Optimal Living Consultancy was established in January, 2011. I provide Therapeutic Recreation consultation services to various treatment facilities throughout Utah including long-term health care, assisted living, transitional rehabilitation, adult day centers, and other swing bed medical centers.
I graduated from the University of Utah in December 2008 with a Master's degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis on Therapeutic Recreation while concurrently earning a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2002.
* National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification CTRS
* Gerontology Graduate Certificate: University of Utah
* Certificate of Training in Recreational Therapy Dementia Practice Guidelines (DPG): American Therapeutic Recreation Association
* Certificate of Completion for Advanced Geriatric Training (DPG): American Therapeutic Recreation Association
I strive to offer Therapeutic Recreational services in efforts of increasing quality of life for older adults. This includes the promotion of recreational programs to increase individual and community wellness as well as the identification and removal of environmental constraints for optimal recreational participation. I focus on strengthening the social, physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being of the client in efforts of achieving the highest possible level of health and wellness.
I was employed with Primary Children’s Behavioral Health from 2005-2011. It was here that I gained experience and knowledge in working with individuals who displayed various behavioral, social and emotional disturbances and chemical dependency problems. I developed and implemented a resource builder program for adolescents in residential and day treatment care. This program included psycho-educational groups, expressive art, relaxation, social/life skills training, equine-assisted therapy, and various other therapeutic skills focused on a holistic approach to meet patient needs.