Dr. Sheri Genovese grew up in a small town in Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for three years, where she enjoyed working with fellow students as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant. In the fall of 1993, she transferred to Creighton University’s BSOT program and actively participated in the OT student body organization. While traveling during the summer of 1995 with fellow Creighton OT students and faculty, to provide service work in the Dominican Republic as part of the Institute of Latin American Concern, Dr. Genovese decided to continue her formal education in occupational therapy. She enrolled in the Creighton University Clinical Doctorate of OT program with an emphasis on neurological diagnoses, ethics, and teaching. This included an opportunity to work with the faculty and teach students at Xavier University’s Occupational Therapy program from January -May 1997. Upon completion of her doctoral studies, she worked as an OT at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, with a primary focus on developing chronic pain management inpatient and outpatient program. Additionally, she worked closely with the acute rehabilitation staff, completed the three week NDT course training, participated in team research projects, and supervised several OT students.
In May 2000, Dr. Genovese relocated to San Diego, CA and helped to open a local branch of Rehab Without Walls, working as both a case manager and with marketing as well as sales. Her first opportunity to work in pediatrics occurred in January 2003, when she accepted a position with the Cajon Valley Union School District where she continues to provide support by assisting with their Centralized Assessment Team. Dr. Genovese transitioned to launching her own private pediatric practice in 2007, hiring and mentoring additional OT staff as the practice grew. In March 2016, her pediatric practice expanded to include a collaborative team of physical and speech therapists, to provide home, clinic-and school-based services for a variety of charter and independent study programs in San Diego.