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43 minutes | 12 days ago
Creating Systemic Change in the Occupational Therapy Profession (Episode 110)
Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and a leader in the occupational therapy profession. An alumna of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Anvarizadeh earned her BS, MA, and Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Neuroscience and an emphasis in Ambulatory Healthcare. In her role as the Director of Admissions and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, she is responsible for ensuring the success of the admissions process by creating and maintaining effective admission strategies and procedures. She also oversees each academic program and makes certain the division is filled with high caliber diverse students.Dr. Anvarizadeh also serves as the Chair and is a founding member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), a non-profit organization striving to meet society’s occupational needs by developing local and national initiatives and aligning with key stakeholders to create a socioculturally diverse workforce that is able to provide culturally effective and client-centered services to occupational therapy consumers. An advocate and an ignitor of change in the field of OT as well as for social justice and human rights, Dr. Anvarizadeh is currently running for Vice President of the Executive Board of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has extensive leadership experience including through AOTA and the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). Within AOTA, she is currently a Representative Assembly Leadership Committee (RALC) member and the Credential Review and Accountability Committee (CRAC) Chair.She is listed on the AOTA Roster of Fellows and is a recipient of OTAC’s Janice Matsutsuyu Outstanding Service Award and Vision Award and an accomplished speaker who has served as the keynote speaker and presented on a variety of topics at both state and national conferences as well as lecturing internationally at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ (WFOT) congress. Dr. Anvarizadeh also serves on the Boards of Inclusion Clubhouse and Black Women for Wellness. She is passionate about building healthy, diverse communities through inclusion, health education, empowerment, and advocacy. She envisions creating sustainable communities through social entrepreneurship and policy using an occupational therapy perspective.On this episode, she shares about her path into the OT profession, her mantras and leadership philosophy, and her vision and plans for persevering and igniting change as she continues to create systemic change in the OT profession through action-oriented leadership. Connect with Dr. Anvarizadeh on Instagram @drarameh.
38 minutes | 18 days ago
The Functional Pelvis (Episode 109)
Lindsey Vestal is an occupational therapist and is the founder of The Functional Pelvis, the first in-home pelvic health practice in New York City run by an occupational therapist. She has helped thousands of people overcome chronic pelvic health challenges like incontinence and pelvic pain. Her goal is to empower women and men to listen to the wisdom of their own bodies—without resorting to invasive surgeries or prescription drugs—so they can heal and get back to enjoying life again. She understands that no one else knows a person's body better than that person. She considers the whole person, not just outward physical symptoms. Lindsey offers online training for other OT practitioners who want to pursue pelvic health. This course, which is called OT Pioneers: Intro to Pelvic Health for Occupational Therapists, opens twice a year, with more information available at https://ot-pioneers.teachable.com/In addition, she offers two free interview series featuring OTs in emerging practice fields (women's, men's and pelvic health) where OTs can learn so much about how to enter these fields, how these OTs made it, they favorite continuing ed courses and more. The first series is entitled Pelvic Soma Hour (more info at https://functionalpelvis.lpages.co/pelvic-soma-hour); the second is called How to Break Into An Emerging Practice Area (more info at https://functionalpelvis.lpages.co/ot-emerging-area-of-practice/).Connect with Lindsey via Facebook at The Functional Pelvis, on Instagram @functionalpelvis, or through her website at www.functionalpelvis.com.
58 minutes | a month ago
Health, Wellness, & Community for People with Parkinson's Disease (Episode 108)
On Episode 53, Stephanie Goodman, an OT practitioner from Kansas City, MO, shared about her work as a coach at The Parkinson's Exercise and Wellness Center in Overland Park, KS. On this episode, two individuals with whom she works - Sarrisa Curry and Jacob Weiss - both of whom are pioneering innovative work with people in the Parkinson's Disease community, talk about their work and research with people with Parkinson's Disease. From a young age, Sarrisa has been fascinated by the human body's ability to adapt to the stimulus, positive and negative. She sought a career that would allow her to pursue this passion. She achieved her Massage Therapy certification in 2002. Over the next few years she added certifications in multiple forms of health including weight training, group fitness classes, and nutrition supplementation. She became a NASM Certified Personal trainer in 2014. She spent 6 years as the manager of operations of a high end Racquet Club, learning the ins and outs of the fitness industry. In 2016 she began working with people with Parkinson's Disease in an exercise setting, boxing specifically. Very quickly she saw that the brain, even in a diseased condition, can adapt and positively change with exercise. She witnessed miraculous changes in people's movement, balance, mood, and neurological function after just a few sessions of boxing. It was a lifechanging interaction. She shifted her entire focus to the Parkinson's Community and soon thereafter founded The Parkinson's Exercise and Wellness Center (The PEWC), a non-profit organizations dedicated to offering exercise as a form of therapy for people with PD. She has surrounded herself with 4 other coaches who share the same passion for the PD community and Health. Together they provide 6 different forms of exercise formats in over 25 classes a week via Zoom and in person. The impact her organization has had on hundreds of people in The Kansas City area is phenomenal. Her life was shaped by her fascination and all the paths she traveled prepared her for the mission of The PEWC. She loves the path her life has taken her. She walks along with her husband and co-Founder David Curry. Together they are raising 3 daughters and 2 sons, 2 dogs and a Holland Lop Rabbit. Dr. Jacob Weiss is the founder and the director of HandEyeBody, a social enterprise with a mission to help people of all fitness levels move better, focus better, and function better. Since graduating from Princeton University and completing his PhD in Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University, he has developed and shared his interactive training programs with conferences, corporate teams, schools, and non-profit organizations. He also has toured the world as a professional juggler and social entrepreneur, bringing laughter and joy to communities and families that need it most. Dr. Weiss currently runs HandEyeBody Academy, a global online training platform to bring accessible and fun movement methods to health, wellness, and fitness programs.To connect with the guests, visit their website at https://www.handeyebody.com or follow their work on social media @handeyebody (Twitter and Instagram) or www.facebook.com/handeyebody (Facebook).
42 minutes | a month ago
Computer Simulation Training in Occupational Therapy Education (Episode 107)
Occupational therapist Allison Sullivan, DOT, OTR/L, was the recipient of the 2017 Catherine Trombly Award for Excellence in Research and Education from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy and the 2018 Faculty Excellence award from American International College. She is Lead Faculty for AIC’s Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, where she mentors doctoral capstone projects and teaches courses for the PP-OTD in scholarship of teaching and learning in occupational therapy and occupational therapy theory, as well as providing instruction for the entry-level MSOT program in courses on group dynamics, the development of psychosocial occupations and the mental health process in OT. Her research interests include pedagogy in occupational therapy education, cognitive disabilities, and trauma-informed care. Dr. Sullivan’s study, “Impact of a Fieldwork Experience on Attitudes Toward People with Intellectual Disabilities”, is published in the 2017 November/December issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. As an occupational therapist and educator, Dr. Sullivan has dedicated her career toward improving the lives of individuals with cognitive disabilities and health conditions that interfere with social participation and quality of life across the lifespan, working in day habilitation services, school-based occupational therapy, and residential settings in a career spanning three decades. She is the chair of the MAOT Western Massachusetts Mental Health Special Interest Group, a certified group exercise and yoga instructor (RYT), and the co-founder and leader of #OTalk2US, a Twitter chat for occupational therapists with tens of millions of views of tweets carrying this tag.In this interview, Allison shares about the results of our recent study, which describes effects of participation in an innovative computer simulation training in screening and brief intervention and occupational therapy students’ confidence and preparedness in selecting appropriate responses when using this skill in a virtual assessment. In addition, we talk about trends and advocacy on social media, international connections, and mental health as an integral part of the OT profession. We also discuss the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 from Gallup and Tom Rath. To connect with Dr. Sullivan, follow her on Twitter @_allisulli.
23 minutes | a month ago
A Path of Entrepreneurship: Leveraging What You Know to Start a Business as an Occupational Therapy Practitioner (Episode 106)
Tanya Peterson, MS, OTR, has been an occupational therapist for over a decade. She began her career in acute care at Upstate Medical University, eventually transitioned into pediatrics, and then became a full time faculty member in an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Eventually she branched out on her own to open The Tot Spot Play Center in Upstate NY. And her most recent project aligns her passion for helping other OT Entrepreneurs do the same - Tanya and her business partner are launching Tactical Shift Healthcare Consulting in fall 2020.On this episode, Tanya talks about her innovation and how she became an entrepreneur in the field of occupational therapy and shares tips and resources for other who are interested in pursuing a similar path. To find out more about her work, to access free content, and to request support, check out Tactical Shift Healthcare Consulting at https://mailchi.mp/74317e68f845/tactical-shift-healthcare-consulting-beta-launch. Learn more about Tanya's clinic, The Tot Spot Play Center, via the website at www.thetotspotplaycenter.com or on Facebook or Instagram @totspotplaycenter
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Occupational Therapy & the Spirit of Positivity (Episode 105)
Liz DeFinnis is an occupational therapist and a busy mom of three young children. She graduated from Misericordia University in 2009 with a MS in Occupational Therapy. A few years later she continued her education and graduated from Capella University in 2019 with a PhD in Psychology. She has spent the last several years exploring various approaches to understanding the intertwined dynamic of the body, mind, and spirit. It is now her passion to help others on their journey to prevent, cope, and recover from the stressors of life while finding their way to inner harmony. She utilizes her background in OT and psychology to combine methods for holistic healing, such as reflective journaling, guided imagery, mediation, aromatherapy, and relaxation techniques. Her recently published book, Path to the Aligned Soul, is available for purchase on Amazon. The book is a journey of self-discovery as it walks readers through 30 devotional topics to provide readers an opportunity to step into that alignment in order to achieve living a harmonious and balanced life. Liz has also recently launched a new program called The Peace Project - Pattern Balance to Anxiety Healing, which is designed to provide clients an opportunity to dive into topics such as coping with unexpected life change and releasing control while balancing routines, rituals, roles, and habits. Additional information can be found at www.lizdefinnis.com.Liz is on Instagram and Twitter as @lizdefinnis and has a Facebook Page -www.facebook.com/lizdefinnis/ - as well.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
How Behavioral Change Can Improve Clinical Outcomes (Episode 104)
Occupational therapist Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L, is the guest on this episode which centers on improving clinical outcomes through human connection. As principal owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions, a leader in patient retention strategy, he has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement and through courses & training programs.Resource page: https://rehabupracticesolutions.com/ontheair/Connect with guest:•Email - firstname.lastname@example.org•Twitter - @RafaelSalazarII•Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/RehabUSolutions/•LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafaelsalazarii/•Website/blog - https://rehabupracticesolutions.com/ontheair
53 minutes | 2 months ago
A Desired Quality of Life: Living as an Occupational Therapist with a Mental Health Condition (Episode 103)
Steve Nawotniak is an occupational therapy practitioner living in Buffalo, NY, who specializes in mental health and treatment of mental health conditions. On this episode, Steve shares his insight and perspective about ways to improve quality of life for individuals living with mental health conditions, based on his experience after his own diagnosis. In addition to practicing as an OT practitioner, Steve is a frequent presenter at conferences, meetings, and in classrooms and has authored an award-winning children's book series about a character called Mubu the Morph that speaks to the inner journey individuals face as discovering their purpose. Steve has also written handbooks, including Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder and Bipolar Life Hacks: Keys to Loving Life with a Bipolar Disorder, in which he shares about the skills and tools he uses daily to live with what he calls "a desired quality of life." Connect with Steve via Twitter @SNawotniakOT, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stephen.nawotniak, and through his website at compassrecoverycoaching.com
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Medical Illustration (Episode 102)
Tiffany Davanzo is a freelance medical illustrator specializing in art for medical publications, education and the medical legal field. She is 2003 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Art as Applied to Medicine Program. Tiffany is a Certified Medical Illustrator and has been a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 2001. In addition to medical illustration she is also a portrait artist and online art instructor. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and two young daughters.Some of the resources mentioned during this episode are Tiffany's website, Slaybaugh Studios (http://slaybaughstudios.com/), Sketchy Art School (https://school.sktchy.com/), Netter Anatomy Books, and the Apple digital pencil. To connect with Tiffany, email her at email@example.com. Be sure to check out her work on her Instagram account, @slaybaughstudios
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Enhancing Patient Engagement (Episode 101)
Susannah Bailin is a former patient who was very frustrated by the handouts and generic videos that she was supposed to use to do her home exercises so she started a business called AC Health. Her goal was to make it easy for patients to bring the information - and encouragement - provided to them by their therapists home. Susannah has been a board member of seven non-profits, including schools and a senior living residence. She has worked in venture capital and in career development. She has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.On this episode, Susannah talks about the inspiration she got from her experiences in navigating the healthcare system as a patient and shares about the app she developed that's now available for use, AC Health. This app can be used as a platform for therapist and patient to stay connected and for therapists to store and share home program recommendations for specific patients in digital format. AC Health is available - for FREE - on iOS and Android platforms for smart phones and tablets. There is a 30-minute long free training available to anyone opening an account.Occupational therapy practitioners who want to connect with Susannah about using the app can do so by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone wishing to see a demonstration of how the app works may schedule a demo at https://calendy.com/susannah-bailin/30min. The website for the app is www.ac-health.comSusannah also recommends the program "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron which helps to harness creativity to support the creative demands in the profession of OT.
71 minutes | 3 months ago
It's the 100th Episode!
It's the 100th episode of the On The Air podcast and things are being done a bit differently for milestone installment. On this episode, the podcast host, Stephanie Lancaster, is interviewed by Orli Weisser-Pike, and Stephanie shares about her professional trajectory, including her days as a candy striper, the ah-ha moment when she realized she wanted to be an OT practitioner, her days as an OT student, her segue into a clinical speciality practice area of assistive technology, advice for people starting off as OT educators, and her work as a member of the executive board of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD). Please help to celebrate the 100th episode by sharing with others about the podcast and rating or leaving a review of the podcast wherever you're listening.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Virtual Reality as a Therapeutic Modality in Occupational Therapy (Episode 99)
Dr. Frederick B. Covington is an occupational therapist , award winning inventor, professor, author, and technology design specialist. Following his graduation from Howard University, he began his career as an occupational therapist. His areas of expertise includes pediatrics, school based intervention, autism, developmental disabilities, physical disability and dysfunction and technology as well as geriatrics. Holistic patient care is at the center of his philosophy. For the past 17 years, Dr. Covington has honed his skills in the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland regions by providing private clinic based, residential, adaptive equipment assessments, and safety/ergonomic home modifications. In addition, he has provided treatments for pediatric clients with intellectual impairments, behavioral problems, ADHD, OCD, sensory integration deficits, learning disabilities, and executive functional disorders. With a passion for technology, Dr. Covington has developed innovative animation styled OT intervention for his telehealth therapy clients as well as providing VR-OT sessions through various virtual reality devices. On this episode, Dr. Covington shares about how virtual reality can be used as a therapeutic modality in the field of OT. To connect with Dr. Covington:Twitter - @AskDrCovington2Facebook Page - https://m.facebook.com/public/Frederick-Covington#!/profile.php?id=100003938295036Instagram - @AskDrCovingtonLinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/drfrederickbcovingtonWebsite/blog - Www.TheTherapyInstitute.com
44 minutes | 4 months ago
What We Don't Know About Burnout Can Hurt Us (Episode 98)
Erika del Pozo, MOT, OTR/L, holds a BA in Dance and Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Erika has practiced in outpatient pediatrics for five years and also has experience working with older adults with progressive neurological conditions. Erika created a modified-dance curriculum for adults with Parkinson’s Disease in Boca Raton, FL, in 2016. Erika served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University for three semesters, collaborating with Dr. Lambdin-Pattavina to teach Occupational Analysis and Human Interactions. Erika’s special interests include promoting work well-being and burnout prevention in healthcare. She is CEO and founder of Joy Energy Time, a wellness community dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals to grow in their wellness practices and advocate to improve the industry. She is also the creator and co-host of the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast, a holistic wellness show for healthcare professionals. Erika has worked with several distinguished continuing education agencies such as Occupationaltherapy.com and MedBridge Education, creating short and long evidence-based courses around holistic and multi-level approaches to address burnout and mental health in healthcare. She has also presented on burnout at both regional and national occupational therapy conferences. For more information including about how to connect with Erika, visit the podcast website at www.ontheair.us
30 minutes | 6 months ago
The Brainy OT (Episode 97)
Crystal Cabrera, who is known on social media as The Brainy OT, became an occupational therapist in 2015. Her first jobs were in pediatrics; she worked per diem OT positions at a private outpatient clinic and at a prescribed pediatric extended care clinic (PPEC). After a little more than a year as an OT, Crystal sought out opportunities to work with the adult population. In 2016 she accepted a position at a large community hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Since then, she has dedicated her practice to the neurological population and attained the certification of Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist.For more details including how to connect with Crystal, visit the podcast website at www.ontheair.us
52 minutes | 6 months ago
The Therapist Becomes the Patient: A PT's Experience with COVID-19 (Episode 96)
Do you know what a long-hauler is? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with COVID-19 typically recover from the condition in about two weeks' time, but there are a number of individuals who continue to experience symptoms and/or continue to test positive for the virus for much longer - even 100+ days in some cases. This group of people is being referred to by medical personnel as the long-haulers, and experts aren't entirely sure why those who fit this description can't shake the disease.On this episode, physical therapist Barry Mangione shares about his experience after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and as a long-hauler. As a physical therapist since 1991, Barry's story provides unique insight into the lived experience of a long-hauler as well as the distinct role of occupational therapy in supporting individuals in this group. Besides being a PT, Barry is also a musician (www.bluealienmystic.com), an author, and a podcaster. He lives in New York with his wife and their family. Through his podcast, Self-Help Rockstar Show, Barry features music, interviews, and his own brand of self-help advice in order to raise self-awareness and to inspire people to go out and live their best lives every day. In his self-help book No Easy Answers: A Book of Life-Changing Questions, Barry shares his personal success story with readers so that they, too, can achieve personal transformation.For more information and links to resources discussed in this episode, visit to podcast website at www.ontheair.us
23 minutes | 6 months ago
Long-term Functional Effects of Medulloblastoma Treatment (Episode 95)
On this episode, second-year occupational therapy students Bailey Diprima, Serena Khiantani, and Pam Ponce talk about the outcome of their work in a course in OT school on evidence-based practice. Their study looked at the outcome of medical interventions used with children ages 4-18 for treatment of medulloblastoma, a malignant (cancerous) type of brain tumor that originates in the cerebellum. Their work on this project can be accessed via the following link: https://dc.uthsc.edu/mot2/6/ Bailey, Serena, and Pam are students in the Master's degree OT program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.
31 minutes | 7 months ago
Why Is There a Person in My Computer? The Telehealth Boom (Episode 94)
Brittany Ferri has been an occupational therapist for 4 years, during which time she has developed a specialty in mental health. She founded her business, Simplicity of Health LLC, a year ago and began providing services such as health writing, community health education, corporate wellness seminars, consulting, and private pay treatment. Around the same time her company was founded, she also got more involved with teletherapy. Since this time, she has not only provided telehealth treatment to many clients but has also helped create OT programs within several existing telehealth platforms. Brittany is also the author of a textbook entitled "Effective Therapy Documentation" and a children's book educating kids on teletherapy, called "Why is there a person in my computer?" Additionally, Brittany serves as an adjunct professor at Nazareth College and has guest lectured at many universities on the topics of documentation, mental health, and health literacy. To find out more including how to connect with Brittany, visit the podcast website at www.ontheair.us
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Leveraging One's Strengths to Work in a Non-clinical Capacity (Episode 93)
Meredith Castin, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist who has developed a self-paced online course to guide therapists through the process of finding gainful employment in non-clinical positions. Meredith has been a PT for ten years, during which time she worked in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehab, acute care, and home health settings. She entered the non-clinical space in 2015, starting out as a rehab liaison and co-creating NewGradPhysicalTherapy and NewGradOccupationalTherapy. Since then, Meredith has moved entirely into the content creation world. She has written for OT Potential, WebPT, MedBridge, Breg, Janssen, MD Revolution, Student Doctor Network, and many other health and rehab brands. These days, Meredith runs The Non-Clinical PT, where she provides career education and job postings for PT, OT, and SLP professionals looking to launch non-clinical healthcare careers. She is passionate about therapists and assistants remaining invested in their professional identities as rehab clinicians, even when they leave direct patient care. To find out how to connect with Meredith, visit www.ontheair.us
31 minutes | 7 months ago
The Ins and Outs of Clinical Burnout (Episode 92)
Melissa LaPointe is an occupational therapist-turned-consultant from the UK who helps OT practitioners transition from burnt-out clinicians to thriving, purpose-driven entrepreneurs. After running a brick-and-mortar practice for five years, Melissa transitioned to full-time online business ownership and is now location independent. She helps occupational therapists around the globe to market and sell their digital products and coaching programs with confidence.On this episode, we talk about coaching as a therapeutic approach in occupational therapy, burn out, and mindset supporting success as an entrepreneur. To connect with Melissa and to access the resources discussed in the interview, visit the podcast website at www.ontheair.us or Melissa's website, www.melissalapointe.com
1 minutes | 7 months ago
The Lactation OT (Episode 91)
Marissa Yahil, MSOT, OTR/L, CBS, is an occupational therapist who specializes in lactation and infant feeding. She owns and operates a private practice in Texas called Lactation & Development Resources which serves mothers perinatally and infants ages 0-6 months. Prenatally, she educates and empowers mothers with evidence based information about lactation, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding so that they can go into their birth as prepared as possible. Postpartum, Marissa offers a holistic and integrated approach to lactation support and feeding therapy in order to help her clients achieve their individual goals. Marissa is also passionate about helping other OTs as well as SLPs and PTs transition into specializing in this specialty area of practice. She offers lactation business consulting and mentorship. She is also one of the Co-Founders of The Lactation OT.As a bonus for On The Air listeners, Marissa is offering a discount of 15% off on an all-access pass for The Lactation OT Summit which will be held June 22-27, 2020. Podcast listeners can use the code ONTHEAIR (no spaces in between those words) to claim the discount when registering for the summit on the website www.LactationOT.com Connect with Marissa on Instagram @lactdev and visit her website at www.lactdev.com & www.LactationOT.com
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