About Spill The OT
Who Am I?
Hi, I'm Robyn! I'm an occupational therapist. I graduated in 2012, and I began working as a travel therapist so I could pay off some of my loans and see the country. After about 2 years, I transitioned to pediatrics in a private and then public school setting. Along my journey, I tried a LOT OF JOBS (and settings) on the side. After a few of years of working as an OT I realized that I was BURNT. THE. F#*%. OUT. Sooo... I started a podcast! The podcast was originally intended as an outlet to vent and share with other therapists who were also feeling this claustrophobic feeling of owing thousands of dollars on student loans, yet feeling misplaced in their selected profession. However, what happened next was pretty magical...
So I started the podcast anonymously (I was actively job-seeking, and TBH I was considering other careers entirely), and I started interviewing real therapists working out in the field and asking their honest opinions of how they enjoyed working as PTs, OTs, and SLPs. I was interested if the "real world" differed from their expectations in school. I was also curious about what a typical day-to-day entailed: how many clients on their caseloads? How much money did they earn? What were productivity standards? What did an average treatment session look like? And so much more! So how is this story magical you may be wondering? Well, I found that EVERY SINGLE INTERVIEWEE both loved and hated certain aspects of the therapy world. I found that having a platform to openly and honestly discuss both the great aspects and the difficult aspects was encouraging for all parties involved - myself, the interviewees, and most importantly the listeners of the podcast. Slowly my excitement for OT started to reignite. This feeling of knowing I was NOT ALONE helped me feel more hopeful, encouraged, and motivated to keep going. Two seasons and one Instagram account later I am eager to find that there is an ENTIRE COMMUNITY OF US! Not only are we not alone, but we are a FORCE. We are powerful, strong, smart, and not to toot our own horns, but we are pretty fun too! Spill The OT is a whole vibe - it's about realness and laughter, acknowledging the hardships but choosing to be hopeful. And most important being kind to each other and also ourselves as we navigate this life on earth.
Me and big bunny Petey
Romeo and the chicks
On a personal note - outside of OT I LOVE animals! I live with my husband, Ryan, and our 9-year old puppy Romeo, 2-year old Rabbit Petey and our cutie little chickens. I also love traveling and the beach (yes, I'm basic, come at me hehe), I have a dream to visit all 50 states and I only have 3 left to go! I'm saving some of the best states for last - Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii woowoo! I live in Massachusetts (born & raised) but desperately would love to live somewhere warmer (or at least move to a town closer to the ocean). I have a pretty intense chocolate addiction and will never decline a chocolate chip cookie or ice cream cone. I truly believe happiness is a choice and I think we all have the potential to connect to our higher selves to find and channel that love and happiness into our everyday lives. I love, love and I love you!
Now I can't wait to learn more about YOU!
Welcome friend! You are so loved already!