Emily Garcia, OTD OTR/L


Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and her doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University. Having the opportunity to work internationally with Amy Zier & Associates in Italy to learn more about the DIR model, her passion and desire to work with children grew. Emily says that “being able to return to Amy Zier & Associates as a therapist is a dream!” She’s excited to begin her career as an occupational therapist working with AZ+A to grow both personally and professionally.

Emily was born and raised on the NW side of Chicago. When she’s not spending time with family and friends, she enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures such as hiking, kayaking, and trying out local hot spots. She also volunteers at BraveHearts, an equine-assisted facility. Emily is energetic and always ready to try new things! She’s eager to put that energy into building relationships with clients and their families to allow them to thrive while having fun because play is an important part of development!