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Therapist Profiles

 


Jerrell Nelson

My name is Jerrell Nelson, I am a master level therapeutic recreational specialist and have been working in the profession for thirteen years. I am a graduate of Grambling State University (Grambling, LA) and Southern University of Baton Rouge, LA. I have worked in an array of setting such as adolescent, adult, and geriatric psych, rehabilitation, and community base. Also I have worked as an assistant professor in therapeutic recreation at Grambling State University. Currently I serve as the chief executive of Holistic Healthcare Services. The profession has been very rewarding to me as far as meeting the needs of individuals with special challenges.


Marsha Orbke
Recreation Therapist

My name is Marsha Orbke. Iím a Licensed & Certified Recreation Therapist. Iím originally from Tennessee, but now reside in Round Rock, TX. I graduated from The University of TN, Knoxville, with a Bachelors of Science in Human Ecology Recreation Tourism Mgmt w/a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. I had a 4.0 /4.0 in my Major. I truly love this field & have been blessed to be a part of it. I have been in the field for 9 years, & have practiced in a variety of settings such as Long Term Care, in-patient & out- patient psychiatric, settings working with children up to geriatrics, as well as physical rehab working with stroke & orthopedic patients. Iíve also been married to my wonderful husband for about 9 years now, who I met at the University of TN. We have two wonderful boys & another child on the way! Iím mostly a stay-at-home Mom now, but enjoy keeping up with my Recreation Therapy career in my part time. My husband & I love to travel, play games, exercise, watch movies, & being a family! In my spare time, Iím also the President of our local MOMS Clubģ, which is a great support group for stay-at-home Moms in the area.


Rebecca Faulkner
Music Therapist


Rebecca Faulkner is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC)
who received her bachelorís degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas. She completed her internship with Music to
Grow On in Sacramento, CA. With over 15 years of piano and
12 years of clarinet experience, Rebecca found that her musical background, paired with her love for working with individuals with special needs, made being a Music Therapist her dream job and one
that she looks forward to each day. She has experience using music therapy with children, young adults, adults, and older adults with communication disorders, Downís Syndrome, cerebral palsy, those on the Autism Spectrum, Rettís Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, stroke, dementia, and many others.


Kaci Lindsey

My name is Kaci Lindsey and I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).   I am originally from El Paso, Texas but now reside in   the beautiful city of Austin.   I graduated from Texas State University with    a Bachelor's of Business Administration and a Bachelor's of Science in Therapeutic Recreation.   My experience includes working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, severe Autism, and behavioral issues.   I have also worked in the acute adult psychiatric setting and have had the opportunity to do volunteer work with wounded warriors and adaptive sports programs.   I consider myself to be extremely passionate and feel truly blessed to be apart of this wonderful field.   In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading, playing volleyball, watching sports, hiking or anything that allows me to be outdoors, and any activity that allows me to continue learning.  


Brittany Lesch

Brittany (Lesch) Swartz is a board-certified music therapist who relocated from Cleveland, Ohio to Austin, Texas in September 2014. She graduated from Ohio University in 2009 after completing her bachelor's degree in music therapy, completed her music therapy internship working with older adults in various levels of long-term care, and worked for four years as a music therapist and administrator at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Brittany's main instrument is viola and she enjoys working with a variety of individuals and groups. In Austin, she hopes to continue growing as a music therapist and learn all that central Texas has to offer!  


Nora Townsend

My name is Nora Townsend; I am a native of Austin, Texas. I am a 1993 graduate of Pflugerville High School and 2002 graduate of Austin School of Massage. I ascertained my license to practice as a massage therapist August of 2002. I have worked as a massage therapist with Starzz Salon and currently work as a contractor with Holistic Healthcare Services. I have worked with individuals with special needs for approximately two years and thoroughly enjoy making a difference in their quality of life. I am bilingual and my hobbies are spending quality time with my family, cooking, and watching action or inspirational movies.


Dallas Webster
Computer and Assistive Technology Specialist

Dr. Webster has been working and playing with people who have disabilities or are elderly, for over 12 years and in a multitude of ways - as an Assistive Technology Specialist, Mentor, Advocate, Teacher, Volunteer and Friend. He has worked with numerous organizations: schools/classes, group homes and institutions; service organizations, rehab centers and hospitals. His defining focus has been to significantly enhance knowledge, abilities, education and quality of life, especially through selection, proof-of-concept, acquisition and training with assistive techniques, technology and artifacts. He has received broad recognition, from the education and elderly/disability support communities, for his involvement, advocacy and special education contributions. He also spent many years in software and web research, design and implementation and in pure and applied math research and teaching.


 





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