We're celebrating Day Treatment Services and Vocational Services Week here at Special Tree! Get to know one member of the team Brooke Foulds, CTRS, new Clinical Team Leader for the Mid-Michigan Day Treatment (DTS) and Pediatric Rehabilitation programs. Brooke is a Certified Recreational Therapist and has worked with Special Tree's Pediatric Rehabilitaiton team at the Neuro Skills Center in Troy for the past three years. She recently moved to Midland to be a part of the exciting expansion of Special Tree's DTS and Pediatric programming in Mid-Michigan.
Special Tree has Day Treatment Services and Vocational Services programs in Wayne, Oakland, and Midland Counties that strive to provide the best qualtiy of life to our clients through community outings, recreational activities, community-based job coaching, vocational training at our Industrial Operations Centers, and vocational counseling.
How did you first hear about Special Tree? What were your first impressions?
Brooke: I was completing my senior year at Central Michigan University, and looking for a Recreational Therapy internship. I came across Special Tree in the TR contact log, and knew I wanted to apply. I was lucky enough to intern under Grace DeMuch, one of the Troy Recreational Therapists. During my internship, I was very impressed with the company. Everyone was so welcoming and truly cared about the clients and reputation of the company.
What are you most excited about for the Mid-Michigan DTS and Peds programs?
Brooke: I’m excited about the opportunities this will create for the community and Special Tree as a whole.
How has the DTS program in Midland evolved? How has it exceeded expectations?
Brooke: For starters, Midland has so much to offer. Midland is a family orientated community and always has something going on for people to attend. This makes a Recreational Therapist very happy. Our goal is always putting the clients first, and increasing quality of life. Having various options to engage in, allows for growth and positive outcomes. The DTS program is constantly going out in the community and finding new activities to engage in.
What do you hope to accomplish by the end of the year?
Brooke: My goal is for the Midland/Saginaw locations to have an increase in pediatric clients. This will help with the development of the PEDS program for this area.
What do you love most about your job/working at Special Tree?
Brooke: I love my co-workers and clients. The best of both worlds. Since working for Special Tree, I feel like I’ve developed a second family.
What is the best career/client care advice you’ve received?
Brooke: One of my professors always said, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”- Marc Anthony
What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Brooke: I enjoy running, playing on a sand volleyball league with friends, and hanging out with my 4 month baby boy.
What is your hidden talent?
Brooke: I’m secretly a Connect4 wizard.