Moving to a different country may impact an individual’s ability to engage in familiar roles, routines, and habits. Such a transition influences occupational performance, occupational identity, relationships, and overall health and wellbeing.
Our guest, Dr. Inbal identified the profound need to support trailing spouses in the process of relocation and created a workshop called "Occupational Therapy Guide for Relocation" to address it.
Inbal volunteers as a team member at Inspire. Inspire is a network for accompanying partners to inspire, support, and motivate each other.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/InspireRelocatedPartners/
Robert is the founding program director for the masters of OT program at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He wrote his recently published book serves as a guide and resource for those experiencing job loss during this time. It shares daily tasks and thought provoking questions to help guide the reader towards what they need to focus on not only to regain employment but meaningful employment.
Robert can be reached at email@example.com and his book can be purchased at lulu.com.
Brittany is an OT specializing in mental health and telehealth and is founder of “Simplicity of Health” which focuses on health literacy and giving people tools to make informed decisions about their health and be better able to advocate for themselves. She also shares with us an excerpt from her recent children’s book, “Why is there a person in my computer.” You can learn more at www.simplicityofhealth.com and reach Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vicki is an OT with decades of experience in the field. She focuses on a mind body system that she created called the ABC of prevention and fitness alignment breathing and centering. The ABC’s is a method that everyone, not just healthcare professionals, benefit from knowing. Vicki walks us through a few stories to demonstrate the power of this practice and walks us through a guided meditation. To learn more or reach Vicki, you can contact her at email@example.com.
Katerina Dejkoska joins us from Macedonia. She is the director and producer of the documentary “Overcoming.” The documentary exposes how individuals cope with the consequences of traumatic brain injury that are different in any one of them, and most importantly, the documentary shows the possibilities of moving on with positivity after sustaining traumatic brain injury. To learn more, visit online and watch a trailer at overcomingtbi.com.
Sara Egglestion, a disability manager with over 30 years experience helping people be more comfortable in the workplace, joins us to talk about how to work in a more ergonomically correct posture and tips for us as we set up our home to be our workstation.
Jordan Fuller is a glass artist and owner of “The Glass Bar” in Needham, MA. The workshop offers different classes and lessons on how to make beautiful objects out of recycled glass, and they teach various glass making techniques, including stained glass, glass fusing, and dichromic glass. You can learn more and see examples at theglassbarboston.com.
Lindsey joins the podcast to share often overlooked but crucial for quality of life topics - pelvic health. She discusses the unique role OT can play with pelvic health as opposed to physical therapy. She is the author of the NYT Report “A Survival Guide for the Fourth Trimester: Practical suggestions for women dealing with the surprising things that happen to their bodies in the first months after childbirth.” She also offers online courses for other OTs and individuals. Learn more at kegelsthatwork.com
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development Associate Professor, Rhetoric Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning. She discusses her career studying and writing about children of incarcerated parents among other pursuits. She shares her powerful personal story behind her work and reads excerpts from her work.
To learn more about Dr. Sullivan, visit
Timisha discusses her career in Occupational Therapy, and how she became an author and motivator. Her book, 12 Case Studies: Treatments Intervention and Documentation Examples for Occupational Therapists Working in Skilled Nursing Facilities can be found on Amazon https://www.amazon.com//dp/0578435764/ The e-book copy can be found here at https://payhip.com/b/DlWa
Suzanne left a career in corporate America to become a flying trapeze artist and instructor. Through circus, she discovered the therapeutic power of her practices and eventually became an Occupational Therapist. She later founded Circus for Survivors and has done research as a part of Circus Up! studying circus as a therapy and intervention.
While at the Boston University IDEA Conference 2020, Karen met Max Bard, a master’s level BU graduate and an artist in residence. He created a sculpture while at the conference made out of all found materials. The annual IDEA Conference is a one-day event for college students and young alumni across New England to explore innovation and entrepreneurship through technology, social impact, and arts and culture. You can see examples of Max’s work at http://maxbard911.com/
Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 people have Dyslexia? We are joined by Gabrielle-Ann Torre, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Working in the lab of Tyler Perrachione, PhD Gabrielle’s research focuses on communication disorders, including dyslexia and autism. You can learn more at http://sites.bu.edu/cnrlab/.
We meet australian occupational therapist Brock Cook, who speaks about his journey to becoming an OT. Brock also hosts a podcast series in occupation and OT and interviews guests from all over the world. You can find more about him and his work at http://www.brockcook.com/
Dr. Raul Fernandez is the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at BU’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and a lecturer in Wheelock’s Higher Education Administration program. He is an accomplished educator, with thousands of people having attended his workshops at campuses, conferences and organizations around the country and internationally.
He is an elected Select Board Member in Brookline, MA and an appointee to the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He is also the co-creator of the popular Wide Lens film series at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, which seeks to explore underrepresented perspectives through film and conversation.
Raul’s signature workshop Blind Spots challenges participants to examine their background, beliefs and biases while identifying areas where they can do the work and grow. He’s facilitated versions of Blind Spots and other workshops for deans, faculty and administrators, doctors and nurses, lawyers and social workers, teachers and tutors, resident assistants, campus activities boards and orientation leaders.
Learn more about Raul at http://www.raulspeaks.com/
Ty is an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, and captivating motivational speaker. In 2011 he founded Big Head Books, LLC, a literacy organization that aims to introduce children to the joys of reading. He is the co-founder of the Read or Else movement and Danny Dollar Academy.
In this episode, Ty shares how helping his son start a lemonade stand led him to a career writing children's books on financial literacy.
Learn more about Ty at tyallanjackson.com
Author Adrienne Kisner joins us again to share her latest YA novel, "The Confusion of Laurel Graham," in which A teen copes with her grandmother's coma by becoming obsessed with a mystery bird that she cannot identify. Adrienne shares the inspiration of her novel, as well as an excerpt. She also updates us on what she's been up to including some new projects in the works. To find out more about Adrienne and her books visit http://www.adriennekisner.com/.
Our guests Tamara Calhoun and Cynthia Abbott Gaffney discuss their work related to gunshot survivors and how they are meeting that and other health needs for their clients. They also discuss their experiences in a doctoral program in Occupational Therapy.
Tamara Calhoun shares her work on engaging African American youth in rehabilitation following gunshot wound trauma.
Cynthia Abbott Gaffney shares about her work in expanding the role of telehealth in client health management.
Gigi and David join us from Nashville to share their entrepreneurship journey. David is building a continuing education management platform and Gigi is building an online network that connects rehab therapists and consumers to connect with each other. The pair share how they started their journey of building a business and where they are now in the process.
Heidi shares her personal journey of coping with different challenges such as health and life transition and discussing how to figure out what love for yourself looks like in order to create a sense of well being and live life to its fullest. She also shares practical self care tips that anyone can do.
Kathryn Ellis is an OT, and Certified Sexuality Counselor. She runs a training program on Sex and Intimacy for Occupational Therapists. You can learn more at sexintimacyot.com or by following her at @sexintimacyOT on social media.
Anne Kim, Joyce Hu, and Ioana Moldovan join us and discuss their process for writing their children’s book “You Are So Brave.”
You Are So Brave! follows a young girl named Ellie and her favorite toy, Leo the lion, as they visit the doctor for their yearly checkup. Together, they learn how to be brave as they use elements of mindfulness and understand that challenges are easier when you are with someone you love.
You can order copies of the book online through Amazon.
Adrienne Kisner, author of Dear Rachel Maddow, joins us live in studo at Boston University to discuss her debut YA novel, about a high school girl who deals with school politics and life after her brother's death by drafting emails to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
You can find copies of the book at your local bookstore, or online.
Dr. David Bernstein and his wife Melissa join us to discuss his latest book, “The Power of 5: The Ultimate Formula for Longevity & Remaining Youthful. The duo discusses tips for aging gracefully, including healthy eating habits that are showcased in recipes on Melissa’s blog, “The Power of Five Test Kitchen.”
For more information visit http://www.davidbernsteinmd.com/books/powerof5/.
In this episode we get to know Roberta Saphire, an attorney and Camille Baron, a financial advisor, both from the Boston/Providence area. Their show, The Law, Your Money, and You delves into practical advice and tips for managing your finances, and they share with us tips on how to avoid scams, planning for retirement, and how they are helping local communities. Find out more and watch episodes of their show on http://www.sharontv.com/program/law-money-you/.
This episode features a “Burns Night” celebration in honor of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. He is best known for writing poem/song "Auld Lang Syne."
Fiddles McGinty by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Artist: http://incompetech.com/.
This episode joins Karen on a service-learning trip to Morocco lead by Dr. Said Nafai and Dr. Mohamed Brahimi. Karen met occupational therapists and students from around the globe at the first Occupational Therapy conference in Morocco organized by Dr. Said Nafai and Elizabeth Stevens-Nafai. Said also joined our episode to discuss service learning and was present during a powerful visit to a transitional care home for women in breast cancer treatment. Find out more about Said’s work at otmorocco.org.
Nicole Kelly and Sarah Tuberty are the hosts of a new podcast launching this week called Disarming Disability. Their goal is to deconstruct social stigma on disability and to voice, educate, and empower individuals to generate a more knowledgeable, understanding, and inclusive society. Their weekly podcast will authentically discuss topics related to disability on the societal platform. You can find out more online at disarmingdisability.com, on Facebook at @disarmingdisaiblity, and on twitter at @disarmdisable.
Samora Kasmir joins us for a conversation at Boston University on how she became an Occupational Therapist with the US military as part of the US Public Health Service and how others can do the same.
In this episode, we meet Shelley Francis, an audiologist and author of No Child Left Unwrapped. Shelley has been practicing audiology for over 25 years and specializes in working with highly sensitive children. Shelley believes everyone is born with their own unique gifts that can go unnoticed or undeveloped due to developmental differences and societal beliefs. Shelley discusses how empathy and compassion can help sensitive children cultivate and develop their gifts.
While at the Assistive Technology of NE conference in RI, we meet Tracy Lee Allard, Mary Anne Lewis and Patrick Lewis. Tracey was the keynote speaker of the conference and is an actress with Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder who hopes to change misconceptions about Autism/Asperger’s. Tracy got her start public speaking at 8 years old and can be seen in Sam and Mattie's teen zombie movie. Patrick is a 27 year old who is blind/cognitively challenged. His mom, Mary Anne, who is an occupational therapist and his other family members helped him create a business called, Purely Patrick where he makes specialty food items. You can learn more at www.purelypatrick.com
In this episode we hear from Vanessa Grijalba on her personal and professional journey toward incorporating occupational therapy into the practice of treating obesity.
In this episode, we meet Richard Mangino. He was the first person in Massachusetts to obtain a hand transplant when he was 65.
In this episode, our guests, Rivka, Robie and Amy share their lived experiences living with or caring for someone with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ and Fibromyalgia (FM). Often considered a hidden disease, these women are helping to shine a spotlight on the issue, for there is currently no treatment for those who suffer from its debilitating effects.
In this episode, we meet Nick Adkins, founder of the Pinksocks tribe. Pinksocks began as a viral movement and quickly evolved into a worldwide community united in changing the world from the ground up, with heart speak, hugs, and gifting. Learn more at pinksocks.life.
This interview features Dr. Tarek El-Ariss, Associate Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He discusses his upcoming book, which will be released this October. The book is titled, Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals; Arab Culture in the Digital Age. You can learn more about the book here: https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13293.html
In this episode we meet a dear friend, James Norris, who uses his online platform called “Handi Capable Fitness” to share his personal fitness journey and to inspire others.
In this episode we meet two Graduate OT students and BU Rotaract members, Sara and Jenna, who talk about their experiences becoming leaders and what leadership looks like.
An Interview with Rachel Walls, an expert on Maine artist, Dahlov Ipcar, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 99. Ipcar's work is currently on exhibit at Bates College.
Diane Gallagher joined the Peace Corps at 53, serving in the Archipelago of Cape Verde, on the West Coast of Africa. In this episode we hear some stories from her time serving there. You can learn more about Diane’s journey at lureofservice.com.
In this episode we meet Tracey Milner, an Occupational Therapist and CEO/Co-Found of Brain FX, an Ontario-based company whose mission is to mission to make the invisible effects of mild to moderate brain disorders VISIBLE. BrainFx's platform of digital clinical assessments assist health care teams across the care continuum in setting baselines and measuring and monitoring the impact that the spectrum of brain disorders have on a person's ability to function in their everyday life.
In this episode we meet Linda Miller and Sarah Putt. Linda is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and shares her lived experience about becoming an entrepreneur in office ergonomics and starting her company, ewiworks. We also meet Sarah, who shares her lived becoming an OT after working as a behavior therapist. She also shares her experience starting her own OT podcast, "OT for Lyfe".
In this episode, Karen interviews from all over the world at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.
Karen recently visited South Africa for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress. She met Ashley, who shared a lived experience through spoken prose. Stay tuned next for more interviews from Occupational Therapists from around the world.
In this episode, Karen interviews Karen, John and Elizabeth from the Improbable Players, and organization that works to set the stage for prevention by educating the public about addiction and recovery through dramatic performances and theater workshops -presented by actors who are in long-term recovery from addictions - that help people recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need.
In this episode we meet two incredible women, both agents of change. We first meet Sorrel King, who speaks about her work transforming the healthcare landscape through her work with her organization, the Josie King Foundation. Next we meet Nataly Zukerman, an independent performance artist who creates interdisciplinary works that challenge preconceptions of the disabled and handicapped.
We are joined by two guests who speak to finding community from their lived experiences. We meet Thomas Brown, who speaks to his lived experiences with trauma and assault and his work now helping others with similar experiences. We also meet Sarah Tuberty, who was born with a congenital limb difference and who works now to incorporate her lived experience in her current and future career plans.
In this episode, we meet Anna Saucier and Amanda Nardone. Anna is a student at Boston University and talks about her experience living with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Amanda Nardone is the Technology and Employment Coordinator for Project Career at Boston University and discusses what her program offers for students living with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Learn more at www.projectcareertbi.org.
Lifestyle by Design is hosted by Karen Jacobs, an Occupational Therapist and a professor in Occupational Therapy at Boston University. Lifestyle By Design’s motto is “helping you solve everyday challenges.” Each episode will introduce you to extraordinary people who will share with us their stories of how they addressed a challenge in their lives, as well as professionals who will share their expertise on how to handle challenges big and small.