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About Stephen Nawotniak

Stephen Nawotniak | Compass Recovery Coaching

I have a Self-Designed Masters from Buffalo State College, a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Utica College, and am a New York State Certified Peer Specialist. 
 
Starting in August, 2000 I set out on an 8-month, non-motorized Trek of service where I hiked, biked, sailed and canoed from Buffalo, NY to Key West, FL.  I gave presentations to over 1000 youth on the values of volunteerism and education and completed over 230 hours of community service along the way.

Two years later, in August 2002, I was hospitalized for a week with a major depressive episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  From that point forward, I have spent my life learning how to live with my condition on the journey from hospitalized patient to licensed healthcare professional.  I have spoken nationally and internationally on occupational therapy and mental health.  I live and work in Buffalo, NY.

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