About Us

About The OT Circus


The OT Circus is a pathway we created to connect the occupational therapy profession with the community of ABQ to come together to create art, music, friendships.


The OT Circus is a New Mexico based non-profit. We focus on using various therapeutic methods, and creativity, to build community, and to bring people of all abilities together.


We do this through various programs including pop up art shows, community outreach, and our monthly artist markets, with local makers, crafters, and community organizations.

Meet The Team

RING MASTER<br /> VICTORIA VAN DAME; OTR/L, CLT
RING MASTER
VICTORIA VAN DAME; OTR/L, CLT
Executive Director
My vision is compiled of many facets and many people are involved in this circus and I am responsible for every aspect from logos to payroll. Life experience and hard work have brought me to this point. I have been an occupational therapist for 18 years and I love my profession. " Work hard and good things will come" My dad the Mayor of Cuba NM, mailman for the Navajo reservation, tow truck guy and the butcher in a small town leads me to the statement and my dream of being a Mayor myself....Mayor of downtown Burque. The anchor of downtown is the OT Circus. The anchor of a community that is ready to be transformed into different abilities with all the people we come in contact with. Not just in Burque but in all areas of NM and AZ and maybe the circus will be world wide. Even with uncertain times my dedication to my vision is still unwavered.
LION TAMER<br /> LYNDEL BLAINE; COTA/L
LION TAMER
LYNDEL BLAINE; COTA/L
President
I recently decided to pursue my passion to help bring my love of art and therapy services together by becoming an active board member of this local non-profit. I currently work for the DD waiver and the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant providing therapy services to many individuals with varying abilities. It has been an honor to serve on the board with the wonderful women and community members to help bring the OT Circus and what we have to offer to everyone in the 505 and surrounding areas. I can’t wait to see what we can do.
JUGGLER<br />MARGARET GOVONI
JUGGLER
MARGARET GOVONI
Art Connection Zoom Classes
Margaret is a theater educator, writer and German speaker. Especially during this time of social distancing, Margaret really wanted to create ways for people to reclaim their community and stay connected to each other, while learning and growing together as artists, performers, and all around creative people. She is excited to launch the new Arts Connection program with OT Circus and provide arts opportunities for people of all abilities!
HUMAN CANNONBALL<br /> NICOLE ALGARRA
HUMAN CANNONBALL
NICOLE ALGARRA
Treasurer
"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Fred Rogers

A lifetime lover and creator of art, combined with an expertise in bookkeeping, the OT Circus is where I belong. Priding myself in community action and volunteerism, nothing satisfies my soul more than working alongside thoughtful, energetic women who do wonderful things for the people within our local and surrounding communities.
VENTRILOQUIST<br /> VERONICA GARCIA, MPT
VENTRILOQUIST
VERONICA GARCIA, MPT
Secretary
I am a Physical Therapist, I have been a PT for 15 years and I work at a local hospital and also for the state DD Waiver program providing PT services in many rural and underserved areas of the state to adults with cognitive and physical deficits. It brings me great joy to help people achieve their greatest physical abilities to improve their quality of life. I am part of the OT Circus non-profit because I believe in its mission to help people of all abilities find their artistic potential through different art mediums.
MAGICIAN<br /> WHITNEY CAJE
MAGICIAN
WHITNEY CAJE
Board Member
OT Circus
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