Kary Gillenwaters

MA, OTR/L

Kary is a facilitator of the See Me as a Person and Re-Igniting the Spirit of Caring workshops. Her first career as an addiction counselor was foundational to her view that understanding how people make meaning during health challenges is essential when partnering with them to create effective care plans. As an occupational therapist, she has provided services in independent and assisted living, memory care, home health, hospice, long-term care, and school settings.

From rural to urban, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and in direct and indirect care, Kary has a passion for identifying and meeting unmet needs, often bridging mental and physical health care. Her academic activities include facilitating problem-based learning with beginning OT students. Her guiding belief in working with “challenging” people and situations is that if we are not making progress with them, we just don’t know enough about them yet.

Contact Kary for exquisitely attuned facilitation of groups and insight into improving interprofessional engagement.