On The air
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Laura Barnhart, OTR/L, CIMI-2, CIIT, has been an occupational therapist for almost 20 years and has a passion for helping the pediatric population and their families. Laura completed her sensory integration training at The Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies in Glendale, Arizona, under the tutelage of Lorna Jean King. Laura first became certified in infant massage in 2004 while working in a small western North Carolina hospital. After returning home to Kentucky in 2010, Laura noticed a significant need for pediatric and parent educational services. Laura became a Certified International Instructor Trainer for infant massage in 2014. She now travels and teaches the Certified Infant Massage Instructor class to pediatric healthcare professionals and has been a 2-time recipient of the Meade-Johnson grant to certify NICU nursing staff. During her class, Laura loves to tell stories of her husband, Robert, and their 2 sons. A fun fact about Laura includes her great-great aunt Loulie Rogers Richardson being on the cover of an OT history book. I guess you could say that Occupational Therapy is in Laura's blood!
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One thing that many people don't realize is that, as one of the big things that occupies our time, sleep is an occupation. In fact, sleep is a vital part of wellness as research indicates that deficits in sleep are linked to accidents, chronic disease, early mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity (CDC, 2015). On this episode of the podcast, occupational therapists Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, and Kathy Yang, OTD, discuss the role of occupational therapy in supporting sleep and sleep hygiene in OT students and others.
Stacy is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine and Assistant Director of Entry-Level Professional Programs in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine. She has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years, working in a variety of adult physical rehabilitation settings before transitioning to academic education. She has experience teaching a wide range of occupational therapy course content and has collaborated with AOTA’s Evidence Based Practice Project on a number of systematic reviews and practice guidelines related to older adults and aging. Along with her students, she also studies the health and well-being of occupational therapy students. She was named to AOTA’s Roster of Fellows in 2015.
Kathy is a recent graduate from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her work in occupational therapy student wellness has included researching sleep health and developing a practice model for a student wellness program at WashU.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Insufficient sleep is a public health problem. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/
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Trish Williams, BA, BHScOT(c) is an occupational therapist and the owner and CEO of Spring OT, a multi-disciplinary practice in which OT is the lead service provider, in Calgary in the province of Alberta, Canada. Trish is also an educator at the University of Alberta, a coach for OT Entrepreneurs, and the co-founder of the upcoming OT Entrepreneur Summit 2020. She has been an OT for over 25 years and holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and in health science from McMaster University. Trish's current passions include working with individuals with sensory processing disorder and sharing information about the role of OT in pediatric mental health, moving from therapist to CEO, finding order and strategy after the hustle of a start-up, and leading OTs into the confidence required to be business leaders for each other.
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Allison Chrestensen, MPH, OTR, is a licensed occupational therapist with over 10 years of experience specializing in cancer rehabilitation. After earning her Masters of Public Health degree, Allison worked in healthcare quality improvement, leading large-scale projects for Medicaid waiver programs and conducting training programs for providers. Inspired by her own patient experience after a catastrophic cardiac event, she co-created a Patient/Family Engagement-focused workshop series that has empowered healthcare organizations around the country to build models for partnership with patients and families. She has served as an advisory board member for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care and is currently faculty for The Beryl Institute for Patient Experience. Allison has a special interest in medical humanities and has trained internationally in mindfulness and narrative medicine practices through the University of Rochester’s Mindful Practice Program. She serves as a faculty member for Duke University’s Reimagine Medicine program, which aims to improve provider wellbeing and patient-provider relationships through the exploration of arts & humanities in medical training. Allison’s consulting company, Tandem Healthcare Solutions, offers “Replenishing the Well” workshops and talks, which teach creative and contemplative practices to help healthcare practitioners cultivate joy in work and reduce emotional distress.
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Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L has 7 years of experience as an occupational therapy assistant with clinical experience working in various settings such as acute care, long term acute care, skilled nursing, and outpatient chronic pain treatment. She currently works as an adjunct faculty member at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 2019, Niccole ventured forth into entrepreneurship as a founding partner of Aspire OT which is a continuing education company that seeks to serve only the OT profession. Throughout her career, Niccole has exemplified leadership capacity through her impact on the OT profession in the development of future OTA leaders and advocating for OT’s role in the treatment of chronic pain. While serving on two leadership committees within AOTA along with her work on the student involvement committee for the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, she has advocated for OTAs and their roles in leadership. Her work to promote OT’s role in the treatment of chronic pain includes educating OT practitioners nationwide through presentations and 2 OT Practice Continuing Education articles. She has also presented nationally on the subjects of burnout and OT/OTA collaboration. Niccole was recognized in 2016 as the co-recipient of the AOTA Terry Brittell OTA/OT Partnership award and will be receiving the 2020 AOTA Gary Kielhofner Emerging Leader Award in Boston. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with previous work experience in television news producing, marketing, and as a radio personality.
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Rachel Russell, PhD, OT, is an occupational therapist, lecturer and researcher based at the University of Salford in the UK. With 18 years of experience of working in adult health and social care, she has been directly involved in the assessment and delivery of home modifications. Since 2011, her research has focused on the home modification process, particularly the role of occupational therapists in this process. During that time, Rachel developed the Home Modification Process Protocol, which helps occupational therapists to explains their role in this field of practice as a design and construction process.
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Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L, has fifteen years of experience in a variety of clinical practice areas. Robin is a certified early intervention provider and has worked in several treatment settings, including schools, home care for medically fragile infants and children, and hand therapy and splinting for infants and toddlers. In addition to her clinical work, Robin was an Assistant Professor/AFWC in the MSOT program at Hofstra University from 2017-2019 and recently joined the BS/MS program at LIU-Brooklyn as an Assistant Professor. Robin has also served as an adjunct professor at LIU, York-CUNY and at Touro College for the past seven years. In 2011, Robin founded an OT outpatient facility, Forward OT PLLC, for both children and adults in Brooklyn.
In 2018, Robin also established the OT program at a primary care facility for an underserved community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn- ParCare Community Network. She is also a consultant for The Lighthouse Guild and recently co-authored an AOTA online CEU course focusing on treatment of vision deficits in children. Robin is currently the Leadership and Management Coordinator for the AOTA Home and Community Health Special Interest Section. Robin has presented her research at the 2018 AOTA conference in Salt Lake City and at the 2018 AOTA Education Summit in Louisville. Her publications include “Advocating for Occupational Therapy in Preparation for the Patient Driven Groupings Model”, SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2019, 4(2), 14-17 and “The value of home health occupational therapy practitioners in home modifications”, SIS Quarterly Practice Connections,2019, 4(1), 17–19. Dr. Akselrud holds a Master of Science from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.
Robin recently started the Ask the Therapists program and a student-run podcast called My OT Journey podcast. She is currently writing two books geared towards OT students and new grads to be published in 2020.
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Diane Knoll, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist who works as the founder and director of Vibrant Palette Arts Center, a non-profit visual arts day program for adults with disabilities in the city of Seattle. With 15 years of experience working in both school settings and pediatric therapy clinics, delivering quality care to clients ages three through adulthood, Diane enjoys working with clients who have self-regulation challenges, sensory processing differences, fine motor delays, and dysgraphia. She specializes in the use of creative approaches to encourage engagement and increased independence with clients.
Diane is currently the only therapist with a specialty certification in the Size Matters Handwriting Program in Washington State. She recently started a consulting company that specializes in providing sensory support for all ages in clients' natural environments, Cascadia Therapy Services.
There's nothing more rewarding than watching someone make progress and become more confident in interacting with their world."
If something seems really hard or really challenging and you don't think you're capable of it, add the word "yet" to the end of that self-defeating sentence because it really helps reframe how you're thinking about it." ~Diane Knoll
Kokeb Girma McDonald, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist, the founder of Polaris Therapy, an online parent and service provider coach, and a best-seller author to Integrating Primitive Reflexes Through Play and Exercise: An Interactive Guide to the Moro Reflex for Parents, Teachers, and Service Providers. She has 15+ years hands-on experience working with children from diverse background and with various diagnoses. Kokeb recently created an online course and wrote a book to teach parents and service providers a step-by-step home and classroom playful exercises, which can be implemented in less than 10 minutes a day to help improve a child's development. The book is available on Amazon.com and also through Kokeb's website; it includes 30 exercises that can be done to facilitate the integration of the Moro reflex. Kokeb's plan is to make this book be the first in a series of books all centered on primitive reflexes.
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Research tells us that many older adults wish they could spend more time with people other than those their own age, and it also indicates that there are benefits to both younger people and older adults when those in the two groups interact and form relationships. On this episode of On The Air, two occupational therapy students from Quinnipiac University, Michelle Zubko and Julia Kowal, share about their experience residing at the Pond Ridge Assisted Living community through the Student in Residence program at Masonicare at Ashlar Village in Wallingford, Connecticut.
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A story about the program in which Michelle and Julia are participating - https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-newsct-uconn-moving-20190822-ykmksd4fjzdvnpuh274zslorkm-story.html
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Via email - firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Instagram - @michellezubs and @juliagkowal