Erika is a registered and licensed occupational therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She completed her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Regis College in Weston, MA, and she also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University. She has a diverse background working with infants, children, and teens in school-based settings, early intervention, and private practice. Erika has trainings in oral restriction, pre- and post-frenectomy therapy, Michelle Emmanuel's Tummy Time! Method, Upledger Craniosacral Therapy, visual-vestibular techniques, reflex integration, infant feeding (breast and bottle), oral motor skills, sensory integration, and more. Erika specializes in infant feeding and is currently actively pursuing additional training in lactation at this time. Erika brings an evidence-informed, holistic approach to tongue-ties and feeding. She strongly values interprofessional collaboration.
Erika founded OT By Mommy after her difficult breastfeeding journey and experiences with her own son. The experience of breastfeeding a tongue-tied infant was exhausting and isolating. In her experience, the tongue-tie release, even with "bodywork," did not produce the changes she hoped for. There was a lot of conflicting, confusing, and poor advice being shared on social media that was difficult to sort through and navigate. Given her past experience of integrating oral function and breathwork into her practice with older kids, Erika knew, with the right, infant-specific training, she could support babies and their families through this tongue-tie journey, so no parent would have to feel as lost or isolated while feeding their baby as Erika did.
Erika currently lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts in Salem and is the mother to two little ones, Jordan (4) and Lila (1). In her spare time, Erika enjoys playing outside with her children, watching Boston sports, and learning new techniques to work with babies! Erika is a level I Reiki practitioner.
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