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Summer Fab Five

Summer 2020 Newsletter -> Spotlight

Martha Espinoza

I am an RBT providing behavioral services to students, typically in Kindergarten through High School age, throughout the East Bay. Important to note that these behavioral services are developed by a BCBA and/or BCaBA.

 

What motivates you to continue in your profession?

What really motivates me to continue in my profession is knowing that some students really struggle in many different ways and knowing that they can lack support during difficult times deeply gets to me. Being able to help them in any way and as much as possible to better their situation/life, at times witnessing their progress, is incredibly gratifying.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I’ve never liked meat, I was vegetarian since I was little against my parents’ will, and as of 2016 became vegan:)

A tip to share with your colleagues:

Something that I always try to do that has been extremely helpful is to always try to connect with the kid/student in a meaningful way and strive to have stainless integrity!

DeAnna Paulding

I am a Clinical Supervisor with SPG. Currently, I provide CF supervision, clinical support and supervision to school-based SLPs and SLPAs in the Solano County area.

 

What motivates you to continue in your profession?

Working with children and helping them become more effective communicators is what motivates me to continue on in the profession.  I also enjoy the teaching, support and collaboration piece that comes along with being a supervisor.

What is a fun fact about you?

I coach the girls’ varsity basketball team at my high school alma mater with my best friend since 4th grade.

A tip to share with your colleagues:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes (including you).
– Anne Lamott

Lexi Waetzig

I am a school-based physical therapist serving Brentwood Union School District. I work with preschool, elementary and middle school students. The majority of my caseload is typically preschool by the end of each school year, and it is so fun being part of their early intervention team.

 

What motivates you to continue in your profession?

I truly love helping others and making a difference in their lives as I continue to learn and grow as a clinician. It is amazing being part of a multidisciplinary team working together to help our students meet their goals. It is incredibly rewarding to watch my students gain confidence, learn new skills and become more independent in their environment.

What is a fun fact about you?

I enjoy running half marathons. My first was during my senior year of high school in Nashville, TN and it was such an incredible experience. My most recent half marathon was mid-March of this year. I ran it alone in Livermore, CA because the race was cancelled just a few days prior. I’m so happy I still did it!

A tip to share with your colleagues:

Collaborate with other therapists! It is so fun creating activities with another PT or co-treating with an OT or SLP. I have learned so much from working with other disciplines (especially during distance learning) and am grateful to have those opportunities within SPG and my district.

Tricia Veneracion-Millena

According to my 7-year old son, Chance, I work with numbers. This is definitely a true statement, but my official role at SPG is Accounting Manager and I work in the Finance department. Feel free to contact me if you have payroll and/or reimbursement questions.

 

What motivates you to continue in your profession?: 

I really like problem-solving challenges, puzzles, and Legos, and to me, Accounting is very much like a challenging puzzle! Getting to do what I enjoy gives me extra motivation to meet my goals, plus I get to show my son that you can find a career that matches what you enjoy.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I love to travel, and reality TV is my guilty pleasure – a few years back I made my husband audition with me for the reality TV show, Amazing Race. We didn’t get picked for the show, but that hasn’t stopped us from running our own version of the Amazing Race when we travel.

A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:  Be kind.

Julie French

I work as the lead occupational therapist for San Rafael City Schools. I serve Kindergarten through 12th graders.

 

What motivates you to continue in your profession?

I really just love my day-to-day work. I really love problem-solving, thinking on my feet and how quick fixes and ideas can help others.

What is a fun fact about you?

I moved to California from Vermont after graduating school on a one-way plane ticket, and waited tables while studying for my boards in Ojai, CA. I knew virtually no one, but got my first OT position doing early intervention in Santa Barbara. I’ve lived in CA and have been an OT for over 16 years.

 

A tip to share with your colleagues:

Write your reports as quickly as you can after doing the assessment. Even a draft gets it out and (mostly) done, and then can go back and get more information while still early in the assessment process.