As a clinical Occupational Therapist, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of individuals with a variety of functional challenges. My current clinical work is focused in two areas – assistive technology, and wheelchair mobility and seating – however I have experience and interest in a number of other areas as well. Explore below to find out more.
My interests in assistive technology range from low-tech solutions to everyday challenges faced by those with functional limitations to high tech solutions for environmental control and computer access for individuals with complex disabilities. I follow developments in new and emerging technologies closely, and am particularly interested in how to minimize cost and maximize potential of mainstream technologies to promote independence. I have specific expertise in the use of mobile devices to promote independence in communication, computing, and environmental control for individuals of all physical abilities, through the use of modified access and switch control. I have taught courses on this topic locally, nationally, and internationally as well as developed a range of webinars and online resources.
Wheelchairs and scooters are an area of passion because of their potential to change how someone navigates in, and experiences the world around them. My clinical experience in wheeled mobility and seating includes manual and powered wheelchairs, as well as mobility scooters. I think it’s critically important to consider all the needs of the person in deciding on the right mobility solution, including their other assistive technology and environmental needs. I continue to engage in continuing education through workshops and courses on wheeled mobility and seating, and have been privileged to present several webinars and courses for RESNA, the University of Pittsburgh, the International Seating Symposium, and the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (USA) on integration of assistive technology with wheeled mobility and seating
For those who are looking for ways to “age-in-place” in their own homes or to have an environment which meets their functional needs, home modifications are often necessary. I love assessing the home and other environments for potential ways to improve safety and promote independence. In addition to clinical work experience in this area, I have assisted Elizabeth Ainsworth (OT) in delivering a home modification workshop in Vancouver, BC using my familiarity with local regulation and building code to ensure content was based in local needs. I also support adherence to the SAFERHome Standards.
There are many ways for older adults to maintain independence as long as possible, and whether the challenges are physical or cognitive, I am interested in finding solutions. I think it is critically important to work with individuals, their families, and their support networks to identify ways everyone can work together to ensure the ability to maintain independence. This may be through the development of new routines, or through changes to the environment to support someone’s function. I am trained in the use of the AMPS – the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills, which can help to identify functional limitations through observing everyday tasks so they can be addressed through rehabilitation or adaptations to the environment.
Founder and Director (2011-Present)
Jump Start Occupational Therapy, Vancouver, BC
Occupational Therapist II, Assistive Technology and Specialized Seating (2012-2013)
GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC
Occupational Therapist, Adult Community and Pediatric School Care (2010-2012)
Communicare Therapy, South East Region, ON
Occupational Therapist, Burns/Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Geriatric Restorative Care (2009-2010)
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre,Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, NS
Stroke Program Coordinator (2009)
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS