Courtney Holzwarth

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Courtney graduated with her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. After graduating, Courtney moved to the sunshine state to be closer to her brother, sister-in-law, and nephew. Courtney enjoys working with families to develop a child and family-centered plan to help their child reach their highest potential and gain skills for everyday life. She believes collaboration with all disciplines produces the best results!

From her experience working in outpatient pediatric settings, Courtney developed a passion for creating a fun environment to enrich the development of all her clients. She has experience working with a wide range of pediatric conditions, including but not limited to sensory processing, feeding difficulty, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, handwriting, and gross and fine motor delays. She has additionally taken continued education courses on sensory modulation interventions, interoception, and toileting.

Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She comes from a big family with three older brothers. What she misses most about being home are the celebrations of small things and family game nights. She loves to go to the beach, find new coffee shops, go for walks, and dive into a good book in her free time!

More about Courtney:

What is your favorite food?
I love pizza, steak, and pulled pork!

What is your favorite holiday and why?
I love Christmas because of the large family gatherings, the excitement in my nieces and nephew and the festive decorations.

What is a cool hobby of yours?
I love to refinish furniture; bringing something old with a lot of history back to life.

What did you want to be “when you grow up”?
I wanted to be a singer.

Why did you become a therapist?
I want to help my clients and their families live their best, most fulfilling lives. I love always coming to work and knowing I’ll have a bright smile and someone to laugh with. As a child a family friend had Spina Bifida; he was always smiling and ready to have fun and I remember asking my mother what profession would help children like him. I was immediately sold on being an Occupational Therapist.

What was your favorite Halloween costume you wore as a child?
When I was a child I was Dorthy with my grandmother’s yorkie as Todo fro three years in a row.

What’s the funniest thing one of your kids has said to you or done during therapy?
During one of my sessions my kiddo was playing with a peer in the gym and he had difficulty saying his friend’s name calling him “Potato” and his friend looked at him and said “I love potato chips, do you have some here Ms. Courtney?” Eventually he was able to say his friend name but they still always asked for a bag of chips when they saw each other.

Give me one surprising/cool fact about you?
In college I played volleyball and we won our conference my junior year.

What pets do you have and what are their names?
I currently don’t have any pets but I spend a lot of time with my brother and he has two Blue Heelers; Cope and Tiger.

What is your favorite movie and why?
I love everything Marvel with my favorite Avenger being Iron Man.

Favorite song?
I don’t necessarily have a favorite song, but I’m always down to listen to country music

Favorite book?
This is a tough one because I LOVE to read, but currently my favorite book is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue