Meet the Occupational Therapists

Learn more about them and their specializations below! 

 

 

Gina Fernandez, Registered OT

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Gina is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists in British Columbia, and is on the Registered Autism Service Providers (RASP) list for children. Gina is also a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008, after finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Gina is also a PWR! Moves Certified Therapist.

Gina has worked in both the public and private sector with adults and children. She worked in a rural child development centre and various acute care settings throughout the Fraser Health Authority, and with the Early Supported Discharge Team at Richmond Hospital providing education and rehabilitation to adults with strokes and brain injuries. After working in the public sector, Gina founded Enable Occupational Therapy in 2014. As a Registered Occupational Therapist, Gina can perform home assessments, falls risk assessments, cognitive assessments, wheelchair assessments, and prescribe exercises and create treatment programs for all members of the community!

Publications:

Occupational Therapy for Adoptive Families (Webinar) - Adoptive Families Association of BC, March 2015

Occupational Therapy for Kids - Focus on Adoption Magazine, Winter 2014

Adapt or Give Up - Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy, January 2013

New Program Helps Patients Leave the Hospital Sooner - Vancouver Coastal Health E-Newsletter, May 2012

People in Profile - Vancouver Coastal Health E-Newsletter, April 2012

Professional Development:

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  • Allied Team Training for Parkinson's

  • Managing Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies, Dr. Judy Reaven (Sept 2018)

  • PWR! Moves Certified Therapist Workshop (2017)

  • Persistent Symptoms After Concussion: What About the Neck? Manual Therapy and Assessment

  • Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning Skills

  • 2 Days of Social Thinking: Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment & Exploring Key Social and Communication Concepts

  • Seating and Mobility: Pediatric Considerations and Solutions Workshop

  • Occupational Therapy using Ayres Sensory Integration

  • Executive Function Skills

  • Concussion Management Workshop

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation: Applications in Rehabilitation

  • Intermediate Gait course

  • Handwriting Without Tears course

  • Manual Therapy Techniques for the Adult Neurological Population: Lower Quadrant

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment/Bobath: Management and Treatment of Hemiplegia

  • Modified Constraint Induced Therapy course

  • Rehabilitation Techniques in Oncology

  • Changing Parkinson’s: Exercise as a Primary Treatment

 

Karisa Teindl, Registered OT

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Karisa is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists in British Columbia. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Honors Psychology at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Karisa worked with children and adults with varying physical and cognitive abilities throughout the Fraser Valley. In home and school-based settings, Karisa enabled children and their families to meet goals related to printing, scissor use, dressing, toileting, and play. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy (OT).

During her OT training, Karisa continued to be passionate about working alongside children and adults with different abilities. She was involved in a number of research projects at the University of Alberta that aimed to promote social inclusion and improve meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, as part of her education, Karisa completed over 1000 practicum hours in a variety of practice areas, including acute care, home health, long-term care, and community mental health. Through these practicums she gained experience working with diverse groups of clients and acquired skills related to cognitive assessment, environmental adaptation, equipment recommendations, activities of daily living (ADL) assessment/intervention, and socio-emotional skill development.

In addition to her work with children and families at Enable OT, Karisa has experience working in the public healthcare setting supporting community mental health program clients to develop the skills required to live life to the fullest.

As a Registered Occupational Therapist, Karisa can perform home assessments, falls risk assessments, cognitive assessments, wheelchair assessments, and prescribe exercises, and create treatment programs for all members of the community.

Professional Development:

  • Occupational therapy approaches to anxiety with children and teens

  • Handwriting Without Tears

  • Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning 

  • Navigating Puberty, Adolescence and Beyond: Supporting Individuals with Neuro-Developmental Challenges, Webinar

  • Motivational Interviewing: Level I

  • Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference: Expressive Approaches in OT

  • Discovering Autism Conference, University of Alberta

  • Trauma and Attachment Workshop, University of Alberta

  • British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference, University of Northumbria

  • Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference (NOWCAM), University of Victoria

In her spare time, Karisa enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family (including her two cats).

 

Eden Lin, Registered OT

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Eden is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists in British Columbia, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Eden has worked as an Occupational Therapist in both British Columbia and Alberta. She has acquired experience working adults, teens and children in a variety of settings, including acute care units, psychiatric units (with both adults and adolescents), as well as a specialized school for children with special needs.

As a registered Occupational Therapist, Eden can perform home assessments, falls risk assessments, cognitive assessments, wheelchair assessments, and prescribe exercises and create treatment programs for all members of the community. 

Professional Development:

  • Occupation and Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism

  • Building Coping and Resilience in Families with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Tacpac® Training in Sensory Alignment

  • Facilitating ‘seamless’ transitions for adolescents with disabilities through skill development

  • Choosing coping strategies to promote engagement and recovery; an approach using Kolb’s adult learning model

  • Motivational Interviewing - Level 1

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Training

  • Suicide to Hope Training (Suicide Prevention)

  • Assessment and Management of Rheumatic Diseases

  • The Pressure is On: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapist (Wheelchair Prescription)

In her free time, Eden enjoys exploring the outdoors through running, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and has recently taken up scuba diving. She loves traveling and has been to countries in six of the seven world continents. She hopes to visit Antarctica one day in order to make it seven!  

 

Jessica Walter, Registered OT

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Jess is an Occupational Therapist (OT) registered with the College of Occupational Therapists in British Columbia and is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Jess recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (MScOT). Prior to this, Jess completed her Bachelor’s degree in West Virginia where she also played collegiate soccer and was a passionate leader in WE LEAD, a service leadership organization in the local community.

Jess’ journey with OT began at Enable Occupational Therapy in 2016 when she joined as an enthusiastic and passionate part of the team as the first Rehabilitation Assistant! Jess was instrumental in the creation of the Enable OT group sessions and assisted the Clinical Director Gina in founding Enable OT’s first summer camp - Soccer Camp, in Richmond, BC!  Jess loved working with the clients and their families and was drawn to the incredible impact that OT can have. As a result, Jess decided to pursue her Masters of Occupational Therapy Degree (MScOT) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she lived for two years and had the adventure of a lifetime!

Through her MScOT degree, Jess worked in a diversity of practice settings, including: mental health and addictions recovery, long term care, acute and outpatient stroke rehabilitation, as well as acute and special services mental health.

Jess is passionate about everything occupational therapy in which she combines her love for problem solving, improving function and safety, and most importantly connecting with others.

When she isn’t at work, Jess loves her role as a Special Olympics soccer coach in her local community, cycling, swimming, connecting with community at the farmer’s market, all things ocean, and spending time with loved ones. Jess’ next aspiration is to adopt a dog and train it as a therapy dog!