Name: Julie Silver Seidle, OTR/L
What do you love about OT?
I love so many things about OT! I love the variety of OT and the endless opportunities to engage with different people in a variety of situations and communities to empower them to live their fullest lives. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be invited into someone’s life when they are struggling or at their most vulnerable and to help them work towards reaching their goals. OT ROCKS!
How did you choose this profession?
I was introduced to OT when I was younger and my niece was born with Down syndrome. I started volunteering at the non-profit clinic she went to for therapy. Around the same time, my brother was also receiving OT before passing away from AIDS. I went off to college and didn’t really think about OT again until I was working as a personal care attendant and one of my clients said I should really think about being an OT. I revisited OT and I was hooked. It was exactly what I was looking for and I knew it would be a good fit for me.
Why did you choose to become an OTAC board member?
I have been a member of OTAC since beginning my OT journey as a student at CSU OT because I believe that it is important to support and advocate for my profession. Being an OTAC board member gives me the opportunity to give back to my OT community and work towards strengthening and protecting the essential work we do. It is inspiring to be around such an incredible and dedicated group of OTs and OTAs working to move our profession forward.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Colorado?
My favorite thing about Colorado is the mountains. When I first visited Colorado, I was blown away by their beauty and now I get to live near them and go be in the mountains whenever I want. How lucky is that?!