About GDT

Our Story

Goal Directed Occupational Therapy Inc. (GDT) was founded in 2014 to fulfill the need for specialized community care on Vancouver Island for injured individuals or those experiencing a serious illness.


Founded by mother and daughter occupational therapists Lauren Talley and Carol Talley, GDT has since expanded to a professional team of occupational therapists and kinesiologists.


We have the expertise to help our clients navigate through their recovery back to their previous occupations or lifestyle, combined with the knowledge of unique resources and rehabilitation options available to those in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island. We are dedicated to making the entire recovery process as seamless as possible


SMART Goal Setting

“Goal setting is a powerful process for motivating ourselves to transform our visions of the future into reality. After an injury or illness, goal setting can help individuals to move towards recovery and assist them in returning to their previous roles, occupations and valued activities.”

Our experienced clinicians will help to guide you through the rehabilitation process by setting SMART goals that will empower you to achieve success on the road to wellness.






Meet The Team

Carol Talley

Registered Occupational Therapist

Her expertise in both areas of practice as well as her extensive continuing education in life-care planning, pain management, work place solutions and mental health enables her to approach recovery in a unique and comprehensive manner that is invaluable to the clients she serves.


Carol Talley is an experienced presenter and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

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Lauren Talley

Registered Occupational Therapist

Lauren is passionate about using evidenced-based interventions and creativity to enable clients to reach their goals. Her background in physical rehabilitation in combination with mental health in Canada’s northern and remote regions provides her with a holistic approach to recovery.


She specializes in return to work planning, recovery from multi-traumas, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health recovery.

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Meaghan Schaefer

Registered Occupational


Meaghan is dedicated to furthering the potential, capability, and resilience of her clients. She provides a client-centered and strengths-based approach to goal attainment. Her experience includes work in mental health, musculoskeletal injuries/trauma, concussion/brain injuries, return to work, and arts-based rehabilitation.

Judy Avila


Judy graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BSc. Kinesiology and is a Practicing Member in BC. She has worked in both clinical and community based programs, designing and implementing therapeutic exercise programs for clients with orthopedic injuries, chronic pain, mental health, brain injury, PTSD and geriatrics. She enjoys working with a team that is dedicated to finding the right treatment for any given client and seeing their quality of life improve as a result . Judy is an avid runner and loves to be outdoors doing a variety of activities.

Sarah Burns

Office Administrator

Sarah joined the team in 2018 as a part time Administrative Assistant. She has since graduated Camosun College with a Business Degree and has taken on a full-time role with Goal Directed Occupational Therapy Inc. helping the clinic run efficiency while managing the accounts. During her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors going hiking, camping and kayaking.