Meet the Occupational Therapists
Learn more about them and their specializations below!
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 experience in working in both the public and private sector with adults and children. She has also worked in a rural child development centre and 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!
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
Karisa is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists in British Columbia. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2017 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. In addition, 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. She is looking forward to continuing to broaden her knowledge and skills as part of the team at Enable OT.
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.