I grew up in Seneca Falls, NY and have enjoyed both ends of Cayuga Lake most of my life. I earned my BS in occupational therapy from Boston University and my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. I bring clinical expertise from both occupational therapy and chiropractic practice with me into the classroom, offering a unique perspective on health and the healthcare system. I consider myself to be a generalist who is able to work with most any occupational therapy clients in most any practice setting. Prior to entering academia, I worked with adults in various hospital settings as an occupational therapist and in private practice as a chiropractor.
I am passionate about ensuring students develop the knowledge, skills, and professionalism needed to be intellectually engaged, competent, and open-minded occupational therapy practitioners. I teach courses focusing on the human body as a system, clinical application of occupational therapy with adult populations, diversity, research, and the inclusion of complementary health approaches in education and practice.
My research research focuses on the integration of complementary health approaches (CHA) content in occupational therapy education. My scholarly work begins to describe obstacles to and need for including CHA in occupational therapy education in an evolving healthcare environment. Moving forward, I plan to explore how integration of CHA in occupational therapy education influences student perspectives and ways CHA is already being used in occupational therapy practice.
When off campus, you will find me enjoying a great meal on the Commons, hiking area trails that lead to waterfalls, kayaking on the lake, or playing in the snow.