Dr. Heather McKay, PhD, OT/L, is an award-winning occupational therapist, dementia care specialist, consultant, and international trainer/speaker who is passionate about helping healthcare providers and families provide the highest quality dementia care. Through her own diverse experience as a healthcare provider, leader, and researcher, Heather has developed an engaging, evidence-based training approach for helping dementia caregivers resolve their toughest dementia care challenges with teamwork. Her experience as a family caregiver has provided a foundation of understanding and relatability that will captivate diverse audiences.
In 2016, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America named Heather “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” for her dedication and devotion to serving individuals living with dementia, their families, professionals, and her community.
Through her action-oriented training programs, Heather weaves together solid evidence and team learning into an effective and approachable style that transforms the way people understand and interact with people living with dementia. For several decades, Heather has been educating front-line staff, community leaders, and families in innovative methods to help them resolve their toughest dementia care challenges.
Heather has also produced several widely distributed dementia care educational films that are backed by the esteemed Armed Forces Veterans Homes Foundation and the National Association of State Veterans Homes.