Jonnie Galvan, MOT, OTR/L
Jonnie is a native Southern Californian. Her valued occupations are cooking, spending time in nature, and trying to keep all her plants alive and thriving. Her favorite ride at Disneyland is either the Teacups or Radiator Springs at California Adventure. She is known to always wear fun socks with a lot of personality.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in in Business and Management from the University of Redlands, CA. She has worked in aspects of employee training and development and human resources thereafter. She worked in disaster relief by coming alongside to help others rebuild the broken places left in the wake of hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the Joplin tornado.
While volunteering in Haiti at an orphanage that served children with special needs she met a team of occupational therapists and knew she found her calling. She knew Loma Linda University was the one place that upheld the same core values that she wanted to embody as a therapist.
She graduated from Loma Linda University with her Masters in Occupational therapy and was honored with the Community Service Award by The School of Allied Health.
She has worked with pediatric and geriatric clients but her passion is working with children and their families. She has worked in a community-established clinic providing OT services to underserved populations in the San Bernardino area working with children birth to 21yrs of age to address school readiness, literacy promotion, healthy meal preparation to build independence and provided support to children that might not qualify for traditional services.
Jonnie’s experiences extended to working in a school setting. Currently she is a also providing OT services at one of the San Bernardino County SART center (Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment) providing services for children who experience early adversity.
She has completed research on the impact of domestic violence on child development, developed a program to assist persons on the spectrum with assimilating into college life, she has presented at the Annual Children’s Network Symposium and the Western Regional OT Spring Symposium on holistic approaches to treating childhood trauma.
Her training in utilizing Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, MNRI reflex integration techniques, Handwriting Without Tears pre-K and k-5 programs, and extensive training in childhood adverse experiences, support her to continuously address the child’s needs holistically and engaging with caregivers to create a effective circle of care in the clinical setting, at home and the community.
Her favorite part of being an OT is being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and the bonus is she also gets to be a big kid and play with children all day long!