My name is Dana DeChiaro and I have been an Occupational Therapist (OT) since 2013. Since graduating from the University of Scranton with my Master’s Degree, I have worked in almost every possible OT setting, such as specialized private schools, public schools, outpatient pediatric settings, hospitals, and home health. I have been fortunate enough to travel across the country while working as an OT in many states including New York, California, Colorado, Oregon, and of course, beautiful North Carolina. After many years of traveling and expanding my role as an OT, my passion has refined into helping kids and families understand the truth about emotional and sensory regulation.
While I have applied a variety of modern therapeutic approaches, I gravitated towards studies involving eastern philosophy and medicine, like Ayurveda and Yoga, to enhance my OT practice. This expanded therapeutic repertoire allows me to create personalized treatment plans by seeing kids and family members for their beautiful uniqueness.
Often, I find that western medicine can have a “one-size-fits-all” approach, while eastern philosophy is more broad and holistic. These alternative methods also help me understand family dynamics and impacts on a deeper level. The symbiosis of my energetic and evidence-based scientific studies allow me to meet kids and families where they are, and nurture balance and regulation, both individually and as a family whole.
I see therapy as a team approach, instead of a type of hierarchy. We work together to find individualized ways to release emotion, find regulation, facilitate safety and playfulness, and create lifelong coping strategies through each stage of development.