Sarah Cortez , MOT, OTR/L
Sarah was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. She attended St. Ambrose University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2006 and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2008. During school she had many great opportunities to study abroad in Ireland, France, and Brazil, where she was able to observe and experience OT practice in different countries.
Sarah first came to San Diego to complete her 1st Level II fieldwork. During that time she fell in love with San Diego, the weather, and beach life! After completing her 2nd Level II at Hope Children’s Hospital in Chicago, she decided to relocate to San Diego. In August of 2008, Sarah accepted a position as a school-based occupational therapist, where she remained for 5 years. Her dream was always to go back to the clinic setting, as she feels that is the best way to provide a holistic approach and have true parental involvement. Early intervention and education is crucial to a child’s success. She has been with Oceanside Therapy Group since July 2013.
Over the years Sarah has attended a variety of continuing education courses including: S’cool Moves, Social Thinking: The ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition, From Primitive Reflexes to Occupational Performance, Zones of Regulation, Sensory Processing and Attachment Disorders, Proprioception, Praxis, Behavior and Occupation, Addressing Executive Dysfunction: the ROPES model, Action Based Learning Lab, Picture Exchange Communication System (PEC) Program, Vision and Learning, Effective Neurological Management of Sensory processing Disorder, Introduction to the SCERTS Model. In addition, Sarah has received specialized training by Dr. Carl Hillier, for vision assessment and treatment strategies for vision impairments.
Her true passion has always been working with children from birth to 6 years of age, and Sarah could not be more thrilled to be a member of the OTG family! Along with her love of OT, Sarah also enjoys running, biking, hiking, hot yoga, going to the beach, and playing with her 2 dogs.