2023 HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Sheila Don is an Occupational Therapist who has been practicing since 2006, after graduating with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College. Sheila is board certified in both Canada and the United States. She is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (CAOT), and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Sheila is also a long-standing member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT).
While completing her Honours Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Kinesiology at Brock University, Sheila spent numerous hours volunteering with various organizations and community services. Her passion for assisting others and working with people with acquired brain injuries extends back decades and guided her decision to establish Innovative Occupational Therapy Services (IOTS) (www.innovativeot.com) in 2015.
Innovative Occupational Therapy Services is an established Canada-wide firm, offering client-centered, timely, and cost-effective assessment and treatment services with excellent outcomes in the areas of improving health, promoting independence, and reducing the risk of health deterioration. Sheila provides mentorship and training programs to Occupational Therapists on interventions and comprehensive accident benefit assessments under the SABS. The company has specialized in brain injury rehabilitation and has developed a functional cognitive assessment and treatment program. Sheila is proud to note that Innovative Occupational Therapy Services was awarded Rehabilitation Company of the Year by the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) in 2022.
Sheila then co-founded Critical Trauma Therapy (cirticaltrauma.com) which has a specialized focus in providing Psychotherapy and Social Work Services to individuals who seek to improve their quality of life and learn effective strategies to manage any health issue, inclusive of brain injury. Critical Trauma Therapy additionally has a focus on supporting nutritional needs from an ABI perspective.
Further to this, Sheila additionally founded The MomMe Clinic in 2023, to better support the paediatric population, supporting complex conditions/impairments inclusive of acquired brain injury and cognitive dysfunction. The clinic is a significant multi-disciplinary medical centre for children and families.
Sheila has over 16+ years of clinical experience working as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of clinical settings. Sheila has continued to develop her clinical skills through extensive continuing education and direct clinical practice. Her experience includes treatment of individuals who have sustained catastrophic neurological (including ABI), orthopaedic (including amputations, spinal cord injuries), and psychological/behavioural impairments. Sheila is a seasoned assessor of function in a wide spectrum of environments and has been qualified as an expert medical witness in the area of Occupational Therapy by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Financial Services Commission Ontario.
Sheila is genuine, kind, and creative. She utilizes an empathic and personalized approach to clinical care and supports her clinical teams at the various companies she has developed to support a greater volume of clients in need. Sheila would like to thank all past and present clients for continuing to entrust their care to Sheila and her team. She continually strives to do her best for her clients and to raise awareness for brain injury rehabilitation.