April is occupational therapy (OT) month and we want you to get to know our occupational therapists and learn more about what they do! Meet Olivia Chester, OTR/L.
1. Why did you decide to become an OT?
After several volunteer experiences in both high school and college, I learned that occupational therapy addressed the vital importance of people’s psychological and emotional well-being, as well as their physical needs. I was a psychology major in college, and I wanted to continue to use this knowledge. I wanted to be in a health care profession where I could spend quality time with my patients, and help them to improve their quality of life. Occupational therapy was a perfect fit. I have found that occupational therapy is one of the most holistic health care professions, and I am proud to have chosen this as my career path. It is a profession that requires sensitivity, understanding, and compassion; all of the characteristics that I value tremendously.
A quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson expresses this perfectly: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.”
2. Favorite therapy toy/activity?
I have many toys/activities that I love to use in therapy to make it fun and engaging, but currently I am obsessed with my crayon styluses and an app called Dexteria Junior! This is such a fun way to work on pre writing strokes and handwriting with my kids and gives them a break from the everyday use of paper and pencil.
3. Favorite part of your job?
I love our Therapy SPOT team! We all work together so well in order to help our kids be successful. We encourage each other daily to lead by example and be the best therapists we can be so that we can provide client focused and centered treatments. I also love that each session is always different meaning that your child is receiving individualized therapy that has been created to meet their needs specifically. Therapy at The Therapy SPOT is always fun!
4. Something you don’t know about me:
I am a Statesboro native born and raised here. I went away to Charlotte, NC for undergrad and then down to St. Augustine, FL for graduate school. After living in two amazing cities I decided to move back home because I decided Statesboro really is a nice place to live and work. I currently live in an old farm house built in 1898 which I am in the process of renovating which has been so much fun!
The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy
Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy. Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs. You can learn more about our services at http://www.therapyspotstatesboro.com. Questions or concerns? Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation.