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The Ins and Outs of the AOTA Conference

Listen to The Ins and Outs of the AOTA ConferenceAttending conferences is a great way to learn new things and connect with people within the occupational therapy community. And one of the biggest events each year within the United States is the American Occupational Therapy Association conference. This episode details specifics about what the AOTA conference looks like, how to prepare, and tips on how to make for successful conference experience.

The Business Side of Occupational Therapy with Brandon Seigel

Listen to The Business Side of Occupational Therapy with Brandon SeigelUnderstanding the business side of occupational therapy is pivotal for any therapist and practice owner to know. In order to be successful within our profession, we must be aware of the state of healthcare and be solid within our purpose as a clinician. Our guest today, Brandon Seigel, is a private practice business consultant and executive director of Wellness Works Management Partners with years of experience helping practitioners start, run, and advance their practices to the next level. Brandon recently published a book called The Private Practice Survival Guide, outlining highly useful information for therapists and practice owners alike. He presents all over the country at local and state conferences and has an online course and private practice podcast launching soon. His goal is to help therapists in creating a business model that ultimately helps them excel both on a business side and on a clinical side.

The Power of Play in Clinic Based Therapy with Francesca Avalli

Listen to The Power of Play in Clinic Based Therapy with Francesca AvalliWe all discover occupational therapy through different ways and it is always fascinating to hear how each therapist is first introduced into this wonderful profession. Our guest today is the whole reason that our host Sarah became an occupational therapist in the first place after meeting her while she worked at a local preschool. Francesca Avalli, MS, OTR/L has a wealth of knowledge from her years working in pediatrics, both in the school and clinic setting, and has a passion for the profession of occupational therapy that is undeniable. She runs her own pediatric clinic in Los Angeles, California and created an awesome product called Handee Band to facilitate her client’s strength and growth.

Exploring the Country Through Travel Therapy with Emily Ann Becker

Listen to Exploring the Country Through Travel Therapy with Emily Ann BeckerTravel therapy is a unique practice area that consists of traveling to different parts of the United States in order to provide therapy services to places in need. Usually, rotations last about 13 weeks and then the therapist moves on to another placement. Sometimes there can be a potential to sign on for additional time if the services continue to be needed. Emily Ann Becker, OTR/L, is a travel occupational therapist who is currently licensed in 6 states and works in a variety of different settings, including skilled nursing facilities and home health. She discusses the best and worst parts of working in travel therapy and how flexibility is essential. Throughout our discussion she sheds light on the complexities and opportunities that being a travel therapist provides, as well as her passion for helping to inspire others.

How Deep is Your Love For OT with Michael Roberts

Listen to How Deep is Your Love For OT with Michael RobertsDr. Michael Roberts, OTD, OTR/L, is the founder and current program director of the master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy at Regis College, in Boston Massachusetts. He has a strong passion for all things occupational therapy, as well as educating and empowering current occupational therapy students. His clinical background focused on adult physical dysfunction (inpatient, outpatient, and home care) with a specialty in oncology rehabilitation. He has completed research in fieldwork performance and next generation gaming consoles (Nintendo Wii) for health and wellness purposes, as well as presented at numerous state and national conferences, and independent oncology rehabilitation seminars. Dr. Roberts is the creator and host of the “I Love OT Podcast”, a show that highlights what is special, exciting, unique, and rewarding about the field of occupational therapy. His dedication and excitement for our profession pours out through his words as he shares wonderful stories and insightful wisdom from his OT experiences.

Crafting Your Life for Success with Intention and Purpose with Andy Nielsen from OT Growth

Listen to Crafting Your Life for Success with Intention and Purpose with Andy Nielsen from OT GrowthAndy Nielsen, OTS, is a current OT student at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona who comes to our profession after many years in tech sales and business. He has designed his life with purpose and intention in order to maintain a family-friendly lifestyle, as well as to serve others and contribute to society in a meaningful way. Over the years he has developed a strong passion for entrepreneurship by creating things to help others and assisting people achieve success. Currently, he runs OT Growth, a website aimed at helping pre-OT students, current OT students, and OT practitioners succeed within the career.

Incorporating Dogs into Animal Assisted Therapy with Karen Ni from Sun Dog Therapy

Listen to Incorporating Dogs into Animal Assisted Therapy with Karen Ni from Sun Dog TherapyDr. Karen Ni, OTD, MA, OTR/L, CPDT-KA is passionate about using animal assisted therapy as a meaningful and powerful therapeutic tool. She uses her dogs, Dottie and Tater, as her canine co-therapists to assist in her therapy sessions and provide a different perspective and aspect to therapy interventions. She has also opened her own private practice, Sun Dog Therapy, that offers occupational therapy services, dog training, and other types of services related to caring for and learning about dogs.

Leading From Where You Are with Ijeoma Ikpeze

Listen to Leading From Where You Are with Ijeoma IkpezeIjeoma (EJ) Ikpeze OTA/S is an OTA student at Erie Community College who recently finished her school work and is about to embark on her first Level II fieldwork. She is also the only current student and only OTA accepted into the prestigious AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program.

Happiness Through Movement, Education and Volunteering with Elizabeth DeBlasi

Listen to Happiness Through Movement, Education and Volunteering with Elizabeth DeBlasiElizabeth DeBlasi, MS, OTR/L has developed her passion in pediatric occupational therapy into international travel and volunteer work. She immediately took action to make her dreams about volunteering internationally come true. She has since become an integral part of the new non-profit Therapists Without Borders.

Notes From the OT School House with Jayson Davies and Abby Parana

Listen to Notes From the OT School House with Jayson Davies and Abby ParanaJayson Davies, MA, OTR/L and Abby Parana, MS, OTR/L are pediatric occupational therapists that work in a school based setting. They have a unique view on how to provide treatment and advocate for their clients. They also host their own OT podcast: OT School House.

OT-PT Collaboration in Early Intervention with Jennifer Ogawa, PT

Listen to OT-PT Collaboration in Early Intervention with Jennifer Ogawa, PTOccupational and Physical Therapists often work together on clients to achieve similar goals through different lenses. Jennifer and Sarah discuss how they approach early intervention from each of their view points and the benefits of collaborating between disciplines.

OT Round Table: The Best Parts, The Hardest Parts and What We Wish Others Understood About OT

Listen to OT Round Table: The Best Parts, The Hardest Parts and What We Wish Others Understood About OTThis is the first edition of the OT Round Table, a casual discussion with OT practitioners from different background about the best and worst parts as well as what we wish others understood about our profession.

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 6 of 6 - Week 13: Reflections on the Experience

Listen to Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 6 of 6 - Week 13: Reflections on the ExperienceThe fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 6 of a 6 part mini-series.

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 5 of 6 - Week 9: Struggling to Balance Fieldwork with Life

Listen to Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 5 of 6 - Week 9: Struggling to Balance Fieldwork with LifeThe fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 5 of a 6 part mini-series.

The Very First Steps in Becoming an OT with Rachel Moore

Listen to The Very First Steps in Becoming an OT with Rachel MooreRachel is an OT volunteer with Sarah's private practice who is gaining volunteer hours for her application to OT school.

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 4 of 6 - Week 6: Halfway Through Fieldwork and Experiencing the Midterm Review

Listen to Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 4 of 6 - Week 6: Halfway Through Fieldwork and Experiencing the Midterm ReviewThe fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 4 of a 6 part mini-series.

Using Gardens in a Holistic Approach to Occupational Therapy with Deedee Levine

Listen to Using Gardens in a Holistic Approach to Occupational Therapy with Deedee LevineWhile working as a school-based OT, Deedee Levine MS, OTR/L, YT-200, CD has found gardening and gardens to be a unique and integral part of her Occupational Therapy treatments.

A Special Episode Full of Thanks

Listen to A Special Episode Full of ThanksSarah takes the time on a special holiday to reflect on all the things she's thankful for. From the families that allow her to have impact on their lives to the people that have helped her get the podcast off the ground.

Making A Difference Around The Globe With Lauren Stanley-Alpert

Listen to Making A Difference Around The Globe With Lauren Stanley-AlpertLauren Stanley-Alpert, MS, OTR/L created Therapists Without Borders to connect occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists with communities across the globe that have a significant need for therapy services while making sure that the services provided has a long lasting positive effect on the population.

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 3 of 6 - Week 5: Bridging the Gap Between Student and OT Practitioner

Listen to Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 3 of 6 - Week 5: Bridging the Gap Between Student and OT PractitionerThe fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 3 of a 6 part mini-series.

From Occupational Therapist to Entrepreneur with Cami Culwell

Listen to From Occupational Therapist to Entrepreneur with Cami CulwellStarting a business takes a lot of nerve. Learn how Clinitote was started and how occupational therapy helped push Cami Culwell through the hurdles of starting a new business.

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 2 of 6 - Week 2: Moving from Observation to Hands-On Practice

Listen to Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 2 of 6 - Week 2: Moving from Observation to Hands-On PracticeThe fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into practitioners. This is episode 2 of a 6 part mini-series.

Limiting Beliefs, Accountability and Masterminds with Leo Valenzuela

Listen to Limiting Beliefs, Accountability and Masterminds with Leo ValenzuelaEveryone needs support networks. Sarah and Leo discuss limiting beliefs, holding each other accountable and setting up mastermind groups and private practices.

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 1 of 6 - Week 0: Excitement and Trepidation as Fieldwork Begins

Listen to Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 1 of 6 - Week 0: Excitement and Trepidation as Fieldwork BeginsThe fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into practitioners. This is episode 1 of a 6 part mini-series.

Fresh Perspectives from First Year OT Students with Alex, Christina, and Regina

Listen to Fresh Perspectives from First Year OT Students with Alex, Christina, and ReginaCurrent OT students bring an undeniable passion and energy to the profession with a fresh new perspective. Listen as we discuss their excitement for their OT careers.

Voices from the OT Community at the 2018 AOTA Conference

Listen to Voices from the OT Community at the 2018 AOTA ConferenceShare in the excitement as the OT community gathers every year at AOTA.

Inspiration, Sensory Integration and Zen with Roxie Fernandez

Listen to Inspiration, Sensory Integration and Zen with Roxie FernandezRoxie Fernandez walks us through all of life's twists and turns that lead her to become an Occupational Therapist.