My OT Story: By Kathleen Shanfield
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This year, I was honored with the OTAC Practice Award! I was humbled, surprised, excited, and so honored to receive this recognition. I am usually the one “giving” awards and bringing others up to the podium, but what a thrill it is to actually “receive” an award, too! This has truly inspired me to become more involved in my professional organization, OTAC, and to “give” and “receive” all they have to offer. Thanks, OTAC!!   By: Kathleen Shanfield, OTR/L, MS, ATP ..read more
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My OT Story: By Jen Ohara
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2y ago
When I was nine, my grandfather had a stroke and became hemiplegic. The doctors said he would never regain movement. Slowly, he began to feed himself and do ADLs. It was because of the dedication and hope of OTs.   By: Jen Ohara ..read more
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My OT Story: By Jessica Perez
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2y ago
I volunteered in Vietnam after college and got to see teachers doing OT with their students. I was so moved by the love they showed and practical skills they shared. I hope one day to share OT abroad, to carry on how I first discovered it!    By: Jessica Perez ..read more
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My OT Story: By Monica Ondriezek
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2y ago
The passion and pure love for the profession of each and every OT I have encountered is why this profession has made it to 100 years. I am honored and excited to be a part of a profession with such potential for growth. To another 100+ years of reaching and changing the lives of humans through helping them realize their potential!!   By: Monica Ondriezek ..read more
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My OT Story: By Rondalyn Whitney
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2y ago
I met a teen who was struggling with 10th grade. He was failing math and science, and because of this had to stop participating in choir and lifeguarding. Working with the school, I helped them see that participation in meaningful activity would help with obligatory activity. With OT tutoring that was differentiated for his learning disability, he not only graduated but went on to a BA degree in neuroscience. And, I have his CDs from his choir’s tour in Europe.    By: Rondalyn Whitney ..read more
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My OT Story: By Gaby Belmonte
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I was inspired to start a career in OT when my grandmother was prescribed services. I was a big part in her daily routine. Once I started doing observational hours in OT, my inspiration was reinforced when working with a child who could not walk. After 8 weeks he was up walking and having the time of his life. His laughter was the best reward!   By: Gaby Belmonte ..read more
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My OT Story: By Kayla
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2y ago
OT school has connected me with a lot of wonderful supportive people that have allowed me to have a lot of fun while learning.  By: Kayla ..read more
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My OT Story: By Jillian Jones
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2y ago
I love working as an OT in the school system because I know school can be hard, or home life can be hard, and I can be a positive cheerleader in students’ lives. That is why I do it!   By: Jillian Jones ..read more
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My OT Story: By Caitlin
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2y ago
With San Jose State students and faculty from the PT Department, I was able to travel to Finland to take seminars with other allied health students from around the world. It was an amazing experience to collaborate with OT students in Finland and learn about their successful healthcare system. We have so much to strive for in increasing healthcare access for those who live in the US and I think the profession of occupational therapy can do so much advocating for our clients and future clients!   By: Caitlin ..read more
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My OT Story: Michelle
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2y ago
What a small world! Since I have entered OT I have realized what an amazing and connected field this is. I once missed the train and decided I would ride my bike around San Jose for an hour. I found a park, and in the distance an open hula hoop class (hula hooping is my favorite occupation)! I was welcomed into the class and was chatting with a lovely woman about life, explaining I was new to SJSU. We discovered similar interests, and best of all we were both OT students!   By: Michelle ..read more
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