Mary Laura Day is embarking on her 9th year as an occupational therapist at The Bell Center. She also has worked as a Kindermusik educator for seven years. She considers it a great honor to serve children and families in this capacity and is ever thankful for this opportunity. Beginning early on in Mary Laura’s life, she was deeply impacted by people that would shape her love for children later on in life. She had wonderful therapists help her reach developmental milestones after her premature birth. She is thankful for the support they gave to her family and the kindness they showed to her as a young child. Also, she was greatly influenced by her grandmother, L.E. Patton, director of play therapy at Children’s Hospital during Mary Laura’s childhood, who bestowed upon her a love for children, music and play.
Mary Laura graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Relations. Soon after, she moved to Nashville and began working for a record label, booking agency and free-lanced as a production assistant on a variety of projects. After moving back to Birmingham, she decided to pursue a master’s degree at UAB that would allow her to be in a creative position that helped others. Occupational Therapy was a great fit, allowing her to be creative while equipping her with the ability to make a difference in the lives of other people. Her vision to encourage, support and help others aligns with The Bell Center’s mission to help children reach their full potential.
Currently, Mary Laura attends Church of the Highlands and serves as a small group leader. She also is a member of the Junior League of Birmingham. She enjoys taking in all the sights and sounds of Birmingham with her amazing friends and family, spending time with her Maltipoo, Sophie, and loving on her six precious nieces and nephews. Mary Laura is thankful for the working of God’s grace in her life and continues to find her confidence in the truth that it is the Lord that has begun this work and He will carry it to completion, working all things together for good.