Sophia Mendoza MS, OTR/L

Clinical Manager, Therapist

Sophia received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Gender Studies from Grinnell College and later continued her education to pursue her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the interim, Sophia completed a three-year Waldorf Teacher Program, and was both an assistant and then lead kindergarten teacher in a Waldorf school. As an occupational therapist, Sophia has worked with children in hospital-based settings, outpatient sensory integration clinics, and in the home through Early Intervention.

Sophia’s path to occupational therapy was heavily influenced by events in her own life:

  • Becoming a parent to preemie twins who required extensive therapy
  • Seeing the effect of good therapy on a young student as a lead Waldorf Kindergarten teacher
  • Taking care of a parent with a progressive neurological disease who required and benefitted from OT

Throughout her experiences as a parent and a professional, Sophia has nurtured love and commitment to cultivating a holistic view of children while acknowledging that development is a complex and multifaceted process that is unique to each child. As an occupational therapist, Sophia desires to first form a solid therapeutic connection with the child and family, all the while taking psychological, developmental, social, and physiological factors into consideration. She enjoys the flexibility, connection, space to process and grow both personally and professionally at AZ+A.

Outside of AZ+A, Sophia enjoys spending time with her (now) crazy teenage children, husband, and two rescue pups. She enjoys reading (A Lot!), hiking, running, yoga, and spending time outdoors. Her childhood dream of being a ballerina veterinarian didn’t come true, instead, she’s become a valued member of the AZ+A team

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