Nicole graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. Nicole has been a part of a variety of research projects and completed her thesis on the benefits of nature exposure and the use of nature as a therapeutic tool. She is also passionate about food and loves to cook in her free time which started connecting to her OT practice when she took the SOS feeding course through STAR and began helping kids learn about food too.
Prior to joining the STAR institute, Nicole has experience working in Pediatric Home Health, contracting with Early Intervention teams, and completing a fellowship through Children’s Hospital and the University of Colorado on autism assessment, treatment, and leadership education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (LEND). She is driven to help families succeed through a play-based and relationship focused approach to treatment.