Loyd Rollins, M.A., B.S.
Counselor – Vocational Rehabilitation
I came to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center June 2000 after being a school counselor for five years. I started working with Vocational Rehabilitation in 1994 after graduation. I became interested in Vocational Rehabilitation after a motorcycle accident in 1980 that resulted in a spinal cord injury. While I was in rehab, one of my therapists informed me it was time to start using my brain instead of my brawn to get on with life. I took him seriously. This gave me a whole new perspective on life and the needs of others. After returning to school and graduating in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration, I went into the business world and found out rather quickly I may have chosen the wrong field. Just not enough people involvement. That’s when I decided to return to school again. One of my professors early on made the statement, “Be what you are”. Wow, what a novel idea. I have tried to use this same strategy when working with my current patients. Although some may never be able to return to what they may have thought would be their life-long career, I see part of my goal as a counselor to give hope where no hope had been seen, maybe for quite some time. Life doesn’t end just because of any injury or illness. I’ve found it just takes a difference course.
As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, I have the experience to work with a wide variety of persons with disabilities, including their caregivers. My job involves very few short-term fixes, so I have the opportunity to really get to know my patients. It gives me great pleasure to see the changes that take place, as lives are being put back together through a real rehab team effort.
For more information on Vocational Rehab in North Carolina, visit http://dvr.dhhs.state.nc.us/.