Q. Who is Teepa
A. Teepa Snow is a dementia expert who trains
and consults for healthcare professionals and
families privately. She lives in North Carolina
with her husband.
Q. What does Teepa do?
A. Teepa is an Occupational Therapist and noted
speaker and consultant in the area of dementia.
Q. Who is Teepa's audience?
A. Teepa's programs are designed for a variety
of audiences including the general public, family
caregivers, community volunteers, service agency
providers, hospice providers, direct care providers,
health care professionals (nurses, social workers,
OTs, PTs, SLPs, dentists, dietitians, activity
and recreational personnel, pharmacists, nurse
practitioners, physicians), institutional leaders,
faith community leaders and volunteers, law enforcement
and search and rescue personnel.
Q. Who hires Teepa?
A. Teepa is most often hired by an organization
or group that is putting on a dementia conference
or private training. Teepa's programs are hosted
by a wide variety of organizations and agencies.
These include state organizations and associations
(such as state assisted living associations or
health care associations, organizations for non-profit
homes for the aged and retirement organizations),
Alzheimer's Association Chapters, Alzheimer Society
and Alzheimer Foundation organizations, Alzheimer's
Research Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, faith
communities, Veteran's Administration Medical
Center regional training grants, universities
and colleges, national or regional companies or
service providers, national organizations, community
coalitions, as well as individual agencies or
Q.What do the letters - MS, OTR/L, FAOTA - after
Teepa's name mean?
A.The MS is for a Master of Science degree from
UNC-Chapel Hill. The OTR/L is for an Occupational
Therapist, Registered and Licensed. The FAOTA
is for national recognition from Fellow of the
American Occupational Therapy Association for
her expertise in gerontology and geriatrics as
well as for her professional leadership and service
to the national organization in geriatrics.
Q.Where does the name Teepa come from and who
A.Teepa's birth name was Teena Lucille Allman.
Her mom found the interesting spelling of ‘Tina’
in a book and liked it. Her parent's had decided
that all the kids would have one of each of their
initials as a ‘signature piece’. (TL)
The Lucille came from being named after both grandmothers
(Lucille Virginia and Flora Lucille).
When Teepa was a young teen, the state hospitals
for children with developmental disabilities such
as autism, down’s syndrome, and cerebral
palsy were being closed down and these children
were being sent back to their families. These
were the same families who were told when these
children were born and when they were infants
and toddlers that the families could not manage
them and they would need to be institutionalized.
There were very few support services for the families
or the kids. This was before ‘mainstreaming’
and special education programs were in their early
A local college kid decided to work with a YMCA
to offer a Saturday ‘respite’ program.
He recruited middle school and high school students
to help run the program and buddy up with the
kids. Teepa volunteered to be part of this program.
A few of the kids became special friends and buddies.
One little boy had autism and a speech impairment.
His name was Michael. Michael couldn’t say
“Teena”. He called her “Teepa”.
Soon all Teepa's friends had picked it up, then
her family, and eventually everyone called Teepa
“Teepa”. So, after many years, she
officially and legally changed it. After all,
it is who she is.
So, the short answer is: Teepa's friend, Michael,
Q. How can I see Teepa?
A. We keep the public updated to where Teepa
is through this website and social networking.
Please check the Upcoming
Events page for more info and the links to
Q. Does Teepa have a video?
A. Yes, Teepa has several videos for sale at
the store link on this website. Clips from some
of her videos can be seen on her YouTube
Q. Does Teepa have a book?
A. Teepa is currently working on a book. If
you are interested in knowing when it is available,
us your contact information.
Q. How can I get in touch with her?
A. Teepa travels frequently. The best way to
reach her or one of her staff members is through
us page on this website. The website is set
up to field questions about dementia, book Teepa's
lecture schedule, and give out general information.