About Me

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First off, to address the suspicions of insecurity and/or narcissism that go along with a business name like “Miss Awesomeness,” click here and then make a more informed decision! Or not! Succinctly, it was a total joke and it somehow evolved into a character.

Basics: I grew up in Southern California with my parents and twin sister. I spent the first ten years of my adult life living in the South (that includes my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and first year as an OT), but have been back in San Diego, CA ever since. I worked three years as an occupational therapist in an elementary school district and I loved it. In 2015 I finished my post-professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy, so I’m officially Dr. Awesomeness. 😉 AKA Karen Dobyns, OTD, MOT, OTR/L…how is that for a mouthful? Now I have my own business. I see some private clients (mostly pediatric, some mental health work with adults) and do some independent contracting here and there as well. I am adjunct faculty in an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at a local community college. I also love writing children’s picture books! I’m determined to write books that both “neurotypical” children and children with special needs will enjoy. My first children’s picture book, The Centipede Who Couldn’t Tie His Shoes, is available on Amazon. 

You can also find me on LinkedIn.

Website/Blog: This blog has been around since my first semester of OT school in January of 2007, and has always been about transparency. Laughing, living, and learning “out loud,” so others can watch the journey, the process of going from student (2007-2009) to practitioner to independent business owner, the tons of mishaps that will occur along the ways, and the sometimes (often) circuitous learning process. Look in the sidebar for blog archives, right click on a month, and open in a new tab or window to see more than a day at a time…the 2006 to 2009 is most abundant with stuff that students may like…the rest, who knows. Some posts are better than others, cough. I need to start updating again!

Mission statement: To creatively and playfully empower and educate children, caregivers, communities, and corporations with knowledge and strategies that allow them to thrive.

I love this quote: “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” Luckily, I’m crazy enough. 🙂

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