Perhaps a child is struggling with making friends, unable to sit in the classroom and get their work done, or having trouble reaching a new milestone. Carly considers all aspects of that child’s wellness. “There are aspects of physical exercise, mental health, general health and wellness, and even socioeconomic factors that play into a child’s situation,” Messner explains. “I meet that child where they’re at, find out where they’re struggling, and help them achieve their goal.”
In college, Carly got into healthcare and worked as a Certified Nurse Aide in a nursing home. A Physical Therapist would visit regularly, and she would watch how he worked with the clients. She could tell he loved his job, and the clients loved seeing him. Carly was inspired to enroll in physical therapy classes, and after a while, found that the work seemed very narrow for her broad interests. “I loved aspects of both nursing and physical therapy, but I had so many other interests like art and music,” she says.
That’s when someone suggested Occupational Therapy. “It’s a really cool helping profession because it can be used with so many modalities. There are amazing therapists who work very specifically with people from a medical model. Then, there’s someone like me who incorporates yoga, aromatherapy, and works closely with families,” Carly pauses, then adds, “I’ll never get bored in this field.”