When she was deciding her career path, Ellen knew she wanted to be creative and help others, but she wasn’t sure how the two aligned until she found occupational therapy. Now, Ellen gets to create fun, sensory-integrated activities for each therapy session she has. She lets the child lead the way and follows their cues and body language and adapts as needed so she can keep them engaged and involved.
Understanding how critical positive feedback is to a developing child, Ellen bases her therapy sessions around strength building – improving a child’s deficits by building on their strengths to break down barriers.
When she’s not at work, Ellen spends time in nature – taking walks and tending to her homestead (complete with cows and a garden).
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science
Northern Arizona University, Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy
“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” – Fred Rogers