About Teepa Snow
As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. Working as an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years her wealth of experience led her to the development of a Positive Approach® to Care technique and training model that now helps families and professionals worldwide working or living with dementia or other brain changes.
She is a graduate of Duke University, and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Teepa has worked as the OT Director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and a Restorative Care Coordinator for a long term care facility. Her hands on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in home health, assisted living, long term care, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa also served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and as a clinical associate professor at UNC’s School of Medicine, Program on Aging. She’s currently working with the CMS INTERACT program and is an active member of the US Dementia Action Alliance.
Teepa’s care techniques integrate facts about the brain with experiences and needs when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes different or difficult due to dementia. She teaches about the value of connection when primary communication abilities are limited. Her teaching style is extraordinarily unique in that she is able to impersonate and model for her students and audience the struggle and changes dementia creates. She is enlightening, witty, entertaining, and an energetic sought after speaker for healthcare organizations across the U.S and Canada.
Teepa is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with the challenges and change. Her company, Positive Approach to Brain Change, was founded in 2003 and offers education to family and professional caregivers all over the world. Her training is available in video, online education, and in person trainings and consulting. Visit the Positive Approach® website for more information.