“Congratulations, Sherilyn Holzer has been admitted to the University of New Hampshire.” After reading that sentence on my acceptance letter, that is when my journey as a healthcare professional began. My freshman year, I chose an undeclared, liberal arts major. I knew that I really enjoyed the sciences and that I wanted to help people. Surprisingly, I had never heard of occupational therapy before going to college.
When reading course descriptions, a class called “Exploring Occupational Therapy” caught my attention. I was intrigued, and I signed up for the class. I enjoyed the lectures and the assignments and decided to continue with the curriculum. Although it was a rigorous program, I persevered because I knew that it would be a rewarding career. I completed the five-year program and received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. I later passed the national board certification exam.
I enjoyed living in New Hampshire, but I wanted to move to a warmer climate. I was up for going anywhere! My spontaneity made my decision very difficult. After about a month of reading endless pediatric job descriptions and sending my resume to various locations, I came across ProCare on the internet. I looked into the company more and decided to make a call. I told my recruiter what I was looking for, and she diligently found a job that matched my interests.
I have been working as a schoolbased therapist in Maryland since May of 2009. I adore the children on my caseload, and my coworkers are all very helpful and friendly. I feel very fortunate to be able to work as a team and empower children with special needs to reach their educational goals.
ProCare, thank you for being a part of my journey.