Hayley Younkin, OTD, OTR/L


Hayley graduated from Wheaton College with a major in Applied Health Science. She also completed a 6-month internship in Quito, Ecuador at a school and orphanage for kids with developmental disabilities run by an Ecuadorian occupational therapist.

She then received her OTD at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA, where she was a Schweitzer Fellow. Through this program, she received grant funding to start and lead social-emotional learning programming for kids in foster care at a short-term crisis intervention facility. During this time she also got her yoga teacher training certification and began leading community, donation-based yoga classes.

Hayley uses a relationship-based approach to target emotional regulation, executive functioning, sensory processing, and motor coordination challenges. She enjoys working closely with people who experience social barriers to fully participate in life. Hayley was drawn to occupational therapy because it conceptualizes disability as a social construct and addresses environmental barriers to participation rather than medicalizing and only intervening on an individual level.

She has a special interest in working through picky eating and feeding challenges using a play-based approach based on her specialized S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) training. As a certified yoga instructor, Hayley loves finding ways to integrate yoga-based movement and mindfulness techniques into her sessions. An incredible asset to AZ+A, Hayley brings creativity and joyfulness to every session and is particularly passionate about working closely with the whole family.

Outside of AZ+A, Hayley spends time with her husband, twin girls, and Goldendoodle pup. They like to host game nights, have people over for dinner, and try new restaurants around the city (in non-covid times). Hayley likes to travel, internationally as well as on wilderness trips. Put her outside to ski, ice skate, paddleboard, swim in the lake, bike, rollerblade, picnics, and grilling at the beach and she’s a happy woman.