Kristi began her career as an OT in 2003 after graduating from The University of Pittsburgh and moving to Vermont. Her first position was at a private clinic in central Vermont where she was mentored for 3 years by an expert in sensory integration. using an intensive short-term model of intervention, seeing students 3-5 days per week and working closely with the whole family. This early immersion and knowledge for how to support sensory processing and work with the whole family has informed her entire care working with children and adults in a variety of settings and regions of the country. From 2006-2013 Kristi was self-employed and partnered with Early Intervention Agencies, School Districts, and individual families to provide a broad range of OT services in the home and school setting. In 2009 Kristi began studying how to incorporate wellness interventions for families, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, and functional medicine. She became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2010 and an ADAPT Level 1 Functional Medicine Practitioner in 2017. She then worked part-time for a non-profit, equine-assisted, therapy center from 2014-2016 obtaining her Hippotherapy Certification.
Kristi joined the GHC team in 2016. From 2016-2018 Kristi served families in the clinic and immersed herself in studying the STAR Process. She has attended the STAR Level 1 and 2 mentorships, the STAR Process Temple University Certification Course, the SOS Feeding Certification course, and several STAR Symposiums. Kristi became a part of the GHC leadership team in 2018 as the clinical director taking an active role in training, mentoring, and supporting our growing team. She is currently pursuing her OTD from Boston University where she is working on her doctoral project, The Healthcare Employee Resilience Overhaul (HERO) Initiative. She is developing an evidenced based framework for mentoring healthcare workers to preserve their well-being and the quality of patient care provided even in times of great stress and transition such as pandemics, natural disasters, or personal crises.