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Cristina Reyes Smith OTD

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Biography

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
--Completed Fellowship & Capstone Project—a participatory action research approach to develop a program manual promoting social participation for children with special needs
--Completed Independent study coursework in "Disabilities Studies," "Implementation of a Cultural Competence and Humility Organizational Change Plan," 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 Student Fellow
--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
--Completed Honors Bachelor’s Essay, Tutorial, and Interdisciplinary  Coursework


AWARDS & HONORS

--Nominated for Earl B. Higgins University Leadership in Diversity Award 2020
--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

 

PUBLICATIONS  

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication:

    --Wilson, S., Smith, C. R., Hunter-Bennett, C., & Hoyt, C. R. (in press). Occupational therapy’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion [AOTA Official Document]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(Suppl. 3).

    --Kaunnil, A., Khemthong, S., Sriphetcharawut, S., Thichanpiang, P., Sansri, V., Thongchoomsin, S., Permpoonputtana, K., & Smith, C. R. (2020). Occupational therapists’ experiences and perspectives towards occupation-based practice in Thailand: A mixed-methods study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022620910402

    --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 LEADERSHIP & ASSOCIATIONS

 

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 2004 – Present

--Board of Directors, Director  2020 – Present

--Reviewer for Blueprint on Cultural Competence in Education (In Progress)  2019 – Present

--Service Commendation: Co-Author for AOTA Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (formerly AOTA Statement on Inclusion)  2020

--SC Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly          2016 – 2019

     Wrote/co-wrote three motions to move forward diversity, equity, and inclusion:

     Revision of AOTA Statement on Inclusion (Passed) 

     Revision of AOTA Ethics Commission Cultural Competency Advisory Opinion (Passed)

     Development of Blueprint on Cultural Competence in Education (Passed)

     Development of AOTA Diversity Officer Position (Transitioned motion to AOTA Board of  Directors and motion modified to AOTA Board Diversity Champion position (Passed))

--Reviewer for Revision of AOTA Ethics Commission Cultural Competency Advisory Opinion (Published) 2018

--Featured Co-Speaker for AOTA Channel Pediatric Virtual Chat: Pediatric OT Chat for Families in Spanish (Bilingual Session)  2015

--Featured Co-Speaker for OT Practice Magazine Podcast: Working with Non-native English Speakers    2015

--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

 

Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) 501c3        2014 – Present

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

     COTAD-ED Discussions on Diversity at AOTA Education Summit Co-Coordinator   2017, 2018, & 2019

     COTAD-ED Discussions on Diversity at AOTA National Conference Co-Coordinator       2017, 2018, & 2019

     COTAD-ED Discussions on Diversity at OT Summit of Scholars, Co-Coordinator       2019

     Academic Engagement Coordinator              2016 – Present

     Annual National Conference COTAD Breakfast Volunteer               2015 – Present

     Non-Profit Co-Founder/Member                    2014 – Present

 

Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE)

--Editorial Board 2020 – Present

 

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

 

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)   2010 – Present

University:

--Culturally Sensitive Care Program Planning Committee, Chair     2018 – Present

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

--Discover MUSC, OT Table Coordinator2017 – Present

--MUSC Commencement Ceremony, Faculty Marshall       2014 – Present

--AHEC Summer Careers Academy, OT Track Coordinator            2014 – Present

--Latin-American Festival Tent/Booth, Co-Coordinator, 2019

--Charleston Riverdogs Baseball “Copa” Hispanic Night, Planning Committee, 2019

--Community Health Strategic Plan Action Planning Committee, Member           2018

--Discover MUSC Lunch N Learn, Coordination Committee,   2017

--Assoc. Director of Student Diversity Search Committee, Member             2016

--University D & I 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

--CARES Student-Run, Free Clinic, Supervising Clinician 2012 – 2017, 2019 – Present

--Health Services Research Panel, Planning Committee 2019

--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

     CHP Religious Diversity Panel Presentation, Coordinating Committee Chair, 2018

     CHP Crucial Conversations: Creating a Better CHP One Conversation at a Time Initiative, Coordinating Committee Chair, 2018

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

     CHP Women’s History Month Presentation, Coordinating Committee Chair, 2018

     CHP Holistic Admissions Committee Panel Presentation, Coordinating Committee Chair, 2017

--Diversity Committee, Member   2015 – 2018

--PA Faculty Search Committee, Member 2017 – 2018

--CHP GRE Achievement Tools program for URM Students, Coordinating Chair, 2017

--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 EXPERIENCE  

 

Medical University of South Carolina 

 

Co-Director of MUSC Occupational Therapy Scholars Program/HRSA Scholarships for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Division of Occupational Therapy, 2020 – Present

Collaborated with interprofessional team to compete and obtain a $3.5 million grant from the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) Scholarships for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds program to provide scholarships for full-time occupational therapy doctorate students at MUSC.  Collaborate with Division Director, Evaluation Director, Selection Committee, and Financial Aid to select and administer approximately 12 scholarships per class for current and incoming students from economically and geographically disadvantaged backgrounds with a focus on promoting access to care for medical underserved communities from 2020-2025.

 

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

Coordinating transition to Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS), development of occupational therapy admissions webinars, transition and modernization of occupational therapy admissions and program website and recruitment materials, and collaboration for student scholarships.  Coordinated faculty and staff efforts to increase number of completed applications from 75% to 95%.  Engage with community stakeholders, health advisors, student organizations, and prospective students at meetings, online, and on-campus events. Coordinate participation of Division in College and University recruitment activities. Coordinate application processing and interviews in accordance with related accreditation guidelines.

 

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 five to eight occupational and physical therapy practitioners as well as 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 in rural community hospital.

 

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 for traditional and underserved communities; 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 from traditional and undeserved communities; 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      

 

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.

 

Division of Occupational Therapy: 

     OTD Doctorate Student Capstone Faculty Mentor, 2020 - Present
     Serve as primary mentor for entry-level and post-professional doctorate students related to Spanish-speaking families with infants in the NICU, telehealth for a Down Syndrome specialty clinic, sensory and emotional regulation for elementary school-aged students in lower income communities, promoting occupational therapy student resilience and success in clinical fieldwork rotations, pediatric feeding teletherapy training for practitioners, and teacher and caregiver training for children with neurological disabilities in Nicaragua and Latin American countries.  Facilitate student engagement with community partners and stakeholders including clients/caregivers, healthcare professionals, and community organizations.  Advise with content development, organization, scholarly approaches, and evaluation methods.

--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 Research Groups Faculty Mentor, 2017 – 2019:

     Cultural Caring:Academic Preparation for Occupational Therapy Students in Working with Diverse and Underserved Communities

     Culturally Competent?: Academic Preparation for Health Professions Students in Working with Diverse and Underserved Communities

     Big Gaps for Little People: Pediatric Health Disparities for Children with Down Syndrome

--Independent Studies and Course Electives Taught, 2017 – Present

     IP Culturally Sensitive Care Workshop—Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Through Interprofessional Collaboration--exploration of the etiology and approaches to addressing the opioid epidemic through a culturally sensitive lens, 2019

     IP Culturally Sensitive Care Lecture Series—15-week exploration of the USDHHS National Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards, 2018

     IP Cultural Caring:Service Delivery with Diverse Communities, 2017

     OT Cultural Caring: Client-Centered Practice with Diverse Communities, 2016

     OT Literature Review Independent Study: Diversity in the Occupational Therapy Profession, 2015

     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

 

Creighton University Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program:

--OTD Doctorate Experiential Capstone Mentor2019
     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.

 

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 Content Mentor, 2014
Content expert on mentorship for “The Hand Therapist’s Peer Mentoring Manual”

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS     

 

2020:

AOTA National Conference, Boston, MA      2020 (Rescheduled as Virtual Conference Series)

Lead Presenter- "Moving Toward Vision 2025: Promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in OT Academic Programs”

Pre-Conference Institute rescheduled and presented for 2020 AOTA Virtual Conference Series with multi-regional collaboration to discuss strategies to promote diversity and inclusion in academic programs through recruitment, retention, and curriculum development.  Session featured interprofessional presentation by national expert and MUSC Health Chief Diversity Officer Anton Gunn.

 

2019:

Lead Presenter- “Big Gaps for Little People: Addressing Pediatric Health Disparities Through OT Practice”

Short Course presentation rescheduled and presented for 2020 AOTA Virtual Conference Series 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.

MUSC Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Charleston, SC        2019

Key Note Speaker– “Moving Toward AOTA Vision 2025 for South Carolina and Beyond”
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.   

 

2018:

AOTA Education Summit, Louisville, KY         2018

Co-Presenter- “Strategies to Create Diverse and Inclusive Environments in Academia: Recruitment & Retention”

Presented session as part of a two-day Pre-Summit Workshop to discuss recruitment, retention, and holistic admissions for occupational therapy academic programs.

Co-Presenter-“Strategies to Create Diverse and Inclusive Environments in Academia:  Strategic Planning”
Presented session as part of a two-day Pre-Summit Workshop to discuss strategic planning for occupational therapy academic programs.

AOTA National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT    2018

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.

 

2017:

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          2017

Lead-Presenter- “(AOTA Sponsored) Promoting a Diverse Workforce in Occupational Therapy Through Student Recruitment and Retention [Pre-Conference Institute]”
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.       

 

2016:

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.       

 

2015:

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. 

 

 

2014:

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.     

 

2013:

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.      

 

2011:

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.     
 

2010:

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.

 

2009:

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.       

 

2006:

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:

2020:

Leadership and Management for Occupational Therapy II (Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Hybrid Module Course)—Fall 2020 (In Progress)

Scholarship II: Occupational Therapy Doctoral Capstone Seminar (Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Hybrid Module Course)—Fall 2020 (In Progress)

Scholarship II: Occupational Therapy Doctoral Capstone Seminar (Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Hybrid Module Course)—Fall 2020 (In Progress)

Culturally Sensitive Care: Interprofessional Approaches to Address Mental Health and Well-Being (Interprofessional Course Elective) —Fall 2020 (In Progress)

Leadership and Management for Occupational Therapy I (Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Online Module Course)—Summer 2020

Scholarship I: Occupational Therapy Doctoral Capstone Seminar (Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Hybrid Module Course)—Summer 2020

Scholarship I: Occupational Therapy Doctoral Capstone Seminar (Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Hybrid Module Course)— Summer 2020

Visionary Leadership (Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Online Course)—Spring 2020

 

2019:

Culturally Sensitive Care—Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Through Interprofessional Collaboration (IP Course Elective)     Fall 2019

Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy   Fall 2019

Pediatric Health Disparities Health Services Research Group II          Fall 2019

Pediatric Health Disparities Health Services Research Group I          Summer 2019
Delivery and Management of Occupational Therapy Services          Summer 2019
Occupational Performance for Pediatrics II Lab          Spring 2019

 

2018:

Culturally Sensitive Care Lecture Series (IP Course Elective focused on the USDHHS National Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards)      Fall 2018

Professional Issues in Occupational  Therapy   Fall 2018
Culturally Sensitive Care Educational Research Group  II          Fall 2018
Culturally Sensitive Care Educational Research Group  I          Summer 2018
Delivery and Management of Occupational Therapy  Services          Summer 2018


2017:

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


2016:

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


2015:

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


2014:

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


2013:

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


2012:

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

2011:

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

2010:

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         

2020:

2020 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Boston, MA—Rescheduled as Virtual Conference Session series)

 

2019:

2019 American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit (Las Vegas, NV)

2019 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (New Orleans, LA)

2019 OT Summit of Scholars (Charleston, SC)

2019 South Carolina Conference on Innovations in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (Charleston, SC)

 

2018:

2018 American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit (Louisville, KY)

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:

2017 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference ( Philadelphia,  PA)
2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit (Fort Worth, TX)

2017 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Philadelphia, PA)

2017 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference ( Columbia,  SC)

 

2016:

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

2016 American Occupational Therapy Association National  Conference (Chicago,  IL)
2016 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference ( Charleston, SC)

 

2015:

2015 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference ( Nashville,  TN)

 

2014:

2014 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Baltimore,   MD)
2014 South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association State Conference (Charleston, SC)

 

2013:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

2007 O’Quinn School Teacher Assembly: Pediatric Rehabilitation for Pre-School and School-Aged Children. Speaker.

 

2006:

2006 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference (Charlotte, NC)
Dance Movement Therapy and OT Practice With Older Adults [Poster].   Speaker.

 

COMMUNITY-BASED FUNDING 

--Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program--MUSC Occupational Therapy Scholarship Program, $3.25M, 2020 - 2025

--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    

--MUSC CARES Student-Run, Free Medical Clinic, Supervising Clinician, 2012 – 2017, 2019 - Present

--Berkeley County School District, Volunteer Bilingual Reader, 2014 - Present

--Alegría: A Dance-Based Community Health Education Program for Spanish-speaking children with special needs and their families, Founder/General Coordinator, 2014 - Present

--Seacoast Church

     Luke 14 Banquet Special Needs Ministry, Volunteer, 2015 – 2017, 2020

     Global Missions: Puerto Rico Disaster Relief, Spanish Interpreter, 2018         

     Dream Center, Worship Team, Kidscoast Volunteer, Spanish Ministry Volunteer, 2008-2012

     Dream Center Clinic, Organizational Cultural Competence Plan Coordinator (Independent Study for Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program), 2009

     Global Missions: Guatemala School Construction, Team Leader, 2007

     Global Missions: Guatemala School Construction, Member, 2004

 

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