Lauren, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Lauren Forrest is originally from Carthage, NC. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UNC Chapel Hill, she went on to earn her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at East Carolina University. She has always had a passion for working with children and families. She completed her graduate thesis on parent involvement during infant hospitalization and completed her graduate fieldwork in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UNC.

Lauren has experience working with individuals with various physical disabilities in the inpatient rehab setting. She has worked with children who experience cerebral palsy in both the home setting and hospital setting. In addition, she has knowledge related to developmental delays, hemiplegia, pediatric stroke, autism spectrum disorders, sensory disorders, fine motor delays, and various orthopedic conditions.
Lauren pursued a career in occupational therapy with the goal of helping children experience the best life possible. She believes that children can reach their goals through participation in fun and engaging activities. Lauren and her husband are proud new parents of their son, Owen. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, going to the beach, and spending time with family.