunction, and behavioral disorders. She worked in the Special Infant Care Clinic with a multidisciplinary team for follow-up from the Newborn Critical Care Center. Her primary area of specialty is evaluation and treatment of sequelae of prematurity including developmental delays, sensory processing and behavioral challenges, neurological insults, congenital disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders. She also has a specific interest in the treatment of children with arthrogryposis with a focus on functional success including adaptive needs with fabrication of adaptive equipment for play and learning, as well as, orthotics. Lisa also has experience providing constraint induced movement therapy and pediatric kinesiotaping.
While Lisa is passionate about providing therapy for young children, she strongly believes in parent education and their inclusion in the treatment program. She enjoys empowering parents to be successful in addressing their child’s special needs and advocating for their child. Lisa has experience in providing parent education for infant massage and development of premature infants. She maintains long term contact with some of the families she has served to continue to follow the children’s successes.
Lisa has lived in the Triangle for 25 years and enjoys the numerous cultural and social opportunities afforded in the area. She loves visiting the North Carolina Coast at any opportunity. She enjoys spoiling her two cats, gardening, and crafting in her spare time.