Staff Spotlight – Chris

Chris_Delenick_colorWhat have you been doing prior to coming to Alpha One ?

I’ve worked as an Occupational Therapist in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Maine and in settings that have included acute rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals, outpatient centers, skilled nursing facilities, and even a State prison. Don’t worry, the prison let me out every day for good behavior.

What unique perspective or skills do you bring to the team?

Well, I’m a terrific dancer and can also do some pretty good balloon animals…I really try to bring a sense of humor and fun to work. Working in the health care field there are definitely times where you need it! My experience on the acute care and rehabilitation side of things lends me the ability to “see behind the curtain” so to speak, and have an awareness of the process a lot of our consumer’s may face when they encounter hospital or rehab stays.

How has your initial experience at AO been so far?  

Wonderful. I find the organization to be amazingly supportive, personally and professionally. The common theme has been “give it a year,” as in, it will take me a full year as a new employee to become fully versed in all the services Alpha One offers. Everyone here has been eager to help ease the growing pains of learning a new position and been able to point me in the right direction when I have questions (as a newer employee I have LOTS and LOTS of them).

What are you looking forward to in the future?

Being able to make it through a full week without asking Betsy Grass, my supervisor, at least 20 questions. I would love to see Alpha One serve consumers who have an high level, acquired cognitive disability, whether through trauma or medical condition. It’s an area of practice that is near and dear to my heart and is woefully underserved throughout our state.

Anything memorable happened out on the road?

Arriving at the wrong address for a consumer visit and having the person who answered the door (at the wrong address) offer me coffee and a muffin. I politely declined.

What is your personal philosophy in life? 

“Do unto others…”

 Favorite book/album/movie?  

Book; Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara.  Album; Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Movie; The Big Lebowski, The Royal Tannenbaums.

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