“I never thought of art as a skill but it has been a great outlet throughout my lifetime.” Dawna Weed said. In fact, throwing pots was a part of her Occupational Therapy training in college. Since then, Dawna has worked for Rainbows more than 20 years.
Dawna chose to work in this industry for a couple of reasons. Her mother was a medical technologist in their small town hospital. “My sister and I often had to wait as she finished her work day so I was comfortable in that setting.” Furthermore, Dawna’s high school counselor had suggested the profession of Occupational Therapy.
Dawna has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy obtained from the University of Kansas. She is also trained in Neuro-Developmental Treatment for pediatrics. “Currently I serve children and their families in their homes working to address the various needs and helping families navigate through challenges they face including help in the community. It really helps to have a strong team of coworkers.”
Dawna appreciates the number of changes that have occurred since she started working at Rainbows in 1990. “One memorable situation was helping a student try an electric chair for the first time, though others thought she couldn't be successful because of her difficulty with movement. She did great!!!”
Likewise, Rainbows has left a lasting influence upon Dawna’s own life. “Rainbows has provided me the opportunity to work with great kids, families and staff. It has been a flexible work environment for me.”
In addition to working at Rainbows, Dawna enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and continuing to do pottery.