OTD, OTR/L, Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Bobbie Vergo is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Illinois and is registered under the National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy. She earned her BA in biology with a minor in psychology and emphasis in art therapy in 2007 from Capital University in Columbus, OH. She earned her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Vergo has practiced occupational therapy for 11 years in various settings including pediatric mental health facilities, schools, early intervention, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric outpatient, and an ABA clinic. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Vergo is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Elmhurst University. She is also a consultant for a not-for-profit organization, Pathways.org, that develops and disseminates information and tools to optimize healthy child development. She has provided educational seminars for various organizations, including several universities in the Chicago area, Chicago Public Schools, and the Fisher-Price toy company.
Dr. Vergo believes that holistic, collaborative care that is sensitive to each client’s unique strengths, limitations, interests, and culture provides the best results long-term. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Vergo strives to ensure therapy is both fun and functional, keeping occupation-based interventions and goals at the forefront of every session. She frequently uses play, science experiments, and art projects that are tailored to each client’s individual level to engage and motivate them to participate and improve. Dr. Vergo is comfortable working with children from infancy through young adults and with a variety of diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder, mental health diagnoses, executive function limitations, developmental and genetic conditions, and physical disabilities. Dr. Vergo has participated in continuing education courses with an emphasis on trauma and sensory processing disorder; music-based approaches to treating sensory disorders, such as Integrated Listening Systems and Therapeutic Listening; development of handwriting skills with Handwriting Without Tears; and various courses to increase understanding and hands-on techniques for treating physical limitations across the lifespan.
Dr. Vergo is currently interested in expanding her understanding of sleep and sleep disorders; the impact of nature on self-regulation, attention, and life-skills development; and how to better integrate family/caregivers into treatment sessions. Dr. Vergo lives in Gurnee with her husband, two sons, and two cats. She enjoys exploring nature with her family (and building stick forts!), doing art projects with her sons, and relaxing by the fire while listening to music with her husband.