Staci received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University.
She is a nationally certified and Georgia state licensed occupational therapist who not only works with adults, but also works with children ages 0-21 years with varying challenges and special needs. Diagnoses and issues include, but are not limited to, lip and tongue tie issues, breastfeeding challenges, torticollis, plagiocephaly, autism, ADHD, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, brain injury, cancer, pain management, autoimmune disorders, and mental health disorders. Therapeutic settings include home health, hospital and private clinic. Therapeutic strategies used during traditional occupational therapy sessions include, but are not limited to, sensory integration, manual therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, TummyTime Method, and yoga for children with special needs.
Throughout the years, she has worked with children of various ages in settings including the juvenile justice system in North Carolina, a local center for domestic violence, daycare, Sunday school classes, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, technology dependent intensive care, inpatient rehabilitation, Day Rehabilitation and private clinics. During her three month Graduate Fieldwork experience in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico she worked in clinic and rural settings with Mayas and other indigenous populations of all ages and various diagnoses including children with genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, developmental delay, and muscular dystrophy.In 2013, Staci traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador with three other healthcare professionals to deliver over 400 wheelchairs to individuals in need, give presentations to various healthcare professionals and consult and volunteer in adult and pediatric outpatient medical settings working with various diagnoses.
Articles & Books Written
Master's Thesis - "Working with the Dogs: Participant and Caregiver Perspectives of Animal-Assisted Therapy as an Occupational Therapy Intervention"
Professional Associations / Memberships
Staci is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and International Association of Healthcare Practitioners.She presented at a Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Continuing Education workshop July 2014, the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference 2012, the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference 2009, the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Conference 2009 and local nonprofit meetings on topics including her thesis, international Fieldwork experience, craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, and therapeutic presence.