Heather Roese, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Roese received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2014. She has also earned a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences. Dr. Roese has practiced in occupational therapy for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient pediatric and neurological rehabilitation, nonpublic schools, and community based practice, including early intervention and home based programming for persons with neurological disorders and their caregivers. She currently practices in early intervention and settings which serve children and youth with autism, emotional disturbance, and/or physical disabilities. She has a passion for serving children and their families, and as the parent of an autistic young adult understands the value of progressive family centered care. Dr. Roese holds certifications in sensory integration therapy, neurodevelopmental therapy, and LSVT Big. She has a strong interest in developing community based programming and has presented on her work in this area at AOTA and OTAC. She enjoys serving abroad and has mentored occupational therapy fieldwork students in Ethiopia and Honduras, and was part of the LLU teaching faculty for the Rehabilitation Technician Training Program in Haiti. Her teaching areas include didactic and lab-based courses focusing on foundational practice, transitioning into professional practice, pediatrics, orthopedics, and sensorimotor theories and techniques. She enjoys spending time with her family, many pets, gardening, and exploring natural areas in her local community.