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Opening Minds Through Art Part I

Listen to Opening Minds Through Art Part IDianne Simons is an Assistant Professor at VCU currently serving as Assistant Chair for the Department of Occupational Therapy at VCU, a fellow with America Occupational Therapy Association, and helped to spearhead the collaboration between VCU, Art for the Journey, and a local senior assisted living residency in the Richmond area, to implement the Opening Minds through Art program.   Dianne received a BA in Art from Virginia Tech, a Masters in OT from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia. She has also been involved with numerous academic publications and grants and has been serving as the Representative from Virginia to the American Occupational Therapy Association Representative Assembly since 2011. She has also been serving as the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association Consultant to the Board since 2013 and sat on the board of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association from 2011-2013.

Building a Private Practice and Innovative Fieldwork Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Listen to Building a Private Practice and Innovative Fieldwork Experiences During the COVID-19 PandemicShanna Corbin, MS, OTR/L, CHT  Madison Ochs, OTS (Salus University ’20) Jessica Maguire, OTS (Salus University ’20) Kimberly Plaspohl, OTS (University of Scranton ’20) Rachel Wile, OTS (Temple University ’20) Kerri Watkins, OTS (Temple University ’20) Alexander Castro, OTS (Gwenydd Mercy University ’20) Shanna Corbin received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University. She then went on to become a certified hand therapist (CHT) and has been practicing in upper extremity rehabilitation for over 9 years. In addition to her appreciation for hands and upper extremity rehab, Shanna has always had a passion for ergonomic assessments and work-related injuries. When the COVID-19 pandemic arose, Shanna felt that there was no better time to get this telehealth company up and running to continue providing therapy services to those whom need it, in their home environment.

Kristine Pilkington M.S. OTR/L

Listen to Kristine Pilkington M.S. OTR/LInterviewed by Joani Medero, OTS and Rachel Lalezarian, OTS LIU-Brooklyn Kristine Pilkington, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with over 30 years’ experience working with young children and families. She specializes in understanding how sensory processing and other developmental factors influence a child’s participation in everyday routines,activities and relationships. Kris is a nationally recognized speaker and writer in the field of early intervention. She developed and directed local programs including the Welcome Every Baby Newborn Home Visiting Program and Early Start programs. She participates on the California Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention and is a consultant for WestEd Center for Prevention and Early intervention in Sacramento. She has a current private practice in occupational therapy in Santa Barbara and consults to early childhood organizations around California. Kristine is the Co-Founder of Children Grow and has many years of experience working with young children and their families in Santa Barbara, providing in-home services for families of young children birth to age 10, parenting counseling and guidance, developmental check-ups for babies and children, specialized assessments (feeding, regulation, sensory processing, emotional development), practical strategies to enhance child development and success, information and resources on many infant and early childhood topics. Kristine is certified as a Newborn Behavioral Observation provider (Infants birth to 3 months) by the Brazelton Institute at UMASS Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Program.

Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L Holistic OT

Listen to Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L Holistic OTInterviewed by Esther Piekarski, OTS and Marina Milman, OTS LIU-Brooklyn BS/MS OT Program Emmy is an occupational therapist, integrative medicine practitioner, mystic and spiritual intuitive specializing in holistic/integrative health, wellness, and prevention. It is her joy, passion, and life purpose to assist individuals with natural and holistic healing while providing them with Intuitive guidance for answers and direction within. Emmy earned a B.A. in occupational therapy & psychology, and is trained in medical qigong energy healing, meditation, relaxation, intuitive development and healing, guided imagery, massage therapy, acupressure, reflexology, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), emotional clearing/interactive mindfulness, and aromatherapy. She is currently in private practice in St. Paul, MN.  Emmy Vadnais Holistic Healing provides Holistic/Integrative Health, Wellness, and Prevention services and education that support people, health care practitioners, organizations, and communities to be inspired and live their best lives with meaning and purpose being more fulfilled, alive, joyful, and peaceful in Mind, Body, Spirit. Compassionately, scientifically researched Holistic/Integrative Health, Wellness, and Prevention approaches are utilized so individuals can relax, find their center, listen to their intuition and divine answers within, feel more connected, and transform stress, pain, and anxiety to peace, joy, and love. We will all be able to maintain health, recover from illness, and prevent illness. Advocating for cultural acceptance of Holistic/Integrative Health, Wellness, and Prevention is accomplished through sharing education, writing, research, and successful outcomes. emmy@emmyvadnais.com (mailto:emmy@emmyvadnais.com)

My OTA Journey with Melissa Tilton, OTA, BS, COTA, ROH

Listen to My OTA Journey with  Melissa Tilton, OTA, BS, COTA, ROHMelissa Tilton has been an OTA for 25 years and has a strong passion for supporting and empowering OTAs to engaged leaders in the world of OT. Melissa works as a multi-site director for Genesis Rehab and also teaches in an OTA program. Melissa enjoys volunteering, and currently services as Secretary on AOTA Board of Directors, past Board Director. Additionally, Melissa volunteered her time with ACOTE, including being Treasure; served on CCCPD; was an approved provider reviewer for AOTA. For state leadership, Melissa served as reimbursement rep, OTA rep, VP and two terms as state President. Melissa is currently enrolled in grad school, studying organizational leadership. She lives in Boston with her partner, Ben, and their 2 fur babies. 

Driven by Passion: Path towards becoming an OT, mentor, specialist in limb loss rehabilitation and much more

Listen to Driven by Passion: Path towards becoming an OT, mentor, specialist in limb loss rehabilitation and much moreVictor Michael Camacho, OTD, OTR/L, L.Ac. has been a practicing occupational therapist for over 25 years. Dr. Camacho received his B.S. in occupational therapy from Kean College in 1995. In 2004 he earned an M.S degree in Acupuncture from the Tri-state College of Acupuncture. Dr . Camacho maintains a national certification and N.J license to practice acupuncture. He earned his Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Quinnipiac University in 2019.  Dr. Camacho's practice area of interest and passion is adult rehabilitation with expertise in amputee rehabilitation. He has experience working in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. As a clinician, Dr. Camacho has worked closely with amputee survivors and their families to facilitate engagement and participation in valued and needed occupations within their desired environment. Dr. Camacho began his academic career in 2006 as an Adjunct Professor at Kean University and consistently taught Theory II lab and Introduction to Occupational Therapy until 2019. He has experience teaching in a classroom and a virtual setting.  In 2019, Dr. Camacho joined the Kean University Occupational Therapy Department as an Assistant Professor. He teaches Adult Physical Rehabilitation Practice Seminar, Applied Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy, Conditions Across Lifespan II, Community Partnerships, Theory Guidelines to Practice II (lab instructor), and Introduction to Occupational Therapy.  Dr. Camacho’s research agenda is focused on addressing the physical and mental health of individuals experiencing limb loss. Self-management of pain, health literacy, and home modifications are among the areas of interest. Host: Molly Nadeau Kean University 

With Karen Rice, OT/L is the Creative Director of Arcadia Therapy Services

Listen to With Karen Rice, OT/L is the Creative Director of Arcadia Therapy ServicesKaren Rice, OT/L is the Creative Director of Arcadia Therapy Services, a pediatric home care company based out of Phoenix Arizona, and co-founder of Raising Hope Dogs, a not-for-profit that raises highly skilled working dogs to place with therapists around the country. Karen has a passion for all realms if our profession, and loves sharing her experiences with OT and COTA students alike. Feel free to connect with her at karen@arcadiatherapyservices.com (mailto:karen@arcadiatherapyservices.com), or text her at 602-380-3377 Co-Hosts: Carly Ahonen, OTS Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Morgan Shackelford OTA program at Cape Fear Community College 

Insights and Experiences From The Author of The Screening Assessment of Sensory Integration (SASI)

Listen to Insights and Experiences From The Author of The Screening Assessment of Sensory Integration (SASI)Dr Stallings-Sahler has been in the field of Occupational Therapy for over 35 years as a pediatric clinician, educator, researcher, and business entrepreneur. She earned the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, the post-professional Master of Science in Pediatric Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Stallings-Sahler is the author of The Screening Assessment of Sensory Integration (SASI), which will begin pilot testing this Spring, and she is also a current professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Co-Hosts: Roazena Miller, OTS Western New England University - Class of 2020 Brooke Johnson Augusta University

Goal Setting and All Things OT with Karen Jacobs, OT, Ed.D., OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA

Listen to Goal Setting and All Things OT with Karen Jacobs, OT, Ed.D., OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTAKaren earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts in Educational Leadership in Schooling, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Karen is the Associate Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation, a Clinical Professor of occupational therapy and the Program Director of the online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy program at Boston University, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. She has worked at Boston University for 36 years.  Karen is a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has received over 40 awards and honors including being a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland; the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT); received the Award of Merit from AOTA in 2003; and the 2011 AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award.   Dr. Jacobs is the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interprofessional journal, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands).

Community-Based OT Programming: Our Interview With Dr. Fern Silverman and Dr. Andrea Tyszka

Listen to Community-Based OT Programming: Our Interview With Dr. Fern Silverman and Dr. Andrea TyszkaIn this episode Rebecca Smith and Deanna Longo interview Dr Fern Silverman and Dr. Andrea Tyszka on their work in community-based OT, specializing in universal design and sensory- friendly programming in Philadelphia, PA.  Fern Silverman, EdD, OTR/L is a professor in Salus University's Occupational Therapy Department and serves as the assistant program director of their post professional OTD program. She previously held a faculty position at Temple University.  Dr. Silverman also has decades of experience as a pediatric OT, working with children from birth to 21 across a multitude of settings.   Her research interests include community participation for families and best practice for activities of daily living in pediatrics.  Dr. Andrea Carr Tyszka, OTD, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, is an associate professor at Salus University. She has over 20 years of experience in pediatrics, working in schools, homes and communities. She conducts research and consults at various community-based settings, & has presented & published at both the state and national levels on accessibility and participation.

Positive Approach to Care: An Interview with Teepa Snow

Listen to Positive Approach to Care: An Interview with Teepa SnowTeepa’s experience in neurological impairment care spans both her personal and professional worlds. Early in her life, her grandfather moved into her family’s house due to his changing abilities. However, at the time words such as eccentric then senile were used. Later on, she helped provide support for other family members with various forms of brain change. As a teenager, Teepa started by volunteering with a group in order to work with children with various developmental disabilities. This group included her much younger sister, who had developed an inoperable brain tumor by age three, leaving her with lasting severe developmental issues. By the time she started college at Duke University, Teepa had been a nursing assistant, before there was a certification, and a volunteer in day programs and hospitals near campus. TEEPA AT GRADUATION After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in zoology, Teepa worked as a night-time desk clerk at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. She then went from volunteering at a day program that served elders and people with developmental disabilities to being a full-time assistant there, while she explored what she wanted to do professionally. In 1978, she entered the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH) brand-new Occupational Therapy (OT) Master’s Program and was in its first graduating class in 1980. She gave her first speech to over 500 OTs in San Antonio, Texas, under the direction of Joan Rogers. She finished her 30-minute presentation in under 20 minutes. Lots of nervous energy, to say the least, but a great way to get over her fear of speaking in a hurry. Shortly after that, she published her first article with Joan in the official journal of the American Occupational Therapy Association. After graduation, Teepa consulted in a continuing care retirement community, two local home health companies, and a local nursing home for two years until she began working with UNC. Teepa was an interdisciplinary team member and clinical associate professor at the UNC-CH School of Medicine's Program on Aging, and a coordinator and care manager for CAP Medicaid waiver services in North Carolina. She has served in a wide variety of leadership and advisory positions in professional organizations at both the state and national levels, including the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, AOTA, and NBCOT. She’s currently working with a number of national and international projects and organizations. She is currently on the board of the US Dementia Action Alliance, the Alzheimers Support Network in Naples, Florida, and has been asked to join the Advisory Board of Dementia Alliance International, led by Kate Swaffer. Teepa is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with the challenges and changes that accompany various forms of the condition so that life can be lived fully and well. Her company, Positive Approach to Care, was founded in 2005 and offers education to family and professional care providers all over the world. Her training, services, and products are available through video, online education, and in-person trainings and consulting.

Immersive OTR Exam Prep with TrueLearn

Listen to Immersive OTR Exam Prep with TrueLearnIn today’s podcast, show host Dr. Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L is joined by Dr. Sherry Smith, Ph.D, Director of Academic Success at TrueLearn, Dr. Sue Iliff, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor and Capstone Coordinator at Belmont University and Miriam Vanbemmelen, OTS , a senior graduate student at LIU-Brooklyn’s MOT program in Brooklyn, NY. TrueLearn is an online learning platform offering thousands of students access to the SmartBanks and SmartTools needed to prepare for their high-stakes exams including the OT Board Exam*. Not your average Qbank, Truelearn's OT SmartBank utilizes learning and cognition science, granting occupational therapy students access to over 700 board-style questions, detailed correct and incorrect answer explanations, references for further study on every question, and personalized analytics to help you study smarter!  My OT Journey Podcast listeners SAVE 30% on your OT SmartBank subscription with promo code MyOTJourney. Buy and save now, wait until you are ready to start studying to activate (up to one year later)! TrueLearn: https://truelearn.com/occupational-therapy/otr-exam/ (https://app.salesforceiq.com/r?target=5e8c70cfc9e77c00744433bd&t=AFwhZf3oXYw1wCH5BMDtke930eg_HBHmZyz2BpF-OWbSgB8STPbQSXwbYZAAvFty8M4lyPK7HivYRYkLrWPxBy0D06JvyuYG-xbpG5CEQCWcNtD7Z04HFDf28y6T_aJsDrNkM3RYFpaR&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftruelearn.com%2Foccupational-therapy%2Fotr-exam%2F) with promo code: MyOtJourney at checkout or by simply clicking here https://content.truelearn.com/MyOTJourneyDiscount (https://app.salesforceiq.com/r?target=5e8c70cfc9e77c00744433be&t=AFwhZf3oXYw1wCH5BMDtke930eg_HBHmZyz2BpF-OWbSgB8STPbQSXwbYZAAvFty8M4lyPK7HivYRYkLrWPxBy0D06JvyuYG-xbpG5CEQCWcNtD7Z04HFDf28y6T_aJsDrNkM3RYFpaR&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcontent.truelearn.com%2FMyOTJourneyDiscount). *NBCOT® and OTR® are registered trademarks owned by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. TrueLearn is not affiliated with or endorsed by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc

Integrating Occupational Therapy into Universal Design with Brittany Perez

Listen to Integrating Occupational Therapy into Universal Design with Brittany PerezCredentials: Brittany Perez, OTD, OTR/L Host: Michael Roff, OTS. Stony Brook University Class of 2021 Instagram: @MikeRoff02 LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff (http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff) Show Notes:  Brittany Perez, OTD, OTR/L is the Director of Outreach and Engagement at the IDEA Center in Buffalo. Her passion for Universal Design sparked at Washington University in St. Louis, and she now researches how to transform customary design practices into conscientious, equity-focused methodologies that improve access for all. Additionally, Brittany is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker that is sure to motivate you to bring Universal Design into your home practice! Resources For more information about Universal Design, be sure to check out the IDEA Center's free resources at their website: http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/ (http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/). Brittany shares her personal advice, too: start small within your area of expertise and keep learning about diverse life experiences! Additional Universal Design Resources are available here: What is Universal Design? The 8 Goals of Universal Design?  (http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/about/universal-design/) Innovative Solutions for Universal Design (isUD) (https://thisisud.com/) www.universaldesign.com (http://www.universaldesign.com/) Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

Integrating Occupational Therapy into Universal Design with Brittany Perez

Listen to Integrating Occupational Therapy into Universal Design with Brittany PerezCredentials: Brittany Perez, OTD, OTR/L Host: Michael Roff, OTS. Stony Brook University Class of 2021 Instagram: @MikeRoff02 LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff (http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff) Show Notes:  Brittany Perez, OTD, OTR/L is the Director of Outreach and Engagement at the IDEA Center in Buffalo. Her passion for Universal Design sparked at Washington University in St. Louis, and she now researches how to transform customary design practices into conscientious, equity-focused methodologies that improve access for all. Additionally, Brittany is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker that is sure to motivate you to bring Universal Design into your home practice! Resources For more information about Universal Design, be sure to check out the IDEA Center's free resources at their website: http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/ (http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/). Brittany shares her personal advice, too: start small within your area of expertise and keep learning about diverse life experiences! Additional Universal Design Resources are available here: What is Universal Design? The 8 Goals of Universal Design?  (http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/about/universal-design/) Innovative Solutions for Universal Design (isUD) (https://thisisud.com/) www.universaldesign.com (http://www.universaldesign.com/) Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

A Convo with Allie The OT

Listen to A Convo with Allie The OTAlison Mayfield- Hofstra University Meghan Almon- Tufts University Interviewee: Allie Salamone M.S., OTRL, MBA Allie lives in Chicago Illinois and has been an occupational therapist for 7 years. She has worked in many different settings and currently works in a hospital in the city part time while also working for her Church as an event coordinator. She has a passion for helping others and this passion led her to create her organization "Allie the OT" which is a non profit that services local members of her community. The goal of Allie the OT is to provide medical equipment and supplies to those in need who cannot afford what they need to be as independent as possible. She also aims to educate patients and family members on disabilities and adapting lifestyles post injury. 

Dr. Glen Gillen's Path to "Choosing Wisely"

Listen to Dr. Glen Gillen's Path to "Choosing Wisely"Dr. Glen Gillen's Path to "Choosing Wisely" Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA Professor and Program Director, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons https://www.choosingwisely.org/ Elanor Clark Slagle Lecture: https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.676002 Host: Michael Roff, OTS. Stony Brook University Class of 2021 Instagram: @MikeRoff02 LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff (http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff)

Driver Rehabilitation and Vehicle Modification with Eric Knox, OTR/L, CDRS

Listen to Driver Rehabilitation and Vehicle Modification with Eric Knox, OTR/L, CDRSHosts: Garison Arinder, OTS University of Mississippi Medical Center  Nicole Talbot,OTAS Community College of Rhode Island  Eric Knox is an occupational therapist at the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability.  Eric graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with his Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Eric works primarily in driver's rehabilitation and vehicle modification but he also works with computer accessibility and assists with seating and mobility. Eric is a member of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) and is now a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. Not only does Eric work with people with assistive technology needs, he is a wheelchair user himself and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Exam prep: Where do I begin? with Dr. Toni Thompson DrOT, OTR/L, C/NDT

Listen to Exam prep: Where do I begin? with Dr. Toni Thompson DrOT, OTR/L, C/NDTDr. Thompson received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois and earned her DrOT from Nova Southeastern University. She also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Webster University in St. Louis. Dr. Thompson was formerly a Team Leader of Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology at the Shriners Hospital for Children of Tampa, FL and her work experience includes service with the Peace Corps in Ecuador and Venezuela. She has significant experience in SI and NDT-Pediatrics, and has written numerous articles for a variety of Occupational Therapy and Orthopedic publications. Her areas of concentration include health care programs for Hispanic populations and the role of occupational therapy in human trafficking. She has been an instructor for TherapyEd for over 20 years and has provided individual tutoring to students as well. In 1995 she received the Award of Excellence from the Florida Occupational Therapy Association.

Pediatric Innovation: Amy Baez and Playapy

Listen to Pediatric Innovation: Amy Baez and PlayapyHost: Michael Roff, OTS. Stony Brook University Class of 2021 Instagram: @MikeRoff02 LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff (http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeroff) Guest: Amy Baez, MOT, OTR/L Instagram: @Amybaez @Playapy  https://www.youtube.com/user/Playapy (https://www.youtube.com/user/Playapy) Website: playapy.com (http://playapy.com/) Twitter: @playapy

The Role Occupational Therapy Plays In Treating Veterans Transitioning To Civilian Life

Listen to The Role Occupational Therapy Plays In Treating Veterans Transitioning To Civilian LifeOn this episode of My OT Journey Podcast student influencers Andrew Wells, of Utica College in Utica, NY and Olivia Kuehler, of the College of St. Mary in Omaha, NE reach out to Mrs. Jackie Warmuth an OT practitioner who uses eco-therapy in treating veterans who are transitioning to civilian life after serving our great country. Jackie has been working with the military population for 8 years and shares how much they have changed her life. Working with this population, Jackie shares the importance of gaining trust from your client. Jackie's eco-therapy approach to treating Veterans will be a well attended topic at the AOTA conference in Boston. In this episode Olivia Kuehler, OTS and Andrew Wells, OTS interview Jackie Warmuth OTR/L, Director of Rehabilitation @ Sitrin Rehabilitation Center  Jackie earned her B.S. from Utica College in 1990. A UC Alumna, Jackie has maintained a strong relationship with the UCOT program and has been extremely successful. Her dedication to the program includes teaching several classes such as facilitating specific units and labs, Case-Informed Discussions, and educating students as a fieldwork educator. Jackie is currently the director or rehab at Sitrin Health Care Center in Utica, NY. I am lucky enough to learn at such a beautiful facility that treats patients with neurodegenerative conditions such as ALS and Huntington's disease. The Neuro Care Center is the first and only of its kind in Upstate New York, providing comprehensive care to individuals with Huntington's Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), two diseases that have no cure and no treatment to slow their progression. This facility treats any patients needing medical rehabilitation as well as the growing military rehabilitation program that Jackie plays a huge role in.