THE LETTERS BEHIND THE NAME - The MS is for a Master of Science degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. The OTR/L is for her Occupational Therapist, Licensure. The FAOTA is for national recognition from Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association for her expertise in gerontology and geriatrics as well as for her professional leadership and service to the national organization in geriatrics.
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
is an occupational therapist working as a dementia care and education specialist. She has her own practice and clinical appointments with Duke University’s School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Teepa brings 33 years experience in geriatrics and presents over 350 programs each year helping to develop, improve and optimize programs and services to people living with dementia and their caregivers. By creating partnerships with individuals and their support systems, she is helping solve problems in often challenging situations.
Teepa is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and seeks to change and improve life for everyone involved.
Teepa's practice has included everything from neuro-intensive care units in tertiary hospitals to in-home end-of-life care in rural parts of the North Carolina. She has taught at medical schools and post-doctoral programs, health professional programs, colleges and universities, community colleges, and community centers. She led educational and training efforts as the Educational Director of the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for many years and was a major contributor and author of the in-depth hands on training delivered to family members and staff that led to the production of the DVD Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia, an internationally recognized resource for training and understanding dementia. She has served as an interdisciplinary team member and helped develop and conduct clinical research with leading researchers in dementia and geriatric care.
Through opportunities she has had to learn from people living with various forms of dementia including: head injuries, stroke, autism, down syndrome, and many other neurological and chronic health conditions, Teepa has become committed to building a program of support and care that provides a just right match between what the person needs, is able to do, and the environment and care partnering that can provide it.
As one of America's leading educators on dementia, Teepa has developed a dementia care philosophy reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. She is a graduate of Duke University, and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in geriatrics, she has worked as the OT Director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and a Restorative Care Coordinator for a long term care facility. Her hands on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in home health, assisted living, long term care, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa also served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and as a clinical associate professor at UNC's School of Medicine, Program on Aging.
This wealth of experience and knowledge led to her development of a Positive Approach to Care for those living with dementia or other brain changes. Teepa's teaching style integrates facts about the brain and what happens to someone when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes different or difficult.
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