Nery Barriga


Hometown: Danbury, CT

Above and Beyond Nomination: “Nery is kind, compassionate, and dedicated to her hospice clients. She is a hard worker and always goes above and beyond to provide the best care possible to meet the specific needs of each of her clients. She is also a big support to the families, putting them at ease that their loved one is being well cared for.” – Jessica, RVNAhealth Staff

Agnes Uvanga


Hometown: Danbury, CT

Above and Beyond Nomination: “Agnes has been phenomenal with my dad. The have formed a true bond.  She puts her heart into everything she does.” –Anonymous, Danbury, CT

Gifty Asante-Ansong


Hometown: Hartford, CT

Above and Beyond Nomination: “Gifty has provided exceptional care to her client after her return home following a stroke. Gifty’s positive encouragement and commitment to helping her client get better has made a tremendous impact on the client’s improvement. Her client considers her not only her caregiver, but family.” – Jessica, RVNAhealth Staff

Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP

After working many years as a respiratory therapist, I decided I wanted to further my career and skills in a field that allowed creativity and went beyond the acute phase. OT was the answer. One of my specialties now is working with patients who have ALS -- I can employ both my respiratory and occupational therapy skills. Continue reading

Renate Williamson, OTR

I love all challenges. They spark new and creative strategies as part of my life-long learning. My Aunt inspired me to become an Occupational Therapist at a very young age. I loved that she was able to incorporate a diverse career while helping others recover.Continue reading

Sarah Triano, OTR/L

In my role, I evaluate and devise patient-specific plans of care and meaningful goals for patients to progress back to baseline function. I treat patients with various diagnoses using creative and innovative interventions. I have a specific interest in Neurology. I was born knowing I would become an OT.Continue reading

Danielle Taibi MOTR/L, CDP

I changed careers after 10 great years in entertainment because although I was having fun, wanted to do something more meaningful. I admired my father who was a urologist and felt compelled to seek a good match in healthcare. Once I learned about OT, I never turned back.Continue reading

Theresa D. Swift, OT/L

I honestly do think I was born to be an OT. Ever since I was about five years old I knew I wanted to be a therapist. It just took me a few years to figure out what kind! I have learned much from my patients and their caregivers in my 20 years of practicing. Continue reading

Casey Savo, COTA/L

I graduated high school and was not sure what I wanted to go to college for. I was very into kids and ADHD and sensory programs. A friend of my mother’s was a speech therapist and told me I should be a COTA. So I went ahead and became one. However while in school I realized I had a real passion for geriatrics.Continue reading

Joseph Naber OTR/L

I originally went to a trade school for Architecture then decided i would major in Construction Management, once I decided what college path I would take. One day while sitting in Construction Lab I decided to take a walk and past an auditorium filled with about 150 female students and only 2 male students.Continue reading