My focus as an occupational therapist is to help each client to identify and achieve the life and the personal growth they truly want. I believe that help is most effective when it’s family-centered and respectful of the needs of those involved.

I grew up in a small farming community in Illinois. My parents were entrepreneurs with a thriving small business, and I am the youngest of four sisters. I met my husband, Ken, at University of Illinois, and we have enjoyed an adventurous life together that includes living in four distinct regions of the U.S., raising two terrific daughters, and helping to raise a delightful granddaughter here in Centennial, Colorado.

My OT career started with a BSOT from University of Illinois (1979), and an MS in OT from Boston University (1982). In 2006 I earned a PhD in Education from Saint Louis University.

My career has included clinical occupational therapy in a variety of mental health and educational settings and serving as a professor in several nationally known Occupational Therapy programs, where I focused much of my scholarship on transition planning with people with disabilities.

In 2011 I started Bright Futures in St. Louis with clients ranging in age from 17 to 45 years who had become “stuck at home” due to issues related to autism spectrum disorders, cognitive impairments, traumatic brain injuries, chronic illness, Down syndrome, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and more. In 2020 I moved with my family to beautiful Colorado, and in 2023 I started “Bright Futures 2.0”, which includes additional services to address the needs of people with chronic pain and fatigue due to injury or illness.

I have been privileged to accompany Bright Futures clients on personal quests that have taken them from places of discouragement and boredom to fulfilling lives. Their achievements include living independently, careers they feel proud of, having friends, contributing as members of their communities, and enjoying healthy leisure. By achieving a good balance of things to do they have become healthier in every way and experienced fewer emotional and physical health crises. Their family members have benefitted as well, with increased freedom, reduced worry, and improved quality of life.

If you’re wondering if my services could be useful to you or someone you care about, let’s have a conversation!

You can email me at debora@b-futures.com or text/phone: 636-399-8910.


Bright Futures Founder

Presentations about Bright Futures

Off-Road OT Entrepreneurship” (short course by D. Davidson), American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, 5/2013. D. Davidson.

Personalized Transition Assistance for Young Adults with Disabilities and Their Families: An Adventure in Private Practice” (poster presentation by D. Davidson), American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, 4/2012.

Emergent Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Occupational Changes and Challenges After High School”, (paper by D. Davidson) Canadian Society for the Study of Occupational Science Annual Conference, 10/2010

Like Stepping Off a Cliff: Young Adults’ Transition from High School—A Phenomenological Study” (short paper by D. Davidson), American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, 2010.

Publications Featuring Bright Futures

Facilitating Employment for Adults with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities D.A. Davidson in K. Haertle (ed.) Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Strategies for Occupational Therapy. AOTA Press (2014)

Workin’ on It: Helping Adults With Autism Ease Into the Work World Waite, A.in OT Practice, 18(2), 9-13.(2013)

Transition to adulthood Cleary, D., Persch, A. and Spencer, K. in J. Case-Smith and J. Clifford O’Brien (eds.) Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Seventh Edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier-Mosby Publishing(2015)