I began my OT career working in rural Iowa seeing patients of all ages in the acute, skill nursing, outpatient and home health settings. From these experiences, I recognized a missing link to our health care system. Yes, the sick are seen, but what about those who just do not feel well? Those who are technically functional, however are not living their best life?
Additionally, I began noticing trends within my patient populations: a large majority of diagnoses I treated could be traced back to poor lifestyle habits, moreover pinned to a lifetime of stress, lack of concern for optimal health and wellness, and poor coping strategies. A vast majority of my elder patients had some form of incontinence, resulting in nursing home placement at a young age, comorbidities related to poor bowel and bladder management, and an increased burden of care. Their lives were no longer their own story to write, but dictated by bouts of severe and disabling bowel and bladder incontinence, impacting what one could do each day.
I could not stand idly by and allow this trend to continue!
These discoveries paired with my own fertility, pelvic health, and wellness journey, led me to seek specialization within the scope of women’s health, pelvic floor therapy, stress management, and general health and wellness.
I am professionally passionate about improving one’s daily quality of life and empowering clients to live their best life. I am excited to share with my clients the life changing benefits occupational therapy can have physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
I am always on the go and have many hobbies, including my personal yoga practice, snow skiing, running, hiking, slalom skiing and boating, gardening, reading, golfing, trap shooting, and spending time with my husband Wade, my family and friends, and my sweet eight pound silky terrier, Gatsby.