Robin F. Baker
Robin F. Baker was an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro when her parents died within six months of each other in 2010. At 21 years old, she became the legal guardian for her 15-year-old brother.
She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2011 and a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2013 from Howard University, receiving a perseverance award from the university. Her brother now attends Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.
“My trials, tribulations, and most importantly, my faith have given me the strength to withstand anything I may encounter, and has provided me with inspiration to spread love, hope, and positivity to others,” she said. “The award is a daily reminder that I am equipped with the tools to handle whatever life throws my way.”
During a clinical rotation in 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica, Baker learned that people in many countries don’t have access to physical, occupational, and speech therapy. After volunteering in Haiti, Ghana, and Liberia, she started GoTHERAPY Inc. in 2016.
GoTHERAPY volunteers have traveled to Liberia and Ghana, and the organization now offers mentorship and continuing education to professionals in developing countries through GoTHERAPY Academy, Baker said.
“I am proud that in three years as an occupational therapist, I have created an organization that will significantly impact my profession and enhance the involvement of allied health professionals in global health,” Baker said.