Diana received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Mercy College and her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at SUNY Cortland. Diana’s passion for helping others began while completing her undergraduate studies. During her time there, Diana participated in the Alpha Phi sorority, which provided philanthropic and charitable opportunities to raise awareness for heart disease and suicide prevention. Diana was active in club soccer and received induction into the Phi Kappa Phi national honors society and Rho Phi Lambda national honor fraternity for Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies. After graduating summa cum laude, Diana became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
While completing her Master’s degree, Diana was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society, graduated with distinction, and was a member of the student government in her OT cohort. During this academic experience, Diana worked in a children’s hospital and a hands-on outpatient OT orthopedic clinic under the supervision of a CHT, which encouraged her interest in this setting. Diana enjoys working with patients of all ages to help them reach their goals and return to the things that they want and need to do. Diana focuses on promoting her patient’s knowledge of their diagnosis and plan of care by collaborating with them and ensuring they have the confidence and skills needed for success.
Diana presented at the NYSOTA 2020 conference (Conversations That Matter – Creating Teletherapy Resources for Pediatric Occupational Therapists: A Level II Fieldwork Project) and is a published author in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (Caregiver Coaching in Early Intervention: A Scoping Review)
In her free time, Diana enjoys taking outdoor walks and hikes, health, and fitness, going to the beach, listening to podcasts, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Phoebe.