Lynn Festa OTR, CHT, CDWF graduated from Boston University in 1988 with a bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy, and attained her Hand Therapy Certification in 1995. She has worked in a wide variety of therapy settings, including owning her own hand therapy clinic for 6 years. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on a multitude of topics related to hand rehabilitation, as well as burnout, empathy, inter-provider communication, and resilience.
In 2013, finding herself burnout and disillusioned as a clinician, Lynn began her pursuit in what she intended to be a shift away from occupational hand therapy and enrolled and completed the Martha Beck Life Coach training. In 2014 Lynn underwent intensive training in The Daring Way™, a curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, and is now a Certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator. She has also attained a Certificate in Positive Psychology through the Wholebeing Institute as well as a certificate in “the science of happiness at work” from BerkeleyX. Lynn is also trained as a provider who specializes in helping people who are “highly sensitive” understand how to use this trait to flourish in all areas of their lives.
Lynn is thrilled to report that this journey has brought her closer to her first love of “all things hands”, and believes that this work has made her a more effective clinician. More importantly, it has made her more joyous, loving and grateful to herself, and to those she has the honor of serving.
She now combines her skills as an occupational therapist with her career calling as a Health Professional Coach to provide tools and strategies for the Helping Professional to thrive in the workplace and in their everyday lives.
Lynn is a member of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association), ASHT (American Society of Hand Therapists), AAHS (American Association of Hand Surgery), IPPA (international positive psychology association), and NEHS (New England Hand Society).
In her free time, Lynn enjoys competing in open water swim events around the country, hiking, biking, reading, and laughing with good friends. She began piano lessons in 2015 on a whim, followed by voice lessons in 2017. Future aspirations include singing professionally, and not giving up on learning the piano.
Lynn is a proud board member of the Berkshire Music School, a nonprofit organization that serves the Berkshire County community by providing opportunities through the arts. Lynn is a U.S. Masters Swimming Level 2 Certified Coach, and loves to teach newbies the joy of open water swimming.
Lynn can be reached at email@example.com.