Mentors

Annette Hatala

Dr. Annette Hatala, OTD

As an occupational therapist, former homeschooler, and parent of a child with special needs (ADHD and sensory processing disorder), my goal is to help families with children and adolescents gain productive life skills and techniques to manage their day to day symptoms. In the past, I have worked with at-risk teens in group homes with many diagnoses including conduct disorder, oppositional defiant, ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS), and attachment disorders. By providing experiential learning experiences, I help teens gain new and adaptive life skills while engaging in tasks. Life skills learned include sensory regulation techniques, alternative learning styles, executive functions, and self-regulating techniques, all of which allow these individuals to participate in activities which are meaningful to them.

Hello! My name is Ana. I am currently pursuing my Masters’ Degree in Occupational Therapy at Stanbridge University. Born and raised in California, I love the sun, the beach, and being outdoors. Music, dance, and the arts are my passion. I work as a Life College assistant and job coach, tutoring young adults with varying intellectual disabilities so that they can achieve a college degree and career. I am also an aerial arts instructor and circus performer. I love coaching people of all ages on how to find their creativity and strength when flying through the air. My pride and joy is my 3 year old daughter, Ava. We go on the silliest adventures together! My dream is to create a therapeutic program that utilizes the performing arts to inspire others in living their lives with independence, confidence, and fulfillment.