Lesa was born and raised in New Mexico and has been in the North Carolina area for 16 years. One of her goals in life is to live a purpose-driven life and as an occupational therapist, she is to do just that. In college, she was a physical therapy student but got a job assisting an occupational therapist who specializes in sensory integration. She was so intrigued that she changed her major to OT. What most impressed her was the creative intervention that OT has to offer and that each treatment was unique and customized for that child’s needs. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy and also, simultaneously, she received a Master’s in Psychology. Over the years Lesa has worked across the spectrum of pediatric therapy including home therapy, inpatient therapy, and outpatient therapy. It became evident to her that working with children in their environment facilitates the best outcomes. Working with families of children with sensory processing disorders, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, orthopedic abnormalities, development delays, congenital disorders and eating disorders has been rewarding for her. Lesa worked for Sammons Preston (now Patterson medical) as a clinical specialist and sales representative specializing in splinting seating, and adaptive technology. Lesa consulted as a clinical specialist at 2 teaching hospitals to help them create a sensory gym to work with children with sensory processing disorders. She also owned a Children’s Activity Center for 12 years. She welcomed all children and became an evening respite so that parents could enjoy a night off. She was able to help many children through inclusive play. She often informed parents of developmental delays and sensory processing disorder and would work with her families to find them the therapy resources they needed. Lesa enjoys spending time with her son and supporting him with his college endeavors, spending time with friends, and enjoys professional and college basketball. Lesa owned an AAU boys’ basketball team and enjoyed not only coaching basketball but coaching student-athletes on the importance of making long term plans beyond the sports and obtaining a degree.