Hannah began her journey into healthcare and helping those with special needs at age 16 as a lifeguard. While teaching swim lessons to children with a variety of needs, she realized she wanted to go into a field that allows her to help people thrive.
Hannah discovered the field of Occupational Therapy while at Illinois Wesleyan University, and decided the diverse nature of OT was the perfect fit. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan in 2015 and with her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. At Wash U, Hannah’s clinical research project focused on using Occupational Therapy in an Equine setting for a child with a dual diagnosis of ADHD/Autism. She took great interest in the variety of sensory exposure, physical challenges, and natural consequences people experience while horseback riding. Hannah completed her fieldwork II rotations at a Labre Center for men with mental illness—providing residential services to men with severe mental illness who have also experienced homelessness—and later at the University of Colorado, Denver, where she worked in an Autism diagnostic clinic, and did in-home, early intervention therapy services.
Hannah’s work, at 1st Step Family Wellness in St. Louis, entails an individually selected set of activities for people with sensory challenges and dysregulation. Hannah will provide information on what sensory systems may need a little boost, exercises and activities to do when you’re feeling dysregulated, and how to incorporate strategies throughout the day to make yourself or your child feel more comfortable and focused in the environment around them.
In addition to her work in the Sensory Program at 1st Step Family Wellness, Hannah works as an independent contractor with Missouri First Steps–Missouri’s in-home, early intervention program for children from birth to age three with developmental delays and disabilities. Her specialty is helping infants, toddlers, and their parents with feeding and sensory challenges, but she also loves working on play skills and other early development skills. Hannah has a passion for helping people navigate the world around them and figuring out how the world around them can be shaped to each individual’s needs.
Hannah grew up in a small town about an hour south of Chicago, and moved to St. Louis for graduate school. Since then, Hannah has lived in the city of St. Louis, and in several suburbs, finally settling at her home in University City. In her off time, Hannah loves camping, kayaking, and traveling to National Parks around the country. She has a passion for sustainability and the outdoors, and she has two rescue pups, Charleigh and Ralphie, who she cares for with her partner, Ryan.