So What Makes Me An Expert?

That question launched a whole new shift in my thinking, my living, and my understanding of who I am today. Throughout my experiences as an occupational therapist I had come to realize there was a gap, a hole, a lack of information and treatment focus; on intimacy and relationships as it related to the healing process.

I’m actually quite grateful to the “doubting Thomas” who tried to bar the way to this new and improved version of Deb Drake.

I found myself in situations that somehow denied or skipped over these very basic human needs, for closeness and connection.

I could work on strengthening my patients muscles and freeing their joints; allowing them to bathe and dress themselves after a stroke or a back surgery. But they also needed to be themselves – a spouse, a professional, an artist, or a parent; even after a debilitating experience. 


During the healing process, the laser focus of rehabilitation is on building strength, building endurance, decreasing pain, and improving freedom of movement, to help a person to return to their prior life. This prior life includes being important to others.

None of us function well in isolation; our identity is wrapped up in how we relate to others. We certainly can’t relate unless there is another person in our lives, be it as a friend, coworker, lover, or caregiver.

The list of life roles goes on and on, we adopt new roles but rarely do we jettison old roles. We will always remain a daughter or son even if a parent dies; we will always be a parent even when our children are grown and gone. We will always remain an author, even if our writing stops. It’s these life roles that help us identify ourselves and how we are connected to others. 

We hold firmly to these identities to help us through the painful betrayal of our bodies, after debilitating illness or conditions, weather permanent or temporary.

These relationships are the things that give our lives meaning and drive us ever forward. They are the keys to unlock our passions, our drives, or ambitions and exist as our moral compass. They give us the ability to go forward through painful and dark times; they are the light in the darkness of physical and psychic instability.

The foundation of our identity is in our relationships, they are the rock on which we build ourselves during the healing process.

I discovered the vital, life-giving aspects of relationships through my own healing journey, while dealing with my physical disability.



If you have additional questions, please connect directly with Deb through the Contact link above.

Is Deb Drake licensed to work as my therapist? +

Yes, Deb is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Florida (OT15522), additionally, she is a registered member of the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) and is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Can Deb Drake work with me if I live outside of Florida? +

Yes, if she is licensed in your state. Call Deb Drake at (321) 710-4701 or email her at to get an update of her state licensure. She is applying for licensure in several states and the laws regarding telemedicine do change over time.

Does my doctor need to know about my treatment? +

Although Florida law does not require a doctor’s prescription for services, it is good practice to keep your doctor informed and a prescription is recommended. Details of your treatment will NOT be revealed to your doctor unless you sign a release of information form.

What is telemedicine? +

Telemedicine includes the delivery of medical services by telephone, computer, tablet (or iPad), or any new technology, instead of being in the same room. This allows for greater comfort and less stress for the patient. No need to arrange transportation or wait in a therapist’s waiting room for your appointment, and it doesn’t interfere with mealtimes, medication times, or family time.

The therapist will videoconference with you over a secure connection, allowing for privacy and quality time together. You can choose to have a partner or spouse in the room with you if you wish.

Does Deb Drake accept insurance? +

In keeping with a strong need for patient privacy and a desire to offer services to many people, Deb does not except insurance. This avoids giving sensitive information to insurance company reviewers, case managers, or clearing house centers, and better protects your privacy.

With rising deductibles and the cost of working with insurers, she has decided to set a flat rate fee for her services that can be up to 1/3 the price of services billed through insurance, of course you are free to submit for reimbursement of her services.