"Whatever you do, do it well" -Walt Disney
Hi, my name is Traci Mazza and I'm a licensed and registered occupational therapist. I started Cogworks in order to bridge the gap that I saw in the current healthcare system and offer premium services to individuals and families in their natural environment.
My experience working with the neurological population started in 2006, when I was a sophomore at DePaul University in Chicago. At this time, I started working with a senior within an Assisted Living Facility on exercises prescribed by his occupational and physical therapist. The time I spent with him was also used to transport him to and from appointments, bring him to places of interest, assist him with daily tasks, and socializing. The days I spent with this client quickly became my favorite days of the week. I realized at this time the lack of availability of quality services in your home and community. This led to feelings of being stuck at home with nowhere to turn. I also found that this patient was struggling cognitively and was unable to find services to help him function throughout the day. I wanted to do something to help and bring joy to these individuals and their families - to give them the tools to be their best selves.
I attended graduate school at UW-Madison Wisconsin and received my Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Since receiving my degree, I have worked in a wide variety of settings with both the pediatric and adult/geriatric population. I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado with the sensory integration and autism population as well as, in inpatient and outpatient mental health. I also worked in skilled nursing/long-term care and managed a building that specialized in care for the neurological population. My background also includes working at an inpatient and long-term care center with patients who have had a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or spinal cord injury.
My Style: My clients and physicians I work with will tell you that I put my heart and soul into what I do. I am a strong believer in providing evidence based and holistic care where I look at the whole person. I've been told that I have a gift for reading people and getting others to feel comfortable.