Faculty Who Care
Instructor, Occupational Therapist Assistant
I earned my M.S. in occupational therapy in 2014 and began working as an occupational therapist in multiple assisted livings, a skilled nursing facility and the community. I worked as the only OT in two assisted livings and one skilled nursing facility, educating patients, staff and families about techniques to increase the patients' quality of life. I valued my multiple and dynamic roles as a patient advocate, educator and therapist during that time. I continue to work in those settings on a PRN basis. I began teaching at Central Penn College in 2016 in the OTA program where I enjoy teaching students evidence-based practice and clinical skills they will employ in their own career paths.
In my free time I enjoy Netflix binge watching, exercising in my basement turned gym, training for a certification in biofeedback, traveling and volunteering as a regional leader for a non profit called the Dysautonomia Support Network.
My teaching style utilizes a variety of different tools including demonstration, role playing, lecture, hands-on learning and case study application to encourage competence and proficiency in the skills and knowledge necessary to be a great occupational therapy assistant. I set the bar high for the OTA students while providing them the means to succeed through a variety of educational techniques. I try to provide as many "real world" experiences as I can through guest lectures, videos and stories I bring from the clinic. I enjoy watching it "click" for the students as they correctly demonstrate a technique or explain their clinical reasoning behind what they do. I also focus on relationship building with each student, learning their strengths and weaknesses. I adapt my techniques to match the students' needs to ensure application and learning beyond route memorization. I hope my enthusiasm and love for the profession is demonstrated every day in the classroom and lab.