Occupational Therapist, Lactation Consultant
Patricia Smith is an Occupational Therapist and Lactation Consultant who specializes in working with infants and children, children with special needs, and adults with pain issues. She uses a combination of Craniosacral therapy, Visceral manipulation, Lymphatic drainage, and special lymphatic work that assists with improving circulation to the brain. Her knowledge as an OTR gives her perspective on sensory motor and neurological issues. She believes that a combination of listening to the body's cues and hands-on techniques can promote natural healing.
Patricia uses these skills to assist mothers and babies with nursing challenges, babies with torticollis and head-shape issues (plagiocephaly), as well as other alignment and neurodevelopment concerns. She helps children and adults with pain, headaches, ear infections, and other traumas. She assists mothers prenatally and postnatal to optimize the birth.
A Chicago native, Patricia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health in 1986 and her Occupational Therapy degree from University of Illinois in Chicago in 1991. She is an internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a certified infant massage instructor through the International Institute of Infant Massage. She has studied Craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute, Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute, and Lymph drainage through the Chickley Institute. She is a yoga RYT 200 teacher.
She has previously worked in a variety of settings including the Neonatal special care nursery, Birth to Three, and the public schools, as well as in- and out-patient hospital therapy settings. She has had a private practice for the past 15 years.