Karina Black, OTR/L Founder & Owner

Karina Black, OTR/L Founder & Owner

Karina Black has always been passionate about working with kids. As early as elementary school, she found herself naturally drawn to helping children with special needs. Karina continued working with children throughout high school by volunteering in special education classrooms. The work she did with these students, and her love of helping others, led her to the realization that she wanted to become an occupational therapist.

Karina received her degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University in California. She has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years and has vast experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings. Before calling Boulder, Colorado home, Karina owned a highly successful occupational therapy practice in Palm Springs, California. In her private practice, she and her staff provided therapy services to a skilled nursing/rehabilitation center, an adult daycare program, and an outpatient clinic. She worked with clients whose ages ranged from teen to centenarian.

Over a period of years, Karina observed a shift in the healthcare system away from the patient-centered care that had drawn her to the field, toward a more profit-centered model. Frustrated with the changes she was seeing, she frequently found herself taking on the role of patient advocate to ensure that her clients were receiving the quality of care they deserved. During this period of time, she began to explore ways to use her skills outside of the medical field. With her mother, she co-founded and ran Creative Organizing Solutions, a professional organizing business that catered to individuals and small businesses.

After moving to Colorado, Karina became a certified Handwriting Without Tears® specialist and started Skills 4 Life Pediatric Occupational Therapy, which allowed her to reconnect with her passion for helping children gain the confidence and life skills required for optimal success. Karina has over eight years of experience using the Handwriting Without Tears® program and has seen it work wonders with students who are beginning writers as well as those who present with mild to severe handwriting difficulties. In addition to providing handwriting instruction, Karina utilizes her background as a professional organizer to help students improve their planning, organizational, time management, and study skills so that they can more effectively manage their daily routines. Karina’s strong therapeutic and intuitive skills enable her to foster the gifts and strengths of each child while simultaneously addressing his or her needs. Parents and children alike appreciate her authenticity, humor, and patient, gentle approach.