Lisa, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Lisa received a degree in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University. She
has been practicing for 29 years in the area of pediatric occupational therapy all in her
home state of North Carolina. Her early career included work in residential facilities for
children and adults with neurodevelopmental challenges. With an interest in emotional
and behavioral development, she worked in a State psychiatric hospital providing
evaluation and treatment of children with developmental, emotional, and behavioral

challenges. She then realized her interest in the development of young children and
worked in an early intervention agency, the Developmental Evaluation Center of Raleigh
now known as the CDSA. She provided evaluations for children birth to five years,
assistive technology/augmentative communication evaluation, Assistive Technology
lending library, social skills groups for children with atypical development, and treatment
of children birth to three with developmental delays.

Lisa then sought work in a children’s hospital to further her clinical skills. During her 18
years at UNC Children’s Hospital, she provided evaluation and treatment of children
with neurodevelopmental delays, feeding dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders and
congenital malformations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, transplant,
oncological conditions, failure to thrive, congenital gastrointestinal disorders, cerebral
palsy, respiratory challenges including tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation
dependence, prematurity, visual impairment, and general debility. She also provided
outpatient evaluations for children with sensory processing dysfunction, neuromotor
dysfunction, and behavioral disorders. She worked in the Special Infant Care Clinic with
a multidisciplinary team for follow-up from the Newborn Critical Care Center. Her
primary area of specialty is evaluation and treatment of sequelae of prematurity
including developmental delays, sensory processing and behavioral challenges,
neurological insults, congenital disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders. She also has
a specific interest in the treatment of children with arthrogryposis with a focus on
functional success including adaptive needs with fabrication of adaptive equipment for
play and learning, as well as, orthotics. Lisa also has experience providing constraint
induced movement therapy and pediatric kinesiotaping.

While Lisa is passionate about providing therapy for young children, she strongly
believes in parent education and their inclusion in the treatment program. She enjoys
empowering parents to be successful in addressing their child’s special needs and
advocating for their child. Lisa has experience in providing parent education for infant
massage and development of premature infants. She maintains long term contact with
some of the families she has served to continue to follow the children’s successes.

Lisa has lived in the Triangle for 25 years and enjoys the numerous cultural and social
opportunities afforded in the area. She loves visiting the North Carolina Coast at any
opportunity. She enjoys spoiling her two cats, gardening, and crafting in her spare time.