The American Health Council appoints Ms. Candice Babjak to the Occupational Therapy Board

Ms. Candice Babjak has been warmly welcomed onto the highly acclaimed Occupational Therapy Board of the American Health Council. Ms. Babjak is a senior pediatric occupational therapist based in Boardman, Ohio. She has worked in this role for the past four years as part of her twelve years with the healthcare industry as a whole.

Ms. Babjak has always had an ingrained desire to learn about the healthcare sector. In addition, she has always been passionate about providing support to others. She wanted to find a career which combined both her passions and was delighted to find that occupational therapy fulfilled this. Subsequently, she graduated in 2010 from the University of Findlay with an MS-OT in Occupational Therapy.

Mercy Health- St. Elizabeth Hospital is proud to be an esteemed institution providing all patients the best care possible. The center provides both specialized care and treatment to all patients with respect. The team at Mercy Health includes specialist caregivers, doctors and nurses. The whole team not only focus on the physical health of their patients but trying to improve their mental and spiritual wellbeing too. The center is able to provide the necessary support for those in emergency situations as they are both a Primary Stroke Center and a Level 1 Trauma Center. The hospital is able to provide support 24/7, specializing in a wide variety of services such as pediatric care and pediatric surgery, heart and vascular care, sports medicine and spine care, orthopedics, cancer care and primary care and family medicine.
The daily responsibilities of Ms. Babjak include interacting with patients in an outpatients setting and focusing on sensory processing dysfunction. She is committed to raising the independence of children with specific needs using a play-based model so they are learning through play and to allow them to live a rich and fulfilled life. These roles have allowed her to refine her expertise in pediatric feeding therapy. Ms. Babjak is passionate about communicating with the parents to support them as well as gain feedback. To further this goal, she has conducted parent seminars and a parent support group concerning sensory processing dysfunction. Furthermore, she is involved with children’s haircuts by employed sensory sensitive strategies. To ensure all staff are equipped to deal with the specific needs of children, Ms. Babjak volunteered to train them on sensory, social emotional and self- regulation programs.

To pass on her hard-earned knowledge, Ms. Babjak is a member of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA) and she aspires to establish a community based practice within the next five years. She credits the success she has achieved to date to her unwavering faith and determination to always strive the best version of herself. She is also thankful for the encouragement from her loved ones.

When she is not busy working, Ms. Babjak likes to run and to travel.

Candice Babjak


Senior Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth – Youngstown Hospital 

  • Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital offers their patients the high-quality health care they need and the compassion they deserve. Expert doctors, nurses and caregivers are committed to helping their patients be well in mind, body and spirit.
  • They are a Level 1 Trauma Center and Primary Stroke Center, equipped to handle the most serious emergencies. A full range of hospital services are available 24/7.


Professional Accomplishments

  • Ms. Babjak has developed a parent support group and parent seminars to insure cohesive patient care addressing sensory processing dysfunction.
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