Linda Zimmerman, Occupational Therapist
As an OT who has been working with children and their families/caregivers in various parts of Canada for the past 17 years, Linda is excited to be joining Sharpe OT Services on Aug 27th, 2019.
Linda enjoys working with children of all ages, in the setting that works best for them. Some of the therapy areas that Linda has specialty training in include sensory integration, self-regulation, fine motor skills, feeding and swallowing, and child development.
Linda believes in life-long learning and is always looking to expand her knowledge for her client’s benefit. As such, she is registered in the ‘Cutting edge strategies for Executive Functions’ course by Sarah Ward in Sept 2019.
Linda grew up in Alberta and completed her OT degree at the U of A. She is happy to be relocating back to Vancouver Island with her husband and teenage son. Her adult daughter continues to live in Alberta. When she is not at work, she can often be found on a hiking or cycling trail, on a ski hill, in a kayak, or on the back of a horse.
Martin Middleton, Occupational Therapist
Born & raised in the Cowichan Valley, Martin is the newest addition to the SOS team. Prior to completing his Masters in OT at UBC, he worked with children, youth and families for 18 years on Vancouver Island, in areas such as employment services, aquatics, sports and outdoor recreation & behaviour intervention.
Martin forms quick and easy rapport with colleagues, parents, and especially children. Kids become enlivened by his strength based approach dappled with energy, enthusiasm, and fun! He is very practical, curious, and dedicated to helping and supporting others.
Martin avidly pursues pretty much any sport or activity that is outside. As a nature enthusiast he is very often mountain biking, climbing/hiking mountains, kayaking, and growing food. He is also a new father, and loving the adventure of parenting.
Occupational Therapist, Owner/Clinical Lead
Diana brings a forward-thinking, “can do” and calm attitude to her practice. She enjoys sharing with families and the team about the dynamic interplays she observes when a child moves, learns and plays. Diana feels the art of OT as much as the science.
Diana has owned and operated Sharpe Occupational Therapy Services (SOS) in the Cowichan Valley since 2013. Since beginning to work in paediatrics in 2004, Diana previously worked with teams at the NONA Child Development Centre (Vernon), Sundrops Child Development Centre (Duncan), and the Pivot Point Family Growth Centre (Victoria). She places high priority on multi-disciplinary involvement and collaboration.
Aiyana Chauhan-Kendrick, Program Assistant
Aiyana joined our team in July. She has demonstrated a diversity of strong talents since that time. She has diligence and ease in her role with our staff, clients, and groups.
Having been an early childhood educator for the past 3 yrs (with a focus in supporting children with exceptional needs) she is a keen observer and an intuitive leader of groups.
She has her education assistant certificate and works part-time to support elementary age students towards excellence. This makes her a perfect tutor in our Susan Barton Reading & Spelling programming.
When not at work, Aiyana can be found on her small farm, which she and her partner dream of turning into a permaculture food forest, with a focus on restoring native plants. Her outdoor passions also include hiking and camping with her family and dog.