Melissa Sitaram, OTR/ L
M elissa chose to become an Occupational Therapist because she always wanted to work in a profession that provided the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. She was drawn to the holistic approach that embodies Occupational Therapy. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, she was a registered behavior technician working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Having a strong background in behavior allowed her to gain a better understanding of dealing with maladaptive behaviors and assisting her clients with finding more appropriate ways to deal with everyday stressors. She continues to broaden her studies focusing on sensory integration and conducting research to provide evidence-based interventions to her clients. Melissa enjoys collaborating with the families in order to best meet the child’s needs and working towards meeting their goals. When she is not at work, Melissa enjoys spending time kayaking, working out, exploring new beaches and restaurants in South Florida, rollerblading, and spending time with family and friends.