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Cristina Smith OTD

Cristina Reyes Smith OTD

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CRISTINA REYES SMITH, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor and Director of Admissions 
Division of Occupational Therapy
College of Health Professions 
Medical University of South Carolina

 

EDUCATION 

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia,  PA 
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy   2010
Fellowship & Capstone Project—a participatory action research approach to develop a program manual promoting social participation for children with special needs
Independent study coursework in disabilities studies, cultural competence and humility, and graduate teaching in the 21st century

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston,  SC          
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, With Honors    2006
Founding President of the MUSC Alliance for Hispanic   Health
Presidential Scholars Program (interdisciplinary program on healthcare disparities)
Inaugural Interprofessional Day Planning Committee,  Student  Representative

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC    
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Minor in   Chemistry     2000
Graduate of Honors Program
Honors Bachelor’s Essay, Tutorial, and Interdisciplinary  Coursework


AWARDS & HONORS

Nominated for MUSC President's Values in Action Award   2019
CHP Faculty Excellence in Service Award   2018
CHP Achievement in Diversity Award   2018
Nominated for Earl B. Higgins University Leadership in Diversity   Award     2018
Nominated for Earl B. Higgins University Leadership in Diversity   Award     2017
Nominated for MUSC Educator-Mentor  Award 2017
Emily L. Moore and J. Herman Blake CARE Fund Award for Pioneer Volunteer Faculty Leaders in the CARES Therapy  Clinic    2013
American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging Leaders Development Program Participant          2012
Alicia Balkcum Outstanding Student Award for Occupational  Therapy       2006
CHP Alumni Association Scholarship  Award    2006
CHP Dean’s Honors List    2005 – 2006
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship  Award 2005

 

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP & ASSOCIATIONS

 

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)        2004 – Present

Board of Directors, Director-Elect 2020-Present

SC Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly          2016 – 2019

AOTA Representative Assembly Mentor 2011 – 2013

SC Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly          2010 – 2013

Co-Developer of AOTA Residency Program Policy & Procedure Manual            2012

Representative Assembly Operations and Functions Ad Hoc Member            2011

 

South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (SCOTA)            2014 – Present

 Member (Occupational Therapist)          2004 – Present

  Annual SCOTA Lowcountry District OT Month Picnic, Co-Founder/Co-Coordinator       2014 – 2015

  SCOTA Executive Board, Secretary      2013 – 2015

SCOTA Lowcountry District Fall Meeting and Continuing Education Sessions, Co-Coordinator          2013

 
Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)                 2014 – Present

COTAD-ED Educator Outreach Initiative Co-Coordinator 2017 – Present

Academic Engagement Co-Coordinator  2016 – Present

Annual Diversity Breakfast Volunteer      2015 – Present

Co-Founder/Member     2014 – Present


Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)          2010 – Present

University:

Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest Planning Committee, Chair       2018 – Present

Culturally Sensitive Care Program Planning Committee, Chair     2018 – Present

MUSC Commencement Ceremony, Faculty Marshall       2014 – Present

AHEC Summer Careers Academy, OT Track Coordinator            2014 – Present

Community Health Strategic Plan Action Planning Committee, Member                             2018

Assoc. Director of Student Diversity Search Committee, Member             2016

Diversity Strategic Plan Education & Training Workgroup, Member            2014

 

College of Health Professions:

OT Student Professional Development, Faculty Coordinator       2019 – Present

Faculty Assembly Awards Committee, Member   2019 – Present

Aprendiendo Juntos Spanish Club, Faculty Advisor         2017– Present

  OT Graduation Ceremony, Faculty Coordinator  2015 – Present

  OT Student Professional Development, Faculty Advisor  2014 – Present

  Faculty Assembly Elections Committee, Chair    2018 – 2019

  Student Diversity Leadership Council, Faculty Advisor     2015 – 2019 

  OT Faculty Search Committee, Member 2018

  Dean’s Office, Diversity Liaison 2017 – 2018   

  Diversity Committee, Chair        2017 – 2018

  Diversity Committee, Member   2015 – 2018

 PA Faculty Search Committee, Member 2017 – 2018

  Diversity Officer Search Committee, Member     2016

  Dept. of Health Professions Faculty Practice Task Force, Member            2013 – 2015

  Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship and OT Alumni Luncheon, Founding Committee Member    2013 – 2015

 

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS  

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication:

  • Horowitz, B. P., Lopez, A., & Smith, C. R. (2018). Culturally competent strategies: Evidence and case studies to improve health and occupational participation in the United States, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, DOI:  10.1080/14473828.2018.1432313

    Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Vesely, P. & Smith, C. R. (2016). Alegría: A dance-based community health education    program for Spanish-speaking families. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections: A Supplement to OT Practice, 1(1), 4-5.
  • Wilson, S., Anvarizadeh, A. Drazen, C. H., Holland, D., Kwebetchou, N., Smith, C. R., & Skowronski, J. (2015). Diversity in the workforce: Perspectives from emerging leaders. OT Practice Magazine, 20(21), 19-20.
  • Smith, C.R., Drazen, C.H., & Toth-Cohen, S. (2014). No hablo inglés: Client-centered occupational therapy practice with Spanish-speaking clients, OT Practice Magazine, 19(22), 8-12.
 

PROFESSIONAL MEDIA   

     American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)  

  •  AOTA Channel Pediatric Virtual Chat  Speaker “Chat in Spanish for Families: Pediatric OT” (Bilingual  Session)          2015
  •  OT Practice Magazine Podcast  Interviewee
     “Working with Non-native English  Speakers”    2015

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE  

Medical University of South Carolina 

Director of Admissions, Division of Occupational Therapy, 2018 – Present

Consult with prospective occupational therapy students regarding admissions. Oversee admissions website and recruitment materials. Engage with community stakeholders and prospective students at community events. Coordinate Division participation in College and University recruitment activities. Coordinate application processing and interviews.

 

Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, 2017 – Present

Provide lecture and learning experiences for occupational therapy students around topics such as leadership and advocacy, consumer access to OT services, global issues in OT, delivery and management of OT services, and pediatrics. Serve on CHP Diversity Committee, CHP Faculty Practice Committee, MUSC Diversity Officers and Champions Committee, Asst. Director of MUSC Student Diversity Search Committee, etc.  Serve as Faculty Advisor for the CHP Student   Diversity Leadership Council. Serve as Faculty Advisor for educational research group “A comparative study of the effects of a mixed    methods course elective on students' attitudes, confidence, and perceived ski lls  in working with diverse and under-served communities.” Serve as Faculty Coordinator for annual OT Graduation Ceremony. Participate in and facilitate Division, Department, and College faculty meetings regarding Accreditation, Student Professional Development, Curriculum updates, etc. Participate in College and University interprofessional initiatives and various committees as needed.

 

Diversity Liaison, Office of the Dean, 2017 – 2018

Served as Chair of CHP Diversity Committee. Collaborated with CHP Diversity Committee and stakeholders to coordinate College-wide events and initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion. Engaged with CHP Chairs, Division Directors, and Staff Team Leaders for strategic initiatives to promote progress towards CHP Diversity and Inclusion goals to promote a more inclusive environment, enhance student diversity, and support faculty/staff diversity. Participated in CHP Leadership Council, CHP Academic Leadership Team, and MUSC University Diversity Officers and Liaisons Committees. Conducted needs assessment with targeted and general focus groups, individual   and group leadership meetings, and surveys of faculty and staff in Fall 2017. Collaborated with Associate Director of Student Diversity to facilitate student needs assessment with targeted and general focus groups, individual and group meetings with students and student leaders, and survey Fall 2017.

 

Instructor, Division of Occupational Therapy, 2014 – 2017

Provided lecture and learning experiences for occupational therapy students around topics such as leadership and advocacy, consumer   access to OT services, global issues in OT, delivery and management of OT services, and pediatrics. Supervise occupational therapy students during clinical learning experiences for children and adults with disabilities.  Served as Faculty Advisor for independent study:   “Diversity in Occupational Therapy—Literature Review.” Initiated and taught “Assistive Technology for OT Practice” elective   course.  Initiated and coordinate community learning activities with Charleston Autism Academy. Coordinate community learning activities with Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive Education and previously the Junior Doctors of Health Program.  Participate in Division, Department, and College faculty meetings regarding Accreditation, Student Professional Development, Curriculum updates, etc. Serve as a Session Facilitator for Division of OT Comprehensive Practicals with simulated patients prior to Level II Fieldwork (included supervising, grading, and coaching students afterward). Participate in College and University interprofessional initiatives and various committees as needed.       

 

Adjunct Faculty, Division of Occupational Therapy, 2010 – 2014

Provided lecture and learning experiences for occupational therapy students around topics such as leadership and advocacy, consumer access to OT services, global issues in OT, and pediatrics. Supervise occupational therapy students during clinical learning experiences for children and adults with disabilities.  Initiated and taught “Assistive Technology for OT Practice” Elective Course.  Initiated and   coordinate community learning activities with Charleston Autism Academy. Coordinate community learning activities with Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive Education and Junior Doctors of Health Program. Participate in weekly Faculty Meetings regarding upcoming Accreditation, Student Professional Development, Curriculum updates, etc. Served as a Session Facilitator for Division of OT Comprehensive Practicals with simulated patients prior to Level II Fieldwork (included supervising, grading, and coaching students afterward). Supported Division of OT in 2013 Accreditation process including course documentation preparation, faculty documentation preparation, curriculum and strategic plan document development, and on-site visit activities. Supported Division of OT in 2012 search for OT Division Director including participation in presentations and meetings and candidate document review.

 

 Vida Bella Services, LLC        

Owner/Business Development Coordinator/Supervising Occupational Therapist, 2012 – Present

Oversee teams of eight occupational and physical therapy practitioners as well as four administrative staff; oversee coordination of community education and inclusive events; oversee development and management   of therapy clinic; oversee and manage implementation of pediatric electronic medical record system; provide occupational therapy evaluation and treatment for children; oversee and manage billing, finances, and documentation systems; oversee and manage marketing strategies and social media including website, blog, and newsletter; oversee and manage insurance credentialing and  authorizations.

 

Colleton Medical Center (HCA South Atlantic Hospitals)

Occupational Therapist (PRN), 2011 – 2013

Provided occupational therapy screenings, evaluations, and treatment for adults in in-patient, ICU, and out-patient rehabilitation settings; provided evaluation and treatment for children in out-patient   services.

 

Coastal Therapy Services, Inc.

Pediatric Occupational Therapist/OT Student Fieldwork Coordinator

Provided occupational therapy services for clients age 0 to 18 through early intervention or out-patient clinical treatment interventions; supervise Level I and Level II OT students; created and coordinated   OT Peer Mentor program for new employees, Happy Feet Dance Camp interdisciplinary treatment program, Right On Writing Group handwriting program, OT Student Fieldwork Manual development, design and implementation of therapeutic garden by Level II student,  and Employee Handbook  development.   2007 – 2011

 

Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive Education (PACE)

Pediatric Occupational Therapist (PRN), 2010 – 2011

Provided occupational therapy services for school-aged children with multiple and severe disabilities; coordinated Level I OT Fieldwork student experiences.   

 

MUSC Center for Academic Excellence, Charleston, SC       

Human Anatomy Tutor, 2004

Developed and implemented learning plan for small group of first semester occupational therapy graduate students utilizing   multi-media and interactive learning techniques for units on UE, LE, head and neck, and trunk.

 

MUSC Office of Enrollment Management, Charleston, SC     

Student Admissions Program Coordinator, 2002 – 2004

Coordinated processing of admissions documents, interview days, and tours for prospective students.        

International Student Admissions Coordinator, 2003 - 2004
Coordinated processing of admissions and student visa documents for prospective and incoming international students.

 

MUSC Foundation for Research Development, Charleston, SC, 2001 – 2002

The Clinical Innovation Group Registration Coordinator

Coordinated registration and randomization of subjects for clinical research organization; provided support to Project Management, Quality Assurance, Data Management, and Administrative Support Divisions.  

 

STUDENT MENTORSHIP AND ADVISING      

Creighton University Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program:
OTD Doctorate Experiential Capstone Mentor 2019
Served as primary mentor for doctorate student with development of smartphone app for facilitating play for Spanish-speaking families of children with special needs.  Facilitated student engagement with community stakeholders including clients/caregivers, healthcare professionals, and community organizations.  Advised with app content development and formatting.

 

Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professions:

CHP Apriendo Juntos Spanish Club, Founding Faculty Advisor, 2016 - Present                       
Advised CHP OT, PT, and PA Students in development of student association to promote Medical Spanish skills

 CHP Student Diversity Leadership Council, Faculty Advisor, 2015 - 2019

 Advised students with revitalization of organization name, structure, by-laws, budget, events, and promotional strategies to promote diversity and inclusion for students. Facilitated student events including Gullah Ghost Stories Silent Auction for Minority Student Scholarship, educational panels and presentations from local content experts, and enhanced networking opportunities with university leadership.

MUSC Occupational Therapy Program: 

Occupational Therapy Professional Development Coordinator, 2019 to Present
Coordinate Professional Development and mentorship meetings to promote student self-assessment, professional development documents, and portfolio

Occupational Therapy Student Faculty Advisor, 2015 to Present
Meet with assigned students for Professional Development and mentorship meetings in 
individual and group sessions regularly and as needed

 

College of Charleston Occupational & Physical Therapy Alliance (OPTA):     
Founding Off-Campus Advisor, 2016-2017
Advised Founding C of C Student President in strategies, resources, and contacts for organizational development        

 

Thomas Jefferson University Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program:
Doctorate Student Capstone Project Mentor, 2014
Content expert on mentorship for “The Hand Therapist’s Peer Mentoring Manual”

 
COLLEGE-WIDE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE COORDINATION

CHP Taste of Diversity: A Cultural Celebration Coordinating Committee, Chair, 2018

CHP Crucial Conversations: Creating a Better CHP One Conversation at a Time Initiative Coordinating Committee, Chair, 2018
CHP Women’s History Month Presentation Coordinating Committee,
Chair, 2018
CHP Holistic Admissions Committee Panel Presentation Coordinating Committee, Chair, Spring 2017
Discover MUSC Lunch N Learn Coordination Committee and OT Booth, Co-Coordinator, March 2017

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS     

AOTA National Conference, Boston, MA      2020 (Accepted)

 Lead Presenter- "Moving Toward Vision 2025: Promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in OT Academic Programs”--Pre-Conference Institute accepted for 2020 National Conference with multi-regional collaboration to discuss strategies to promote diversity and inclusion in academic programs through recruitment, retention, and curriculum development.

 Lead Presenter- “Big Gaps for Little People: Addressing Pediatric Health Disparities Through OT Practice”--Short Course presentation accepted for 2020 conference to discuss strategies to promote access to care for underserved communities.


AOTA Education Summit, Las Vegas, NV 2019

Lead Presenter- “Preparing for the Future of Health Care: Interprofessional Partnerships to Promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in OT Education”
Presented poster discussing interprofessional approaches to promote the USDHHS National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards with a focus on recruitment, academic preparation, and community engagement at an academic medical institution.

AOTA National Conference, New Orleans, LA
2019
Lead Presenter- “A Closer Look at the Fish Bowl: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Twenty-First Century OT Education”
Facilitated multi-regional Short Course presentation to discuss strategies to promote diversity and inclusion in academic programs through strategic planning, recruitment, and retention initiatives.

AOTA National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

Lead Presenter- “How Does Your Garden Grow?: Supporting Students from Diverse Backgrounds in Occupational Therapy Programs”
Facilitated Conversations That Matter session to discuss strategies for recruitment, retention, and preparation of students from diverse backgrounds.

Lead Presenter- “Cultural Caring: Client-Centered Practice with Diverse Communities”
Discussed educational research project poster comparing attitudes, perceptions, and confidence related to service delivery with diverse and underserved communities for students who did and did not take a specialized research elective.

AOTA Education Summit, Fort Worth, TX         2017

Lead-Presenter- “Promoting Diversity in the OT Workforce Through Holistic Admissions: Digging Through Data to Discover the Gems” Conducted 20-minute paper presentation on holistic admissions for audience of occupational therapy educators. Discussed rationale, legal and ethical implications, and strategies utilized by the MUSC Occupational Therapy program as a case example.

Lead-Presenter- “Cultural Caring: An Educational Initiative to Promote Client-Centered Care with Diverse Communities” Discussed educational research project poster comparing  attitudes, perceptions, and confidence related to service delivery with diverse and underserved communities for students who did and did not take a specialized research elective.

AOTA National Conference, Philadelphia,  PA

Lead-Presenter- “(AOTA Sponsored) Promoting a Diverse Workforce in Occupational Therapy Through Student Recruitment and Retention [Pre-Conference Institute]”         2017
Multi-regional collaboration for 6-hour Pre-Conference Institute workshop featuring MUSC College of Medicine Associate Dean of Diversity Michael de Arellano as Keynote Speaker, panel of guest speakers on recruitment and retention of under-represented students, and interactive presentations.  

Co-Presenter- “Occupational Therapy for All: Addressing the Needs of Diverse People and Communities”     
Invited to serve on multi-regional panel of speakers for short course presentation. Discussed strategies to provide access to quality care for children with language barriers through development of company Vida Bella Services, LLC providing pediatric occupational and physical therapy services; organization Alegria with annual events promoting “joyfulness” and improved quality of life for underserved communities, and engagement of students to promote access to quality care and   health education programs for diverse  communities.       

AOTA Academic Leadership Council and Academic Fieldwork Coordinators Joint Meeting, San Diego,  CA     2016

Co-Presenter- “Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates   for
Diversity”      
Invited by AOTA Executive Director of Academic and Scientific  Affairs to speak about initiatives and resources of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity and promote upcoming Pre-Conference Institute on “Promoting a Diverse Workforce in Occupational Therapy Through Student Recruitment and   Retention”       

AOTA National Conference, Chicago, IL 2016

Co-Presenter- “(AOTA Sponsored) Developing a Diverse Workforce: Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Occupational Therapy Student Body [Short Course]”   
Multi-regional collaboration with Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity. Short course included discussion of strategies for recruitment and retention in academic settings. 

Lead Presenter- “Terapia Pediátrica: Culturally-Responsive OT Practice with Spanish-Speaking Children and Their Families [Short Course]”        
Multi-regional collaboration for short course included discussion of strategies for OT practice with pediatric clients with families who speak Spanish as a primary  language.  

SCOTA State Conference, Charleston, SC       2016

Co-Presenter- “Current Topics and Trends in Pediatric Practice [Workshop Presentation]”   
Presentation included discussion of evidence-based practice, pediatric assessments, and strategies for OT practice with Spanish-Speaking pediatric clients.       

AOTA National Conference, Nashville, TN        2015

Co-Presenter- “(AOTA Sponsored) Promoting a Diverse Workforce: Actualizing the Centennial Vision [Short  Course]”          
Collaborated on multi-regional presentation with Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity. Short course included discussion of Coalition vision and mission, preliminary results from online national survey, a framework for promoting a diverse workforce, and the COTAD toolkit for promoting a diverse   workforce. 

Co-Presenter- “Becoming Globally-Connected: High Impact Approaches to Address Occupational Needs Using Low Tech in Developing Countries [Poster]”     
Collaborated on multi-regional poster presentation which included strategies and resources for intervention with global communities at the individual, group, and population levels. 

AOTA National Conference, Baltimore, MD       2014

Lead Presenter- “(AOTA Sponsored) Diversity in the   Workforce:
Perspectives from Emerging Leaders [Short  Course]” 
Collaborated on multi-regional presentation which involves conducting focus groups across the country to discuss issues and strategies related  to diversity in the occupational therapy workforce. Short course discussion included current demographics and socio-political context, outcomes from focus groups conducted, and recommended strategies for future growth.         

Family Connections of South Carolina, Columbia, SC  2014

Lead Presenter-“Sensorimotor Success –  Sensorimotor Activities  and
Strategies to Enhance Daily  Life” 
Collaborated with three MUSC Occupational Therapy Students to develop 45 minute presentation discussing sensorimotor strategies, resources, and tools to promote performance and participation for individuals as part of a state-wide conference for families of children and adults with special  needs.     

SCOTA Lowcountry District Fall Meeting and Continuing Education   Sessions         2013
Lead Presenter-“Common Spanish and Sign Language for Pediatric Practice”       
Developed and conducted presentation discussing common vocabulary/phrases, apps, and resources related to Spanish and Sign Language for pediatric occupational therapy  practice.  

AOTA National Conference, San Diego, CA      2013
Lead Presenter- “No Hablo Ingles: Client-Centered Occupational Therapy Practice with Spanish-Speaking Clients [3 Hour   Workshop]”   
Collaborated with colleagues and MUSC Occupational Therapy Student on multi-regional presentation discussing issues and strategies related   to practice with Spanish-speaking clients. Short course discussion included current and projected demographic information, strategies for addressing language and cultural barriers from an organizational perspective, and resources for professional development.       

Lead Presenter- “Tech Tools for OT Practice With   Spanish-Speaking
Clients [Tech Day Presentation]”  
Collaborated with colleague and MUSC Occupational Therapy Student to conduct presentation discussing apps, websites, and strategies to enhance practice with Spanish-speaking pediatric and adult clients.     

Co-Presenter- “(AOTA Sponsored) The Centennial Vision in Action [Short Course]”        
Collaborated with current AOTA Vice President Amy Lamb and former AOTA President Penelope Moyers Cleveland to present short course on progress toward the AOTA Centennial Vision. Discussion included my personal experiences before, during, and after participation in the AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program.      

AOTA National Conference Short Course, Philadelphia, PA   

Lead Presenter– “Cultural Caring: Bringing Occupational Therapy into High Definition for Clients Across Cultures” 2011
Collaborated to develop and present short course on providing OT services to clients across cultures including discussion of current professional guidelines, barriers, and strategies and resources for clinical practice.      

AOTA National Conference Tech Day Presentation, Philadelphia, PA      

 Lead Presenter– “Plugging in to Promote Occupational Performance   for

Children with Autism Spectrum  Disorders”        2011
Developed and conducted presentation discussing online websites, resources, and strategies for enhancing occupational performance for children with Autism.    

MUSC Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Charleston, SC        2011

Key Note Speaker– “Lead Where You Are”       
Developed and presented speech encouraging OT students to assume leadership roles in small and large capacities to promote the profession of OT and our  clients.     
 
Coastal Therapy Services, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC        

Lead Presenter– “Adventures in OT: Excavating for Knowledge, Resources, and Inspiration at the 2010 AOTA Conference”    2010
Developed and presented in-service for rehabilitation agency on AOTA Conference experiences of connecting, community, continuing ed, calling, and collaboration.

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 

Student Presenter– “Social De-Construction of Disability”      2009
Developed and delivered presentation and interactive discussion under OTD faculty supervision on disabilities studies for graduate OT  students and faculty including historical influences, current paradigms, and implications for OT  Practice.   

Guest Lecturer – “Cultural Caring: A Grass Roots Model for Cultural Competence”        2009
Developed and recorded PowerPoint guest lecture presentation for online interdisciplinary graduate course session and corresponded with students via online discussion board under OTD faculty supervision. 

MUSC CHP Division of Occupational Therapy, Charleston, SC          

Guest Lecturer – “Leadership and Advocacy for  OT”  2009
Developed and implemented lesson plan as OTD student for 3 hour graduate course session including PowerPoint lecture presentation, multi-media presentation, and interactive learning activities under MUSC faculty supervision.       

AOTA National Conference Poster Expo, Charlotte, NC         

Co-Presenter– “Dance Movement Therapy and OT Practice With Older Adults” 2006
Developed and presented poster under MUSC faculty supervision including discussion of contemporary literature, treatment interventions, and application of MOHO  theory.         

 

COURSES INSTRUCTED 

Medical University of South  Carolina      
Culturally Sensitive Care Educational Research Group  I          Summer 2018
Delivery and Management of Occupational Therapy  Services          Summer 2018
Professional Issues in Occupational  Therapy   Fall 2017
Delivering Culturally Sensitive Care—4 weeks for Bachelor of Healthcare Studies online  program        Fall 2017
Cultural Caring Educational Research Group  II Fall 2017
Cultural Caring Educational Research Group  I Summer 2017
Delivery and Management of Occupational Therapy  Services          Summer 2017
Cultural Caring—Service Delivery with Diverse Communities Interprofessional Course Elective Summer 2017
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics II  Lab          Spring 2017
Professional Issues in Occupational  Therapy   Fall 2016
Delivery and Management of Occupational Therapy  Services          Summer 2016
Cultural Caring--Client-Centered Practice with Diverse Communities Course Elective       Summer 2016
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics II  Lab          Spring 2016
Professional Issues in Occupational  Therapy   Fall 2015
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics I Lab—4  weeks     Fall 2015
Diversity in the Profession of Occupational Therapy   –
Literature Review Independent Study     Fall 2015
Delivery and Management of Occupational Therapy  Services          Summer 2015
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics II  Lab          Spring 2015
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics I Lab—8  weeks     Fall 2014
Professional Issues in Occupational  Therapy   Fall 2014
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics II  Lab          Spring 2014
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics I Lab—8 weeks   &
Preceptor at Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive  Education          Fall 2013
Professional Issues in Occupational  Therapy   Fall 2013
Theoretical Foundations in Occupational Therapy—Guest Speaker on Model of Human  Occupation         Fall 2013
Advanced Treatment Techniques: Assistive Technology for OT Practice        Summer 2013
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics II  Lab          Spring 2013
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics I Lab—Guest Speaker on Assistive Technology for OT Practice &  Clinical Preceptor   at Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive  Education     Fall 2012
Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy—8  weeks        Fall 2012
Psychosocial Issues in Occupational Therapy—Clinical Preceptor at Berkeley Industries Work Activity Center for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities        Fall 2012
Theoretical Foundations in Occupational Therapy—Guest Speaker on Model of Human  Occupation         Fall 2012
Advanced Treatment Techniques: Assistive Technology for OT Practice        Summer 2012
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics I  Lab—Clinical
Preceptor at Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive  Education          Fall 2011
Psychosocial Issues in Occupational Therapy—Clinical Preceptor at Berkeley Industries Work Activity Center for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities        Fall 2011
Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy—8  weeks        Fall 2011
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics I  Lab—Clinical
Preceptor at Pattison’s Academy for Comprehensive  Education          Fall 2010
Psychosocial Issues in Occupational Therapy—Clinical Preceptor at Berkeley Industries Work Activity Center for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities        Fall 2010
Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy—4  weeks        Fall 2010

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION         

2018 National Diversity Officers in Higher Education Conference (Washington,   DC)
2018 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference ( Salt Lake City,   UT)
2018 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference (Greenville, SC) 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference ( Philadelphia,  PA)
2017 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference ( Columbia,  SC)
2016 American Occupational Therapy Association National  Conference (Chicago,  IL)
2016 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference ( Charleston, SC) 2015 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference ( Nashville,  TN)
2014 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Baltimore,   MD)
2014 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference (Charleston, SC) 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit (Atlanta,   GA)
2013 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (San Diego, CA) 2013 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference (Columbia,   SC)
2013 Basic Assessment and Teaching Skills course, Maralynne Mitcham, PhD, OTR and Dr. Dusti Annan-Coultas, EdD
2013 What is Known About Pediatric-Onset SCI, MJ Mulcahey, PhD,   OTR
2012 Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practical Strategies for Children with Sensory Dysfunction, Catherine Chemin Schneider,  OTR/L
2012 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Indianapolis, IN) 2012 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging Leaders Development Program (Bethesda, MD)
2011 Early Intervention Activities That Work, Randy Fedoruk, MA,   OTR
2011 Pediatric Neuroscience Update/Mini-Symposium on Epilepsy (Kiawah Island,   SC)
2011 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Philadelphia, PA) 2011 Adventures in OT: Excavating for Knowledge, Resources, and Inspiration at the AOTA Conference [In-service].  Speaker.
2011 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference (Charleston,  SC)
2010 MORE-Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions, Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR, FAOTA and Eileen W. Richter, MPH, OTR,   FAOTA
2010 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Orlando, FL) 2010 Coastal Therapy Services,  Inc.
OT Student Clinical Correlate Supervision: Happy Feet Dance   Camp.
OT Level I Fieldwork Student  Supervision.
2009 M.O.R.E. Integrating the Mouth with Sensory & Postural Functions. 2009 Brain Gym: Integrating the Body and Mind.
2009 Moms of Mount Pleasant: Intro to OT. Speaker. 2008 Coastal Therapy Services, Inc.
Heroes: Using Evidence to Strengthen our “Special Abilities.”   Speaker.
OT Student Clinical Correlate Supervision: Happy Feet Dance   Camp.
OT Level I Fieldwork Student Supervision.
2008 Basic Course on the DIR®/Floortime ™Model, Stanley I. Greenspan, MD
2008 Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program, AOTA Online Course. 2008 OT in the Schools: Looking Ahead, Being   Ready.
2007 O’Quinn School Teacher Assembly: Pediatric Rehabilitation for Pre-School and School-Aged Children. Speaker.
2006 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Charlotte, NC)
Dance Movement Therapy and OT Practice With Older Adults [Poster].   Speaker.

 

COMMUNITY-BASED FUNDING 

  • MUSC Alliance for Hispanic  Health
    “Alegría: A Dance-Based, Community Health Education Program”,  $1000    2013
  • MUSC YES Family Fund  Grant
    “Rehabilitating and Enriching Performance through Education in Assistive Technology (REPEAT)”, $1405.89      2012
     

COMMUNITY SERVICE    

  • Hanahan Elementary School, Class Room Rep, Book Fair Volunteer, and Bilingual   Reader
  • Alegría: A Dance-Based Community Health Education Program for Spanish-speaking children with special needs and their families, Founder/General   Coordinator
  • MUSC CARES Student-Run, Free Medical Clinic, Supervising   Clinician
  • Seacoast Church Summerville Campus Luke 14 Banquet Special Needs Ministry,   Volunteer         

 

SPECIAL SKILLS    

  •  Medical Spanish and some American Sign  Language
  • Organizational development and change including  design/implementation of  cultural
    competence plan, needs assessments, policy manuals/SOP’s, and custom   programs
  • Marketing/promotional design and distribution skills including website design and management, written publications (i.e. press releases, brochures, flyers, articles), and social media platforms
  • Online communication coordination including virtual meetings, wikis, blogs, and forums