Assistive Technology Professional/Seating and Mobility Specialist
Tamara became an occupational therapist more than 40 years ago, graduating with a B.A. in OT from St. Catherine University. In 1981 she earned an advanced Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine, Early Intervention Emphasis from the University of Washington. She and her family moved to Missoula in 1983, where her Montana career began by work at the Child Development Center for ten years. During this time Eleanore, her third daughter, was born with cerebral palsy and profound deafness ushering her into the family services world. Her focus shifted to specializing in assistive technology, especially positioning and mobility equipment for children, youth and adults with complex needs. She has done this work in a variety of settings, primarily community based, including her own private practice. Over time her interest in and passion for 24 hour posture care and management developed and grew. Tamara is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional/Seating and Mobility Specialist, and completed Advanced Postural Care certificates through the Open College Network, West Midlands (UK). She directs two nonprofits based in Missoula, Eleanore’s Project and Posture 24/7 – focusing internationally and domestically on her special interests. Tamara is thrilled to join the team at Moving Mountains Therapy, where her philosophies about teamwork and family centered care are shared. In her spare time she loves to grow, preserve and cook with food from her garden and is an avid yoga practitioner.