Carol has over 25 years of experience as an OT, working with patients of all ages. She received her BA in Psychology and her MS/Certificate. Additionally, Carol has pursued graduate courses in Exceptional Student Education with focus on Learning Disabilities, Education of Emotionally Disturbed Children, and Methods of Teaching Reading and Math.
Carol has taught special education in the public schools, having classes of children with Varying Exceptionalities, inclusive of physically disabled, developmentally delayed, emotionally handicapped, legally blind and students with learning disabilities. Carol also taught kindergarten and art in a private school.
Carol’s internship was in pediatrics under the guidance of renowned OTR, Mary Fiorentino. Working in Mary’s research program, Carol learned to incorporate Bobath and neuro developmental therapy into treatment plans, and to work with infants who had congenital limb amputations, preparing them at 1 year old to receive artificial limbs (the youngest children to receive them at the time).
Carol’s began working with acutely ill psychiatric patients, particularly teens and young adults. She continued to work as a teacher and therapist while raising 6 children of her own. Carol then was an OT for 7 years, in the schools for severely handicapped children, with her focus on positioning and feeding issues, as well general development and stimulation. She traveled to several public schools working with students who were physically disabled, emotionally and behaviorally challenged, learning disabled, and those with sensory impairments. Carol participated in inclusion programs as they were established and worked closely with the physical and speech therapists.
Carol then managed a rehab program in an ALF, provided direct care in a SNF and then became Director of the OTA Program at Keiser University in FL. Carol developed, wrote, and taught in this program for 5 years and received national accreditation from AOTA for it.
Carol recently worked a SNF as lead OT for 6 years and then she continued home health care until recently relocating to Durham. She has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren locally and is enjoying living close to them. She is looking forward to new adventures in OT, especially again with children.