Dana studied Occupational Therapy at the Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Regents University) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Dana has returned to Rome after working as an OT in Ireland for nearly 12 years. There Dana worked in the areas of Autism and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. While working abroad, Dana completed post-graduate training in Sensory Integration where she obtained her certificate as an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner from the Sensory Integration Network of the UK and Ireland in association with the University of Liverpool and the University of Cardiff.
In her work as an OT, Dana is inspired by the Model of Human Occupation which helps her to collaborate with young people in goal setting when possible. She aims to keep each young person’s own goals at the core of their intervention so that their OT is personally meaningful to them. When not working, Dana enjoys traveling, practicing meditation, dancing, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.