Emily is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Health degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Emily began working at Gio’s as a Therapeutic Respite Care Specialist in September of 2017, and became a full time staff in January 2018. With her position, Emily coordinates billing and invoices, working closely with CLTS caseworkers. You'll also see her facilitating group therapy and working with kiddos one on one to help meet their basic needs during therapeutic respite. Emily is the Recreational Therapy Internship Coordinator, guiding recreational therapy students with educational and therapeutic processes at Gio's Garden. Emily’s favorite part about her position is watching young kiddos explore and discover the world around them through play, regardless of their abilities.
While studying Therapeutic Recreation in La Crosse, Emily gained experience working with children of all abilities while volunteering in the Child Life Department on a hospital pediatric floor, as a “buddy” to children in inclusive programming at the YMCA, and at the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center. She also attended a Sibshop Facilitator Training Conference to help meet the needs of siblings of children with disabilities as well.
In her free time, Emily enjoys “living life as play” by running long distance, spending time with her family, and cuddling with her dachshund, Bella.