Mia completed her studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1993 and has been practicing in America since 1994. One of the primary reasons she chose to become an OT is because of an intense desire to make children and adult’s lives better. “There are few things quite so satisfying as seeing someone gain a new set of skills and be able to do something their peers may just be taking for granted or be better able to deal with their disability or regain the function they have lost”. From 1994 to 2009 she worked as a contract therapist in Georgia in skilled nursing facilities, long term acute care facilities, Hugh Spalding Children’s Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, Emory Hospital Center for Rehabilitation, numerous home health care agencies and pediatric clinics. It was during that time she was honored to gain her American Citizenship. She moved to Texas in 2009 and worked for an Outpatient Rehab Clinic covering both adults and children and also worked with the EasterSeals early intervention program for 0-3 year olds. She is delighted to be working for Advance for Kids now that she has moved back to Georgia. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and bicycling, as well as hanging out with the ladies bible study group of Grace Presbyterian Church. Then there’s cooking…She loves making dishes from countries all around the world. Last but not least, she loves to read…soup-can labels to children’s fiction and cartoons to science studies…she says it is all fascinating.