January 2020- April 2020

I am currently a second-year occupational therapy student at Sacred Heart University’s Masters in Occupational Therapy program located in Fairfield, Connecticut. I am originally from Fredericksburg, VA, and I earned my bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology in the Spring of 2018 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Upon completion of my Level II fieldwork and graduation in May of 2020, I will sit for my board certification exam and pursue a career as a pediatric occupational therapist. Working in pediatrics is where my true passion lies, and I can’t think of a better way to occupy my own time!


March-May 2019


January-February 2019

I have spent the past two months here at Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LCC for my level 2 fieldwork and have absolutely loved it. I went to University of Mary Washington for Psychology before I began my OTA journey at St. Catherine University. As an OTA student we go through two fieldwork level 2’s. For my first one I got put here at Shenandoah SOUNDstart and I truly from the bottom of my heart could not have asked for a better team to work with. Carrie, the owner, is so kind to everyone and keeps the clinic so positive. Everyday I walked in and was greeted with a smile. My supervisor Allysa, an occupational therapist here, was absolutely wonderful and taught me so much through this experience. Not only was she the greatest supervisor, she is also so wonderful with the children she works with. She is gentle and patient with them and always coming up with fun activities. The receptionist’s, OT’S, and speech language pathologist’s were wonderful as well.

During my free time I enjoy relaxing, spending time with my friends, going out to eat, and doing fun activities. I love helping people, so any chance I get to donate or give back to the community I take advantage of. I have a passion for helping people and would love to go into mental health occupational therapy when I graduate! Thank you Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC for this lovely experience.

I am 2015 Courtland High school graduate from Fredericksburg, Va. I am currently in my last semester of my undergraduate career at Shenandoah University. I will graduate in May 2019 with double bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. My career goal is to become an Occupational Therapist and work with pediatrics. In my free time I like to spend time with my fiancé, family and friends and go on fun adventures. 

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Ashley Phillips, Undergraduate Student

Shenandoah University

Due to the COVID-19 Virus, we are not currently accepting students. Please check back at a later time. 

Shenandoah SOUNDstart, LLC

Jordan Schmidt, OT Graduate Student
Sacred Heart University

We offer placements for occupational therapy and speech therapy undergraduate and graduate students.  We have affiliations and contracts with various universities.  Contact us for more information. 

Volunteer and observation hours may be gained at any time, pending availability.  Please submit the below application if you are interested in observation/volunteer hours during the spring 2021, fall 2021 semesters. 

Ashley Olenski, OTA Student

St. Catherine University

Pediatric Therapy Center