Industry Spotlight:
Shelley Dividock, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation
NeuroTrauma Rehabilitation Program
Beaumont Health System

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What is your favorite Quote?
 
“Treat others as you would like to be treated” is the mantra that I try to live, teach and work by.
My favorite quote is from Buddha that I often use in my other profession as a yoga instructor: “There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.” Enjoy your journey!
 
What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
 
I am not necessarily a thrill seeker, so the most exciting thing I have ever done is hiking in Arizona amongst the rattlesnakes. We could hear them, but not see them. (eeeeek)
 
What is your proudest accomplishment?
 
My kids are and always will be my most ‘proudest accomplishment’! I have to also include that I am very proud of my patients that every day work so hard to overcome, and/or deal with their limitations. That is what makes me proud and inspired.  
 
Why did you decide to get into your profession?
 
Growing up and being raised by Special Education Educators, I always thought I would want to be a teacher. I visited GVSU while I was still a senior in high school. I picked up this brochure on Therapeutic Recreation and I remember reading the entire brochure out loud to my parents that evening convincing them that this profession was designed for the inner teacher and athlete within me. I still believe that!
 
I chose to work with the physical rehabilitation population because my Aunt received a traumatic brain injury from an auto accident when I was in kindergarten. It was all so scary to me, but my parents did a great job of explaining what a TBI was and that my Aunt was still my Aunt, even if she looked and acted a little different than what I was used to.
 
What is your favorite part of working in the Rehabilitation Profession?
 
Every day, every session, every interaction with my patients is different from day to day. I enjoy the spontaneity of this profession and the freedom it allows. The awesome bonus;  I get to work with some amazing people that teach me more than I could ever teach them.
 
 
What is your favorite recreational activity? 
Tennis with my husband
 
What one thing is on your life’s “bucket list”?
Hiking in Hawaii
 
How did you get connected with Strive Recreational Therapy?
Stella and I have worked together in the past before Strive existed. I remember the day that she told me about this business idea—and I thought it was such a needed service in our communities. Thank you,  Strive,  for all that you do!

 

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