I was born and raised in the Hamlet of Claverack, N.Y.
I received my Bachelors of Science from Keuka College in Occupational Therapy in 1990 and have worked as a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist for 23 years. My work experience has included both inpatient and outpatient settings in orthopedic, neurological and psychiatric rehabilitation. I received my Masters of Science from Scranton University in 1996 in Rehabilitation Counseling, and have been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 1997. I hold a Board Certification from the American Occupational Therapy Association in Neurological Rehabilitation (1999).
My initial position at Ithaca College’s Department of Occupational Therapy was of a Clinical Assistant Professor in 1999 where my job responsibilities included teaching, developing and coordinating the Adult Occupational Therapy portion of the OT/PT clinic on campus. In 2001 I was Principal Investigator of a funded Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) grant to support the Interdisciplinary Program, The Center for Life Skills. In 2004 I completed my Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University and subsequently transferred into a full time Academic Position and became Graduate Chair of the MS portion of the BS/MS program and the Professional Entry Level Masters in Occupational Therapy. I am excited to serve as the Chair of the All College Review Board for Human Subjects Research in 2013-2014.
I currently reside in the town of Ithaca with my dog Max where I enjoy hiking, "porching", golf, rugby and Motoring in my Mini-Cooper.