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Due to her passion for people and healthcare, Danielle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology, from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA. In preparation for graduate school, Danielle began work as an ABA therapist where she fell in deep love with children with disabilities and their surrounding communities.  In 2015, Danielle received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA.  Since then, she has worked in outpatient therapy clinics with a variety of ages and diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, sensory integrative disorders, developmental delays, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Specific Learning Disorders, and more. Aside from her love and time spent with the kiddos at HGCS, Danielle currently serves children and families at an outpatient clinic called Collaborative OT Solutions, Inc., in Chula Vista, CA.  Her passion is to make therapy a fun, enjoyable experience for her kiddos, as well as provide as much guidance and understanding for the families and teachers as possible. If you catch her outside of work, you will most likely find her out in the fresh air, with her husband, doing some of their favorite activities: rock climbing, backpacking, surfing, paddle boarding, or playing fetch with their border collie (Finn).