Passionate about Feeding Therapy and supporting families in their feeding journey.
Emily trained as an Occupational Therapist (1999) and an Acupuncturist (2015). She is a NZ registered Acupuncturist (#11191). She has experience in many treatment settings, including hospital, nursing home, outpatient clinic, 0-3yrs home visits, supported housing and day programs for DD adults, and school-based therapist. Emily has extensive experience with birth injury, torticollis, brain injury, developmental delay, language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, genetic disorders (such as trisomy 21 and FoxG1), and children with multiple medical needs. Her work is strongly influenced by both traditional and modern medicine.
Emily has worked with children with complex medical needs and individuals with neurological conditions her entire 20+yr career. It was her most challenging clients that were her best teachers and inspiration to help all her clients get better, not just the easy cases. She became an Acupuncturist and learned extensive osteopathic techniques because she was frustrated with the lack of healing she witnessed in the Western Medical system, especially for children. Feeding became a focus in 2016 when working an area underserved for feeding therapy. She studied determinedly for ways to regulate eating and swallowing skills in her clients. She is proud that 100% of her clients to date have passed their swallow studies. Similarly, 100% of her G-tube (or NG tube) fed clients transitioned from G-tube feeding to at least some oral feeding and most have had their G-tube removed. At the onset of the pandemic, she approached working via telehealth with the same determination as she had with mastering her feeding therapy approach. Much to her delight, she continued to get exceptional results via telehealth. She loves how empowering telehealth is for families.
Emily’s passion is helping people lead their best lives. When she is not working, she is loves spending time with her three children, husband, and friends. She loves to garden, cook, read and travel.