Ariel received her bachelor of science in exercise science from Northern Arizona University and went on to pursue a master of science in occupational therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Ariel has been practicing occupational therapy in Northern Arizona since 2004. Due to her strong interest in hand rehabilitation, Ariel went on to obtain her certified hand therapist (C.H.T) credentials. To obtain the CHT credentials, a hand therapist must practice as an OT for a minimum of three years, accumulating at least 4,000 hours of hand and upper extremity experience. Hand therapists must also pass a rigorous certification examination to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy. Her patient population includes hand and upper extremity injuries, both surgical and non-operative. Helping patients regain their independence and be able to perform all previous activities is what Ariel finds most rewarding.
Ariel spends much of her free time outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and spending time with her family.