Alicia Westley MS OTR/L
Alicia received her Occupational Therapy degree from Brenau University in August 2016. Alicia began working with children in the Atlanta area in residential settings prior to assisting with children’s programs in McMinnville, Oregon. Alicia received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Linfield College and assisted with elementary aged children while completing a strong basketball career. Returning to Atlanta and seeing many issues within the community, Alicia chose to join the Atlanta Police Department. Alicia worked diligently to integrate the principles of social justice within the confines of the law, but realized she needed to focus on areas where she could make a different impact. After having the opportunity to personally experience the dynamic challenges in everyday life as a new mom, Alicia soon developed a passion for understanding Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and developmental/social challenges. Motivated to provide support for other families, Alicia pursued her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy while working and raising her two children. Alicia continued to build her interest in pediatrics as a finishing student at Floortime Atlanta, North Georgia Hand Clinic, and North Georgia Equine in Motion. During that time Alicia learned how to treat hand and shoulder injuries, provide family centered care and DIR based intervention services, as well as created and implemented restorative social and emotional treatment plans for safe goal oriented sensory- motor, neuromuscular, and cognitive intervention services on therapy horses. Alicia has worked with children diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, Autism (ASD), Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ODD, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorders and other developmental disorders and genetic syndromes. Alicia brings a loving playful approach into her practice, seeking the opportunity to build strong relationships by encouraging the growth of the unique child/family and support positive energy in the Occupational Therapy profession. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, surfing, martial arts, practicing Reiki and meditation, and getting lost outside.