Licensed Practical Nurse
Director of Nursing
I started DPI in 1999. I started in the DD world as a Music Therapist in 1982 and quickly fell in love with the industry. I have had leadership roles with County Boards of DD and residential providers. I have a passion to help people identify and achieve their purpose, thus allowing them to live the life they desire. When I’m not working, I’m spending time with family or helping out at church. Singing is my favorite.
Customized Trainings – DPI offers a number of trainings for new hires to the most seasoned staff. Topics include the most current information according to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, along with trends and other important information related to the DD world.
Human Rights Committee Management – In coordination with the DODD rule 5123:2-2-06, DPI will assist with any or all areas of your Human Rights Committee from facilitating the HRC meeting, providing and maintaining committee training, completing the State’s restrictive measure notification for approved plans, collecting and distributing proposed plans to committee members prior to meetings, reviewing monthly data, working with SSA’s on writing behavior strategies, writing HRC policy, among other things.
I’ve been with DPI since 2009. I’ve been practicing nursing since 1998. When I’m not working I’m camping with my horse and riding with my Ohio Horseman’s Council friends. My biggest joy at the moment is my granddaughter Avery.
I’ve been with DPI since 2010. I have about 26 years of experience in the DD world in a variety of roles, including service coordination, provider supervisor, director of day program, QIDP, and an ICF program director. When I’m not working, I’m reading, watching movies and exploring. I like to play and be creative. I live with two cats and a pterodactyl. There is a whole army of lawn gnomes protecting my house. Naps are wonderful.
I’ve been with DPI since 2018. Prior to DPI, I was a Program Manager for 23 years for a local residential provider. When I’m not working, I’m working toward becoming an RN.
I’ve been with DPI for about 15 months and working as a LPN for the same. When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family and friends. I’m currently in school for my RN and plan to keep working my way to a Master’s. When I’m not working, I’m traveling and doing anything adventurous outdoors.
I returned to DPI in the fall of 2019. I worked as a DPI Behavior Specialist 2007 to 2010. I have about 19 years of experience in the DD world working in different roles, residential, behavior support, training and Medicaid billing. When I’m not working, I’m raising 2 young boys alongside my husband. We enjoy spending time with family and friends.
I’ve been with DPI since 2009 and working as a nurse for 40 years. When I’m not working, I’m gardening, reading, being with my dogs, grandchildren and family (in that order!).
I’ve been with DPI since 2005. I’ve been working in the DD world for almost 20 years. When I’m not working, I’m hanging-out with family and friends, camping, or serving at church.
Nurses may delegate any nursing task in any setting following Ohio’s Department Of Developmental Disabilities and Board of Nursing laws and rules.
Dynamic Pathways has a team of seven full-time nurses who provide health services coordination (HSC) throughout central Ohio.
DPI nurses work with people from On the Mark Services, REM Ohio, Benchmark Services, RMS of Ohio to name a few.
Health services include many different tasks, such as:
Dynamic Pathways (DPI) is an Ohio certified provider for Support Brokerage for the SELF Waiver (Self Empowered Life Funding). We currently have a number of adults and children who have chosen DPI for their Support Brokerage.
This person who is responsible for providing an individual with ongoing support. The type of support will look different for each person. Some examples of providing support include:
A Support Broker wants you to live the life you want and she will help you make that happen.
To see if the SELF Waiver is a good choice for you, click here to get more information.
Dynamic Pathways’ approach to strategic planning begins with thorough research and dialogue with your staff to understand the nature of your organization’s leadership; the culture of your organization; the complexities of your organization as well as other valid indicators. Through a variety of techniques, we will guide your organization to determine where your organization needs to be in the next year, and maybe more, to take full advantage of your future. Planning continues as we lead your organization through energized activities to develop “the plan” on how to get there.
Quality Assurance reviews often quickly become compliance reviews due to the number of rules and regulations that need to be met. Dynamic Pathways believes in focusing a quality assurance review on the important elements that lead to a person’s success. We carefully review the documentation, and more importantly we talk with the individual and/or family to get an honest and accurate picture of what is working well in the person’s life and what things may need attention.
Both the Quality Assurance and Compliance process is driven from the Ohio Administrative Code. With the Administrative Code as the basis, we utilize specific tools for the individual and/or advocate, the independent or agency provider documentation such as service forms, financials, behavior support, staff time sheets, and the county board file to complete an in-depth and thorough review.
Dynamic Pathways provides behavior consultation to both adults and children with a wide range of needs. We embrace a spirit of gentleness and nonviolent practices in services and supports. We know people grow and measure happiness by their degree of connectedness to a community where they feel safe, included and loved. People with developmental disabilities should have these same opportunities to find their own connections and their own security. They have an inherent right to be free from any form of emotional, physical or restraint.
Behavior consultation includes:
Overview of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities covers: looking at definitions, how they are diagnosed, causes and common characteristics
History of Developmental Disabilities Services covers: overview of how things have evolved including language used, life in institutions, “best intention” practices, and current positive culture model
Ethics versus Rights covers: ethical dilemmas and basis for reaction, values, right dilemmas and basis for reaction, rights violations, and minor versus adult and legal guardians
Prader-Willi Syndrome Basics covers: Physical effects over the lifespan, personality and behavior challenges, and recommendations for structured lifestyle and role of sensory integration
Understanding Autism covers: Autism spectrum disorder history, PDD-NOS and Asperger Syndrome, causes, physical characteristics, communication, socialization, sensory challenges, mood and aggression, SIB and savant behaviors, self-coping and resources
Non-verbal Communication covers: focusing on the many ways humans communication without words and how to interpret what is being expressed
Sensory Integration covers: recognizing environmental effects on a person with sensory sensitivity, offering a variety of sensory activities/sensory diet, and using creativity to provide sensory experiences
Caregiver Stress Relief covers: depletion checklist, effects of stress and creating a stress relief tool kit
Crisis response/Practical Behavior Intervention covers: effects of environment; recognizing communication; “Try Another Way” approach, defensive blocks, minimizing drama, the wonder of structure and predictability
Trauma Informed Care and Building Supportive Relationships covers: understanding the effects of trauma and how to provide appropriate supports, basic tips about how to support a person displaying challenging behaviors and avoiding power struggles
Anxiety and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities covers: recognizing effects of anxiety; common causes of anxiety; practical tools to help the anxious feel more secure
Helping People Develop Real Relationships covers: information coming
QA Reviews are required for every home receiving Medication Administration and/or Health Related Activities from community based service providers.