About Rec Therapy Directory
Welcome to Rec Therapy Directory (RTD)— the ultimate resource for all things recreational therapy.
RTD was founded in 2020 with a mission to unite the recreational therapy community through education, research, and advocacy. We strive to provide the best research-based information supporting client outcomes and progress in the field of therapeutic recreation. We believe in collaboration by connecting our site visitors with qualified professionals and leaders in the field.
Nathan Lamaster, CTRS
Founder of SMART CEUs Hub, LLC
Nathan Lamaster is a nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) from Tyler, Tx who has started a handful of both TR and non-TR businesses throughout his career. His current TR businesses are SMART CEUs Hub (an online, NCTRC pre-approved source for Recreational Therapy continuing education), My CEU Wallet (a mobile phone application for managing your continuing education transcripts/CEUs), and the Rec Therapy Directory (an ultimate resource site for Recreational Therapists). He also has a passion for seeing TR entrepreneurship grow and is both the author of the book “The Entrepreneur Rec Therapist: The Business Education You Missed In School” as well as the creator/moderator for the TR Entrepreneur Connection Facebook group that connects RT entrepreneurs/educates them. Besides these TR businesses, he is also the inventor/creator of the Pill Puncher which is a medical device that opens up blister packs of medication both effectively and sanitarily.
During his career as a practitioner in Recreational Therapy, he has held jobs in both clinical and community Recreational Therapy settings. He has worked in Skilled Nursing and Behavioral Health, and did his internship in Parks and Recreation and Physical Rehabilitation. Nathan is also involved in volunteering in Young Life Capernaum, (a Christian ministry for teens who have developmental disabilities) and KVNE (the local Christian radio station that his wife works for). He lives with his wife Nicole, his daughter Isabella Mae, and his two dogs Alice and Anna.
Ethan Pickett, MS, CTRS
Founder of Pure Abilities, LLC
Ethan Pickett a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS) with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy from the University of Toledo (UT). He continued his education by receiving a graduate degree with a Master’s of Arts in Recreation Administration from UT in 2013. During this time, he was a graduate assistant that taught numerous recreational therapy courses to future Therapeutic Recreational Specialists. While completing his graduate degree, he worked part-time at ProMedica Flower Hospital’s psychiatric unit. From his experience, he knew his niche was to provide a client-focused approach to therapy. Pursuing his passion, he joined a well-respected company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a full-time Recreational Therapist. During this time of growth, he harnessed his skills as a therapist for the next three years. Shortly after, he started his own Recreational Therapy company, Pure Abilities LLC, helping to support the ID/DD population. Ethan is also on the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana (DSANI) and continues his efforts to help advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities.