An Interview with Diane Imabeppu Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Holistic Parenting Consultant & Integrative Health Practitioner

Q: How did you get into your current career/what made you decide to peruse this career?

A: I have always felt a deep connection to young children. I am drawn to their sparkle.

Since children are so influenced by their families, my work with parents was essential. My perspective of wellness was also greatly expanded by my own parenting journey.

Q: Do you have a special focus/specialization in your practice? Is there a reason why you have this focus in your practice?

A: I have so many areas of interest, it’s hard to choose one! If I had to pick my top 3, it would be Feeding Therapy, Neurobiology (in relation to Attachment, Stress Responses, Learning and Emotional Regulation), and Energy Medicine.

Q: What is your #1 health tip?

headshot2015-300x225A: Reserve time for mindful self-reflection. Listen to your body, your thoughts and feelings, your spirit. Seek out what you need for wellness. This takes effort, time and practice in today’s busy world.

Q: What is your favourite thing about your practice?

A: Discovery. I join children and their parents to discover their strengths and their unique pathways to hope and healing. It’s an honour to witness and be a part of this discovery process. No two families are the same.

Q: What do you like to do for fun (any hobbies, activities etc)?

A: Connecting with friends and family. Simple things like conversations over tea, going for walks or to the park together. Mindful practices such as yoga and daily meditation. Jogging and reading. I’m also a foodie…I love cooking, baking, and eating!

Q: What do you value most in your life? Why?

A: Relationships. A peaceful relationship with myself, with others, with the Earth, and with God.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

A: Somewhere close to nature. I grew up in North Vancouver, surrounded by water, mountains, and giant trees. I feel most peaceful, grounded, and renewed in natural environments.