About Dr. Baily Zubel, OTD, OTR/L
Baily knew from a young age that she would work with children with special needs. It wasn’t until she attended a classroom management seminar in college that she was exposed to occupational therapy. She encountered in this field the ability to unlock a child’s future and increase participation in learning. Baily braved the arctic tundra when she moved to Chicago from the Southeast to pursue educational and research opportunities in occupational therapy. Baily’s foci of practice and passions within the clinic include Evidence-Based Practice, Feeding, Model of Human Occupation, Pediatric Mental Health, and Sensory Integration. Baily received her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her doctoral studies concentrated on the importance of relationship building with pediatric clients and their caregivers to increase engagement and participation in therapy. She also emphasized her studies in pediatric mental health because of its impact on the child’s engagement and participation in everyday activities. During her doctoral work, Baily participated in research for the Model of Human Occupation Clearinghouse. She currently serves as a mentor for fieldwork students, continues to work on publications and research, and delivers lectures on both national and international stages for occupational therapists and occupational therapy students, including at the Third International Model of Human Occupation Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, Long Island University in New York, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Baily enjoys eating at new restaurants, engaging in/watching sports (NCSU Wolfpack, Carolina Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes), and spending time with her dog.