Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Certified, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Swim Teacher (ARC trained), Certified Aqualot TM provider, Aquastretch TM provider, Ai Chi Certified, Chronic Pain in Aquatics Certified, Swim Teacher
Since 2000, Nicole has been using a combination of her skills as an aquatics fitness instructor, adaptive swim teacher, recreation therapist and aquatic therapist to help her clients recover from traumatic injuries and chronic pain.
She is the founder and owner of RAW Therapy, LLC, which provides Recreation, Aquatic and Wellness Therapy services for people who have barriers that keep them from fully integrating into community wellness programs safely.
In 2016, Nicole created the S3 Aquatics Program, which is an innovative and specialized total aquatics program utilizing Montessori methodology. S3 is a community aquatics outreach program that allows all children and adults, to experience swim lessons in the comfort of their peer group despite their ability in the most nurturing and adaptable environment. The S3 Aquatics Program, focuses on 3 pillars of programming: swim safety, swim skills and social play. The theory of this holistic approach to swim lessons will help children and adults truly master aquatics skills and safety competencies.
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Certified, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Swim Teacher, Adapted Kayak Instructor
Joan graduated April 2012 from EMU with a bachelors in Recreational Therapy. She is the Program Manager of S3 Aquatics program and is dual certified as an Recreation and Aquatic Therapist. She owns Joan of Art, LLC providing mindful Recreation and Aquatic Therapy for individuals with a variety of abilities. She interested in promoting and advocating Recreational Therapy in a variety of environments, especially through aquatics programming.