I recently relocated to the Lacombe area from Calgary to enjoy the outdoor recreation and beauty of central Alberta. Despite nearly 30 years of experience as an OT, continuing to learn about new ways to support clients is what keeps the profession interesting and motivating for me. Much of my career has been spent working with pre-school aged children with a range of limitations and struggles. My preference is for community-based work as these settings provide the most information about the children and their families.
I have two young-adult children, and I continue to learn about the ups and downs of parenting, recognizing it is a life-long journey. Originally from a farm in western Manitoba, I enjoy activities that get me outside, such as camping, playing soccer and travel. I also like to try cooking new foods and cheering on my Winnipeg Jets!
I have always known I wanted a career working with children and their families, and my university schooling led me to Developmental Psychology. In 2005, I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and have been working as a Registered Psychologist since 2007. Some of my work experience has included: non-profit preschool programs for children with special needs; assessment and consultation in schools; individual therapy supporting mental health concerns with children and adolescents; and providing in-home support, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to families of children with complex special needs.
My clinical interests and experiences are diverse; however, they all focus on developing relationships and supporting children, youth, and their caregivers. Through individualized approaches, I aim to meet a client where he/she is at, support him/her through their therapeutic journey, and help him/her to achieve their personal goal(s).
You can typically find me in an arena watching my boys play hockey, but if I do get some free time I love to be outdoors in the sunshine.