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Meet Trailblazer Leah Foreman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leah Foreman.

Leah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began my journey as an occupational therapist in Denver in 2011 and early on in my career, I found my calling in pediatrics. I have been called a “baby whisperer” by some hilarious parents, but honestly, I just get kids. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I support children and their families to help little ones to participate in their occupations. An occupation is not just your job, but anything that “occupies” your time. For me, my favorite occupations include hiking, yoga, and meditation. For my occupation of OT practice, I found my passion and niche in Early Intervention Services, serving children from 0-3 years old. In 2017, I took a brief break from my practice to complete a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program in San Diego. I recently returned to Denver in 2019 and I am back to serving families through local Community Center Boards and more recently, Re:born Collective. My in-home therapy services provide support for anything from feeding difficulties to developmental milestone attainment. I recently launched Re:born Collective, a company that is a resource for all things health and wellness, for infancy and beyond.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not! Is it ever? I would be hesitant to believe anyone that says life has always been smooth sailing, but maybe those unicorns do exist. Post-undergrad I completely pivoted what I wanted to do with my life and career. I shifted from being an artist and a fine art painting major into the world of healthcare. This pivot wasn’t a complete 180, but pretty close! When I talk to other women who are looking to make a life transition or young women just starting out, I tell them to do it their own way: try to hear what your heart is telling you about what lights up your life, and go with it! I tell them not to be ashamed or afraid of what others will think or what they are saying about their journey.

Whether you are just starting out and following your passion, or you are looking to leap into a career shift and pivot, go for it! I also share that it is okay to be a novice at any age, it’s okay to be an intern at 30+ years old, and if that is what it takes to live your life with passion and evolve the way you are being called to evolve, so be it! You do you, girl. (Insert cheesy Ryan Gosling meme).

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I would love to share! My work with Re:born Collective and Early Intervention services is aimed to support families and children in their lives to fully participate in whatever life they choose. I specialize in feeding, parent interaction and relationship building, and trauma. I am known within my professional community for these services and for mindfulness, nutrition, and my expertise in chemical safety and safer consumer products. A bit of a broad spectrum of skills, I know, but I tend to dive into anything that interests me, and I have found it makes my practice well-rounded, holistic and nurturing for my clients.

I am most proud of Re:born Collective because of what it has taken to launch this company and what I am now able to offer Denver! I am proud of my ability to connect with parents and their children and really hear their concerns. I can hear exactly what is most concerning for parents and then provide support and strategies to help them accomplish their family’s goals. My services are family-centered, fun and effective. A passion for literature and scholarship sets Re:born Collective apart. I am up to date on current best practice strategies and I am personally involved with progressing research in specialty and emerging areas of healthcare. I am most proud of where Re:born Collective is going, we will be adding professionals throughout 2019 including: parent coaching, telehealth, and holistic bodywork in addition to occupational therapy, so stay tuned!

Which women have inspired you in your life?
The list could go on forever… I have a lot of women to thank for where I am today. Some I know personally and some I observed from afar. I have friends who have started their own businesses who have given me the confidence to do the same. I have seen women step up and claim their worth within their lives, casting out any comments from the peanut gallery and stepping forward into their worth with confidence. I have incredible spiritual teachers who have led me and continue to guide me through healing journeys for myself, something I believe makes me a better healer for my clients (healer, heal thyself). I also have observed my academic mentors carry such a level of integrity within their scholarship and practice, it has inspired me to bring the same integrity within my own practice and company. I have been inspired by the mothers I work with who dedicate themselves to raising tiny humans, the future of our world while maintaining their own health and wellness.

Strong women support strong women, I would not be even close to where I am today without every woman whom I have observed claim their life within what empowers them: so recognize when you feel hesitant to choose courage over comfort, choose courage, fellow women are watching.

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