Debby Piatek has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 18 years. She chose occupational therapy as a second career after working as a licensed practical nurse.
Debby grew up in Virginia Beach, with her parents, sister, and brother. She married after graduating from practical nursing school and moved to Florida with her husband. After living in Gainesville and Tallahassee, she and her family settled in Ormond Beach. Once her children where busy attending school, Debby decided to pursue a new career. She initially wanted to become a special education teacher because both of her children have special needs. Her daughter was in gifted classes, and her son had resource class to help with learning disabilities and ADHD. Once Debby began attending classes, she realized that occupational therapy was a much better fit for her. She attended the local community college for 2 years, and was awarded a full academic scholarship, after her first year. Debby graduated from the University of Florida, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.
Debby worked at Easter Seals for 17 years in the pediatric clinic and the school system. While working in the clinic setting, she pursued additional training in sensory integration and processing. She designed and ran a hippotherapy program (therapy on horseback) for 2 year, and became certified in aquatherapy, theraputic listening, administration of the SIPTs (sensory integration and praxis test), interactive metronome, and administration of the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule).
Debby was a member of the school exceptional education team in the high schools, middle, and elementary schools in Flagler County, Florida. She evaluated and treated children ages 3-22, supervised COTA’s, attended and participated in IEP meetings, and trained staff. Debby also provided information to parents, designed home programs for students to use during summer break, and was part of the assistive technology team at each school she was assigned to. She continues to enjoy helping children reach their full potential, and helping parents understand their children’s needs.