Emily Karr, Occupational Therapist
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, where she majored in applied health science and minored in psychology, and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Dominican College.
Emily was drawn to OT because it would allow her to help others, be part of a team working together towards a common goal, empower parents, and enable children to participate in meaningful occupations like play and handwriting.
Emily has experience in both school and hospital settings. She fell in love with pediatric therapy while working at a small, private school serving children with global developmental delays, ASD, and cerebral palsy. At a psychiatric hospital, she focused on severe mental disabilities and realized the true importance of mental health and the interconnectedness of mind and body. She also worked with premature babies and in the NICU at an urban trauma hospital — an experience that changed her life, career, and perspective as she followed babies from premature birth through the toddler years.
Through her work at the NICU, Emily became a Certified Educator of Infant Massage. As a self-proclaimed “forever learner,” she has also attended several continuing education courses including Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut Training, Building Blocks for Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU, Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment Intensive, Vision Therapy in Pediatric Therapy, Self-Regulation in Children with ASD, ADHD, SPD, Yoga & Mindfulness for the Child with Special Needs, and the Zones of Regulation.