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Secondary education
            Vassar High School, Vassar, Michigan
                        Graduated in May, 2002
College education
Bachelors in Health Science from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan
Graduated in May, 2007
Masters in the Science of Occupational Therapy from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan
Graduated in December, 2013
Field work Experiences
            Level One Physical Conditions:  Mid-Michigan Health Gladwin Outpatient Center-January 2007 to April 2007; 12 weeks
            Level One Psychosocial Conditions: Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District September 2007-Demember 2007; 12 weeks
            Level Two Physical Conditions: ACQUIREc Neurologic Pediatric Outpatient Center
            Level Two Psychosocial Conditions: Waystation Psychological Services
OT Class Description

OT 302-  Foundations in Occupational Therapy
             Comprehensive overview of the “history” and philosophy of occupational therapy. Focus will be on frames of reference, models of practice and professional ethics including occupational performance. Discussion will center on the roles of therapeutic facilitator, manager and contributor. This course will overview the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process document. The Conceptual Framework of Therapeutic Occupation (Nelson, 1996) will be covered and applied.  Accessibility survey- Frankenmuth, out and about program.

OT 304- Therapeutic Occupation 
The course focus is on occupational synthesis used to design occupational forms that are meaningful and purposeful to elicit occupational performance, adaptation, and compensation. Occupational analysis purposes and processes will be explored as a means to design and select individualized therapeutic occupations.  Craft activities, why the name OT, leisure activity, residential care activity.

OT 413- Developmental Structure and Neurologic Conditions
            Neurological and Neuro-muscular systems are studied with selected conditions including etiology, symptoms, and occupational performance deficits resulting in disease or injury. This course will emphasize normal and abnormal function over the lifespan and the influences of illness/ disease processes on occupational performance. ALS presentation, Dementia paper, Spina Bifida paper, low vision paper, CVA paper, progressive neurological disorders paper, Coronary Artery Disorder paper, Case Study, TBI, chronic pain paper.

OT 423- Developmental Structure and Orthopedic Conditions
            This course will present a study of the orthopedic conditions encountered by occupational therapists. The impact of various diseases and injuries on body structures and functions are studied. Selected orthopedic and musculo-skeletal conditions including etiology, symptoms, and occupational performance deficits resulting from disease or injury will be addressed. The general role of the occupational therapist as it relates to the management of these conditions will be addressed. Finger Amputation paper.
OT 433- Developmental Structure Across the Lifespan
            The impact of various acquired and congenital conditions on occupational performance along the developmental continuum, with particular emphasis on pediatric and geriatric populations, is examined. Community service 3hrsa week.

OT 443-  Developmental Structure Across the Lifespan
            The impact of the etiology, symptomatology and functional sequelae of psychiatric, psychosocial and developmental psychopathology are studied. The psychopathology and the conditions effect on occupational performance will be examined.

OT 500-  Critical Analysis
             Introduction to the research process in occupational therapy including the basic elements of research design, data collection, and critical literature review. This course builds on earlier course content in research design and process skills from KINEA 376.

The focus of this course is the development of a methodologically sound and IRB approved research proposal and research project in the subsequence of research coursework. Through a proposal and project development, students are expected to gain more understanding of research methodologies and designs and to increase their competence in scientific inquiry.

As future professional leaders, OT graduates must be able to locate, understand and critically evaluate published research literature to guide occupational therapy practice and make effective treatment and programmatic decisions. Entry level OT graduates also have the obligation to verify daily practice, increase the body of knowledge and advance the profession through research studies independently or collaboratively. This course prepares students with a critical appreciation of the relevance of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for occupational therapy practice and research. Students will identify issues important to the occupational therapy profession, develop researchable questions and design a feasible, ethical and methodology sound research study a answer these research questions. IRB, Proposal, 

OT 510- Occupational Assessment of Neurological Conditions
            In this class, students will be introduced to the role of occupational therapist in the assessment of occupational performance strengths and deficits in the presence of neurological, degenerative, and traumatic disorders. Through participation in class lectures, group projects, and hands-on learning activities, students will become proficient in the use assorted standardized and non-standardized assessment tools in determining the occupational status of clients with various neurological conditions.  Alpers disease presentation, occupational analysis, wheelchair evaluation.

OT 515- Occupational Adaptation of Neurological Conditions
            Occupational therapy management of, in collaboration with, clients experiencing neurological dysfunction is explored. Contemporary theories and concepts, including rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, and neuro-occupation approaches and foundations will be presented with emphasis remediation and adapting to occupational performance limitations. Must be taken concurrently with OT 510. ADL assessment, Commission on aging

OT 530- Occupational Assessment Across the Lifespan
             The assessment of occupational performance strengths and deficits throughout the lifespan is introduced. Formal and informal assessment methods will be presented. Age and stage specific factors affecting the assessment process will be identified. OT535 at same time. Video presentation, geriatric interview, Geratric Assessment, reflex assessment peds, observation assessment, infant standard assessment, work assessment,  adult sensory profile assessment.

OT 535- Occupational Adaptation Across the Lifespan
            The occupational therapy role in facilitating occupational performance and adaptation to disabling conditions throughout the lifespan is presented. Emphasis will be placed on the pediatric and geriatric populations. Pre-clinical experiences will be included throughout the course requiring multiple visits to community settings and public school settings. Course must be taken with OT 530. Case Study’s child & geriatric

OT 520- Occupational Assessment of Orthopedic Conditions
            The overall assessment and specific evaluation procedures related to orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions of the upper extremity and axial skeletal are presented. Emphasis is on the role of occupational therapy in the assessment of occupational performance deficits secondary to trauma and work-related injuries. Functional capacity and work-site analysis are included.  Occupational analysis, 

OT 525- Occupational Adaptation of Orthopedic Conditions
             Occupational therapy intervention and management of, in collaboration with, clients experiencing disability of the hand, upper extremity and axial skeleton is explored.

OT 528- Level 1 Fieldwork for Physical Conditions Seminar
            The seminar introduces fieldwork policies, procedures, and documentation methods and promotes concepts of professional behavior and communication. It also provides the opportunity to experience current professional roles, the occupational therapy process, and standards of practice. Case Study

OT 620- Therapeutic Technologies
            The application of therapeutic technologies to promote occupational performance is explored with regard to wound healing and pain, as well as medical, surgical, and rehabilitative issues. The principles of orthotic design, splinting, physical agent modalities, and the appropriate application of low and high assistive technology are presented and explored.  Toy device fabrication, toy switch, house evaluation and recommendations.

OT 600- Critical Analysis II
            This course is a continuation of OT 500. Provided IRB approval, the research proposals developed in OT 500 will be implemented in this course. Emphasis is placed on the first hand experienced of the research process (e.g. recruitment of participants, data collection, data analysis, manuscript writing). The lecture course content will include predominantly data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative methods.

OT 540-  Occupational Assessment of Psychosocial Conditions
            This course will present a study of  psychiatric occupational therapy practice in the evaluation of individuals with developmental disabilities or psychosocial dysfunction. Theoretical frames of references in occupational therapy assessment will be covered. Experimental learning will be scheduled in occupational therapy mental health and various community programs. Prerequisite OT 443. Assessment and tx plan for each FOR- behavioral, cog-behav, moho, psychodynamic, sensori-motor, developmental, cog-disability.

OT 545- Occupational Adaptation and Intervention of Psychosocial Conditions
            This course will present a study of the principles of psychiatric occupational therapy practice in the interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities or psychosocial dysfunction in conjunction with OT 540. Theoretical frames of references in occupational therapy mental health and various community programs.              Prerequisite OT 443.

OT 548- Level I Fieldwork Psychosocial Conditions
            Level I Fieldwork will allow students to experience the varied occupational therapy roles and opportunities for intervention within the clinical and community settings for clients experiencing psychiatric, developmental, and psychosocial conditions. Seminar emphasis will be placed on identifying clinical based research opportunities, applying data collection strategies, and enacting evidence-based practice methods. CASE Study

OT 610- Community Integration
            This course will explore the interrelationship of occupation and community-based services within the context of community integration. Community integration in this context is represented by occupational performance of the individual within their home, socially with others, and by participation in productive activities. Presented also is an analysis of the development and implementation of occupational therapy initiatives with marginalized populations form an occupational justice perspective of health. Students will discuss and develop program initiatives considering the resources and environmental context with an analysis of occupation, enabling constructs, and justice frameworks. Experimental learning associated with Level 1 psychosocial fieldwork and involvement in community-based service programs is a required part of the learning experience. Prerequisite: OT 443. Community interview, Community A and Intervention plan., community site visits.

OT 650-  Graduate Project Design
            Guidance is provided in the preparation of a research proposal or thesis project related to the student’s area of interest. Students will submit their journal-ready manuscript from the research investigation completed in OT 600. CIMT case report and symposium.

OT 615- Educational Processes in Occupational Therapy
             The philosophical foundations of learning and their relationships to occupational therapy theoretical principles are examined. Major approaches to teaching are discussed and implications for occupational therapy practice are sought. Close attention is paid to the educative role of occupational therapy in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, community agencies, and agencies of higher education. Program Plan.

OT 630- Occupational Therapy Leadership
            Contemporary management systems and models and leadership theories are presented within the context of occupational therapy practice. Students will also identify models of systems change appropriate for application to occupational therapy.  EBV Center Program Development.

OT 635- Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy
            Students will engage in an evaluation of the environmental, political, sociological, practice, and policy issues currently affecting the delivery of occupational therapy services. Students will explore solutions and develop strategies for systems change from the local to the global level of professional service. The ethical dimensions and values inherent within the professional organizations, associations, and professional relationships are included. Accessibility presentation, Advocacy project,
OT 658- Graduate Project Implementation

OT 660- Professional Role Transitions
             Students will reflect on their occupational therapy education through development of a professional portfolio. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is also mandated within this course. Level II Fieldwork policies, procedures, and expectations will be presented. 

OT 670- Level II Fieldwork Psychosocial Conditions

OT 675- Level II Fieldwork Physical Conditions

Class Projects
Adaptive Toy/Switch: In our therapeutic Adaptations and Technology in OT class we each constructed a copper wafer adapter (aka “pigtail”), permanently adapted a battery-operated toy, and fabricated an adaptive lever push toy.
Disability Awareness Project: In our OT Assistive Technology we were each given several disabilities that we had to emulate as we shopped around campus.  We were given a list of things to do including asking an employee for help and purchasing a item.
Adaptive Device Fabrication:
Home Modification:

Reflex Testing: An Overview
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Mental Impairment
Chronic Pain
Eating Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Conversion Disorder
The Psychosocial Effects of Cerebral Palsy
Spinal Cord Injury
Progressive Neurological Disorders
Traumatic Brain Injury
Cerebral Vascular Accident
Huntington ’s Disease
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Case Study: Chronic Pain
Case Study: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Case Study: Adjustment Disorder
Case Study: Learning Disorders
Case Study: Total Hip Replacement
Case Study: Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
Case Study: Myocardial Infarction
Case Study: Spinal Cord Injury
Case Study: Radial Nerve Palsy
Case Study: Social Phobia
Occupational Profile: Adult Cerebral Palsy
Occupational Analysis: Cerebral Vascular Accident
Occupational Analysis: Radial Nerve Palsy