Marquie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Early Childhood Education, and Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies from DePaul University. She received her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University.
Her Doctoral Capstone Project/Internship focused on the impact of childhood trauma on performance in daily tasks and providing community education and interventions/support to address challenges in participation caused by symptoms of trauma. She completed coursework as a Tiered Occupational Therapy (TOT) Scholar focused on nurturing and supporting the mental health of students in schools. She additionally holds a temporary Early Intervention (EI) Credential from the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program, progressing towards full Credential status.
Marquie has worked with children, from infants through age 21, in a variety of roles in settings including daycare, school systems, early intervention, and outpatient therapy clinics. She is especially passionate about supporting children’s confidence and engagement while completing activities that are meaningful to them and their loved ones. She aims to collaborate with each child and caregiver she serves to foster autonomy and resilience.
She views participation through a neurodiversity-affirming lens and prioritizes the individualized support needs of each child she serves. Her philosophy on working with children includes being relationship-based, child-led, play-based, and evidence-informed. It is her goal to make an impact on as many children’s lives as possible.
Her hobbies include riding her bike, playing in makeup, and watching every episode of Chopped on repeat. She also enjoys playing games (board, card, video), and writing poetry. She edits/proofreads professional and academic pieces and provides writing consultation services in her spare time. Her most valued activities include attending church, caring for her animals, cooking and eating (but mostly eating), and spending quality time with her loved ones. Marquie’s 3 greatest passions are 1. love, 2. faith, and, of course, 3. occupational therapy!