"Whatever you do, do it well" -Walt Disney
The story of what drove me to create Cogworks started back in 2007 while I was attending college at DePaul University. As a sophomore at DePaul interested in pursing a therapy related field, I accepted a job assisting a geriatric gentleman who was a stroke survivor. I helped him complete his therapy exercises and anything he needed to get accomplished, since he was limited in his level of independence with daily functioning. He expressed to me that the days I came to work with him were his favorite days of the week. I also looked forward to the days I worked with him and the time I spent with him was always my favorite part of the day. I learned from him about how he didn't qualify to receive any more therapy services and how it was difficult for him to find someone reliable to help. Others who lived in this gentleman's building soon heard about what I was doing with him and also wanted me to work with them. I learned that this was not just an issue HE was having, many others had the same experience. I knew at this time that a change had to be made.
Fast forward to 2013 when I completed graduate school and received a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Since receiving my degree, I have worked with the adult and geriatric population in a wide variety of settings including skilled nursing, long-term care, mental health, and inpatient rehabilitation (at a facility that specialized in working with the neurological population). I also managed the therapy department at Rowan Community, a skilled nursing/long-term care facility specializing in caring for the neurological population.
After working as an OT for over a span of almost 8 years, I realized I needed a change. I was having to spend more time on documentation and less time on patient care. Patients were being seen more often by assistants rather than myself and therapists were being overworked leaving less time for completing patient related tasks. I also found it difficult for clients and family members to carry over tasks and always thought it would be beneficial to work with patients in their natural environment. It was easy to see that the quality of care was limited as a result of what I observed. I knew I could do better and patients deserved better. I ultimately wanted to go back to the root of why I became an occupational therapist in the first place - to provide quality therapy services to those who need it most. Cogworks was born out of a passion to provide high quality, specialized, and convenient neurological rehabilitation that goes far beyond typical home and outpatient care.
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.