Vanessa received her master’s degree in occupational therapy before going on to complete a year-long clinical residency to receive her doctorate of occupational therapy, both from the University of Southern California. During her residency, Vanessa worked in chronic disease management, primarily with individuals with neurological and mental health conditions, and aimed to improve patients’ quality of life through the modification and optimization of daily routines. Vanessa enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan and some of her primary professional interests include sensory integration therapy, social skills groups, and the use of holistic and play-based interventions to address client concerns. Vanessa completed her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Creighton University while competing on the Division I cross country team. Vanessa is a Des Moines, IA native but has enjoyed calling Colorado her new home while engaging in some of her favorite
occupations, including exploring new running trails, hiking, and spending time outdoors.