Serena Etling


Occupational Therapist

Basic Information: I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed both my Bachelors and Masters degree at Saint Louis University. I am the second oldest of five children, and have always had a passion for working with children which I explored through working at summer camps, babysitting, and teaching swim lessons. My fiance and I decided we were ready for a change of scenery after graduating from OT and PT school in May, and decided to move to Phoenix based on its warm weather and outdoor activities.

Interests and Hobbies: I have a large immediate and extended family and love spending time with them. I also enjoy many outdoor activities like walking, running, hiking, biking, climbing, swimming, paddle boarding, and playing tennis or pickle ball. When I’m not outside exploring I enjoy playing board games, watching movies, reading, and going out to eat.

Favorite Place to Travel: Anywhere tropical

Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” – Steve Prefontaine

What I Love Most About Working with Children: I love working with children because they make me laugh and smile which keeps me motivated throughout the day. It is also so rewarding to watch them grow and succeed and I feel grateful to be a part of that.