Teresa (Tess) Suhrbier, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Tess graduated with a Masters in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California after receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Washington. She returned to the Pacific Northwest for her pediatric clinical rotation and quickly became passionate about working with children and their families. Tess specializes in providing services based on the DIR Floortime™ model, a developmentally appropriate, relationship-based approach adapted by Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wider, PhD. Her experience is in addressing individual differences in sensory modulation, sensory processing, sensory-affective processing, and motor planning.

Tess also specializes in providing culturally competent care. As an ally to the LGBT community, she created a community based health and wellness program for LGBT adolescents called "The Out Crowd" to provide a safe space to discuss LGBT-specific topics including coping with minority stress and internalized homophobia. The group also provided health promoting social opportunities to mitigate health risks specific to LGBT youth. She also has experience working along the spectrum of emergency rehabilitation services at both a Level-One Trauma Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit serving children with traumatic injuries and developmental disabilities related to prematurity.

Tess holds additional certifications in DIR Floortime™, Kinesiotape: Fundamental Concepts, Screening/Muscle Test, & Muscle Applications (KT1), and Kinesiotape: Advanced Concepts & Corrective Technique (KT 2).

Beyond work, Tess enjoys high-intensity endurance, power, and strength workouts, hiking, taking her dog on long walks around Kirkland and spending time with family and friends.