I’m glad you are taking the time to learn more about occupational therapy, myself as a practitioner, and how I can help support you or your family.
Occupational therapy (OT) is an allied health profession that supports an individual’s ability to function as independently as possible in their daily routines and activities. As an
occupational therapist, I work with clients on achieving goals that are meaningful and support participation in daily activities.
My treatment style is client-centered and strength-based. Using an integrative approach, OT sessions will focus on strengthening existing skills, improving areas of functional deficit, and promoting the client’s overall development with the goal of increasing independence and success in daily routines. I believe that each child (and teen) is unique, and a “standardized” approach doesn’t fit all.
I provide individualized, client-centered care that encourages collaboration and
participation by all to improve the child’s ability to participate in what is important and meaningful.
On a personal note, I’m a born and raised Floridian- this is the farthest “north” I’ve called home! I married a Louisiana man and we decided St. Augustine is our forever home. We have two wonderful little girls who keep me on my toes, and a cat who demands I slow down to snuggle. I’m a foodie at heart, a live music lover, and a water woman- though you’re more likely to find me napping in the sun than
on the water.
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors degree in Health Sciences. I then continued my education and received a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy as well as a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. I spent the first decade of my career practicing as an occupational therapist in skilled nursing and pediatric (early intervention, outpatient) settings, and I currently teach anatomy to the next generation of OT students at the University of St. Augustine.
If you think we may be a good fit, please reach out to discuss how I can support you and your child.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and requests below. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact me.
How long is each session?
50 minutes per treatment session
(initial evaluation 60-90 minutes; re-evaluation 60 minutes)
How do I schedule an appointment?
All new clients must call (904-344-5210) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me to schedule an intake session. If you are a current, existing client, you can view my calendar to request an appointment through the client portal here- your secure client portal.
For new clients, once we speak and schedule the first session, you will receive an email with consent forms and intake questionnaires to complete prior to your appointment. These documents must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the start of the first session.
If you are scheduling an appointment for your minor child, I will need to speak with the parent or legal guardian prior to the first session.
If you are the legal guardian of a child or have shared custody of a child, I am required to obtain legal guardianship and/or custody agreement documentation prior to the fist appointment.
What is your session fee? Do you take insurance?
My session rate is $165 per session.
[See good faith estimate for further details]
I currently do not accept any insurance plans but I am a credentialed Early Steps provider & StepUp4Students Scholarship provider.
I am considered an "out of network" provider by your insurance company. Upon request, I can provide you with a diagnostic receipt of services (a Superbill) that you can submit to your insurance company.
The State of Florida does not require a doctor's order for occupational therapy to be provided. If plans are to submit to your insurance provider, please obtain an order from your doctor for "occupational therapy evaluation and treatment," and also discuss with your insurance provider to determine their policies regarding reimbursement as not all insurance providers do so.
How do I pay for sessions?
I accept cash, all major credit cards, checks, and HSA cards. I am an approved provider for Step Up for Students (FES-UA) scholarship recipients!
What can OT help with?
“Achieving health, well-being, and participation in life through engagement in occupation is the overarching statement that describes the domain and process of
occupational therapy in its fullest sense.” (AOTA, 2014)
Translation: Think about everything you do from the time you wake up
until you return to sleep; what things are difficult to do on your own?
What things are affecting your ability to participate in what’s meaningful to you or your family?
Common areas of treatment focus
Self-care skills (such as bathing/showering, dressing, personal hygiene, functional mobility, feeding, toileting, etc.)
Fine motor skills
Visual motor/visual perceptual skills
Gross motor skills
Balance & coordination
Sensory processing & self-regulation skills
Participation in leisure activities (play, hobbies, sports)
Support academic success (executive functioning, cognitive tasks, environmental modifications, etc.)
What ages do you treat?
I enjoy working with all ages (newborns/infants, children, adolescents, caregivers).
When working with children or teenagers, depending on treatment goals and needs, caregivers are typically very much involved in the therapeutic process.
I'd be happy to discuss your goals for yourself and/or your child and if we are not a good fit, I can make a referral to another therapist who may be.
How involved will I be in my child's therapy?
Every child is different, so the level of involvement from parents &
caregivers will look different from family to family. In my experience (highly supported by research), children progress faster when we- therapist, child & caregivers/parents- work together.
We will discuss, based on your child's needs, what level of involvement is most appropriate. At the minimum, I require all parents & caregivers to complete an update/progress form prior to each session. I also may suggest family sessions and/or individual sessions with caretakers to teach skills & techniques, provide additional
support, and to address your concerns.
How often will I come to therapy and for how long?
Frequency is established during our initial evaluation based on the goals we will be working towards. Typically, we begin with 1-2x/week and adapt as needed to achieve treatment goals.
Therapy ends when treatment goals are achieved. Every individual is unique, and some children improve faster while others need more long-term support.