Occupational therapists are making a difference in the workplace, their communities, and in the lives of the patients and clients they serve. NBCOT is proud to share the stories of these OTRs and COTAs who demonstrate practice excellence and continue to innovate and impact the profession. Check back often to meet more distinguished occupational therapists and assistants.
Certified OTs in ActionKieran Daly2021-02-09T17:40:27-05:00
OTR Kelsey Watters is the clinical practice leader for occupational therapy and a senior occupational therapist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Through her leadership and mentorship, Kelsey has an impact not only with her direct clients, but also with clients receiving services from OTs across the organization.
For students with special needs, entering the workforce can present new challenges and add anxiety and uncertainty to their lives. Thanks to Deborah Schwind, an innovative OTR working for Loudoun County Public Schools, students are introduced to vocational skills early in their education and use school routines to build transition skills, leading to more positive outcomes upon graduation.
As a mother with first-hand experience of having children in the NICU, Dr. Bobbi Pineda has dedicated years of research and program development to improve not only the developmental outcomes of high-risk infants but also the overall experience for families who have a child in the NICU.
While working as an occupational therapist in an outpatient dual diagnosis clinic (mental illness and substance use), Dr. Pat Precin noticed a gap in services—living skills were being taught without regard to an individual’s substance use.
Michael Ang's client had an acquired brain injury and a lofty goal – to fly an airplane again. Michael listened to his client, put his OT practice and creativity to work, and made his client’s goal a reality.
After spending more than 20 years as an occupational therapist, Carol Garner-Houston knew there had to be a better approach to care for families struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders. She co-founded Brain Harmony and assembled a team committed to helping families gain individualized, one-to-one access to care.