Natalie Alvarez, OTR joined the Monkey Mouths team in 2018. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2014. Before joining Monkey Mouths, Natalie worked in pediatric outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation settings with a wide range of diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Turner Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Arthrogryposis, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Visual Motor Delays. Natalie grew up as the sibling of a brother with Down Syndrome and Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, which inspired her to pursue a career working with children as an occupational therapist. Her initial position as a pediatric occupational therapist at Shriner’s Hospital for Children further developed her skills and prepared her to provide evidence-based treatment with a focus on function and meeting the needs of the child and family. With a love for reading and learning, Natalie is always pursuing further education and knowledge to offer the best treatment possible with the greatest results in a fun, child-centered manner. When she is not providing therapy, you will find Natalie spending time playing with her little one, cooking with her husband, or meeting up with friends and family.