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Heidi Carpenter, OTD, OTR/L, Pn1

Heidi Carpenter is a native of Arizona and grew up in Gilbert.  She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Northern Arizona University in 2009 and earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, December 2014.

Following graduation, she completed a year-long pediatric residency program with Creighton University where she received additional training in outpatient pediatric and school-based settings and was the lab assistant for the pediatric coursework for the entry-level OTD students.

Heidi moved back to Arizona in January 2016 and is currently working in home health.  Heidi founded Embody Occupational Therapy, LLC in March 2018 and has been steadily growing EmbodyOT ever since.  Her true passion project, has focused on individualized therapeutic yoga instruction for her clients, as well as, begun to write the EmbodyOT blog.

Stay tuned because many exciting projects are underway at EmbodyOT (some too secret to announce)!

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Selected Certifications 

Board Certified Occupational Therapist

Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification

In Progress…

200 hour yoga teacher training (anticipated completion March 2020)

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (anticipated completion 2020)

Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (anticipated completion 2020)

Car Yoga

Recently, I had the privilege of sharing my passion for yoga with my colleagues and they asked if I would teach a class at work.  Of course I jumped on this opportunity and I wanted to tailor this class specifically for their needs…

Many of us in the home health world spend HOURS a day driving and this can REALLY take a toll on the body (and mind).  Therefore, I developed a self-practice guide with a yoga flow specifically designed to counteract the effects of prolonged driving.

Please let me know if you have any questions/comments/suggestions/concerns!

Namaste,

Heidi

 

Yoga as a Modality for Occupational Therapy

Yoga has been one of my passions ever since my mother and I started practicing when I was in high school.  To me, yoga has always been a clarifying activity for me and I have also felt that practicing yoga is a life-long journey.

As I grew up, went to college, and finally to more college to become an occupational therapist, I kept yoga in my routine.  I believe that yoga practice can be tremendously supportive to anyone because it fits into all different lifestyles for people of all ages.  Yoga is a personal journey and people find meaning in yoga practice for many different reasons.

When I became an occupational therapist I learned how yoga principles and philosophy can compliment the framework of occupational therapy.  I view yoga as a modality that can be used as a meaningful activity to help people achieve wellness and lifestyle goals.  During OT school, I was blessed to be able to complete a research project with one of my professors where we starting using the term “occupation-based yoga, or OBY” and it was during this time that I learned some of the many “occupation-based” reasons people seek yoga out.

Top “occupation-based” reasons people seek yoga:

  • For improved sleep
  • For improvement of pain so that they are able to participate in work and leisure activities
  • For improved focus so that they are able to engage in high-level cognitive tasks

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