Originally from New Haven, CT, Deb moved to Gainesville, FL in 1976. She worked at Shands @ Alachua General Hospital for 24 years; during that time, she decided she needed a change. She attended Santa Fe Community College, taking prerequisites for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She graduated from Central Florida Community College, in Ocala, FL in 2001 with her Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has 15 years of experience in her career as a COTA/L, including acute care, home health, skilled nursing facility, and outpatient orthopedics. She loves treating patients and feels that it is rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life. When she is not commuting back and forth to work, she enjoys reading, working in the yard, and shopping. She is a Lion, a member of the Farmers Aid and Benefit Association, Gainesville Black Hat Diva, Gainesville Red Hatter and is a financial secretary for her church. She is a proud mother of 2 young men and grandmother of 3.