Debra Taylor - Occupational Therapist
Debra Taylor, OTR/L SIPT Certified, comes to MTR with a wide variety of clinical experiences with both children and adults; in acute, sub acute and long-term care medical and psychiatric settings. She is trained in Therapeutic Listening, Brain Gym, and has completed her Level I Hippotherapy training. She plans on completing Level II Hippotherapy training in 2011.
She currently owns and works at Chesapeake Occupational Therapy Associates, a private practice servicing children with a variety of disorders. They offer treatment for autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, developmental coordination disorder, eating disorders, low muscle tone, sensory integration/sensory modulation disorders and other neurologic impairments. Debra hosts social skills groups in the occupational therapy gym and also at nearby private schools.
Prior to that, Debra Taylor, worked at Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools in their occupational therapy departments. School based occupational therapy services were provided to both itinerant schools and special centers. She has specific knowledge of the IEP process to help parents navigate the special education world for their children.
Debra also, has experience working with adults in various settings. She was the senior OT on the medical and surgical units at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She was in charge of therapists providing services to newly injured patients in both medical and surgical icu’s as well as on the medical units for acute injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and cerebral vascular accidents.
Debra Taylor worked at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis in their in-patient hospital. Again, she saw patients with acute injuries. She was also the Program Manager for Genesis Eldercare Rehab providing sub-acute rehab to rehab and long term care patients.
Prior to moving to Maryland, Debra worked at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. She worked in both their out-patient hand clinic and in-patient acute care Green Hospital. She became certified in aquatics therapy and provided services for arthritis patients while there.
Finally, Debra worked in a variety of in-patient psychiatric facilities in California, providing occupational therapy services. She has worked at Long Beach Memorial Hospital (Long Beach, CA), Harbor/UCLA Medical Center (Torrance, CA), and University of California, Irvine Medical Center (Orange, CA). These experiences have given Debra a full understanding of both the medical/physical as well as psychological impact of illness and diseases.