Following my graduation from Rush University with my Master of Science degree in occupational therapy, I began my career in an outpatient hand clinic in the suburbs of Chicago and expanded practice to work in acute care, acute rehabilitation, and subacute care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities before moving to Iowa. I worked in rural Iowa full-time in multiple small hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health with all age populations for 17 years. In 2011, I transitioned to academia as a program director of an OTA program and later moved on to the position of academic fieldwork coordinator in a developing Master of Science occupational therapy program. This new position allowed me to complete my Doctorate in Education from Allen College and fueled my interests in teaching strategies and pedagogies along with understanding transitioning from one setting to another such as moving from undergraduate school to graduate school. I gain great satisfaction from seeing a student transform to a novice occupational therapist.
During my transitioning period, I became involved in the Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association. I have served as a representative for the state of Iowa for two terms and the Committee Agenda Chair in the Representative Assembly.
Although academia keeps me busy, I continue to engage in opportunities to practice occupational therapy in the community. I also enjoy spending time with my family at the beach and acting in my son’s short films, watching my daughter sing, and attending hockey games.