Dena is passionate about helping people to remain at home. During her time as an Occupational Therapist working in hospitals and subsequently home health, she repeatedly worked with clients who expressed a desire to remain home, but whom were unable to meet those goals, having not prepared to age in place. It broke Dena’s heart every time, as she understands greatly the importance of home. As is typical of Dena, once she’d identified a problem, the next step was to create a solution! In 2021, after working toward this for many years, Home and Able was born.
Dena has spent 12+ years as an OT, with 8+ years working in homecare, three years in a hospital setting including ICU level care, giving her a strong medical background to understand your specific needs. She continues to serve as the Community Health Care Coordinator for the Sharon Health Initiative
She lives on a farm in rural Vermont with her husband and two small children and she and her husband run Broadbrook Mountain Trees. Dena believes strongly in giving back to her community and serves as the Board Secretary of the Royalton Memorial Library and on her son’s elementary school PTO.
Dena holds a Masters degree from Columbia University in Occupational Therapy and a B.S. in Psychology from Endicott College.
Her additional training and certifications include Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Executive Certificate in Home Modification (ECHM) & Universal Design. She is licensed, registered and insured and a member of the following organizations: American Occupational Therapy Association, National Association of Home Builders, Home Modification OT Alliance, National Board Certification of Occupational Therapists and Vermont OT Association.