Cara Newman, MS, OTR/L

Where are you from? Chicago, IL
What did you study?BFA in Dance Performance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Name the moment that inspired you to take your career path.After growing up in a pediatric therapy clinic (my mom is a Speech Language Pathologist!) and assisting in the therapeutic dance program, I knew I wanted to combine my love for movement with helping others. Occupational therapists’ whole person point of view really hit home with me, so it seemed like a perfect fit.
What do you specialize in? Early Intervention (birth-3), Sensory Processing
Coffee or Tea?Barry’s Irish Tea
Favorite therapeutic swing?The bolster swing- I love working postural stability!
What you do consider your greatest accomplishment? Any time any of my clients meets a goal.
Books or Movies?Books on tape
Where would you go on your dream vacation?Doing all of the major marathons overseas- Berlin, London, Tokyo.
What is your favorite children’s song? Let’s Go Fly a Kite is hands down my favorite song- especially to sing while doing big swings.
What skill are you most proud of? Positioning skills to facilitate efficient movement patterns.
Winter or Summer?Winter
Occupational Therapist, Department Lead