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


Vice President

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 and m TBI in Canada’s northern and remote regions provides her with a holistic approach to rehabilitation. 


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 joined the Goal Directed OT team in 2017. She 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.

Vera du Preez

Registered Occupational


Vera graduated from the University of Free State in South Africa with a B.OT in 2004. She and her husband  emigrated to Canada in 2008 and she had been a member of COTBC since 2009. She has worked in hospital and community settings in both South Africa and northern BC. Vera joined our team in November 2019. She appreciates and values the importance of a client-centered approach and working in a multi-disciplinary team environment. She enjoys working directly with clients, identifying their challenges and goals and helping them achieve maximum functional recovery in areas of  self-care, work, productivity and leisure.

OT Coming in 2021

Registered Occupational



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.

Harrison Mazengarb

Office Administrator

Harrison joined the team in 2019  as the full time Office Administrator. He  manages the reception and helps the clinic run efficiency.  Harrison moved to Canada from New Zealand in 2018 and enjoys exploring Vancouver Island in his free time. 


Office Companion

Finnegan joined the Goal Directed OT team in 2016. After a few years of obedience training, he now enjoys his days in the clinic accepting pets from anyone who is willing. Finn is always available to offer a calming energy to those who need it. On his off time, he enjoys lounging on the couch and playing fetch.