Hi, I’m Dr. Lauren Pammer.
From an early age, I have always enjoyed helping people. As someone who had received special educational services at a young age, special education has always been a part of my life. When it was time for me to go to college, I knew that I wanted to go into the same field as all of the wonderful teachers who helped me. I started college as a special education major and would have happily completed this program if it wasn’t for my freshman roommate. She was majoring in something I hadn’t yet heard of called occupational therapy. As soon as I learned what OT was, I knew it was the job for me. I changed my major that year and never looked back.
Now, I love that I get to use my creativity and client-centered approach as an OT in the special education system. After practicing in various school and outpatient pediatric settings for more than ten years, I found that I really loved working with older students and supporting them and their families with transition and next steps after school ends. But what I started to notice was what a dearth of services there were for older children and teens. I saw many families struggling due to the lack of appropriate resources available in their communities. I noticed that there were a lot of services and organizations that helped with younger children, but not so much for my older students.
That’s why I started Bee You Therapy. I have loved serving as a resource for older students in the school system and I’m excited to now be doing it in a bigger way. I can’t wait to meet you and your family!
Beyond my work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, and two daughters. We are huge Disneyworld lovers and go visit Mickey often. I also love sports and I am a big Chicago sports fan - go Bears!
B.A. Occupational Therapy Saint Ambrose University 2007
M.S. Occupational Therapy Saint Ambrose University 2008
OTD Governors State University 2019
Dr. Pammer serves on the State Leaders committee through the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has also presented at local, state and the national level on topics about sensory integration, sensory processing, leadership development, behavioral management and strategies, social-emotional learning, executive functioning, and fine and visual-motor deficits. She completed her doctorate research on School-Based Occupational Therapy Practice Leadership Roles.
My name is Shannon. I am a wife and a mother of three energetic boys. In my free time, I love to watch my boys play sports, I am a dog lover and volunteer as much as I can. I wanted to work at Bee You Therapy because I loved the idea of continued therapy for aged-out children and young adults.
I’m creative and energetic. I’m an animal lover and enthusiastic gardener. But most importantly, for more than 20 years, I have had a passion for working with teens and young adults with special needs. Now, as Bee You Therapy’s Program Instructor at Navarro Farm, I can utilize my skills and my passions to foster independence and life skills in the Navarro Farmers. When not at the farm, I love spending time with my husband, 4 children, and a menagerie of animals.
I have experience working with pediatrics in school-based settings and clinical settings. I have received my Bachelors of Science in Occupational Science and my Masters of Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University. Throughout undergrad and grad school, I have experience working with adolescents and young adults as personal care attendants. This was where I discovered I have a passion for working with adolescents and teens to help them reach their long-term goals while transitioning through different life events.
I have been working within the pediatric occupational therapy setting since 2020. I attended Loras College for my undergraduate degree and played collegiate soccer. I then went to Drake University where I obtained my doctorate in occupational therapy. In my free time, I enjoy going for walks, spending time with family, and traveling. I am certified in children's yoga and love to incorporate yoga into my practice.
I have experience working with pediatrics, community-based services, and mental health. My background is in social work but I chose to become an OT because I love helping people live their lives to the fullest and problem-solve together to figure out how we can work to achieve their goals.
I wanted to work at Bee You Therapy because I know it can be scary when a loved one "ages out" of school or is discharged from traditional therapy services before they've reached all of their goals. I feel that it is so important to continue to provide services to meet personal goals in a meaningful way. In my free time, I like to read, visit the Aquarium with my husband, and play with my pets (a cat and a French bulldog).