Things that I am proud of about me
Lynn Festa graduated from Boston University in 1988 with a bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy, and attained the Hand Therapy Certification in 1995. She has worked in a wide variety of therapy settings, including owning her own hand therapy clinic for 6 years. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on a multitude of topics related to hand rehabilitation, as well as burnout, empathy, inter-provider communication, and resilience.
In 2013, Lynn found herself burntout and disillusioned as a clinician. This began her pursuit in what she intended to be a shift away from occupational hand therapy and enrolled and completed the Martha Beck Life Coach training. In 2014 Lynn underwent intensive training in The Daring Way™, a curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, and is now a Certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator. She has also attained a Certificate in Positive Psychology through the Wholebeing Institute as well as a certificate in “the science of happiness at work” from BerkeleyX. Lynn is also trained as a HSP Knowledgeable Professional specializing in helping people who are “highly sensitive” understand how to use this trait to flourish in all areas of their lives.
Lynn combines her skills as an occupational therapist with her career calling as a Professional Coach to provide tools and strategies for the highly sensitive person, and others to thrive in their everyday lives.
Lynn is a member of IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association) and AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association.
In her free time, Lynn enjoys competing in open water swim events around the country, hiking, reading, and pursuing her dream to be a professional singer. Lynn is a U.S. Masters Swimming Level 2 Certified Coach, and loves to teach newbies the joy of open water swimming.
Lynn has been a volunteer member of the Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps and Massachusetts MRC since 2020. She has helped to provide COVID and flu vaccinations throughout Berkshire County. She is an active member of the board at the Berkshire Music School. Lynn is a proud business sponsor of WAM Theatre and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.