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BIO & POSITION STATEMENT

EDUCATION

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD), Thomas Jefferson University, 2010.
Master of Science (MS), Occupational Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), 2006.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)--Major: Art History, Minor: Chemistry, College of Charleston, 2000.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Medical University of South Carolina Division of Occupational Therapy, Charleston, SC: Director of Admissions, 2018–present; Assistant Professor, 2017–present; Instructor, 2014–2017; Adjunct Faculty, 2010–2014.


Vida Bella Services, LLC, North Charleston, SC: Owner/Supervising Occupational Therapist, 2012–present.


Colleton Medical Center (HCA South Atlantic Hospitals), Walterboro, SC: Occupational Therapist (PRN), 2011–2013. Coastal Therapy Services, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC: Pediatric Occupational Therapist, 2007–2011.


Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive Education (PACE), Charleston, SC: Pediatric Occupational Therapist (PRN), 2009–2011.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

AOTA: SC Representative to the Representative Assembly (RA), 2016–2019, 2010–2013. AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program Participant, 2012.  AOTA member, 2004–present.


SC State Affiliate Activities: Secretary & SCOTA Executive Board, 2013–2015. SCOTA member, 2004–present.


Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD): COTAD–ED Educator Outreach Initiative Co–Coordinator, 2017–present. Academic Engagement Co–Coordinator, 2016–present. Co–Founder/Member, 2014–present.

HONORS/AWARDS

University:

  • Nominated for MUSC President’s Values in Action Award, 2019

  • Nominated for Earl B. Higgins University Leadership in Diversity Award, 2017 & 2018

  • Nominated for MUSC Educator–Mentor Award, 2017

College:​

  • CHP Excellence in Service Award, 2018

  • CHP Achievement in Diversity Award, 2018

  • Emily L. Moore and J. Herman Blake CARE Fund Award for Pioneer Volunteer Faculty Leaders in the CARES Therapy Clinic, 2013

Academic:

  • Alicia Balkcum Outstanding Student Award for Occupational Therapy, 2006

  • College of Health Professions Alumni Association Award, 2005 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Award, 2006

  • Circulo Hispano-Americano de Charleston Scholarship Award, 2004

POSITION STATEMENT

Over the next 3 to 5 years, the Association must continue promoting advocacy, access to care, and leadership development. Advocacy is imperative to continue to promote the profession and better serve consumers at local, state, and national levels. We have opportunities to build on our current advocacy initiatives to promote the profession within states, educate stakeholders and gatekeepers, and ensure continued job growth and access to occupational therapy services.


The Association must continue to promote access to care for current and potential consumers to effectively meet society’s occupational needs and Vision 2025. This includes promoting an inclusive and accessible workforce through academic programs and across practice areas to increase access to services in innovative and sustainable ways. Our Association must continue to promote leadership development to meet these needs and produce measurable solutions and outcomes throughout our society.


My experiences have strived to promote the profession in these areas through leadership initiatives nationally, state-wide, and throughout a variety of clinical experiences. I am passionate about moving forward Vision 2025 and have a record of collaboration both within and outside of the profession to catalyze positive change and enrich the experiences of stakeholders and constituents.

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