Get to know Emily Leeper, the newest Occupational Therapist at Keystone Pediatric Developmental Center!
How did you decide to become an Occupational Therapist?
I didn’t discover what occupational therapy was until I was in my undergraduate studies. I found that OTs’ core values aligned with my own, and it appealed to my desire to work with and help people in a healthcare setting. Occupational therapy is one of the unique careers that views a person from a holistic perspective including body, mind, and spirituality. I wanted a career that allowed me to help others improve their quality of life through diverse and client-centered methods, and I found that through OT.
Where did you go to college?
I attended Messiah University for my undergraduate and graduate studies.
What do you like about working in the OT field?
I love how diverse the field of OT is. If it is something you do during your day, it is something OT can address. I also love how supportive OTs are of each other, it really is a tight-knit community that encourages each other to be the best practitioners possible.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is working with my patients. The primary age range I treat is 2–5-year-olds, and they light up my life. I love being able to treat patients at such a crucial developmental phase and help set them up for success as they grow up.
Why did you choose to work at Keystone?
I did one of my level 2 fieldworks at Keystone with Joel Desotelle OTR/L and it was such a great experience. I learned so much with Joel and loved the environment of Keystone. Keystone has such an inclusive atmosphere, and the providers are very supportive and encouraging of each other. I also love the core principles Keystone was founded on and continues to be run on.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
My husband and I enjoy going on hikes and walks with our dog. We’ve recently begun playing pickleball and enjoy doing other physical activities. I enjoy painting and playing the piano, as well as getting cozy with some popcorn for a movie night.
Where is your hometown and, if you are new to the area, what do you like about Franklin County so far?
I was born and raised in Chambersburg and just recently moved to Greencastle.
What’s an interesting fact about yourself or something people might be surprised to know about you?
I went bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand when I was 13 years old.
Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
I’m obsessed with houseplants and probably have over 30 varieties currently.
Welcome to the Keystone Family, Emily!