Hello, I’m Christa!
As an Occupational Therapist (OTR), I specialize in prevention and health and wellness within the adult population. With a background in occupational therapy, I teach, coach, mentor, consult and counsel individuals and groups in personal growth. I also educate and train clients in improving relationships, work habits, school engagement, and caregiving, as well as advise and support those who have experienced issues of abuse and neglect.
I take pride in realizing and understanding the complexities of life and how it relates to intricacies of the human body – mind, body, and soul.
A healthy balance in these three (3) areas is essential for good mental, physical and emotional health. Balancing these areas are vital in building and maintaining purpose, motivation, quality of life and contentment. I began to understand the importance of how all three of these areas need to work in sync for overall health; not just through learning about occupational therapy but also through personal experiences.
My life’s experiences and adversities have developed empathy, compassion and passion for health and wellness for others which ultimately led me to create Life Wellness Occupational Therapy.
Life Wellness implement’s a unique and holistic approach that assesses various areas of a person’s life that have caused a decline in living a quality life. Life Wellness works on balancing specific areas using various methods and approaches so that the individual can find joy, meaning, motivation and satisfaction, once again, in life.
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With close to 10 years of occupational therapy experience, I have worked in skilled nursing facilities, short and long term, homes and in the community.
Prior clients that I’ve worked with include those who have experienced a motor vehicle accident, stroke, heart conditions, arthritis, respiratory problems, diabetes, hip and knee replacements, Parkinson’s and more.
For many, with these conditions comes other issues such as depression, anxiety and social isolation which is also addressed during treatment.
I use a comprehensive all-inclusive approach to treat the whole person so that they can get back to living life to their fullest.
I received my associates and bachelor’s degrees at Philadelphia University and practiced occupational therapy as an occupational therapy assistant in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for five years where I specialized in assessing and creating interventions that help the client meet their goals with positive outcomes to live more independently.
I completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Bay Path University in Massachusetts and begin treating as a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
During the COVID pandemic, I opened up Life Wellness Occupational Therapy, a mobile service that goes to peoples’ homes and out into the community where I meet the client where they need help the most.
This allows me to evaluate the individual and assess the need in their actual environment so that they get the best possible rehabilitation according to their unique needs. My practice also makes it convenient and accessible for those who are unable to travel to a rehab facility.