Carrie has 15 years of experience as an occupational therapist in pediatrics. She first earned a BA in Psychology from NC State University at which time she worked part-time for a home health agency serving children with special needs. This is where she discovered occupational therapy and decided to pursue a master’s degree in the field. Carrie graduated from Washington University in St Louis with a Masters of OT in 2005.
Upon graduating, Carrie returned to the east coast to work in an outpatient pediatric setting at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in southeastern Virginia. Opportunities for mentorship and support from her manager and peers resulted in a home within the organization for more than 14 years. Carrie served children from birth to 21 across a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to pediatric feeding disorders, brachial plexus injuries, autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, burns, and fine motor delays. There she led both feeding and therapeutic yoga groups for preschool and elementary school-aged children. She worked with peers to implement therapeutic gardening on-site with the assistance of a local boy scout troop in building an accessible environment. Perhaps her greatest pride in accomplishment within the setting was in creating a baby yoga wellness program offered to families in the community. Carrie seeks to increase the functional participation of both the children and families she serves by promoting greater independence with fine motor, self-help and sensory processing skills. Carrie has a strong interest in working with pediatric feeding disorders, as well as promoting health and wellness through participation in functional play both indoors and out. Carrie has training in AEIOU, SOS Approach to Pediatric Feeding, DIR/Floortime and Infant Massage. Carrie has volunteer and intern experience in the field of animal-assisted therapy, working with canine, equine and dolphin assisted programs.
Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, their young son, and family dog. They love to find adventure outdoors hiking, camping and visiting nearby playgrounds. Carrie is excited to return to her home state of North Carolina.