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Shoshana Shamberg

Shoshana Shamberg

Abilities OT Services & Irlen Diagnostic Center

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Shoshana's work combines: Education, Art, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

President/Clinical Director/Occupational Therapist

I own an occupational therapy private practice & I'm a professional advocate for the disabled.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Occupational Therapy/Therapist

    Colorado State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Occupational Therapists:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Occupational Therapy/Therapist

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I originally dropped out of college to start a pottery production business.

  • 2.

    After the birth of my first child, I suffered from severe postpartum depression.

  • 3.

    I was taken in by an innovation therapy center called Wellspring.

  • 4.

    The Wellspring therapists encouraged me to go back to college to get my occupational therapy degree.

  • 5.

    Went to Quinnipiac College to pursue a BS in occupational therapy.

  • 6.

    Transferred to Colorado State University and graduated.

  • 7.

    I was left disabled by Lyme Disease but continued working at my private OT practice.

  • 8.

    After finding a treatment that worked, I regained my energy and became a professional advocate.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You won't be able to work full-time with your disability.

  • How I responded:

    The present pain and suffering can seem an insurmountable obstacle, and it can get overwhelming just to face each day and function. However, with the right treatment, the right modifications to my home and work spaces, a good support system, and a practice that allows me to make my own schedule and take more or less work as needed, I've been able to continue to work as an occupational therapist, in addition to becoming an advocate for the disabled and an ADA consultant.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was a non-traditional college student: I had four children while completing my bachelor's degree, which took me eight years to finish. My advisors and instructors believed in me, and helped me with the accommodations I needed to get my degree.

  • After getting through the crippling blow of postpartum depression, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease; both diseases drained me of my energy and ability to work. But with the right therapy and treatment, I now work full-time doing the thing I love.