At Growing UP Therapy we, your occupational therapists, believe in partnership. Together we collaborate with you and your child to achieve developmental goals through playful interventions, sharing of knowledge and a nurturing environment.
While attending the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota, I earned a Bachelors of Arts in 2010 and then my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011. First I explored being a travel occupational therapist, before finding my true calling in pediatrics. Over the past several years, I have been able to hone and develop my clinical skills. I have advanced training in the areas of Sensory Integration, visual-motor, ocular motor and visual perceptual development. I am also a certified SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) feeding therapist as well as a DIRFloortime practitioner.
I have been an Occupational Therapist since 1996 and have specialized in Pediatrics for 23 of those years. Stateside I have worked in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Mexico in early intervention, school therapy and at the Center for Development and Disability at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Most recently, I have spent the past 10 years working here in Germany for the EDIS program through the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in early intervention and in multiple schools: Ramstein Elementary, Vogelweh Elementary and Sembach Elementary and Middle Schools as well as several schools in the Stuttgart area. I earned my Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Texas Woman’s University and have extensive continuing education in the areas of sensory integration and praxis, autism, ADHD, developmental and motor coordination disorders, various manual therapies and orthotics. My philosophy as a therapist is to build off a child’s strengths and to help him/her feel safe and comfortable when facing challenges. Finding a “just right” challenge is key, so that the therapeutic process is fun while attaining one’s goals.
Sarah and Lisa knew of one another through the school channels in the KMC area, sharing students in common. Sarah’s business was growing and Lisa was looking to shift gears. Their dear mutual friend, Julie, recognized a great opportunity. Knowing Sarah and Lisa shared a common work ethic and therapeutic styles, she made introductions and the rest is history!