About me

In Yokohama, Japan for WFOT 2014
In Yokohama, Japan for WFOT 2014

I have been working as a New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist (NZROT) for 12 years. I trained at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I am a member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand (OTNZ) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

I have worked in a range of settings including Acute Medicine, Residential / Aged Care and Dementia Care, Acute Stroke Rehabilitation and I also work privately as a Professional Supervisor and see private clients on request. I have been a student supervisor throughout my career.

I am currently working as a Senior OT in Acute Stoke Rehabilitation and Acute Medicine in an urban hospital in New Zealand. I hold approved accreditations in Complex Wheelchair and Seating (L2WMPM), posture management (L1WMPM(LYNG)) and standard / complex equipment (PSMHSM).

Clinically I am interested in Stroke Rehabilitation, Goal Setting, Motivation and its role in patient participation in therapy, Posture Management, working with clients who are obese and OT Service Development.

I have completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation at AUT and am returning to study in 2017 to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy.

I was very fortunate to have attended the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference in Yokohama, Japan in June 2014 (see my summary of the conference here). In September 2015 I  presented three papers at the Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Conference (APOTC) in Rotorua, New Zealand – My first time presenting at a conference!!! See my reports from the conference here! In September 2016 I presented at the 50th Anniversary Congress of the Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists in Sapporo, Japan – read about my experiences here

10 thoughts on “About me”

  1. I’m a physio who works with Sonya, and was delighted to ‘be allowed’ to follow this site. It just shows she sees the big picture! I think you raise the bar of what OT’s do where ever you go, and I look forward to watching what comes naturally to you, facilitating change and growth in the whole MDT.
    ‘Discussions’ is a great title for who you are.

  2. Nice site Sonya! I finally made time to have a look. Quite enjoyable to read on a Sunday morning with a good cup of coffee.

    I’m looking forward on your comment on Reflective Supervision in OT (of course with my special interest in Supervision)

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