I grew up in Seneca Falls, NY and have been enjoying both ends of Cayuga Lake most of my life. I earned my BS in occupational therapy from Boston University, my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College, and bring clinical expertise into the classroom from practice in both occupational therapy and chiropractic. 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 enter academia, I most recently worked with adults in various hospital settings.
I am passionate about ensuring students develop the knowledge, skills, and professionalism needed to be intellectually engaged and competent occupational therapy practitioners. I teach courses focusing on the human body as a system, clinical application of occupational therapy with adult populations, diversity, and research.
My primary research topic relates to various aspects of occupational therapy education and complementary health approaches and integrative health (CHAIH), formerly known as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). My scholarly work begins to describe possible obstacles to including CHAIH in occupational therapy education and how CHAIH is currently being included in occupational therapy education. My work highlights the need for inclusion of CHAIH content in occupational therapy education in an evolving healthcare environment that is more inclusive of complementary health approaches.
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.