Occupational & Physical Therapy
Walter Gruenwald MHS, OTR/LI have been an occupational therapist for the past eighteen years, the last eleven with the Oak Harbor Public Schools. I enjoy collaborating with families to develop a therapy plan to help students maximize their potential and independence as related to their academic education. Guiding and facilitating students so that they accomplish goals, learn new skills and smile is what makes my job so great. In addition to my role as an occupational therapist for the Oak Harbor Public Schools, I am the coach of the Olympic View Elementary robotics team 21786.
My career in Occupational Therapy began in 2008 when I graduated from Pueblo Community College in Colorado with an OTA degree. I became certified as a COTA/L for Washington State in 2008 and I started work at Bethany at Pacific Rehab in Everett in the field of geriatric rehabilitation. I started working for Oak Harbor Public Schools in 2010.Prior to my current work as a therapist, I had numerous careers. I received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and went to various graduate schools for the study of art and psychology. I worked as a medical illustrator/graphic artist, software trainer, web developer and a many other jobs before I decided to study Occupational Therapy.
This field makes use of so much of my life experiences and I am so very grateful to be working at Oak Harbor Public Schools.
Monica has 30 years of experience as a pediatric physical therapist. She graduated from the University of Washington and began her pediatric physical therapy career at Seattle Children’s Hospital specializing in rheumatology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation.Monica has a dedicated interest in maximizing independence and function in all of the children she serves. Special interests include assistive technology, adaptations for mobility and sports, and aquatic therapy. Monica has volunteered for many years as an adaptive ski instructor with the Outdoors for All program in Seattle.When she is not working as a physical therapist, Monica can be seen playing her string bass with the Skagit Symphony or in musical shows. She likes skiing, enjoying the outdoors with her family, and hiking the beautiful Whidbey bluffs with her dog Sidney.