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 developing and implementing volunteer service projects to serve a dual purpose of providing rehabilitation services to people with disabilities and equipping local healthcare providers with the skills and training required to rehabilitate their community. 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. As an occupational therapist, Robin enables people of all ages to engage in meaningful and purposeful activities regardless of injury, illness or disability.
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. This realization would prompt Robin to volunteer with Healing Hands for Haiti in Port- A- Prince, Haiti, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in Cape Coast, Ghana and SALT Rehabilitation clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. 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 people 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.