On The air
List of Episodes
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Susan Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS, is an occupational therapist specializing in driving rehabilitation. She is a certified driver rehabilitation specialist, and has achieved her Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility (SCDCM) from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She completed her training with Susan Pierce’s Adaptive Mobility Service, Inc. in 2003, worked for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Driving Program, served as director for Driving Rehabilitation at Genesis Rehab Services, & now is excited to own & run Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC. Susie is passionate about being both an occupational therapist and driver rehabilitation specialist. Susie is excited to be expanding into private practice to live her personal mission of providing exceptional care for all drivers and education for occupational therapy practitioners. She is devoted to comprehensive care, working to continually evolve her own practice, advocating for the occupational justice of all patients, and sharing her knowledge with others thru lectures, publications, presentations, volunteering, and educational offerings.
On this episode, Susie talks about her role as an occupational therapist with a specialty certification in driving rehab. She shares about how she found out about OT (shout out to all the high school guidance counselors out there who know about OT!!) and her passion for providing exceptional care for all drivers through work with clients in her private practice, contributing to the field and the community through her advocacy efforts, and sharing her knowledge with others through lectures, publications, presentations, volunteer work, and educational offerings.
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The guests on this episode of On The air are the hosts of the Glass Half Full podcast, occupational therapists Jessica Kersey, MS, OTR, and Natalie Barnes, MS, OTR.
Jessica graduated with her masters in occupational therapy from the University of Florida in 2009. She has worked in inpatient rehab in San Diego and Las Vegas and has owned a community-based private practice for individuals with neurological conditions. Jess is now a second year PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh where her work focuses on facilitating community participation for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Natalie has 10 years of experience as an OT in acute care and acute rehab; she currently works as a senior OT in the ICU at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
Our conversation in this episode centers around ways that engagement in the occupational therapy community helps to shape one's career through inspiration, education, support, and mentorship. Jess and Natalie each share their origin stories about how they learned about OT and reflect on their time in OT school. They talk about how they met and how they started their podcast as well as their passions and how that relates to what each of them is currently doing in the field.
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Occupational therapist Mandy Chamberlain, MOTR/L, graduated with a Master's degree in occupational therapy with an emphasis in community based practice at the University of North Dakota. Her varied clinical background includes working with geriatrics through acute care, long term care, home health services, home modification consultation, assisted living, inpatient critical access and outpatient therapy services. She is also working on the development of OT courses and ebooks as well as contributing to the Occupational Therapy and Community chapter of Occupational Therapy and Geriatric Care international textbook to be published through Springer Publishing.
When Mandy is not busy working as an independent contractor, consulting and running a website, she is enjoying the life in the mountains of Colorado with 3 energetic kids and an inspiring husband, all while sipping coffee and planning their next family travel adventure.
On this episode of On The air, Mandy shares about her passion for working with the older adult population and her work as the founder of SeniorsFlourish.com, host of the podcast Seniors Flourish, and as a mentor new grads and OT students through her membership site, The Learning Lab. She also discusses her dedication to helping other OT practitioners working with older adults be the best they can be through education, resources, tips and videos.
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Growing up in Austrilia, Tara Whiteford, now a Registered Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist, always knew she would do something in health but could never put her finger on what the most suited role for her was. After much research, she found occupational therapy and recognized that it seemed like a good fit, and she enrolled after high school at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. After completing her studies, Tara moved to Rockhampton, Qld, for her first job working with children with autism. She has since had several other roles within Rockhampton, and she met her fiancé Tim along the way in her travels. Tara is passionate about sharing resources and “making it easy” for children and their families, and this is a key driver for the London-based organization she and Tim have founded called Look Hear Australia, a virtual library of allied health resources designed to assist families and professionals working with children with what she refers to as individual, additional, and complex needs.
On this episode of On The air, Tara talks about her work in establishing a resource library for allied health professionals and families of children with educational and healthcare needs. She reveals about how Look Hear Australia was formed, how it got its name, and what the vision and mission of the organization is as well as how others can connect and share resources through the group.
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Tamara Calhoun, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist working in acute care in Memphis, TN. She graduated with a Master's degree in occupational therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2013 and is currently completing a post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy at Boston University.
On this episode, Tamara discusses the processes leading her into practice as an OT in acute care, to her decision to pursue a post-professional OTD, and to her research, which centers on increasing cultural competency among rehabilitation professionals in order to better serve the African American community.
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Jill M. Steinburg is an attorney specializing in litigation in the field of medical malpractice, nursing home liability, product liability, and premises liability. She has over 30 years of experience in the field and through her work has gained considerable insight into the documentation practices of OT practitioners and other healthcare professionals. On this episode, Jill discusses the importance of documenting observations and care in specific ways, both for continuity of care and to avoid lawsuits.
Jill is a shareholder in the office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a Memphis, TN-based law firm, and she has tried more than 30 jury trials. She is listed in Chambers USA as a leading medical malpractice defense lawyer in Tennessee and in The Best Lawyers in America in Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. Jill is also listed in the Mid-South Super Lawyers in Person Injury Defense: Medical specialty, and she is ranked among that publication's top 50 attorneys in the city of Memphis and the top 100 attorneys in the state of Tennessee.
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Nerida Hyett is an OT working as a lecturer in the OT program at La Trobe University Bendigo in Victoria, Australia. Nerida completed a Bachelor's degree in OT in 2006, a Master's in Health Science in 2011, and a PhD in 2016. She has worked in community health, alcohol and drug services, youth mental health, and project management. Nerida's research is in the area of consumer and community participation, and she is developing a model of community-centered practice for use in OT. On this episode, she discusses her path into the profession of occupational therapy and her work and research in community-based practice.
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Amy Mooney, MS, OTR/L, our guest for Episode 22, is back to continue the discussion about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or "ME," through the lens of an OT practitioner and as a mother of a child with this condition. On this episode, Amy talks about the distinct role of occupational therapy in working with individuals with ME, and she calls for a shift in thinking that is sure to resonate with OT practitioners and others interested in and involved with ME.
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Amy Mooney, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist who knows first-hand about the role of caregiving and about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or "ME," as the mother of a child with this condition. ME is also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Myalgic Encephalopathy, Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.
Amy has an undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's degree in OT from Rush University Chicago. She is a retired Peace Corp volunteer and has worked as an OT in a variety of pediatric settings, including schools, early intervention/home health, outpatient, and private practice. Amy is the mother of 3 school-aged children including a 12 year-old daughter who has ME. Amy is interested in increasing awareness about ME, especially in the medical community, and hopes to inform fellow OT practitioners about how they can support the care and provide treatment for people with this condition.
On this episode of On The air, Amy talks about her path into the profession of OT and shares about her family's journey with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. We discuss gaps in care and support sometimes experienced by individuals and families with chronic conditions and how a background and training in occupational therapy enters into the equation in assuming the role of caregiver for a loved one with a chronic illness.
David S. McGuire, OTR/L, is serving his second term as President of the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TNOTA). He is employed as an occupational therapist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. David continues to promote the field of occupational therapy by guest lecturing at OT schools around the state of Tennessee. He speaks on leadership and the value of being an active member in TNOTA. He is responsible for creating the OT2 Scholarship which provides a financial award for an OT or OTA student pursuing occupational therapy as a second career.
On this episode, David talks about his path into the field of occupational therapy as a second career. He shares about how he first found out of OT, why he decided to take on a leadership role in OT in the state of Tennessee, and what he sees as his leadership style.
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The host of the On The Air podcast, I have practiced as an occupational therapist for over 25 years and am an OT educator specializing in ed tech and instructional design.