Sharon Vincuilla, OTD, OTR/L, CPDT-KA is an occupational therapist, providing services to adults labeled with mental illness in Los Angeles, California.
Sharon completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California and completed her doctoral residency with Painted Brain, developing a formal, profitable, and sustainable line of occupational therapy services for this organization. Sharon worked as the Director of Occupational Therapy at Painted Brain, in 2019, but passed the director position on to another OT in order to start a private practice and combine the worlds of occupational therapy and dog training.
Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Sharon started Holistic Dog Expert, a dog training business providing in-home obedience and behavioral modification services to enhance the wellbeing of and relationships between dogs and their people.
This blog provides an in-depth exploration of occupational therapy in a community-based mental health setting, informs the general public and stakeholders about the unique contribution and value of occupational therapy to community-based mental health services, and explores the intersection between pet ownership and healthcare.