Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has worked with MLRA since July of 2014. Within her 3 years working with us, she was promoted to a Neurocognitive Specialist Trainer. As a trainer, she has the opportunity to mentor new staff in the field by showing them how to provide cognitive rehabilitation therapy and implement strategies while working with a variety of individuals. Recently, Heather interviewed for a Clinical Coordinator position and received the promotion! Heather is truly engaged with the philosophy and mission of Main Line Rehab. Her passion for this field has paid off and she will begin her training as a Clinical Coordinator with some excellent experience under her belt.
We asked Heather a few questions to learn more about what makes her so great!
Why I enjoy working at Main Line: I passionately enjoy establishing strong professional relationships with my consumers and their families. I enjoy Main Line’s team approach, the administration team, office staff, clinical coordinators, and staff members who all strive to work together.
How you found Main Line: I found the ad online and applied though Indeed.
Tips for new staff: Working with individuals with brain injuries is the most rewarding career. It is extremely rewarding when you have taught the individuals that you work with strategies that they have worked on for months and then having them reach their goal and feel excited and proud that they accomplished what they set out to do.
The different populations you’ve worked with: Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Guillian-Barre, and acquired and traumatic brain injuries
When you knew you had made a difference: I was privileged to work with this amazing individual who had a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He has an optimistic attitude and works extremely hard to use his compensatory strategies. I provided a lot of education to him about increasing his awareness with safety in the community (like looking both ways prior to crossing the street) for several months. I will never forget this moment, after four months of working on the goals, he was able to stop, think, and independently looked both ways prior to crossing the street.
Awards you’ve received: I received the Make Up Masters Award for always doing my best to make up any missed time and the Innovation Award at Main Line Rehab.
Favorite things to do during free time: Bowling, Swimming, and spending time with my two sons, husband, family, and friends.