Hi, My name is Collette and I am thrilled to be the Occupational Therapist (OT) for North Star for the last three years. I was born and raised in South Africa, have lived and traveled in Europe and immigrated to America in my early 20's. After living in a few different states, I am excited to call Golden, CO home. I am the proud Mom of two energetic children, and enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and biking with my wonderful husband and our little family.
I have been an Occupational Therapist for 20 years, specializing mostly in pediatrics/children. I have had the privilege to work in a variety of different settings such as a large State hospital with level 1 trauma and burns units, Children's Hospital- out patient in Indianapolis, IN, residential treatment facilities, pediatric outpatient facilities as well as home health settings and schools. It is my aim to help all students irrespective of their abilities to not only be successful in the educational setting, but to THRIVE. I love thinking out of the box, planning new ideas, finding additional resources and helping to support this amazing team at North Star!
Occupational Therapists help children in the school setting to be able to be as independent as possible in accessing their school environment and being the best student they can be! We work on big body skills, such as being able to play on the playground and sit in a chair, as well as on small muscle skills like the formation of shapes, a students name, letters of the alphabet and handwriting. We also help students with their ability to calm and organize their bodies so that they can focus and learn.
I look foward to helping your student this year !
Collette Chinyerere MS. OTR