Rachel’s love of occupational therapy began when she was working in an innovative and inclusive preschool in San Francisco’s Richmond district. Working with Cindy, Maya, and a host of other talented therapists, she witnessed firsthand the power of sensory integration in enabling her students to successfully grow, learn, and develop. Her dedication to improving the lives of children and their families through meaningful engagement in occupation (aka PLAY!) led her to the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received her master’s in Human Development & Psychology in 2011. To further her skills and training, she graduated with a second master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2014.
In addition to treating individual pediatric clients at Connected Kidz, Rachel runs a wide variety of occupational therapy groups for adolescents, adults, and seniors at Mills-Peninsula Hospital in San Mateo, giving her a wide breadth of experience across the lifespan. This diverse background informs Rachel’s holistic approach to working with and supporting kiddos and their families.
Rachel has experience in meeting the occupational needs of children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and emotion regulation challenges. Rachel has pursued additional training in Harper Optimal Protocols for Enrichment, integrating primitive reflexes, auditory processing challenges, and is finalizing Sensory Integration Certification through the University of Southern California.