Certified OTs in Action

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.

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An OTR’s Interventions Fill a Significant and Vital Gap in Primary Health Care for the Most Vulnerable Clients

September 13th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Dr. Vanessa Dazio, an OTR at the CARES Claude Pepper Senior Health Clinic, developed and expanded the clinic’s first occupational therapy program as a way for the clinic to fill a gap in primary care.

OTR Helps Elevate the Importance of Occupational Therapy While Promoting a High Level of Competency Among Therapists

April 2nd, 2021|Tags: , , |

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.

Early Vocational Skills Program Is a Key to Job Success for Elementary-School Students With Special Needs

April 2nd, 2021|Tags: , , |

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.

OTR’s Personal and Professional Experiences Inspire Improved NICU Stays for Infants and Parents

March 22nd, 2021|Tags: , , , |

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.

OTR’s Assessment Tool Shows Improving Patient Handling Leads to Better and Safer Outcomes for Patients and Care Providers

March 19th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Teresa Boynton, an OTR from Colorado, developed the Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT) so nurses could better determine patients’ current mobility status and safely handle them.

OTR’s Innovative Approach Unites Occupational Therapy With 12-Step Recovery Model

March 5th, 2021|Tags: , , |

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.

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