Karen comes to All About Therapy with 17 years of occupational therapy experience, having worked in a variety of care settings. Starting her career at the University of Vermont Medical Center – she focused on hospital-based rehabilitation, both inpatient and outpatient. During that time, she was promoted to Clinical Leader within the inpatient rehab department, but longed for a better work/life balance while raising her two, young daughters. She found her true calling in pediatrics, and over the last four years she has been working with children ages 3 to 22 in the school setting. Making that switch from adult care to pediatrics was the best career decision she could have made, providing Karen exposure and developing expertise across a wide range of diagnosis including: Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s syndrome, Developmental Delays, Learning Disabilities/Handwriting challenges, Trauma, and Rett Syndrome. Karen’s daughters were both premature at birth, so she has a unique appreciation for the challenges that accompany this early start to life.
Karen believes strongly in ongoing education. She completed her Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Professional Certification in 2014 to better facilitate the use of technology for children within her district. She has recent continuing education and training in Handwriting without Tears, Effective OT strategies for working with children with Autism Spectrum disorder, and has had introductory training in The Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding.
Karen and her family recently moved to North Carolina from Burlington, Vermont, where she settled after graduating from Quinnipiac University with a degree in Occupational Therapy (2002). She loves working with families and offers a respectful and family-centered approach to intervention. Karen, her husband, and their two daughters are excited to explore all that the Triangle area has to offer. She is excited to work with the families and children in the North Carolina area!