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Estelle Breines's Biography

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Clinton Township, NJ
Married to Ira S. Breines for 55 years.
May 2011

Raised in Brooklyn during the 1940's and 50's, and now retired, I was educated at Brooklyn College and NYU, graduating with a degree in occupational therapy at age 20, returning to complete my PhD in OT at age 50.  My areas of practice include aging, developmental disabilities, psychiatric practice and home health.  I developed a private practice under the title of Geri-Rehab, Inc., dba Developmental Re/habilitation Services, contacting with schools and nursing homes throughout central NJ, then moving on to teaching, rising to professor and program director at Seton Hall University.  I have written five OT texts and write a regular column on therapeutic activities in Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners since 1994. 

My most recent book, Brooklyn Roots: A tale of pickles and egg creams, stems from an article I wrote on writing memoirs, morphing into a book.  Personal reviews I received on the book have been requesting (sometimes demanding) that I continue the story, which I have begun to do.  I write between my chores on our farm in western NJ, where my husband and I raise chickens for their eggs, beef, peacocks, dogs, cats, and what ever else comes to live here. 

Interests & Hobbies

Occupational therapy, organic gardening, hand crafts, writing