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

 

Shelley Latendresse, Registered OT

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Shelley is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists in British Columbia, as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Shelley is also on the Registered Autism Service Providers (RASP) list for children. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy in 1992 and has been practicing for over 20 years.

She has worked with a variety of populations and environments, including public and private sectors, in the areas of brain injury, developmental delay, sensory processing disorders, autism, and children with fetal alcohol and drug exposure. Shelley has worked within school systems, insurance agencies, child developmental centres, and now private practice where her area of specialties are visual impairment, brain injury, sensory processing disorder, and the use of yoga, mindfulness, and outdoor recreation as treatment.

Shelley is a certified Yoga Instruction for Children and Youth and currently teaches adapted yoga classes. As a registered Occupational Therapist, Shelley can perform full motor and sensory assessments, provide various OT treatment, interventions, adaptations and consultations at a variety of settings including the clinic, or the client's home, school, or community.  

Professional Development:

  • Children’s Yoga Teacher Training (95 hrs), March 2017

  • ACT Autism Community Training:

    • Interdisciplinary Collaboration, March 2015

    • Assessment of Functional Living skills, February 2013

    • IPad technology, April 2011

    • Evidence Based Practice of Sensory Processing Disorder, May 2010

  • DIR Floor Time, Rosemary White, November 2012

  • Clinical Assessment of Praxis, Ellen Yack, June 2009

  • Sensory Based Motor Dysfunction Kim Barthel, June 2008

  • Neuroanatomy Refresher, Dianna Mah-Jones, March 2002