What started you on the path to your occupational therapy degree?
I was born with a bone disease in one leg. I spent years in and out of the hospital and worked with some terrific therapists. I wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives the way those therapists helped me.
What attracted you to a travel career?
I’ve always enjoyed traveling in general, and travel therapy was the best of both my worlds. Travel therapy gave me the opportunity to not just visit a new place but to spend significant time there to explore and meet lots of new people. I’ve been traveling now for more than four years.
Where was your first-ever travel assignment?
My first assignment was in LaPort, Indiana. Pretty much started there because I needed to be close to home for my first assignment. I did explore a little, including trips to the outskirts of Chicago and up to Lake Michigan.
Professionally, what has it been like working as a Travel OT?
I really think it helped me be more confident as a therapist. Travel made me realize that I have so much knowledge and experience, but there’s ALWAYS more to learn.
What has been your favorite moment so far?
Meeting my boyfriend while on assignment in Oregon would be the top of that list. Otherwise, it’s not necessarily a moment but the whole of seeing places I probably never would have seen if not for Travel OT opportunities.