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Diana Sharpe,

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. 

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Brandi Pringle, Occupational Therapist

Brandi joined our team in November 2017. She brings rich life experience and a high energy yet easy-going approach to her practice. Brandi has a lightness and joy in her step, as well as good sense of humour.

What intrigues Brandi most is the practical nature of OT and its client-centred, holistic focus on meaningful activities. Brandi is detail oriented and analytical. She is also passionate about the environment and people’s connection to the natural world.

In her prior career journey Brandi spent quite a bit of time studying primates! In her spare time, she currently enjoys exploring the outdoors whether by foot, bike, kayak or canoe. She also paints and plays guitar or ukulele whenever she gets a chance.

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Brittnie Marples, Client Liaison and Program Assistant

 

Brittnie Marples joined us in August 2017. She is an enthusiastic and fun loving individual who is passionate about helping other achieve their maximum potential. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree, an Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate, and has completed various courses on the Applied Behaviour Analysis approach. She provides a wide range of academic and physical assistance, and is adept at encouraging children's emotional and social development in a safe and inclusive environment.

Brittnie has lived on Vancouver Island for the majority of her life, and has recently moved back to the Cowichan Valley after living in Victoria for several years. In her spare time Brittnie enjoys exploring the natural world, and working on different craft projects. She is very excited to join the SOS team and is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the SOS community

 
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Erica Farrell, Physiotherapist

Erica is passionate about working with children. She is based Up Island and available for 1:1 or co-therapy sessions every 2 months. She has been helping developmentally challenged children with gross motor skills since 1984, when she graduated from the Manchester Royal Infirmary Physiotherapy programme. Her work is kind, respectful and catered to each child and their family.

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Soren Sigmar, Contracted Physical Education Program Assistant

Soren joined us in July 2016. With a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Soren is available to carry out interventions services at your home. He carries out goals as prescribed by our occupational therapists. He is a highly motivated, physically fit young man with a passion for helping others. He has coached extensively in the school aged population and has experience leading groups of various ages and abilities.  Soren has attended professional development days with Michelle Garcia-Winner and Pamela Crooke (Social Thinking) and Sarah Ward (Executive Functions).

 

 

 

 

 
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In addition to the above services, we collaborate with the Ladysmith Assessment and Therapeutic Services team (LATS), providing interdisciplinary services (Speech Language Therapy, Counselling) to children recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We value the opportunity to be mentored by a psychologist and work in conjunction with these professionals.