Here are the latest episodes.

Occupational Therapy & the Spirit of Positivity (Episode 105)

Listen to Occupational Therapy & the Spirit of Positivity (Episode 105)Liz DeFinnis is an occupational therapist and a busy mom of three young children. She graduated from Misericordia University in 2009 with a MS in Occupational Therapy. A few years later she continued her education and graduated from Capella University in 2019 with a PhD in Psychology. She has spent the last several years exploring various approaches to understanding the intertwined dynamic of the body, mind, and spirit. It is now her passion to help others on their journey to prevent, cope, and recover from the stressors of life while finding their way to inner harmony. She utilizes her background in OT and psychology to combine methods for holistic healing, such as reflective journaling, guided imagery, mediation, aromatherapy, and relaxation techniques. Her recently published book, Path to the Aligned Soul, is available for purchase on Amazon. The book is a journey of self-discovery as it walks readers through 30 devotional topics to provide readers an opportunity to step into that alignment in order to achieve living a harmonious and balanced life. Liz has also recently launched a new program called The Peace Project - Pattern Balance to Anxiety Healing, which is designed to provide clients an opportunity to dive into topics such as coping with unexpected life change and releasing control while balancing routines, rituals, roles, and habits. Additional information can be found at

Liz is on Instagram and Twitter as @lizdefinnis and has a Facebook Page - as well.

How Behavioral Change Can Improve Clinical Outcomes (Episode 104)

Listen to How Behavioral Change Can Improve Clinical Outcomes (Episode 104)Occupational therapist Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L, is the guest on this episode which centers on improving clinical outcomes through human connection. As principal owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions, a leader in patient retention strategy, he has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement and through courses & training programs.
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A Desired Quality of Life: Living as an Occupational Therapist with a Mental Health Condition (Episode 103)

Listen to A Desired Quality of Life: Living as an Occupational Therapist with a Mental Health Condition (Episode 103)Steve Nawotniak is an occupational therapy practitioner living in Buffalo, NY, who specializes in mental health and treatment of mental health conditions. On this episode, Steve shares his insight and perspective about ways to improve quality of life for individuals living with mental health conditions, based on his experience after his own diagnosis. In addition to practicing as an OT practitioner, Steve is a frequent presenter at conferences, meetings, and in classrooms and has authored an award-winning children's book series about a character called Mubu the Morph that speaks to the inner journey individuals face as discovering their purpose. Steve has also written handbooks, including Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder and Bipolar Life Hacks: Keys to Loving Life with a Bipolar Disorder, in which he shares about the skills and tools he uses daily to live with what he calls "a desired quality of life."

Connect with Steve via Twitter @SNawotniakOT, on Facebook at, and through his website at

Medical Illustration (Episode 102)

Listen to Medical Illustration (Episode 102)Tiffany Davanzo is a freelance medical illustrator specializing in art for medical publications, education and the medical legal field. She is 2003 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Art as Applied to Medicine Program. Tiffany is a Certified Medical Illustrator and has been a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 2001. In addition to medical illustration she is also a portrait artist and online art instructor. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and two young daughters.

Some of the resources mentioned during this episode are Tiffany's website, Slaybaugh Studios (, Sketchy Art School (, Netter Anatomy Books, and the Apple digital pencil.

To connect with Tiffany, email her at Be sure to check out her work on her Instagram account, @slaybaughstudios

Enhancing Patient Engagement (Episode 101)

Listen to Enhancing Patient Engagement (Episode 101)Susannah Bailin is a former patient who was very frustrated by the handouts and generic videos that she was supposed to use to do her home exercises so she started a business called AC Health. Her goal was to make it easy for patients to bring the information - and encouragement - provided to them by their therapists home. Susannah has been a board member of seven non-profits, including schools and a senior living residence. She has worked in venture capital and in career development. She has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

On this episode, Susannah talks about the inspiration she got from her experiences in navigating the healthcare system as a patient and shares about the app she developed that's now available for use, AC Health. This app can be used as a platform for therapist and patient to stay connected and for therapists to store and share home program recommendations for specific patients in digital format. AC Health is available - for FREE - on iOS and Android platforms for smart phones and tablets. There is a 30-minute long free training available to anyone opening an account.

Occupational therapy practitioners who want to connect with Susannah about using the app can do so by emailing her at Anyone wishing to see a demonstration of how the app works may schedule a demo at The website for the app is

Susannah also recommends the program "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron which helps to harness creativity to support the creative demands in the profession of OT.

It's the 100th Episode!

Listen to It's the 100th Episode!It's the 100th episode of the On The Air podcast and things are being done a bit differently for milestone installment. On this episode, the podcast host, Stephanie Lancaster, is interviewed by Orli Weisser-Pike, and Stephanie shares about her professional trajectory, including her days as a candy striper, the ah-ha moment when she realized she wanted to be an OT practitioner, her days as an OT student, her segue into a clinical speciality practice area of assistive technology, advice for people starting off as OT educators, and her work as a member of the executive board of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD).

Please help to celebrate the 100th episode by sharing with others about the podcast and rating or leaving a review of the podcast wherever you're listening.

Virtual Reality as a Therapeutic Modality in Occupational Therapy (Episode 99)

Listen to Virtual Reality as a Therapeutic Modality in Occupational Therapy (Episode 99)Dr. Frederick B. Covington is an occupational therapist , award winning inventor, professor, author, and technology design specialist. Following his graduation from Howard University, he began his career as an occupational therapist. His areas of expertise includes pediatrics, school based intervention, autism, developmental disabilities, physical disability and dysfunction and technology as well as geriatrics.

Holistic patient care is at the center of his philosophy. For the past 17 years, Dr. Covington has honed his skills in the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland regions by providing private clinic based, residential, adaptive equipment assessments, and safety/ergonomic home modifications. In addition, he has provided treatments for pediatric clients with intellectual impairments, behavioral problems, ADHD, OCD, sensory integration deficits, learning disabilities, and executive functional disorders. With a passion for technology, Dr. Covington has developed innovative animation styled OT intervention for his telehealth therapy clients as well as providing VR-OT sessions through various virtual reality devices.

On this episode, Dr. Covington shares about how virtual reality can be used as a therapeutic modality in the field of OT.

To connect with Dr. Covington:
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What We Don't Know About Burnout Can Hurt Us (Episode 98)

Listen to What We Don't Know About Burnout Can Hurt Us (Episode 98)Erika del Pozo, MOT, OTR/L, holds a BA in Dance and Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Erika has practiced in outpatient pediatrics for five years and also has experience working with older adults with progressive neurological conditions. Erika created a modified-dance curriculum for adults with Parkinson’s Disease in Boca Raton, FL, in 2016. Erika served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University for three semesters, collaborating with Dr. Lambdin-Pattavina to teach Occupational Analysis and Human Interactions. Erika’s special interests include promoting work well-being and burnout prevention in healthcare. She is CEO and founder of Joy Energy Time, a wellness community dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals to grow in their wellness practices and advocate to improve the industry. She is also the creator and co-host of the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast, a holistic wellness show for healthcare professionals. Erika has worked with several distinguished continuing education agencies such as and MedBridge Education, creating short and long evidence-based courses around holistic and multi-level approaches to address burnout and mental health in healthcare. She has also presented on burnout at both regional and national occupational therapy conferences.

For more information including about how to connect with Erika, visit the podcast website at

The Brainy OT (Episode 97)

Listen to The Brainy OT (Episode 97)Crystal Cabrera, who is known on social media as The Brainy OT, became an occupational therapist in 2015. Her first jobs were in pediatrics; she worked per diem OT positions at a private outpatient clinic and at a prescribed pediatric extended care clinic (PPEC). After a little more than a year as an OT, Crystal sought out opportunities to work with the adult population. In 2016 she accepted a position at a large community hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Since then, she has dedicated her practice to the neurological population and attained the certification of Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist.

For more details including how to connect with Crystal, visit the podcast website at

The Therapist Becomes the Patient: A PT's Experience with COVID-19 (Episode 96)

Listen to The Therapist Becomes the Patient: A PT's Experience with COVID-19 (Episode 96)Do you know what a long-hauler is? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with COVID-19 typically recover from the condition in about two weeks' time, but there are a number of individuals who continue to experience symptoms and/or continue to test positive for the virus for much longer - even 100+ days in some cases. This group of people is being referred to by medical personnel as the long-haulers, and experts aren't entirely sure why those who fit this description can't shake the disease.

On this episode, physical therapist Barry Mangione shares about his experience after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and as a long-hauler. As a physical therapist since 1991, Barry's story provides unique insight into the lived experience of a long-hauler as well as the distinct role of occupational therapy in supporting individuals in this group.

Besides being a PT, Barry is also a musician (, an author, and a podcaster. He lives in New York with his wife and their family. Through his podcast, Self-Help Rockstar Show, Barry features music, interviews, and his own brand of self-help advice in order to raise self-awareness and to inspire people to go out and live their best lives every day. In his self-help book No Easy Answers: A Book of Life-Changing Questions, Barry shares his personal success story with readers so that they, too, can achieve personal transformation.

For more information and links to resources discussed in this episode, visit to podcast website at

Long-term Functional Effects of Medulloblastoma Treatment (Episode 95)

Listen to Long-term Functional Effects of Medulloblastoma Treatment (Episode 95)On this episode, second-year occupational therapy students Bailey Diprima, Serena Khiantani, and Pam Ponce talk about the outcome of their work in a course in OT school on evidence-based practice. Their study looked at the outcome of medical interventions used with children ages 4-18 for treatment of medulloblastoma, a malignant (cancerous) type of brain tumor that originates in the cerebellum. Their work on this project can be accessed via the following link:

Bailey, Serena, and Pam are students in the Master's degree OT program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.

Why Is There a Person in My Computer? The Telehealth Boom (Episode 94)

Listen to Why Is There a Person in My Computer? The Telehealth Boom (Episode 94)Brittany Ferri has been an occupational therapist for 4 years, during which time she has developed a specialty in mental health. She founded her business, Simplicity of Health LLC, a year ago and began providing services such as health writing, community health education, corporate wellness seminars, consulting, and private pay treatment. Around the same time her company was founded, she also got more involved with teletherapy. Since this time, she has not only provided telehealth treatment to many clients but has also helped create OT programs within several existing telehealth platforms. Brittany is also the author of a textbook entitled "Effective Therapy Documentation" and a children's book educating kids on teletherapy, called "Why is there a person in my computer?" Additionally, Brittany serves as an adjunct professor at Nazareth College and has guest lectured at many universities on the topics of documentation, mental health, and health literacy. To find out more including how to connect with Brittany, visit the podcast website at

Leveraging One's Strengths to Work in a Non-clinical Capacity (Episode 93)

Listen to Leveraging One's Strengths to Work in a Non-clinical Capacity (Episode 93)Meredith Castin, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist who has developed a self-paced online course to guide therapists through the process of finding gainful employment in non-clinical positions.

Meredith has been a PT for ten years, during which time she worked in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehab, acute care, and home health settings. She entered the non-clinical space in 2015, starting out as a rehab liaison and co-creating NewGradPhysicalTherapy and NewGradOccupationalTherapy.

Since then, Meredith has moved entirely into the content creation world. She has written for OT Potential, WebPT, MedBridge, Breg, Janssen, MD Revolution, Student Doctor Network, and many other health and rehab brands. These days, Meredith runs The Non-Clinical PT, where she provides career education and job postings for PT, OT, and SLP professionals looking to launch non-clinical healthcare careers. She is passionate about therapists and assistants remaining invested in their professional identities as rehab clinicians, even when they leave direct patient care.

To find out how to connect with Meredith, visit

The Ins and Outs of Clinical Burnout (Episode 92)

Listen to The Ins and Outs of Clinical Burnout (Episode 92)Melissa LaPointe is an occupational therapist-turned-consultant from the UK who helps OT practitioners transition from burnt-out clinicians to thriving, purpose-driven entrepreneurs. After running a brick-and-mortar practice for five years, Melissa transitioned to full-time online business ownership and is now location independent. She helps occupational therapists around the globe to market and sell their digital products and coaching programs with confidence.

On this episode, we talk about coaching as a therapeutic approach in occupational therapy, burn out, and mindset supporting success as an entrepreneur. To connect with Melissa and to access the resources discussed in the interview, visit the podcast website at or Melissa's website,

The Lactation OT (Episode 91)

Listen to The Lactation OT (Episode 91)Marissa Yahil, MSOT, OTR/L, CBS, is an occupational therapist who specializes in lactation and infant feeding. She owns and operates a private practice in Texas called Lactation & Development Resources which serves mothers perinatally and infants ages 0-6 months. Prenatally, she educates and empowers mothers with evidence based information about lactation, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding so that they can go into their birth as prepared as possible. Postpartum, Marissa offers a holistic and integrated approach to lactation support and feeding therapy in order to help her clients achieve their individual goals. Marissa is also passionate about helping other OTs as well as SLPs and PTs transition into specializing in this specialty area of practice. She offers lactation business consulting and mentorship. She is also one of the Co-Founders of The Lactation OT.

As a bonus for On The Air listeners, Marissa is offering a discount of 15% off on an all-access pass for The Lactation OT Summit which will be held June 22-27, 2020. Podcast listeners can use the code ONTHEAIR (no spaces in between those words) to claim the discount when registering for the summit on the website

Connect with Marissa on Instagram @lactdev and visit her website at &

Pediatric Massage (Episode 90)

Listen to Pediatric Massage (Episode 90)Laura Barnhart, OTR/L, CIMI-2, CIIT, has been an occupational therapist for almost 20 years and has a passion for helping the pediatric population and their families. Laura completed her sensory integration training at The Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies in Glendale, Arizona, under the tutelage of Lorna Jean King. Laura first became certified in infant massage in 2004 while working in a small western North Carolina hospital. After returning home to Kentucky in 2010, Laura noticed a significant need for pediatric and parent educational services. Laura became a Certified International Instructor Trainer for infant massage in 2014. She now travels and teaches the Certified Infant Massage Instructor class to pediatric healthcare professionals and has been a 2-time recipient of the Meade-Johnson grant to certify NICU nursing staff. During her class, Laura loves to tell stories of her husband, Robert, and their 2 sons. A fun fact about Laura includes her great-great aunt Loulie Rogers Richardson being on the cover of an OT history book. I guess you could say that Occupational Therapy is in Laura's blood!

For more information including how to connect with Laura, visit the podcast website at

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Supporting Sleep (Episode 89)

Listen to The Role of Occupational Therapy in Supporting Sleep (Episode 89)One thing that many people don't realize is that, as one of the big things that occupies our time, sleep is an occupation. In fact, sleep is a vital part of wellness as research indicates that deficits in sleep are linked to accidents, chronic disease, early mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity (CDC, 2015). On this episode of the podcast, occupational therapists Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, and Kathy Yang, OTD, discuss the role of occupational therapy in supporting sleep and sleep hygiene in OT students and others.

Stacy is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine and Assistant Director of Entry-Level Professional Programs in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine. She has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years, working in a variety of adult physical rehabilitation settings before transitioning to academic education. She has experience teaching a wide range of occupational therapy course content and has collaborated with AOTA’s Evidence Based Practice Project on a number of systematic reviews and practice guidelines related to older adults and aging. Along with her students, she also studies the health and well-being of occupational therapy students. She was named to AOTA’s Roster of Fellows in 2015.

Kathy is a recent graduate from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her work in occupational therapy student wellness has included researching sleep health and developing a practice model for a student wellness program at WashU.

For more information including how to connect with Stacy and Kathy, visit the podcast website at

Professionalism & Passion in Occupational Therapy (Episode 88)

Listen to Professionalism & Passion in Occupational Therapy (Episode 88)Trish Williams, BA, BHScOT(c) is an occupational therapist and the owner and CEO of Spring OT, ​a multi-disciplinary practice in which OT is the lead service provider, in Calgary in the province of Alberta, Canada. Trish is also an educator at the University of Alberta, a coach for OT Entrepreneurs, and the co-founder of the upcoming OT Entrepreneur Summit 2020. She has been an OT for over 25 years and holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and in health science from McMaster University. Trish's current passions include working with individuals with sensory processing disorder and sharing information about the role of OT in pediatric mental health, moving from therapist to CEO, finding order and strategy after the hustle of a start-up, and leading OTs into the confidence required to be business leaders for each other.

On this episode, Trish and Stephanie talk about the application process for getting into OT school and how their own experiences with that compare to how the process works today, things they liked the best about being in OT school, how professionalism is addressed in OT school curriculums, and entrepreneurship and leadership in the field of occupational therapy. For more information and to connect with Trish, visit the podcast website at

Burnout & Compassion Fatigue (Episode 87)

Listen to Burnout &  Compassion Fatigue (Episode 87)Allison Chrestensen, MPH, OTR, is a licensed occupational therapist with over 10 years of experience specializing in cancer rehabilitation. After earning her Masters of Public Health degree, Allison worked in healthcare quality improvement, leading large-scale projects for Medicaid waiver programs and conducting training programs for providers. Inspired by her own patient experience after a catastrophic cardiac event, she co-created a Patient/Family Engagement-focused workshop series that has empowered healthcare organizations around the country to build models for partnership with patients and families. She has served as an advisory board member for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care and is currently faculty for The Beryl Institute for Patient Experience. Allison has a special interest in medical humanities and has trained internationally in mindfulness and narrative medicine practices through the University of Rochester’s Mindful Practice Program. She serves as a faculty member for Duke University’s Reimagine Medicine program, which aims to improve provider wellbeing and patient-provider relationships through the exploration of arts & humanities in medical training. Allison’s consulting company, Tandem Healthcare Solutions, offers “Replenishing the Well” workshops and talks, which teach creative and contemplative practices to help healthcare practitioners cultivate joy in work and reduce emotional distress.

On the episode, Allison talks about burnout and compassion fatigue and shares resources to help occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare providers combat issues related to these conditions. For more information including resources mentioned on the show, visit the website

Partnerships in the Field of Occupational Therapy (Episode 86)

Listen to Partnerships in the Field of Occupational Therapy (Episode 86)Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L has 7 years of experience as an occupational therapy assistant with clinical experience working in various settings such as acute care, long term acute care, skilled nursing, and outpatient chronic pain treatment. She currently works as an adjunct faculty member at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 2019, Niccole ventured forth into entrepreneurship as a founding partner of Aspire OT which is a continuing education company that seeks to serve only the OT profession. Throughout her career, Niccole has exemplified leadership capacity through her impact on the OT profession in the development of future OTA leaders and advocating for OT’s role in the treatment of chronic pain. While serving on two leadership committees within AOTA along with her work on the student involvement committee for the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, she has advocated for OTAs and their roles in leadership. Her work to promote OT’s role in the treatment of chronic pain includes educating OT practitioners nationwide through presentations and 2 OT Practice Continuing Education articles. She has also presented nationally on the subjects of burnout and OT/OTA collaboration. Niccole was recognized in 2016 as the co-recipient of the AOTA Terry Brittell OTA/OT Partnership award and will be receiving the 2020 AOTA Gary Kielhofner Emerging Leader Award in Boston. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with previous work experience in television news producing, marketing, and as a radio personality.

On this episode, Niccole shares about her work as a continuing education provider, entrepreneur, clinician and leader in the field of OT. For more information including about how to connect with Niccole, visit the podcast website at

Home Modification (Episode 85)

Listen to Home Modification (Episode 85)Rachel Russell, PhD, OT, is an occupational therapist, lecturer and researcher based at the University of Salford in the UK. With 18 years of experience of working in adult health and social care, she has been directly involved in the assessment and delivery of home modifications. Since 2011, her research has focused on the home modification process, particularly the role of occupational therapists in this process. During that time, Rachel developed the Home Modification Process Protocol, which helps occupational therapists to explains their role in this field of practice as a design and construction process. For a list of resources including Rachel's contact information, visit the podcast website at

Stories about the Impact of Occupational Therapy (Episode 84)

Listen to Stories about the Impact of Occupational Therapy (Episode 84)This episode features an occupational therapist by the name of Margret Kingrey who retired from practice in 2016 after working in the field for several decades. Margret graduated with a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, in 1976. She worked as an occupational therapist in many different states including Washington and Alaska.

During her career as an OT, Margret worked in pediatrics outpatient, early intervention, schools, nursing facilities, home health and outpatient rehabilitation and taught in three different OT programs. She recently completed her Master of Fine Art in writing at UNO. She also holds an MA in Early Childhood Education from NMSU in Los Cruces , NM. She has an adult son who lives with his family in Lacey, WA. Her current project is a book about her work as an occupational therapist. She is a published author of ALASKA STORIES: A Memoir and several articles and short stories.

My OT Journey (Episode 83)

Listen to My OT Journey (Episode 83)Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with fifteen years of experience in a variety of clinical practice areas. As a certified early intervention provider, she has worked in several treatment settings, including schools, home care for medically fragile infants and children, and hand therapy and splinting for infants and toddlers. In addition to her clinical work, Robin was an Assistant Professor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Master's level OT program at Hofstra University from 2017-2019 and recently joined the BS/MS program at LIU-Brooklyn as an Assistant Professor. Robin has also served as an adjunct professor at LIU, York-CUNY and at Touro College for the past seven years.

In 2011, Robin founded an OT outpatient facility, Forward OT PLLC, for both children and adults in Brooklyn. In 2018, Robin also established the OT program at a primary care facility for an underserved community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn- ParCare Community Network. She is also a consultant for The Lighthouse Guild and recently co-authored an AOTA online CEU course focusing on treatment of vision deficits in children. Robin is currently the Leadership and Management Coordinator for the AOTA Home and Community Health Special Interest Section. Robin has presented her research at the 2018 AOTA conference in Salt Lake City and at the 2018 AOTA Education Summit in Louisville. Her publications include “Advocating for Occupational Therapy in Preparation for the Patient Driven Groupings Model”, SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2019, 4(2), 14-17 and “The value of home health occupational therapy practitioners in home modifications,” SIS Quarterly Practice Connections,2019, 4(1), 17–19. Dr. Akselrud holds a Master of Science from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

Robin recently started the Ask the Therapists program and a student-run podcast called My OT Journey podcast. She is currently writing two books geared towards OT students and new grads to be published in 2020. For more information and to find out connect with Robin, visit the podcast website at

Vibrant Palette: Bringing Art into Occupational Therapy (Episode 82)

Listen to Vibrant Palette: Bringing Art into Occupational Therapy (Episode 82)Diane Knoll, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist who works as the founder and director of Vibrant Palette Arts Center, a non-profit visual arts day program for adults with disabilities in the city of Seattle. With 15 years of experience working in both school settings and pediatric therapy clinics, delivering quality care to clients ages three through adulthood, Diane enjoys working with clients who have self-regulation challenges, sensory processing differences, fine motor delays, and dysgraphia. She specializes in the use of creative approaches to encourage engagement and increased independence with clients.

Diane is currently the only therapist with a specialty certification in the Size Matters Handwriting Program in Washington State. She recently started a consulting company that specializes in providing sensory support for all ages in clients' natural environments, Cascadia Therapy Services. To find out how to connect with Diane, visit the podcast website at

Primitive Reflex Integration (Episode 81)

Listen to Primitive Reflex Integration (Episode 81)Kokeb Girma McDonald, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist, the founder of Polaris Therapy, an online parent and service provider coach, and a best-seller author to Integrating Primitive Reflexes Through Play and Exercise: An Interactive Guide to the Moro Reflex for Parents, Teachers, and Service Providers. She has 15+ years hands-on experience working with children from diverse background and with various diagnoses. Kokeb recently created an online course and wrote a book to teach parents and service providers a step-by-step home and classroom playful exercises, which can be implemented in less than 10 minutes a day to help improve a child's development. For more information about Kokeb's book and to find out how to connect with Kokeb, visit the podcast website at

Intergenerational Relationships (Episode 80)

Listen to Intergenerational Relationships (Episode 80)Research tells us that many older adults wish they could spend more time with people other than those their own age, and it also indicates that there are benefits to both younger people and older adults when those in the two groups interact and form relationships. On this episode of On The Air, two occupational therapy students from Quinnipiac University, Michelle Zubko and Julia Kowal, share about their experience residing at the Pond Ridge Assisted Living community through the Student in Residence program at Masonicare at Ashlar Village in Wallingford, Connecticut.

For more information including how to connect with Michelle and Julia, visit the podcast website at

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Addressing Sex & Intimacy (Episode 79)

Listen to The Role of Occupational Therapy in Addressing Sex & Intimacy (Episode 79)Kathryn Ellis, OTR, OTD, is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Sex, Intimacy and Occupational Therapy, which offers continuing education services for occupational therapy professionals and client services for sexuality counseling. Kathryn is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy and an AASECT certified sexuality counselor. Her mission is to dismantle restrictive norms related to sexuality and intimacy which limit occupational therapists and clients so that all individuals can thrive as sexual beings. On this episode, we talk about the role of occupational therapy in addressing sex and intimacy. For more information, resources and recommendations mentioned on the episode, and a discount code for an online class offered by Kathryn, go to

Making a Career Change to Occupational Therapy as an Adult (Episode 78)

Listen to Making a Career Change to Occupational Therapy as an Adult (Episode 78)Helen Valencia is an occupational therapist who was born in Colombia and migrated to the U.S. at age 7. Helen grew up in Queens, NY, and earned an undergraduate degree from Queens College. She worked in advertisement sales for A&E TV and then worked for the United Nations as a staff assistant in two different offices, the last one being the office of the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

Dissatisfied with what she calls "the office life," Helen began a journey of self-discovery to help her figure out what was next in her career path. After a year of self-reflection, she learned about OT and, as she says, the rest is history.

Helen graduated from OT school at Stony Brook University. She co-founded a non-profit called Project InReach which funded self-development/leadership workshops given to adults in Colombia. She also worked as a translator in Suffolk county at IEP meetings during OT school. Helen recently moved with her husband to New Hampshire and is here in the studio today to talk about leading as an introvert, making a career switch as an adult, mindfulness and motivation.

Research-based Strategies for Teaching & Learning (Episode 77)

Listen to Research-based Strategies for Teaching & Learning (Episode 77)Kripa Sundar, PhD, is an independent researcher and a learning detective. As a cognitive scientist and leader in the field of education and educational research, Kripa earned her doctorate in educational psychology with an emphasis on instructional strategies, with and without multimedia. She managed the Course of Mind project from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as their Learning Science Specialist, following which she did a stint as an adjunct professor at Washington State University. Currently, her focus is geared towards getting her own initiative - Learning Incognito - up and going.

On this episode, Kripa discusses the research she and her colleagues have conducted as well as research done in the field of cognitive science over the past 30+ years. We talk about how the strategies uncovered in her work can be used by OT students, practitioners, and educators to aid in the teaching and learning process.

To access the resources shared on this episode and to see how to connect with Kripa, go to

Bringing an Idea for a Product to Fruition (Episode 76)

Listen to Bringing an Idea for a Product to Fruition (Episode 76)Meghan Fox is the lead occupational therapist in a school district in Southern California where she lives with her with husband, two sons, and dog. A Midwest transplant, Meghan attended the University of Illinois-Champaign for her undergraduate educate where she earned a Bachelors of Science in kinesiology before moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Meghan and her family like parks and beaches and enjoy going to Disneyland, and she and her husband have aspirations for their sons to see the world.

On this episode, Meghan introduces her product WooTape which she developed as a result of her work as an OT. She discusses her drive for achievement that led to her quest for entrepreneurship and shares tips for people interested in following a similar path. For more information about WooTape and to connect with Meghan, visit the podcast website at

Facilitating Healing Through Forensic Occupational Therapy (Episode 75)

Listen to Facilitating Healing Through Forensic Occupational Therapy (Episode 75)Sara Mae Welsh, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist specializing in forensics, recovery, and trauma. Sara graduated with as a Masters in Science of Occupational Therapy in 2016 from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She works with individuals who are incarcerated, fighting addiction, and learning to cope with trauma. Her goal is to provide coping skills and aid in rational thought through meaningful occupations to assist in forgiveness, self-acceptance and courage to live day by day. Sara says, "Breaking stigma and reintegrating this population back into society will benefit us all by making functional adults who want to live independent lives yet just do not know how." To find out more about occupational therapy or to see how to connect with Sara, visit the podcast website at

The Able Fables (Episode 74)

Listen to The Able Fables (Episode 74)Today's guest is an OT who's kind of a big deal on social media these days. Nicole Julia, OTR/L, OTD, - the mastermind behind the social media sensation, the Able Fables - holds a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Belmont Univ. in Nashville, TN. In addition to being an OT, Nicole is a self-described lover of people and a believer in a more inclusive, universally designed world - and now she's a book author as well.

She has started an inclusive movement and a children’s picture book series telling stories, through fables, of love and ability. Through the series she named The Able Fables, she embarked on a beautiful, non-traditional OT journey that highlights the benefits of the community-based practice aspect of occupational therapy! Nicole currently live in Nashville with her husband, Jordan - she just got married last week!

On this episode, Nicole discusses how and why she started The Able Fables and how she gives back through her work. She talks about the first book in the series, Gary's Gigantic Dream, shares about her own gigantic dreams! Nicole's website and her book both launched on Nov. 24, 2019. For more information, visit the podcast website at

A Community of Practice for People Interested in Certified Hand Therapy (Episode 73)

Listen to A Community of Practice for People Interested in Certified Hand Therapy (Episode 73)Hoang ("Wong") Tran - a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and the owner of Hands-on Therapy Services and the online community of practice CHT Secrets - has been practicing as an OT for about 20 years. She started Hands-on Therapy Services about 6 years ago in an effort to help more people with hand and arm injuries be more active and pain free while avoiding pills, injections, and surgery. As a CHT, she also helps a lot of people after surgery get the best possible outcome.

Hoang has always been in education in one form or another; when she started her private practice, she saw a need to create a community for OT's that want to specialize in hand therapy. Through the community she has established since through CHT Secrets, she seeks to provide coaching and mentorship for others who want to navigate the specialty practice area of hand therapy.

Hoang's YouTube Channel and her Instagram page can be found by searching CHT Secrets or by visiting the podcast website,, where you can also find out how to connect with her.

Arthritis Life (Episode 72)

Listen to Arthritis Life (Episode 72)Cheryl Crow is an occupational therapist who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years. In 2019 she created a video and social media channel called Arthritis Life to educate, empower and inspire patients with arthritis and their providers. On Arthritis Life, she shares life hacks from the OT perspective, patient stories, provider interviews, and product reviews in a fun, talk show-style format.

Cheryl has volunteered for the Arthritis Foundation in numerous educational and advocacy events, including speaking at the Juvenile Arthritis Conference, KAT-FISH camp for kids and families with arthritis, and many adult-focused arthritis events. While attending many arthritis focused events, in addition to participating in social media groups focused on rheumatoid arthritis, she observed a huge unmet need for patients to have help in navigating simple daily activities.

She performed independent qualitative research on the discussion content of disease-specific Facebook groups, which showed that patients were spending the most time talking about IADLs (instrumental activities of daily living) and mental health/coping skills in these groups. She presented this research at the WFOT conference as well as the national rheumatology conference in 2015.

Arthritis Life was born out of her interest in finding fun, creative ways to address the unmet needs of patients with arthritis and related rheumatic conditions.

Cheryl graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA in 2012. For the following 8 years she focused her professional work on pediatric developmental disabilities in outpatient and school settings in the greater Seattle, WA area as well as Shanghai, China. She started teaching as an adjunct faculty member at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's OTA program in 2016 and she greatly enjoys educating the future workforce of OT practitioners.

For more information including how to connect with Cheryl, go to

Addressing Test Anxiety (Episode 71)

Listen to Addressing Test Anxiety (Episode 71)David Puder, MD, is a physician who practices medicine as a psychiatrist. David hosts a podcast called the Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast and has an interest in helping students overcome test anxiety. On this episode, David talks about how test anxiety can serve as a barrier for people who are trying to get into occupational therapy (OT) school as well as for those in OT school and OT students who are preparing to take the certification exam and strategies that have been found effective in addressing text anxiety.

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Occupational Therapy as Part of Deaf Education (Episode 70)

Listen to Occupational Therapy as Part of Deaf Education (Episode 70)Maureen Warden has been an occupational therapist for 23 years. After earning a bachelor's degree in health science from SUNY Cortland in central New York, she completed a master's in occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Her early career was in a general hospital setting, working primarily within the inpatient and stroke population. As part of that hospital position, she was sent to the Intermediary Unit near the hospital in which she worked to provide school based services. From that point on, Maureen's focus has been school-based therapy services. She is a veteran member of an interdisciplinary team in a program for children with hearing loss. On a personal front, her life is busy with an active family of five; she and her husband of 25 years have raised our three now-adult children in rural northwest New Jersey and the whole family enjoys all things outdoors.

On this episode, Maureen discusses her work as an OT in a school for deaf children.

Providing Occupational Therapy Services for the LGBTQIA+ Community (Episode 69)

Listen to Providing Occupational Therapy Services for the LGBTQIA+ Community (Episode 69)Michelle Finet is an occupational therapist who has worked with children and youth for over 20 years specializing in the areas of sensory integration and autism. She has worked with clients with a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, torticollis, developmentally delays, brachial plexus injuries, cognitive impairment, muscular dystrophy, and attention deficit disorder.

Michelle has experience running a company providing therapy services through a contract with the state of Arizona as well as working as an ergonomics consultant in multiple settings. She currently teaches full-time in the OT program at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. Her research focuses on how OT can be more involved with working with and providing services to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and she provides services one day per week in a primary care clinic focused on serving that community.

On this episode, Michelle talks about how she became interested in working with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community and shares about the role of OT in providing occupational therapy services for people in this context. For more information about how to connect with Michelle, go to

Brachial Plexus Injury (Episode 68)

Listen to Brachial Plexus Injury (Episode 68)Meghann Rose has been a pediatric OT for almost 14 years. Her first 12 years were spent working at a Children's Hospital in Rochester, NY, where she helped establish a team-based approach to occupational therapy in the NICU and where she focused on infant feeding, positioning and transition to home.

In 2007, Meg and neurologist Jennifer Kwon established the Brachial Plexus Outpatient Clinic and in 2011 they received a grant to develop a protocol for care of infants with brachial plexus injuries and a referral system.

In 2017, Meg transitioned from the hospital setting to private practice, and she now works in an outpatient clinic as part of a feeding team and with infants with brachial plexus injuries. In addition, she works with children and families as part of the Early Intervention system. She has published an article on feeding and another on brachial plexus injuries. Meg is also a mom to three kids ages 10, 8 and 4 and participates in hobbies that include photography and volunteering with the local ambulance core.

On this episode, Meg shares about her path into OT and as a specialist in BPI, and she discusses the different types of BPI and how each is addressed via the protocol. To connect with Meg, go to

Product Creation & Development in the Field of Occupational Therapy (Episode 67)

Listen to Product Creation & Development in the Field of Occupational Therapy (Episode 67)Polly Benson, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist with 28 years of experience treating patients in multiple settings. She currently works for Comprehensive Therapy Consultants in Atlanta, GA as a school based OT. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Polly has extensive experience in technology apps and strategies designed to assist clients for achieving therapy goals. She is a distinguished therapist and seasoned continuing education instructor. She volunteers at her local high school as the theater troupe Booster Club President, and at her church as a high school small group leader.

Recently Polly invented a new product called the Legi-Liner to help students with improving their handwriting. On this episode, she talks about how she got the idea for that innovation and gives tips to others who may also be interested in product creation and development.

Polly's product can be purchased via her website, To access other resources mentioned in the interview and to contact Polly, go to

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Promoting Sleep (Episode 66)

Listen to The Role of Occupational Therapy in Promoting Sleep (Episode 66)Susan Masie, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and CEO & Founder of Pediatric Therapies. She graduated from Quinnipiac College (now Quinnipiac University) in Hamden, Connecticut in 1983. While having early experience in adult acute care, rehab, and home health, Susan has specialized in pediatrics for more than 30 years. She began her pediatric career in schools and home care, eventually moving to private practice. With the desire to truly make a difference in the lives of children and families, she opened Pediatric Therapies in August of 2005. Focusing on excellence in all areas, from the facility, to staff, to programming, Pediatric Therapies has become one of the largest, most renowned therapy clinics for children in Tennessee.

Susan has earned her Certificate of Completion for administering and interpreting the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) and has completed advanced training/mentorships in the area of sensory processing disorders and sensory integration therapy. She has also earned specialty certification as a provider for The Listening Program and iLs and is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to feeding. In addition to her extensive training and expertise in sensory processing, Susan also has a great deal of experience working with children with autism spectrum and behavioral disorders. Other areas of clinical expertise include working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, genetic disorders, learning disabilities, sensory feeding issues, and emotional and behavioral challenges.

Susan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but moved to Brentwood from Connecticut with her husband, Steve, in 1989. She has 3 grown children, Ally, Steve, and Nick and now has 2 beautiful granddaughters, Josie and Gracyn. She loves to spend time with family and friends and Susan and her family are huge Predator hockey fans, attending every home game. Go Preds!

On this episode, Susan talks about common reasons for sleep challenges in children and the successful components of sleep. She discusses quality versus quantity with regards to sleep and the importance of a bedtime routine. In addition, she shares about how to address specific sleep problems and how OTs can work with the family of children with sleep problems. For information about the resources and recommendations mentioned on this episode and to connect with Susan, visit

Narrative Medicine & Theater-based Initiatives in Education & Clinical Care (Episode 65)

Listen to Narrative Medicine & Theater-based Initiatives in Education & Clinical Care (Episode 65)Narrative medicine is an approach that used in clinical practice, research, and education to promote growth, learning, and/or healing through the use of story (or narrative). That story may be communicated in a variety of ways, including through the use of theater, and that's what the guest on this episode has done in her work as an occupational therapist and an occupational therapy educator.

Sally Wasmuth, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Human Sciences at Indiana University, Indianapolis. She has a background in African-American Studies, Philosophical Studies of Biology, and Occupational Therapy. Her research focuses on translational and implementation science, particularly in the areas of occupation-based intervention for addictive disorders and dual-diagnosis. Sally is involved in several arts-based recovery initiatives, including the use of theatre as both a therapeutic intervention and a means of stimulating community conversations on critical topics including the opioid crisis and healthcare inequities related to race and gender.

To access the resources discussed on this episode or to find out how to get in touch with Sally, go to

Purpose Therapy Box (Episode 64)

Listen to Purpose Therapy Box (Episode 64)Ali Isso and Holly Masters are both Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) who work with the older adult population in nursing homes and hospitals.

Through their work, Ali and Holly have observed depression and loneliness, which are overwhelmingly prevalent with older adults and which have been linked to loss of independence, decreased motivation, and social withdrawal. In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 7 million adults over 65 experience depressive symptoms each year. Additionally, 60% of adults in long term care facilities do not receive visitors often, whether it be because their family is busy or lives out of town.

To address these problems, Ali and Holly co-Founded Purpose Therapy Box, a gift box subscription service that allows for the delivery of useful products that inspire positivity and enhance quality of life through personalized products designed to encourage independence, improve well-being, and overall health.

Both Ali and Holly are graduates of the Pennsylvania State University Occupational Therapy Assistant program as well as the Human Development and Family Studies Program. Ali works with the older adult population in both the hospital and SNF setting. Ali says that she has always had a passion for the older adult population and while doing her clinical rotations in OT school, she realized that so much more could and needs to be done. Holly works as a COTA in a skilled nursing facility in northwestern PA and a rehabilitation hospital in northeast Ohio. Her passion is working with the older adult population as she recognizes that they have the best stories and remind me to cherish the little things in life. Holly is a dog mamma to two beautiful Boston Terriers: Betsy and Eloise, and she loves growing plants/trees!

Ali and Holly started their company, Purpose Therapy Box, in June 2018 as a way to keep families connected and send functional items and with therapy box themes to remind our older loved ones they are not forgotten.

On this episode, the founders of Purpose Therapy Box have an exciting announcement to share! To connect with Ali and Holly, to purchase a therapy box, and to access resources mentioned on this episode, visit

A Mobile Clinic: The Sensory Bus! (Episode 63)

Listen to A Mobile Clinic: The Sensory Bus! (Episode 63)Erin Grujic has been an occupational therapist for 19 years. She had a dream many years ago about having a mobile sensory clinic to rural communities in Southern Alberta. Two years ago, she started working as an OT practitioner in the private sector and then one year ago was able to bring her dream to life through the creation of a mobile sensory integration clinic, which she says aligns well with her passion for working with children and their families by bringing the clinic to them rather than requiring the families to travel long distances to get services. Erin received her SIPT certification in 2009.

On this episode, Erin shares about her quest to build the sensory bus and to bring OT services to the community via this platform. She talks about funding issues, marketing, and the use of the sensory bus as a therapeutic tool in working with her clients and others. To find out how to connect with Erin and to access the resources mentioned on this episode, go to

Finding Balance as an Occupational Therapist via an Alternative Career Format (Episode 62)

Listen to Finding Balance as an Occupational Therapist via an Alternative Career Format (Episode 62)Occupational therapist Becca McCaskey, MOT, OTR/L, grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and attended UT-Knoxville to earn an undergrad degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2015 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and then began her career working in outpatient private pediatric therapy. After recognizing some of the signs of overwhelm in attempting to juggle the demands of work and home and even of early burnout in herself, she took time off from work to stay home with her young children.

In 2018, Becca discovered teletherapy and she has been working in that specialty area of OT practice since that time. She has found that as an alternative career format, working in telehealth allows her to stay active as an occupational therapy practitioner while allowing for the flexibility she needs at this point in her life. As an OT, Becca is passionate about working with children of all ages and stages to help them reach their full potential and especially dedicated to helping those children who sometimes "fall through the cracks" due to a "hidden" disability or lack of resources. On this episode, Becca talks about the burnout that seems to be becoming increasingly prevalent amount healthcare providers, the importance finding balance in one's life in order to provide the highest quality of care to clients possible, and the perks of telehealth as an alternative to the traditional format of a career in occupational therapy.

The Connection Between Nature and Children's Health and Wellbeing (Episode 61)

Listen to The Connection Between Nature and Children's Health and Wellbeing (Episode 61)Rebecca Kadowaki is an occupational therapist who has developed an evidence-based toolkit connecting contact with nature and executive functioning in pediatrics as part of the work she's doing in the post-professional OTD program in which she is enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Becca has developed a resource called "Nature + Occupational Therapy" which is a toolkit for executive function in children, which she has generously shared as a free, open-market resource. On this episode, Becca talks about her path into the field of OT, her interest in the link between development, health and wellbeing and nature, research on how and why nature benefits children's executive function, and ideas for incorporating contact with nature into practice and into daily life.

For a list of resources mentioned in the interview, to subscribe to the podcast, or to find out how to connect with host Stephanie Lancaster or guest Becca Kadowaki, go to

Trailblazing in Rehabilitation in China (Episode 60)

Listen to Trailblazing in Rehabilitation in China (Episode 60)Physical therapist Karen Malone, an expert in stroke and stroke rehab after over 30 years in practice, is the guest on this episode of On The Air. In the interview, Karen reminisces about her days in PT school and her first job as a PT working at a small Southern California hospital in stroke rehab. She talks about her experiences in stroke rehab Tijuana and China where she worked for 20 years and where she created opportunities to use physical therapy in a province where no one knew about physical therapy. Now residing in St. Paul, MN, with her son who was adopted from China, Karen is a delightful storyteller who highlights the challenges and the triumphs of being a trailblazer in the rehab field in China. To access the resources discussed on the show or to connect with Karen, visit the podcast website at

Promoting Inclusion Through Books for Children (Episode 59)

Listen to Promoting Inclusion Through Books for Children (Episode 59)Karen Dobyns is an occupational therapist who lives in Southern California. She loves pediatrics and mental health and is adjunct faculty in an occupational therapy assistant college program. Karen was interviewed about her path into the field of occupational therapy on Episode 10 in January 2018 and is back to talk about her experiences in writing a children's book centered around the concept of inclusion (and OT!). She talks about how she came up with the idea for her book "The Centipede Who Couldn’t Tie His Shoes" and what she learned during the process of writing and publishing. The episode is ripe with resources and suggestions; for more information and to access the resources discussed in the interview, visit

Telehealth as a Service Delivery Model in Occupational Therapy (Episode 58)

Listen to Telehealth as a Service Delivery Model in Occupational Therapy (Episode 58)Kami Bible is an occupational therapist who specializes in school-based occupational therapy delivered via teletherapy. In addition to a degree in OT from Newman University in Wichita, KS, Kami also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration. She has experience working in the field as an Allied Health Recruiter for a large hospital system in Oklahoma City, a national presenter for the Bureau of Education and Research and with Learning Without Tears, and a school-based OT both in the traditional, brick & mortar sense and through eLuma, an online therapy company.

On this episode, Kami shares about her path in the field of OT, including her work in emerging areas of practice such as telehealth. She talks about challenges in and the upside of telehealth discusses the topic of telehealth in comparison to telemedicine and telerehab.

For more information about telehealth in occupational therapy or to connect with Kami, visit

Learning in the Field (Episode 57)

Listen to Learning in the Field (Episode 57)As third-year OT students preparing to graduate from the Master's level program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, Chelsea Chandler Holden and Caroline Montague share about a unique experience in the field that both say really helped to shape their learning as future OT practitioners. Both Chelsea and Caroline volunteered at an event called Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville in January 2019. On this episode, we talk about how an experience like TOM can serve as a significant professional learning development opportunity for OT students and practitioners.

To learn more about the TOM initiative, visit
For more information about the TOM event (past or future) at Vanderbilt, check out their Facebook page at

Innovating to Fill a Gap (Episode 56)

Listen to Innovating to Fill a Gap (Episode 56)Jason Gonzales is an occupational therapist and an innovator with experience in product and software development and production. Jason graduated from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a bachelors degree in Occupational therapy. From a clinical standpoint, most of his experience has been in the school setting with some experience in mental health and SNF. Jason has worked in school districts in NY, HI, CA, MA, and NJ. He currently lives with his wife and two children in NJ. He has started two companies (Innovative Therapy Solutions and Double Time Docs), holds one patent and is currently working on production of the new pencil grip.

On this episode, Jason shares about how he became an entrepreneur and talks about how ideas can be turned into products. Resources mentioned during the interview and Jason's contact information can be accessed at