Meet Marissa

Marissa Diaz, M.Sc.OT

From the time I was in elementary school, I have loved working with children and families in a supportive role. Throughout my experiences as a peer, volunteer, respite caregiver, and student, I found my true passion in pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT). OT is an amazing profession that calls for creativity, playfulness, and constant learning.

After completing my initial OT education in 2011, I relocated to the Okanagan to pursue my interest in working with young children at the OSNS Child & Youth Development Center in Penticton.  Since then, I have worked as an Occupational Therapist in Early Intervention, elementary/middle/high schools, and a variety of private pediatric organizations.

After earning my most recent title of “mom” in 2017, 2020, and 2022, I have gained even more insight to the value of family-centered, collaborative, and responsive local support. During my second maternity leave in 2020/21, I became inspired to create my own pediatric practice, Kettle Valley Kids OT. Though I am a little more busy these days (and a lot less rested), I am more motivated than ever to provide individualized OT services in my home community.

Formal Education

Master’s of Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Arts (Therapeutic Recreation), University of Waterloo