As an individual with a physical disability, physical therapy has been an essential component in my life. My rehabilitation process has been instrumental in encountering and overcoming challenges. In my role as a patient, I treasured and appreciated the dedication of the therapists who saw my yearning to overcome life challenges and gave me tools to succeed. My success and perspective as a patient allows for an understanding and foundation in the wide range of therapeutic services. I knew then that I wanted to embark on a career in a therapy related field.
I moved to Oregon 10 years ago from Puerto Rico to further my education and pursue my passion. I worked for six years in special education teaching literacy skills both in English and Spanish as a paraprofessional and two years in Applied Behavior Analysis in a clinical setting.
While working in the school setting as a paraprofessional in special education. I saw the need and demand for bilingual services in the field. I also worked with individuals that struggled to express their wants and needs. I wanted to help people with disabilities with direct focus in communication and earned a Post Baccalaureate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After completing supervision hours in the school setting I obtained my SLPA certification.
Being born and raised in Puerto Rico and coming to the United States as an adult have exposed me to the values, culture, and traditions of both Hispanic and Anglo communities. As a native Spanish speaker and a person with a bicultural perspective, I wanted to provide culturally-appropriate therapy services to multicultural populations and their families.
My main aspiration is to work with individuals with disabilities throughout their lifespan and help them overcome challenges by building their skills and developing strategies to become independent.
When I’m not working I like to explore the beautiful outdoor gems that OR has to offer. I enjoy going on hikes, camping and kayaking. When I’m not enjoying the outdoors I like to cook and play indoor tennis.