with Jackie Shea MOT, BS, OTR/L SFN
Jackie is certified in the TummyTime! Method — the gold standard for infant development. “Tummy time” is time baby spends lying on his or her tummy. Parent & baby are interacting together during this floor time activity. Other tummy time positions: lying on parent’s chest, over arm or lap, propped on an infant approved pillow and Babywearing.
The TummyTime!™ Method is an evidenced informed therapeutic program designed to support health, posture, movement, and connection for all babies; it can also treat oral motor dysfunction, postural symmetries, digestive difficulties, and autonomic dysregulation.
My name is Jackie Shea. I am a board-certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist and a Nutritionist who specializes in infant development. With experience across healthcare settings-including sensory clinics, school based, nutrition/wellness coaching and now my community-based/ mobile private practice, Wildflowers Wellness-Nourish to Flourish- I am dedicated to empowering my clients to live their lives to the fullest. I am committed to providing a holistic therapeutic approach that respects the journeys of parenthood, motherhood, and infant development. I have always been drawn to helping people and am so thankful that I came across a career that could allow me to dedicate my life’s work to each individual I come across. I was committed to becoming an occupational therapist- a profession whose motto is “Living life to its fullest.” That is the embodiment of my practice.
My journey through motherhood thus far has guided me in blending my dream career of providing parents with informed and evidence-based care in addition to nurturing their little ones on a developmental path that allows them to thrive. I am passionate about prenatal and early intervention care and believe parental education and health promotion is a powerful tool in helping each child to develop to their full potential. I specialize in helping babies who have ‘colic’ and tethered oral tissues. As a first time mother, I immediately recognized the many gaps in resources and continuums of care pertaining to maternal health and babies with Tethered Oral Tissues (tongue ties). I knew that I wanted to bridge those gaps, even if it was just a little bit with each client I saw. I also help people of all ages with nutrition coaching. Nutrition is a key aspect to physical AND mental health in all facades of life. It is safe to say that I am very passionate about my combined specialties and am so lucky to be part of so many beautiful journeys!
I provide intervention in a variety of different environments: group classes, family home, clinic setting, virtually, outside in nature depending on the specific goals of the family and needs of the child.
I have been an Occupational Therapist since 2016. I graduated from La Trobe University in Australia with a Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice. I started my career in an outpatient pediatric clinic, school-based OT and have since transitioned into owning my own practice now.
Most parents don’t realize this, but they have started early intervention from the moment the baby is placed on their chest after birth! It is never too late for a child to learn, however the earlier we work on skills the easier it is for the child and family.