Celia Dixon, LRT/CTRS, ATRIC
Recreation Therapist - Rehabilitation/Aquatic Programs
Celia's interest in Recreation Therapy began after an experience at Camp Burnt-Gin in South Carolina, where she had the opportunity to work with children with various disabilities.
A native of Barnwell, South Carolina, Celia graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S./Ed. (Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis). GO DAWGS!!! While a student at UGA, she was a recipient of the prestigious Peg Connally Scholarship award in 1995. Most recently, Celia was awarded the Outstanding Professional award from the North Carolina Recreation Therapy Association for the year 2000.
Celia has five years of RT experience, including four at the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging & Rehabilitation. When she is not on Rehab she conducts individual outpatient aquatic therapy sessions with adult and pediatric clients. Celia is an instructor for various community aquatic programs held at the Sticht Center and holds a Water Safety Instructor and Arthritis Aquatic Instructor Certification. Celia and the aquatic staff are planning on adding additional community aquatic programs to the existing four programs in the upcoming year. In addition to the aquatic programs at the Sticht Center, Celia coordinates Making Waves, an adaptive water ski clinic held each summer for individuals with disabilities in the community.
Celia assists with the SCI support group and wheelchair basketball when time allows. Celia also enjoys working with the neurosurgery department with the THINK FIRST program which talks to local schools about the risk of head and spinal cord injuries.
To escape from her hectic work schedule, Celia enjoys horseback riding, tennis, home decorating, gardening, church activities and spending time with her family. Her husband is an avid drag racer, so most of her free time is spent at the racetrack!