My 35 years experience as an Occupational Therapist has enabled me to work with a broad spectrum of clients, a wide variety of mental and physical health conditions in hospital, community and private practice environments. I have demonstrated excellent communication skills with clients, family members and colleagues. I provide client centred care throughout the assessment and intervention stages. Problem solving with clients and families has been an integral part of my practice. I bring highly experienced skills in facilitating groups, counselling individuals, developing and implementing programs, and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams.
Private Practice / Counselling | Coaching | Consulting
September 2016 - current, Barrie, ON
Counselling services for clients dealing with grief, life transitions, depression, addictions and anxiety. Coaching and consulting services for clients regarding stress management, self development and adaptive living. Assisting clients to nurture their resilience through their experience of life's challenges.
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre / Mental Health and Addiction Services
January 2002 - April 2016, Barrie, ON
Addiction Residential Treatment Program & Day Treatment Program in community setting. Outpatient Mental Health Day Program. Provided intake and assessment, individual counselling, group development and facilitation, crisis management. Worked with clients who had various addictions, depression, anxiety, psychosis and grief.
Colchester Regional Hospital / Mental Health Outpatient Program
April 1998 - June 2001, Truro, NS
Facilitated groups for stress management, wellness, emotional health, leisure development and communication. Individual assessments and treatment provided in life skills management/vocational skills development.
Cape Breton Regional Hospital / Assistant Manager / Clinician in Occupational Therapy
May 1990 - December 1997, Sydney Mines , NS
Outpatient and Inpatient Rehabilitation, Seniors Day Program, Long Term Care Veterans service. Assessment and treatment with clients with CVA, Arthritis, Chronic Neurological disorders, ABI, Cardiac disease, Spinal Cord Injury, and Hand Injuries. Interventions included mobility devices, adaptive equipment, accessibility at home and in community, hand splinting, education re: energy conservation, joint protection, adapting environments and activities, ergonomics.
Cape Breton Occupational Therapy Community Practice / Partner
January 1991 - December 1997, Sydney, NS
Assessment and intervention for accessibility, mobility, adaptive equipment, work site, job analysis and ergonomics. Referrals from Veterans Affairs and WSIB.
Venture Concepts / Life Skills Coordinator
October 1988 - May 1990, Sydney, NS
Developed and implemented curriculum for vocational training programs with an emphasis on wellness, communication and life skills.
Private Practice / Occupational Therapy Home Care Services
July 1987 - September 1988, Temiskaming Region, ON
Home Care Services for Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Paediatric clients.
Child and Parent Resource Institute (C.P.R.I.) / Outpatient and Inpatient Services
May 1985 - June 1987, London, ON
Individual assessment and treatment of children with emotional, behavioural, psychomotor and developmental issues ages 5-12.
Halifax Rehabilitation Centre / Outpatient Services
October 1984 - May 1985, Halifax, NS
Provided assessment and treatment of acute rehabilitation clients following extended inpatient admissions. Maintaining care continuum was a priority.
Nova Scotia Hospital (Capital Health Services) /
Mental Health and Inpatient Adult and Children’s Services
November 1981 - December 1983, Dartmouth, NS
Individual assessment and treatment with adults and children. Provided group interventions and developed new programs. Re-established Occupational Therapy services for the children’s unit.
University of Western Ontario / BSc.OT.
Faculty of Medicine
1976 - 1981
Grow Vantage Business Development and Coaching
Mount St. Vincent University
Religious Experience and Celebration
King’s College - Western
- COTO / College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
- CAOT / Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
- WFOT / World Federation of Occupational Therapists