I like the simple things, so there are some great moments from just last week that are just as important to me as something really big that may have happened a decade ago.

Lisa Merguie

Occupational Therapist

Lisa received her Psychology and Occupational Therapy degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. She has been working as an OT for 24 years. Her specialty areas of interest are executive functioning and self-regulation. She lives in Conway with her husband, John, who is chief of police at UCA. She has one son, Alex, who is studying Environmental Sciences at UCA and wants to become a paleontologist. She has one daughter, Julianne “Jules”, who is studying Psychology at UCA and plans to go into the research area of that field. When asked about hobbies she says, “I love simple things like hanging out at home and cooking dinner. I love the outdoors and especially sunshine. I practice yoga daily with “practice” being the operative word.”

Working in pediatrics wasn’t her initial plan, as she always had a big interest in mental health. In fact, she was working at an adult mental health facility when she was offered a job in pediatrics and decided to give it a go. She says “I think working in pediatrics chose me instead of the other way around. I’m glad I trusted what life had to give to me because it has been so rewarding.” She says working with kids and getting to see day to day things through their eyes is her favorite. “Kids are so funny! I love laughing with them every day.” Lisa loves the positive work environment Reach offers, as well as the focus on what is best for the kids and families served. “I have developed personal relationships with both co-workers and the children and families I have worked with”, she reflects. When asked what her favorite memory has been as a pediatric therapist she says, “That’s hard to say since there are 24 years to reflect on. I like the simple things, so there are some great moments from just last week that are just as important to me as something really big that may have happened a decade ago.”

Lisa brings a refreshing and dynamic spirit to the Reach family, as she particularly enjoys learning about neuroscience. She wants to dig deeper into self-regulation, attention, and anxiety issues that so many children struggle with today. A lot of the times you can find Lisa working with children practicing yoga and mindfulness. She says. “I believe that taking a holistic look at this is going to improve outcomes for our children.” 

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