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Sharon is a licensed occupational therapist and is continuing to develop her clinical skills through the pursuit of a doctoral degree in occupational therapy (OTD) at the University of Southern California. Sharon is completing her doctoral residency at Painted Brain, which includes providing group and individual occupational therapy services, facilitating participation in PB’s community center, and enhancing PB’s occupational therapy student education program.
Sharon is also a calibrated rater for the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), a performance-based assessment of activities of daily living, which provides unique insight to support individuals in maximizing their potential for recovery and community reintegration. Sharon has experience working in various mental health settings, including The San Fernando Valley Wellness Center; Adelbrook, an organization in CT that provides services to children and transitional age youth; Project 180, and various board and care facilities around Los Angeles.
Sharon completed her undergraduate studies in exercise science, health, and psychology at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 2005, Sharon worked for over 10 years as a certified professional dog trainer, including starting her own business to provide individuals and their canine companions with expert assistance in addressing behavioral challenges. Sharon also volunteered as an animal-assisted activities provider and program developer, bringing positive interactions with dogs to over 16 facilities around Los Angeles, including the LA Mission, the Jewish Home for the Aging, Edelman Children’s Court, and ECF Kayne Eras School.
Sharon’s unique combination of experiences and insightful perspective on individual strengths and motivations contributes to the mission of Painted Brain to assist individuals with mental illness in realizing their full potential as positively contributing members of society.
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