I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s in Education from Central Michigan University.
I was introduced to OT as a child, receiving services through Easter Seals following casting for hip dysplasia, and decided on OT as a career when I was 16.
In my current practice, I work with adolescents in an occupation-centered makerspace at Warren Woods Tower High School. The OT department developed the "Make it work" program. We use machine-based technology and traditional woodworking to create functional pieces of art using upcycled granite, quartz, Corian, fabric, and porcelain. Here is more information about the program and the products made by our students: (http://wwtot.weebly.com/
). For custom engraving or for specific student made products as seen on the website, members can email firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on products, pricing, and shipping. (Proceeds go toward maintaining and adding more machines to the workshop and sustaining the program)
I am most proud of my collaborative relationships with local colleges and universities and sharing my knowledge with Level II OT and OTA students. I have created a website that features projects from our school-based makerspace and a blog, highlighting the valuable contributions of OT fieldwork students within our district. A gallery of our work can be found at www.makeonomics.com
. I also serve on the advisory board for the OTA program at Macomb Community College and as the technology manager for MASPOT (Michigan Alliance for School Physical and Occupational Therapists).
In 2018, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a colleague to write an article for OT practice. We explored the role of OT in the maker movement through making, machining, and prototyping: https://www.aota.org/Publications-News/otp/Archive/2018/Maker-Movement.aspx (AOTA members can access the link)
My interests outside of work are identical to my interests at work. I enjoy all machine-based making and manufacturing with a particular interest in wood turning, Computer numerical control (CNC) machining and laser engraving. I also enjoy worm farming, aquaponics, beekeeping, and raising chicken and quail. I am most excited about learning how to weld this fall and introducing OT services to students at our alternative high school.
Connecting with other OTs is one of many reasons to join MiOTA. As a member of MiOTA, I have enjoyed several of the free webinars and hope to attend one of the local chapter meetings. I think people should join MiOTA to exchange ideas with innovative OTs in Michigan. Attending and/or speaking at the annual conference is another great way to reach out to colleagues eager to share ideas and information.
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