Why did I become a COTA? I've always loved helping people and becoming a COTA has allowed me to do that! I originally went to school thinking I wanted to work with Autistic children but after completing two pediatric rotations and one in hands I ended up really enjoying hands. The hand is a complex thing which makes my work interesting and helping people get back to their "normal" makes it rewarding. I love getting to know my patients and making treatment relevant for them!
Continuing Education Commitment: I am committed to taking continuing education classes that will allow me to serve my patients well. This past year I attended the Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation's 40th Annual Symposium focusing on tendon and nerve injuries. I am looking forward to taking classes in Kinesiotaping and manual therapy techniques as well as applying for a bridge program in hopes of obtaining my Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Personal Interests: My husband Brian and I keep busy with our daughter Alyda, who was born in June. We are avid Seahawks, Sounders, USC and Lynden Lions fans and we rarely miss a game, even if it means DVRing the game during church! We spend a majority of our free time with family.
Educational Background: I graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with an Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS-T in 2013.