Work Experience

Teaching

(Teaching experience prior to 1990 available on request)

Full time Faculty- The College of Saint Catherine, St. Paul, MN (1997-Present)

Professor (Promotion March of 2011)

Associate Professor  (2004-Present/ Tenured as of 2008) (See duties Below)

Assistant Professor  (1997-2004)

  • Teach and coordinate graduate and undergraduate courses (day and weekend format) in the OSOT department and overload in the CORE & Psychology Depts.
  • Thesis Advisor and Reader for Graduate Students
  • Teach in the CORE Reflective Woman & in the Psychology Dept.
  • Level II Fieldwork Supervisor- College of St. Catherine Community Sites (1998-2005)
  • On a number of Leadership/ Committee Teams

   Clinical Consulting Faculty/ Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota (1996-1999)

  • Taught in the School of Occupational Therapy Psychosocial and Advanced Topics Classes

   Consulting  Guest Lecturer, University of Minnesota (1992-Present)

  • Lecture in the School of Occupational Therapy in various courses as requested

  National Quality Improvement Consultant, Upper Midwest Federal Head Start

 (1998-2005)

  • Conducted Seminars on Sensory Development and Sensory Integration
  • Consulted with Teachers and Administrators Regarding Program Development

 Sr. Aerobics/ Group Fitness Instructor, Northwest Athletic Clubs/ Wellbridge Corporation (now Lifetime Fitness)  (1985-Present)

 *Have taught aerobics/fitness for over 25 years

  • Teach all levels of aerobics, fitness, weight lifting and step classes for all ages
  • Educate members on topics of health and wellness
  • Group Fitness Presenter at a number of seminars
  • Maintain a web page with updated fitness and health information
  • Coordinate monthly social events
  • Coordinate 2-3 annual charity events
  • Educator and mentor for other fitness professionals
  • ACE Gold Certified (First group to be certified nationally)
  • Recipient of a number of Fitness Instructor Awards (Listed in Awards Section)

 Aerobics/ Group Fitness Instructor, Aerobics Incorporated (1983-1985)

  • Taught all levels of fitness classes
  • Designed Fitness routines and class concepts
  • Additional Information Available on Request

Clinical

Private Practice Occupational Therapist,  (1990-Present)- Medical Assistance Provider

  •  Serve as a consultant to a variety of community organizations, hospitals, and clients
  • Consultant to the State of Minnesota regarding psychiatric  and forensic service delivery and environmental set up (ongoing)
  • Ongoing Consultant and Program Development for Meridian Services & Orion Associates- Development of Crisis Home for 7 county metro area
  • Member of Orion Associates Education/ Professional Speaker Team
  • Program development and consultation for organizations including (but not limited to) Psychosocial Rehabilitation Consultants, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Oak Grove Residence, South Metro Human Services, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Hennepin County, Tasks Unlimited, Meridian Services/ Orion Associates, Mental Health Resources, National Coalition for Community Living, RISE Inc., Chrestomathy, Community Options, Federal Head Start Programs, State of Minnesota DHS, State of Minnesota Mental Health Initiative, State of Minnesota Psychiatric Forensic System, Lutheran Social Services and Northwest Residence
  • Work 1:1 with clients that have psychiatric, cognitive, sensory integrative/ sensory processing, and developmental disabilities

Senior Occupational Therapist, Anoka Regional Treatment Center, Anoka MN (1992-1997)

  • Supervisor for 3 COTA's and occupational therapy services for over 120 patients on a variety of units
  • Designed programming and comprehensive evaluation and intervention groups
  • Clinical Leader for State Long Term Peer Review Board
  • Consultant to a variety of state facilities

Occupational Therapist, Anoka Regional Treatment Center, Anoka, MN (1988-1992)

  • Responsible for 2 COTA’s and occupational therapy services for 60 patients on forensic units
  • Designed comprehensive assessment and treatment programs for locked units
  • Consulted to all units on living skills assessments and on use of sensory integration therapy and sensorimotor techniques

 Occupational Therapist/ Basic Living Skills Coordinator,  Tasks Unlimited Inc.,     Minneapolis, MN (1987-1988)

  • Worked with a variety of psychiatric populations implementing assessment and treatment in areas of ADL’s, social group living skills, and sensory integration
  • Developed programs in basic living skills curricula

Administrative

Senior Occupational Therapist,  Anoka Regional Treatment Center, Anoka, MN

       (1992-1997)- AMRTC is a state psychiatric facility

  • Supervised occupational therapy services for 125 patients on 3 units
  • Responsible for programs involving 3 COTA’s, Aides, and all levels of students
  • Served as AMRTC Fieldwork Coordinator serving over 10 schools and 30 students annually
  • Provided evaluation and intervention in all areas of occupational performance to clients with psychiatric, cognitive, developmental, and physical disabilities
  • Chair of Long Term Peer Review Committee & CQI committees              
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