TJ Hartman, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Brief info

My name is TJ Hartman (short for Theodore Joseph) and I graduated with my Master’s in Occupational Therapy Science in May of 2016 from Chicago State University. My first degree, however, was a B.A. in Telecommunications in 2004 from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

I took the “road less traveled” and worked in various sales, marketing/ promotion, and music positions while starting my family and before I found my home in Occupational Therapy while living in the Chicago area. My first 4 years as an OT I worked with adults but I've been working with children for the past 2 years. I feel extremely grateful to work in a field where I can make a significant difference in a child's life. I have experience working with children with a variety of sensory processing difficulties, developmental difficulties, and physical impairments within the last 2 years.

However, I learned to work with kids with disabilities from my own experience as a father of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. When my son turned 3 years old, he was diagnosed Autism and have focused much of my continuing education in working with children with special needs. My journey learning from other specialists that have helped my son has shaped how I approach working with children as an OT. I try to impart parents with everything we've done as a family to help my son along with the clinical experience I've had working as an OT.

When I’m not working I love traveling with my family, watching the Colts, listening to all types of music, and practicing my saxophone and piano. Fun facts about me are: I once was a part time professional musician who was honored to open for Earth, Wind, and Fire and the band Chicago, I used to work on tires for Indy cars, I have dog named Ollie, and my favorite food is pizza.

*Bachelor of Art in Telecommunications

Ball State University ‘04

*Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Chicago State University ‘16