Denise Roncolato, COTA/L, IMC
Where do you work?
I usually work at Outpatient Pediatrics at the Health & Technology Center, but occasionally, I work at our Inpatient Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem.
In what areas of rehabilitation do you specialize?
Pediatrics, therapeutic feeding, sensory strategies and medically complex therapy
What one word best describes you?
What are your goals?
A short-term goal is to improve family education and support and provide suggestions to help patients with daily routines. A long-term goal is to further my education in areas of assistive technology and medically complex patients.
What specialty certifications do you hold?
- Associate degree in Applied Science
- National Certification and Pennsylvania State License as an Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Interactive Metronome Certified (IMC)
- Entry level certification in Hippotherapy
What rehabilitation technologies do you utilize in your work?
- Interactive Metronome
- Research-based modalities
- Assistive technology devices and adaptations
What attracted you to a career in healthcare?
It was in my blood. Nursing was the first interest I had as a teenager. My mother was a nurse, and two of my sisters are nurses. However, once I began college, I discovered therapy was my true calling, which is where I am today. I love the creativity that occupational therapy allows me to use in treatment. I have been working in pediatrics since 1990, and I love what I do.
Why do you choose to work at Good Shepherd?
I believe in the principles of both quality and patient-focused care. Good Shepherd supports me in expanding my knowledge and skills and offers opportunities for advancement.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of Good Shepherd?
I love spending time with my family. I enjoy staying active outdoors by working in my garden and yard, walking, hiking and camping. I also hold a special place in my heart for both horses and dogs. Going to the barn to watch my daughter ride and spending time at my church are among my favorite activities.
Why should patients INSIST on Good Shepherd?
Good Shepherd is special in its ability to provide valuable, high-quality care close to home and for a wide range of ages and disabilities. Many people think of Good Shepherd when an adult needs therapy, but Good Shepherd is so much more than that—it serves patients of all ages and with a variety of needs.