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Andrea Gurga, M.S., OTR/L

Andrea is a proud, life-long Chicagoan.  She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with special interests in Spanish language and gender studies.  She completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently completing her clinical doctorate there.  Her doctoral project focus is the optimization of an electronic health tool that facilitates communication between providers and caregivers during the care planning process.  She is also pursuing an additional certificate in Assistive Technology (ATCP) at UIC with a focus on environmental modification.

 

Andrea fell in love with the field at an early age, as her mother was an occupational therapist in the school system for over 20 years.  Andrea has used her volunteer, clinical, and research background to shape her career trajectory, with experiences at therapeutic day schools, pediatric outpatient and hippotherapy clinics, adolescent mental health, as well as working with children and families at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.  She is a strong believer in family-centered care and advocates for therapy service providers and families working as a team to improve children’s participation in their daily lives.

 

When not at the clinic or working on her doctorate, Andrea enjoys practicing hot yoga, hiking, traveling to National Parks, finding new Chicago “gems”, and visiting with family and beloved friends.