Dr. Gina Benavente arrives at St. Augustine after 26 years of clinical practice in pediatrics. As a pediatric specialist she has worked in schools, early intervention, private practice, home health, and as a consultant. She has formally presented at trainings and workshops for a variety of audiences on topics such as ASD, ADHD, Sensory Diets, and Mealtime Management. Over the course of her career she has specialized in treating preterm infants, children with feeding and swallowing disorders, children with complex neurodevelopmental delays, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and Down syndrome. She has also developed a strong interest in assistive technology and applications for the pediatric population.
Dr. Benavente’s work experiences have been global. She shares dual citizenship with Germany. She has worked with the Department of the Army in Italy and the Departments of the Air Force and Navy in Japan. She also maintained an independent, private practice in Tokyo, Japan for 2 years. Her experiences traveling and working with other cultures influences her teaching and she strives to teach OT students to view their clients through the lens of cultural understanding and acceptance.
Dr. Benavente is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. She is a certified specialist and provider of VitalStim Therapy for Pediatrics.