MEET THE TEAM
MICHELE DUERO OTR/L, SCEM, ECHM, CHT
Michele understands that “be it ever so humble, there is no place like home”…our place of sanctuary and identity. She is passionate about helping individuals enrich their lives by removing their barriers to safety and independence. Michele graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy. She went on to earn her advanced certification in hand therapy (CHT), Specialty Certification in Environmental Modification from AOTA, and Executive Certification in Home Modifications from USC's School of Gerontology. Michele has worked with clients across the spectrum of ages and abilities in Wisconsin, Washington, and California in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, acute care, home health, pediatrics, and hand therapy settings. Using the skills she has honed in her thirty “something” years as an occupational therapist, in the spirit of collaboration and compassion, she strives to help people live the quality life they deserve. When she is not working, she is likely to be walking her adorable dogs, trail riding, digging in her yard, playing in her art studio, or traveling the world with her adventurous husband.
SARA MESSER OTR/L, SCEM, ECHM, HTC
Sara’s roots are in the Pacific Northwest where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy and Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Washington in 1998. Sara has worked as an OT in Washington, Oregon, and California in various practice settings including home health, outpatient rehabilitation, and hand therapy. After Sara followed the sunshine to California, she earned her advanced practice certification in hand therapy (HTC), Specialty Certification in Environmental Modification from AOTA, and Executive Certificate in Home Modification from USC’s School of Gerontology. Sara has been an OT for over 20 years, and she deeply values being able to contribute to helping people live quality lives and stay engaged in their communities by removing barriers to independence. When Sara is not working, you can find her playing Ticket to Ride with her family, walking her dogs, backpacking in the Sierra Nevadas, or working on her non-profit, Taproot Charities, which serves to educate and empower teen girls in rural Uganda.