Eliminating occupational deprivation amongst individuals in the community, ensuring occupational justice is manifested and enhancing client advocacy amongst healthcare practitioners, promotes self efficacy in the client themselves and is the utmost dream turning reality.
Received her Masters in Occupational Therapy (OT) from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2011
Alexis is registered and licensed in the state of California to practice Occupational Therapy
(Licensed received by CBOT and certified by the NBCOT).
6 months of fieldwork experiences including specialties in hand therapy and pediatrics
From 2012 to 2015, Alexis practiced Occupational Therapy within the realm of travel, where she completed assignments to practice OT within acute care and acute rehab hospital settings, including Department of Veteran Affairs both OIF/OEF soldiers as well as + Veterans, a community living center, skilled nursing facilities, independent living community and long-term acute care setting.
While serving multiple generalized medical conditions, post op procedures, those with cognitive impairments due to stroke or brain injury, neurological conditions, mental health needs, psychosocial barriers and community integration barriers, several skills have been attained, including the unique perspective of what it means to master the skills of a
BROAD, HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER.
Ample use of physical, psychosocial, cognitive and sensory assessments as well as assessment of:
- environment (home, work, community)
- ergonomic (specialty in modern technology – smart devices)
- upper extremity splinting, brace, taping or sling needs
- hand function
- treatment and intervention with medical complexity including ventilation, severe brain injury or stroke
- community integration
- durable medical equipment or adaptive device needs
- Community based accessibility, maximizing participation in activity to promote quality of life and social interaction for other factors
- Strategy implementation inspired by Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction practices to promote quality of life, increased access to daily routine and leisure, while coping with anxiety or other psychosocial component
- Utilization of the Lifestyle Redesign Model (established at USC) for best practice
- Client Advocacy to reduce Occupational Deprivation and promote Occupational Justice
- AND MOST OF ALL: supportive strategy retraining for the OT and OT assistant practitioner
Assessment and intervention is implemented where there are barriers impacting day to day activity; however, only meaningful outcomes can be attained through client participation.
What makes Alexis Unique in Practice?
There are many layers to Alexis’s expertise and passion for her purpose, with one project focus at a time.
Alexis brings her experience and professional expertise to your home via live telecommunication broadcasts!
WHY EDUCATE THE OT?:
Providing services to other OT's is essential for Alexis's purpose to:
* To inform colleagues you are not alone and there is a #OTtribe to support you!
* To promote skill-set in OT advocacy - what and how to say it
* Skills training in patient self-advocacy for accessibility to meaningful life activity
* Revitalizing the passion for which Occupational Therapists had once had for their profession where it may become lost (i.e. burnout, decreased confidence, complexity of interdisciplinary interaction, expectations)
* To fill in the gaps of skill-set when entering new and unfamiliar realms of OT territory may occur (setting, equipment, etc).
* Reframing mindset to tap back into the holistic philosophies of the Occupational Therapy practice - what it means to be engaged in human occupation for self and the clients served
Additional projects include Alexis's role in:
* preventive health and wellness strategy utilization
* primary care services
* utilization of OT in emergency departments to reduce hospitalizations and illness
as well as promote maximum independence for quality of life for clients to live in place.
Exploration of societal needs is essential in Alexis's practice: it is not only a well suited skill for practitioners to be able to adapt in treatment, adapting for societal needs is crucial for growth and evolution of practice.
General population and community clients:
Providing client advocacy and implementation of systems to navigate life occupational barriers and education is online based via seminars and live broadcasts; one-on-one consultation to the general population is not offered at this time
(email firstname.lastname@example.org for updates).
Occupational therapy practitioners and new graduates:
Although Alexis also provides her colleagues with live broadcasts and resources; she does currently provide one-on-one consultations (scheduling is limited!)
Alexis is very excited to announce her current projects include development of online academy courses (eligible for professional development units- PDU certificates).
- OT and OT assistant professionals only.
- OT and OT assistant professionals only.
Alexis coaches and consults in lifestyle management for those living with Ulcerative Colitis, utilizing her personal knowledge of living with the disease and the knowledge of being an occupational therapist to overcome barriers. She shows how she used those skills for her own personal barriers while in flare, to maximize access to life occupations despite living with the disease. She has found sharing her experience with those impacted as well have helped others find their way in healing while living with the disease