To improve access and quality of rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in developing countries.
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than one billion people with disabilities around the world, with most living in developing countries with little or no access to rehabilitation (ie: occupational, physical and speech therapy). GOTHERAPY’s mission is encapsulated in our name – we want to go to the most vulnerable communities around the world and advocate for access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities. We achieve our mission by working alongside healthcare providers in developing countries to expand capacity, strengthen the scope of education and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. With our burning desire to generate change, GOTHERAPY will have an invaluable impact on the lives of so many.
To be recognized as a global leader in the design and implementation of innovative, effective, sustainable, and culturally unifying rehabilitation systems.
GOTHERAPY was founded by Robin Baker’s passion for occupational therapy and goal to provide rehabilitation to all in need of the services.
Robin was first exposed to rehabilitation abroad in 2013 as a student at Howard University, where she completed a two-week clinical rotation in San Jose, Costa Rica. She was so intrigued by the notion that regardless of race, language or ethnicity there were people around the world who could benefit from rehabilitation after sustaining an injury, illness or diagnosis, but had no access to the services. In 2015, she volunteered with Healing Hands for Haiti Kay Kapab Clinic in Port- A- Prince, Haiti for two weeks. During her time, she trained two rehabilitation therapist on evaluation and intervention strategies for adults and children with cognitive and physical impairments. Her experience was also featured in The Johns Hopkins Rehab Voice Newsletter. In January 2016, Robin volunteered for one month at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in Cape Coast, Ghana with Child Health Family International. In Ghana, she trained six physical therapist assistants on the principles of occupational therapy and implemented ways to facilitate holistic treatment interventions. In addition, she attended clinical and mortality meetings, general ward rounds and advocated on the importance of rehabilitation services to the CEO, hospital personnel and community organizations. Robin’s volunteer experiences, prompted her to create a platform for other allied health clinicians to volunteer their time, knowledge and resources to aid in meeting the rehabilitation needs of underserved communities around the world.
Christopher Gaskins has been practicing occupational therapy since 2011 and has had an unyielding interest in providing rehabilitation and education internationally. After years of practicing occupational therapy in the US, Christopher finally started researching opportunities to perform rehabilitation abroad. It was during this time he reconnected with Robin and helped organize GoTHERAPY’s “Rehabilitation in Coastal Ghana”service project to Cape Coast, Ghana for a group of health care professionals.
Christopher is a neurorehabilitation OT who has worked in acute, subacute, inpatient, outpatient and home health settings. He is also a certified stroke rehabilitation specialist, adjunct professor at Howard University and assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has significant non-profit organization experience through his work as an executive board member for the Free Minds Writing Workshop and Book Club and Dare 2 Be D.E.A.F. (Dream, Educate, Aim, Focus). Christopher’s clinical experience as an occupational therapist, non-profit organization experience and passion to serve underserved international communities will contribute greatly to GoTHERAPY’s mission.
Mr. Willie J. Haynes MOT, OTR/L was born and raised in Mississippi and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and completed his Masters in Occupational Therapy at the Tennessee State University. Mr. Haynes has been practicing as an occupational therapist since 2011 and has developed an interested in serving the world by providing skilled therapy services to developing countries, guest lecturing, and impacting communities across the world.
Willie has six years of clinical experience in the field of occupational therapy and community outreach. Mr. Haynes has worked in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health servicing both children and adults with neurological disorders. In addition, he has organized numerous community outreach events in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Haynes is an analytical and thorough occupational therapist with proven ability to treat patients from birth to adulthood across the world. Willie is committed to using his skill set and knowledge as an occupational therapist to fulfill GoTHERAPY’s mission of advocating for rehabilitation services for people with disabilities around the world.