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Bio: Bernice graduated Rockland Community College with Honors and an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. Bernice quickly found a niche working with geriatric patients in sub acute and long term care settings and is currently working in NY & NJ. Bernice’s special passion is helping COTAs and OTs succeed in their field and in life! As part of her students fieldwork education, she would often counsel students with practical advice: how to get that first job, how to negotiate a great salary, how to get along in the work place and how to manage money and pay back loans. Bernice’s vision is to help COTAs & OTs develop their best professional and personal selves!
Current primary professional role: I am a COTA currently working in a skilled nursing facility where I treat Long Term and sub acute patients.
Licenses: NY license #: 005801-1. NJ license #: 46TA09052900. NBCOT: 1060748
Areas of Expertise: Sub acute and long term care, geriatrics and physical rehab, Medicare documentation requirements, CASAMBA, Rehab Optima and NetHealth documentation, CPAM certification in physical modalities.
Teaching philosophy: I am passionate about helping COTAs & OTs develop their best professional and personal selves! I use motivational interviewing throughout the process to reach and implement professional and personal goals.
Preferred modes of communication: Phone, online video, texting, email, other