OTR/L, C-SIPT, CST-T
Occupation Therapy, Feeding Therapy & CranioSacral
- Sensory Processing Disorders in Pediatric and Adults
- Feeding Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- CranioSacral Therapy
Degrees & Training:
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy from The Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
- Certified CranioSacral Therapists Teaching Member (CST-T)
- Certified Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (C-SIPT)
- MNRI Training: Lifelong Reflexes, Dynamic and Postural Reflexes, Tactile Integration Protocol, Oral/Facial Reflex Integration
Denise is a Licensed Occupational Therapist and CranioSacral Therapist with over 35 years of experience treating people with sensory processing disorders.
She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota, holds certifications in Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (C-SIPT), and has extensive training in varied sensory-based intervention techniques. She is a techniques-level certified CranioSacral Practitioner with advanced and pediatric training in CranioSacral Therapy (CST). Her career has led her through various experiences treating those with sensory processing disorders and helping them thrive. She has worked in outpatient settings, school programs, and day treatment programs, treating a wide variety of children and young adults with complex needs.
As a CST therapist, Denise seeks to support the body’s natural healing abilities using a light touch. She meets the patient where they are during treatment, using techniques that connect directly with the patient’s inner wisdom regarding what their body needs at that moment. When tissue is holding onto trauma, it can interfere with the body’s healing abilities, and CST can help the body release this. The role of the therapist is to remain grounded, supportive, and nonjudgemental, allowing the patient’s body to release any disorganized energy that may be interfering with physical, emotional, or spiritual healing.
Denise’s specialty area of practice within occupational therapy is treating people with sensory processing disorders. She has worked with this population for over 35 years, initially treating children and gradually expanding her practice to treating people across the lifespan. Areas impacted by sensory processing challenges include emotional regulation, the ability to achieve and maintain optimal arousal needed to engage across settings, motor and self-care skills, and the development of social skills. Areas of concern are addressed in therapy, targeting those skills that are of most importance to the patient and their caregivers, allowing for full engagement in their family structure and community. Occupational therapists are trained to look at the whole person in order to support their ability to engage in life tasks at different developmental stages. A major component of a successful occupational therapy program is the provision of parent and caregiver education regarding their loved one’s challenges, how it is presenting in their child, and how to address this in everyday situations.
In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with friends and family. She finds joy in gardening and the outdoors.
What Our Patients are Saying
We’ve had a wonderful experience at Newbridge & my daughter has continued to improve/reach her full potential since initiating OT w/ Denise. When we started care, my daughter had severe auditory sensitivity/difficulty with self-regulation which impacted her ability to tolerate daycare, busy environments, & appointments. It also impacted her ability to transition between tasks/enjoy many of her daily activities. Denise provided a comprehensive treatment plan w/ CST, reflex integration, a therapeutic listening program, sensory integration strategies, & wonderful parent education/home programming. She now thrives during full days in a busy kindergarten class & is almost unrecognizable from the child she was when we initiated care. We found Denise at just the right time in our daughter’s development & I will be forever grateful for her support in our journey.Kristin B.