About Teepa Snow
Overview & Philosophy
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Teepa is a dementia expert who trains and consults
for agencies, facilities, and families. Her training
as a master’s prepared occupational therapist
as well as her extensive and varied work and teaching
experience provides Teepa with a unique perspective
of how the brain controls our body and our behaviors.
This history has provided her a perfect neurosciences
background to explain how a brain disease like
dementia affects a person. She started her career
as a direct care giver over 35 years ago, an NA
before there was a “C”. She has taken
care of two family members with dementing illnesses.
The combination of her been-there-done-that skills
and her formal training give Teepa the credibility
and experience to help caregivers with tried-and-true
solutions. Teepa’s philosophy is based on
years of making mistakes and perfecting a positive
approach to caregiving. Her teaching style integrates
facts about the brain and how it works, or doesn’t
work in the case of dementia, with expertise in
adult learning principles. She is able to go in
and out of character as a typical person with
Alzheimer’s to demonstrate common issues
and problems and to help care providers learn
new ways of thinking and managing themselves for
better outcome sand results. Teepa is an advocate
for those living with dementia and has made it
her personal mission to help family and professional
caregivers better understand how it feels to have
dementia so they too can be better caregivers.
Since her lectures are usually done in the first-person
- as if she is the person with dementia - her
training gives the audience a first-hand understanding
and experience with the disease and a hands-on
opportunity to try out new skills in a safe and
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Teepa is an occupational therapist currently working
as a dementia care and dementia education specialist.
She has an independent practice. She has clinical
appointments with Duke University's School of
Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of
Medicine. She provides educational and training
sessions to organizations and providers throughout
the US. She also lectures for gerontology and
health professional programs at colleges and universities
across the country. She provides training and
education for Alzheimer’s Association and
Alzheimer Society conferences, state health care
provider organizations, professional association
meetings, and caregiver programs and organizations.
She works closely with several assisted living
and retirement communities, hospice and day service
programs, & dementia specialty service providers
throughout the US to improve and optimize programs
and services to people with dementia and their
Teepa has over 30 years of experience in geriatrics.
Previously, she served as the education director
and lead trainer for the Eastern NC Chapter of
the Alzheimer’s Association. She has also
been a program director and an instructor for
community college and a clinical associate professor
at UNC's School of Medicine, Program on Aging.
She has a strong and varied clinical background.
She was the OT director in a head injury facility,
a clinical specialist in geriatrics at a Veteran's
Administration Medical Center and has worked as
a restorative care coordinator for long term care
facilities, as well as providing direct care in
community, home health, long term care, assisted
living, and rehabilitation settings. She has worked
collaboratively to conduct clinical research in
a variety of settings and on a variety of geriatric
Teepa was born in West Virginia and raised in
West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She attended Duke
University as an undergraduate and graduated with
a major in zoology. She then received her MS degree
from the University of North Carolina in Chapel
Hill in Occupational Therapy. Since that time
she has lived in central North Carolina.
Teepa is a Fellow of the American Occupational
Therapy Association, has received local, statewide,
and national recognition for her expertise in
geriatrics, dementia care and programming, and
staff training. She has developed two training
videos, published many articles, and presents
locally, regionally, and nationally on a variety
of topics and to a wide variety of audiences.
This past year she has presented over 350 programs.
She has received awards for her clinical and teaching
skills from a wide variety of organizations.