Kristin obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science from the University of New England in 2007. After living in Boston, MA for two years, working as a sleep research polysomnography technician with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University, she then went to Philadelphia University in Pennsylvania to obtain a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy (completed May 2012).
Kristin developed her passion for working with children and their families during her first level II internship at United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay in Florida. There, Kristin gained experience in assessing handwriting, sensory integration, visual processing skills, emotional regulation skills and social interaction skills. She also completed a level I internship with the Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports. During that internship, she worked with individuals of all ages, with a wide range of physical and cognitive deficits, in the adaptive downhill ski program at Camelback Mountain in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
After graduating from graduate school, Kristin worked in Gainesville, FL in an outpatient pediatric clinic. Since moving to the Raleigh, North Carolina area, Kristin has continued to work fulltime in pediatric private practice. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including autism, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, fine motor and visual perceptual/motor issues, sensory processing disorders, ADD/ADHD, and a variety of other syndromes and physical/mental disabilities. She has been trained in the Therapeutic Listening Program, “Handwriting Without Tears” program, the Astronaut Training Program, the Core Connections program, visual processing, Kinesiology taping practitioner certification and the Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) program and has experience with Interactive Metronome and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding program.
Kristin has also recently become a health and wellness coach for people of all ages and has an enormous passion for nutrition and the important role it plays as a foundation for all the body’s functions and behaviors. She has a strong drive to help instill nutritional values in children of all ages, so that they can fuel their bodies with the right foods to allow them to play and learn to their greatest potential. Kristin also has a strong belief in the impact movement and physical activity has on learning and development and strives to help children migrate from their screens back into their environments for play-based learning.