I discovered the field of Occupational Therapy when teaching English in China in 2003. While a preschool teacher in Shanghai, I was fortunate to work with a young child with autism and his occupational therapist. The experience changed my life and after returning back to US, I was determined to become a successful occupational therapist and make an impact on young children’s lives.
In 2007, I established Eyas Landing where I first provided developmental therapy services for children in Early Intervention. Families wanted their children to receive all the therapies available to best support their children, but were struggling to commute between clinics and coordinate care between providers. The community needed a multidisciplinary therapy clinic with coordinated and collaborative care, so I built it! Eyas Landing is an outpatient clinic that provides a wide range of therapy services in the clinic, home, school, daycare and virtually. My companies have grown organically to meet the needs of our community and will continue to grow our programs to best support our clients and their families. While working with families across these settings, my colleagues and I noticed a need within our community for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary preschool program and established Blue Bird Day in 2014. Merlin Day Academy originated as a place for Blue Bird Day graduates that needed a more supportive environment and has grown significantly as it offers a unique alternative to traditional school environments. Providing our clients with innovative, evidence-based, and client centered care has always and will continue to drive us.