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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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