Karen Smith

Karen SmithJob Title: Occupational Therapist

Work Location: Lakeshore Diagnostic & Treatment Clinic - 186 Lakeshore Drive West, Dunkirk, New York 14048; Mary Andrews Work Center

Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Phone Number: 716.366.6125

Hometown: Forestville, New York

Education: Bachelor's of Science in Occupational Therapy, Minor in Psychology - Utica College of Syracuse University

Awards, Certificates, and Professional Memberships: Previously certified as an Assistive Technology Practitioner through RESNA (The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)

Community Involvement: Thirty-One Director and sponsored multiple fundraisers within the community, American Legion Auxiliary Member, Forestville Central School Parent Connection member, Pine Valley Midget Football League Volunteer, Little League Volunteer, involved with fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

What made you decide to enter your field of expertise? II always knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field. In high school, two of my friends were seriously injured in car accidents. They both required extensive therapy due to their injuries and I found it incredibly gratifying that the Occupational Therapists focused on Activities of Daily Living with them during their therapies to gain their independence back. They were thankfully both able to make full recoveries and it was largely a result of the Occupational Therapy they had received. I decided that was the career choice that I wanted to pursue.

Why did you decided to join The Resource Center? I was living and working as an OT in NYC in 2004 and looking to relocate back to my hometown area. I came across TRCs advertisement and I knew I always had an interest in working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and the other diagnoses we served, along with providing services to the general public as well. It was quite difficult on me when I had to leave TRC in 2009 to move to Germany because I had truly enjoyed my years that I had worked at TRC. I was fortunate that upon my return in 2011, I was able to return to work at The Resource Center.

What do you hope to accomplish while you're at The Resource Center? I hope to continue assisting our individuals with increasing their independence through daily living tasks and job-related tasks. I hope to continue providing extensive home accessibility modifications within our community, making it possible for individuals to remain within their home and with their loved ones. Whether it be ADLs, community integration, or even rehabilitation after an injury that is effecting their daily skills and quality of life, I want to provide the skills necessary to accomplish the level of independence that each individual is capable of and motivated to achieve.