Theresa Chavez's Biography

Why am I an Occupational Therapist and Director?

I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in healthcare. When I was in college, a friend of mine incurred a serious injury and was seeing an Occupational Therapist. I had not even heard of Occupational Therapy before that, but when I went to observe some of the therapy sessions, I fell in love!

Helping people re-learn how to do things for themselves and perform at their best ability resonated with me. Over the years, I have found that teaching people some simple strategies can make an enormous impact on their independence, well-being, and self-esteem. I LOVE what I do. Occupational Therapy is different with each client because we address the activities of daily living important to each of them. It is very rewarding to help people set and achieve their goals, even when they don’t always believe it’s possible.

Skills valuable as an Occupational Therapist also are important as a director. I find solving problems throughout the day and thinking outside the box to be fun. I have been fortunate to be able to hire a fantastic team of really great people. By cultivating an awesome team of therapists and support staff and encouraging their professional growth, I have the ability to impact the lives of thousands of people. That is just awesome, extremely humbling, and very exciting to me!

Continuing Education Commitment:

Continuing education is one of the most important things we can do as professionals to help our clients. Each client is different and doesn’t always respond to treatment the same way. The ability to have a treatment portfolio filled with a variety of evidenced-based treatment options allows us to offer exceptional care to our clients. As a director, it is important enough to me that our therapists continue to grow professionally, that I have added continuing education and the sharing of that knowledge with co-workers as part of our annual competencies. I try to foster an atmosphere that values and supports continuing education.

Personally, much of my continuing education is focused on neuro-rehabilitation, cognitive and visual perceptual rehabilitation, and leadership development.

Professional and Community Activities:
  • · AOTA Member
  • · Local fundraising for Great Strides Walk to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.
What Theresa enjoys most about working at RehabWorks:
RehabWorks is like a family. Our team is filled with amazing professionals who are compassionate and who are dedicated to providing excellent care to our clients. Being surrounded by such kind, fun, and intelligent people makes coming to work each day a true joy!
Who motivates or inspires Theresa?
I am inspired daily by the incredible stories of our clients. I am forever touched and in awe of their strength and ability to overcome adversity at great odds. It is my goal to ensure that we are, and continue to be, national leaders in therapy and offer the quality and caliber of therapy in our community that can only be received in the best rehab facilities nationwide.
Personal Interests and hobbies:
I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, cooking, art, and creating experiences and adventures with my girls.
Favorite Quote

"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. "

Dalai Lama
Education Background
  • Executive Masters of Business Administration – Health Care Administration - Auburn University - Montgomery
  • Bachelor of Science Occupational Therapy - Colorado State University
Certifications
  • · Completion of a two-week Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Course
  • · LSVT Big Certification