As an occupational therapist, Emily believes that it is her mission to help people know that they matter by paying attention to what matters to them. Some of Emily’s greatest passions and interests include nature-based play, OT’s role in mental health, and trauma-informed care. In school, she completed research projects related to occupational identity: the idea that our ability to explore and participate in activities that are meaningful to us helps establish our sense of self and resilience in the world. Emily is a firm believer in prioritizing play, creativity, and a strengths-based approach when working with children and their families. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. Prior to OT school, she worked as an OT aide in an outpatient pediatric clinic and provided respite care for families with children who had Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. Emily is grateful to be able to walk alongside children and their families during their time at CI, and she values being a life-long learner in order to meet each person where they are.