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Meet the New Behavioral Health Specialist, Lesley Jordan

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We would like to welcome our new Behavioral Health Specialist, Lesley Jordan, LISW-S.

Lesley obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN in 1998. Then, she went on to obtain a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky in 2011. She is now a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a supervision designation. Lesley explained that her professional experience is in child welfare, but that she also has experience in domestic violence, hospice, behavioral health therapy and managed care high-risk case management.  Now let’s take a moment and get to know a little more about Lesley.

Why did you want to join Compass?
The atmosphere here is like no other I have ever worked. Everyone is treated like the professionals they are. There is great respect between professionals and administrators. The patients are of utmost importance and there is absolutely no judgment on behalf of staff. Compass is a great place to work.

What do you like most about working for Compass?
Working at Compass is an exceptional experience. Working with such an excellent staff that is knowledgeable and passionate about what they do makes for a great work environment.

What healthcare advice are you most passionate about?
Of course, I will say mental health. A person’s mental health is as important, sometimes, more important than their physical health. If a person is having difficulty in their personal life, they have trouble focusing on their physical health.

What do you enjoy in your free time?
I love spending time with my family. I enjoy going to my daughter’s high school events. We like shopping in nearby Chillicothe or Ashland.

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Meet Occupational Therapist Mikel Stone

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For this week’s #LiveWellWednesday post we talked to Mikel Stone, Occupational Therapist.  Let’s get to know Mikel a little better and the services she provides at Compass.

Mikel, tell us about what made you want to become an Occupational Therapist.

Occupational therapy is a helping profession and that is what initially drew me in. I love that we are a holistic profession that focuses on the whole individual, helping them gain or return to optimal functioning. I originally began in the occupational therapy profession as an occupational therapy assistant in 1992. I loved the field and helping clients so much, that I returned to Shawnee State University to become an occupational therapist.

What do you enjoy most about working at Compass Pediatric OT?

I have had a long time love of treating pediatric patients! Since joining Compass, I am so pleased to see their commitment to the community, but my greatest joy is in serving clients and working with the wonderful staff at Compass. As well as the opportunity to work with the mothers and children of The Counseling Center’s Stepping Stone Program. 

What is most rewarding about working with children?

The most rewarding aspect of working with children is watching them progress and grow in the ability to perform the things that they need and want to do in a day, such as age appropriate self-care skills, participate more fully in social situations, or manage emotions, but the most rewarding is that we, as occupational therapy practitioners can use play with a purpose to develop those skills.

What challenges are families facing that Compass Pediatric OT can assist with?

Compass Pediatric OT can help families in a wide variety of ways, perhaps a family has a child that is having difficulty in meeting developmental milestones, such as age appropriate self-care, play, coordination or social-emotional development; evaluations can be performed to determine if a developmental problem exists, and can shed light onto why the child is experiencing delay. We then develop an individualized treatment plan with input from the parents to develop the most appropriate plan for the child.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband, Larry and children, McKenzie, Lauren, and Parker, as well as my grand daughters, Laynie and Carver. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, and boating, anything outdoors actually, but family time is the best!

For more information about the Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

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Meet Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant Cara Crisp

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For this week’s #LiveWellWednesday post we talked to Cara Crisp, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.  Let’s get to know Cara a little better and the services she provides at Compass.

Cara, tell us about what made you want to become a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.

I believe my passion was truly sparked when I began working as an assistant instructor for the Cirque D’ Art Theatre in 2005. Initially, I worked with mostly preschool age and also helped with a class offered for children with disabilities. I was captivated by the possibilities this program offered and how it empowered not only the students participating but everyone involved. From there, I was able to network with some wonderful people who worked at Vern Riffe School which led to the opportunity to work with our local Board of DD as a one-on-one aide. I was blessed to meet and work with various students and staff as well as offering some sign language support to those in need. Sadly, my time there ended in 2015 in order to pursue my degree in occupational therapy. I cherish the time I spent with these invaluable programs in our community and am honored to say I have been part of their teams. These organizations have helped shape who I am today and I owe my direction in life to the powerful experiences and opportunities I was afforded by being a part of them.

What do you enjoy most about working at Compass Pediatric OT?

Each day I am gifted the occasion to see the world through the eyes of a child. It is a daily perspective reset and I am reminded of what true joy is as well as the importance of celebrating the small things. Additionally, learning through play is so important for the development of all children and we sure do know how to have fun!

What is most rewarding about working with children?

I am continually in awe of our kids, how resilient, how giving, and how determined they are. We are truly blessed to be a part of their growth and in turn experience growth ourselves. It is most rewarding to see our kids grow in confidence of their abilities and witness the positive impact that makes on their lives and the lives of their families as a whole.

What challenges are families facing that Compass Pediatric OT can assist with?

I believe one of the most important services we can offer is to simply help our families know that they are not alone. Being a sounding board and haven of support in possibly some of the most challenging moments of their lives is the priority in addressing their needs.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I am most happy when surrounded by family, friends, and nature. I enjoy spending time around a bonfire, playing cornhole, hunting/fishing, traveling, and going to concerts.

For more information about the Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

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Meet Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant Alice Herles

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For this week’s #LiveWellWednesday post we talked to Alice Herles, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.  Let’s get to know Alice a little better and the services she provides at Compass.

Alice, tell us about what made you want to become a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.

“My son was born with Down Syndrome and participated in early intervention and occupational therapy.  I thought it was amazing to see my son thrive and become independent with so many self-help skills.  I worked at our county developmental disabilities (DD) program as a teacher’s assistant, and I realized I was working with students on their OT IEP goals without really knowing ‘the why’s’ of OT.  I applied to the OTA program at SSU in 2007, because I wanted to help other kids reach their full potential and independence.”

What do you enjoy most about working at Compass Pediatric OT?

“I like working with our families and helping their children with challenges that they face on a daily basis.  It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve helped increase independence and develop skills.  Our OT gym is a much needed service in our community.”

What is most rewarding about working with children?

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on a kid’s face after they have accomplished something independently, for the first time.  Knowing that you’ve helped them achieve something they’ve worked so hard for is a wonderful feeling.”

What challenges are families facing that Compass Pediatric OT can assist with?

“Families are often overwhelmed when their child is diagnosed with learning disabilities- Autism, ADD, fine and gross motor skills or Sensory Processing Disorder.  We want these families to know that there is a place, here in their local community, that specializes in sensory integration and incorporating fun with treatment, and it’s a place that involves the parents in their child’s treatment plan, which can be carried over into the child’s school and/or home environment.”

What do you enjoy in your free time?

“I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, going to concerts, and shopping.  I also enjoy supporting our Scioto County Special Olympics and our County Board of Developmental Disabilities.”

For more information about the Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

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Meet the New Director of Occupational Therapy Brian Stephenson

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Brian Stephenson is the new Director of Occupational Therapy at Compass Community Health Care Center. He holds his Masters in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelors of Science from Shawnee State University. As a graduate of Wheelersburg High School with many local ties, Brian is committed to helping his community.

For this week’s #LiveWellWednesday, let’s get to know Brian a little better and learn about his plan for the Compass Occupational Therapy Program.

Brian, tell us a little about why you decided to become an occupational therapist.

“From a very early age, I have always been interested in helping others, and caring for others.  Being an occupational therapist gives me that opportunity to assist in the growth and development in an individual’s daily life.  Being able to develop relationships with individuals, and collaborating with them to develop skills and become more independent is a very enjoyable and rewarding part of being an occupational therapist.”

What are your plans for the program?

“I look forward to helping this program grow from what it has already become, which is a staple in the community in an effort to assist children and their families live and lead more independent lifestyles, despite any difficulties they may face.  A very good team is already in place, and I believe that this program can grow and spread to other areas as well, in hopes to reach out to a variety of individuals who may need services.  Continued growth and development of the program, while providing top-level care and education to our families is a primary goal for the future.”

What do you feel is most rewarding about interacting with children?

“There are numerous instances in which interacting with children can be rewarding.  Simply being in the presence of these children, and being able to witness their joy of daily life can be very contagious.  Participating in therapeutic activities with children is rewarding in itself, but seeing a child smile after they accomplish something for the first time, independently, and knowing that you played a part in that, there is no greater reward.”

What are some challenges that families are facing that the Compass Pediatric OT program can help with?

“Compass Pediatric OT can assist families in a variety of ways.  Many of our families may face hardships in daily life when assisting children with developmental disabilities.  With help from out staff, we hope to assist these families in finding ways to promote independence and improve quality of life for the entire family.  Whether it may be strategies to assist children in daily tasks that involve improving gross and fine motor skills, or increasing interaction and communication, our staff can provide the necessary assistance for both the child and the family.”

“Our families may also have children that experience sensory processing difficulties, which, at times can be very difficult to understand and also address.  Not only do we strve to help address the needs of the child by providing sensory strategies, but we also focus on educating the families about therapeutic activites and home programs to assist with their needs.”

For more information about the Compass Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

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