The founding members of Enabled Living are four close friends who met in 2016 while attending graduate school. Our personal and professional relationship continues to grow through a shared vision that challenges the status quo of therapy service delivery to meet the needs of people in our community. As occupational therapists, we felt that the traditional approach to providing therapy services did not adequately address the challenges that individuals and their families face. For this reason, we sought to change the paradigm and provide holistic occupational therapy services directly to individuals in their home. Our approach is rooted in our founders unique beliefs and perspectives on service delivery within different cultures and settings by advocating for equality and removing barriers that prevent individuals from obtaining therapy services.
Dustin Abram, OTR/L, CAPS
Chief Business Officer
Dustin is a nationally certified occupational therapist and licensed in the state of Georgia. His undergraduate degree is in psychology, and he received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2018. Dustin began his career as an occupational therapist in the specialized field of driver rehabilitation, where he earned the notable distinction of certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS). In this position, Dustin provided outpatient driver evaluations and training services to people in their home and community. From supporting clients and their families through the process of driving cessation due to a concern for safety, to assisting clients who required adaptive equipment and vehicle modifications to accommodate their specific needs, Dustin worked closely with adults and older adults with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities throughout the state of Georgia. It was in this setting that Dustin learned the value of community-based occupational therapy services. He also noticed that many of his clients often had difficulties accessing areas of their home or performing certain tasks in the home due to their disability. These revelations had an impact on Dustin, as they would eventually become the seed of an idea to help people be safer and more independent in their homes. Today, that seed of an idea has blossomed into the company known as Enabled Living. Dustin is co-owner and Chief Business Officer for Enabled Living, as well as a certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). He skillfully blends a person-environment-occupation approach to treatment with his aptitude for analyzing problems from multiple angles to develop practical and effective solutions for his clients. His areas of expertise include: adults and older adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, adapting to the effects of aging and aging-in-place solutions, adaptive equipment and assistive technology implementation, and universal design. Independence is important to Dustin, and he is passionate about helping people overcome personal challenges to live their life to the fullest. Along with his team, he works tirelessly to accommodate the needs of his clients.
Julie Abram, OTR/L, ECHM
Chief Administrative Officer
Julie received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2018. She is nationally certified and licensed in the state of Georgia. Julie began her career as an occupational therapist at a non-profit organization that supports adults who are living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. She assisted clients with varying levels of physical and cognitive ability, as well as their families, by implementing compensatory strategies to support function and quality of life. She also provided life skills training for clients with challenges related to activities of daily living and specific cognitive deficits. Julie earned the title of Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) after she attained more than 500 hours of experience working directly with clients with acquired brain injuries. Julie was also introduced to the world of home modifications and home safety assessments during her tenure with this organization. She had the opportunity to perform several home assessments for clients to determine their ability to live independently. Having this opportunity to provide community-based services opened her eyes to the many challenges that people with disabilities face in the home related to safety, accessibility, and function. She saw the benefits of home modifications and adaptive equipment implementation in the home through the process of installing a stair lift in a client’s home to support improved independence. It was not long after this rewarding experience that Julie decided she wanted to pursue a career in home modifications. Julie is co-owner and Chief Administrative Officer of Enabled Living. She holds an Executive Certificate of Home Modifications (ECHM) from the University of Southern California. Julie utilizes a person-environment-occupation approach to identify a client’s functional abilities and how they are shaped by the environment in which they perform desired daily tasks. Her areas of expertise include: adults and older adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, home safety assessments and modifications, and durable medical equipment implementation and training. Julie is devoted to helping others craft meaningful and purposeful lives through adapting or modifying their environments to meet their individual safety, accessibility, and functional needs.
West Green, OTR/L
Chief Services Officer
West has an educational background in public health, safety and education. He has over 18 years of experience in contracting and construction management in both residential and commercial applications.West also has over 13 years of professional experience working with children to adults across numerous settings. He is a Master Certified Early Intervention Coach and Specialist, and an Abnormal Developmental Interventionist. West focuses heavily on equipment engineering, fabrication of all types, environmental modifications, adaptive devices, and custom therapeutic equipment as his specialties. West is highly trained and skilled in ADA compliance and safe-home inspection, and designing and implementing home environment modifications for clients with a variety of needs, ages, and functional levels. West is certified in The Otago Exercise Program: Falls Prevention Training by UNC Chapel Hill, DHHS, and the CDC. West masterfully combines his Occupational Therapy credentials as a health professional with his vast experience in contracting and public health education into his signature role as Enabled Living’s Chief Services Officer. In this role, West tirelessly pursues the delivery of products and services of the highest quality.
Stephanie Burns, OTR/L
Chief Communication Officer
Stephanie graduated from Brenau University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Stephanie serves as the team's Chief Communications Officer. Stephanie has over 10 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, ADHD, sensory processing, dyslexia, and other developmental conditions. Stephanie utilizes the S.O.S approach to feeding to treat ARFID and other feeding disorders. Stephanie is certified with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) and is also a certified Early Intervention Specialist. Stephanie's family training in therapeutic interventions is the key to her success as she works closely with her families to increase quality of life for children. Stephanie has a deep-rooted passion in neurological function and understanding how the nervous system affects behaviors, sensory processing, and how it relates to development and functional participation in activities of daily living. Stephanie uses a neurosensorimotor assessment approach to determine the best recommendations to make for each family. Stephanie’s goal of making therapeutic equipment recommendations encompasses a complete understanding of the child’s sensory and neuromuscular function. Stephanie provides a unique perspective to home interventions as her 5-year-old-son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2. This insight into everyday life with a child who has special needs allows her to help guide parents toward feasible and realistic solutions to support the family dynamics and increase the child’s independence through sensory based play solutions. Stephanie believes family training/involvement in therapeutic interventions is the key to success. Stephanie works closely with her families by providing education and training on home methods and techniques to optimize independence and function across all environments of the individual’s lives. Stephanie is at the forefront of Enabled Living's sensory gym designs and implementation. Her understanding of the sensory system and the flow of how therapy clinics run provides her the unique expertise to design and organize each clinic we work with to best suit their specific needs and the clientele they serve.