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Lauren A. Ortega

Faculty Administrator; Director, Recreational Therapy Internship Program

Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology

Office: ZEB 335A

Phone: 305-348-3905


Lauren Ortega, CTRS, earned her BS in Physical Education: Sports and Fitness Studies and her MS in Recreation and Sport Management: Recreational Therapy from FIU. After getting her M.S. in RT, she started working at FIU as the Internship Coordinator for the Recreational Therapy program. Then, she went to work as an Activities Director at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Miami, FL. Now she is a visiting internship coordinator at FIU for the Recreation Therapy program and a member of ATRA. She has also served as a visiting instructor for the program. She also works as a Recreational Therapist for Strive Recreational Therapy Services. She has done one poster presentation at a ATRA National Conference in 2013 and she has, furthermore, co-authored a chapter on Equine Assisted Therapy in the textbook, Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation (Dattilo & McKenney, 2016). Major areas of interest within RT include Equine Assisted Therapy, Special Olympics, Aquatics, SCUBA therapy, and Paralympics.