Meet Steven, an occupational therapist (OTR/L, OTD) with Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare. A member of the Solace team for four years, Steven earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and movement science and his doctorate in occupational therapy from Huntington University.
Describe your role at Solace.
I am a man of many hats. On the most fundamental level, I am an occupational therapist and I deal with daily treatment revolving around kiddos spanning a wide variety of diagnoses. This also includes supervision of three wonderful assistants in which I manage evaluations and re-certifications for. On top of that, I am a clinical mentor, which means I lead a monthly team meeting in my region to ensure that all the clinicians on my team are up to speed with any and all updates within the company.
What do you like most about your job?
The thing I like the most about my job is being able to meet families where they are at, metaphorically and literally. Working in home health is extremely rewarding as you really make a connection with families as treatment is provided directly in the home. In many cases you almost feel like family, especially with the kiddos who need therapy that spans throughout most of their early life. When families see that you really care and want the best for their child, they tend to become more involved and invested in the child as well.
What are your hobbies?
I love spending time with my family! Being a father comes with its own set of challenges, but being able to share experiences here in Colorado with both my wife, my daughter, my son (currently in mom’s belly) and my dog Leo is what I love to do. Most weekends you will find us out on a hike or camping. I do love a good craft beer every once and a while as well which is another reason why Colorado is so great!
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment would have to be being a father. I love working with children on a daily basis, however this pales in comparison to the love I have for my daughter (and future son). I am really looking forward to the days when I can be the embarrassing dad who waves and yells “I love you” at my children when they are dropped off at school.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Without a doubt it would be Jesus. I am a man invested in faith and I wouldn’t have been able to get through many hard times in my life without Him. Faith has been an integral part of my entire life and was also the foundation for the career path that I took.
How would someone describe you?
Understanding, kind, soft spoken and caring. However, if you get to know me I can be quite the jokester. My 5th grade teacher gave me the nickname “the fungi” because we were learning about fungus and I was (and am) such a fun-guy.
What is your go-to order at your favorite restaurant(s)?
My go-to orders would be the lava burrito at “Salsa on the Rock” and the corned beef sandwich at “Oliver’s Deli.”
What are your three tips for a new clinician?
(1) Make your schedule as consistent as possible and be sure to block off time as needed. Routine is extremely important in ensuring we are meeting the needs of our families and it also ensures that you are able to hash out personal time as well. (2) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Each and every team member is here to help support you throughout your entire journey. (3) Be humble. There are times when you are not going to have all the answers. Families will have questions that you might not know the answer to and instead of making something up you can let them know that you will do your best to get them a concrete answer in the near future. Families appreciate honesty and an ever learning spirit.