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Join Your Fellow OT's at a District Meeting

 Posted: October 18, 2017

Northern District

When: Thursday, November 9th from 6:00-8:00p.m.

Where: Panera Bread, 3700 S. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525

Topic: OTAC updates, Adult Day Programming, and Program Development


Southern District

When: Wednesday, November 8th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Performance Mobility, 6285 Corporate Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Topic: The role of OT in Driving and Community Mobility across the lifespan & Adaptive Equipment for vehicles

Speakers: Terri Cassidy & Holly Mills


Denver District

When: Tuesday December 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Bethany Rehabilitation Center, 5301 W. 1st Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

Topic: Certified Life Care Planner

Speaker: Kristen Thomas


If you have any questions please reach out to Kylie Sleeth at


Marjorie Ball Award Lecture 2017

Posted: October 18, 2017

The future success of a health care profession, like occupational therapy, is largely dependent on members who join to develop a vision for success, address problems, and advocate to ensure OT services are accessible and available. At Conference last month, I presented a lecture for the Marjorie Ball Award of Merit to communicate the meaning behind what our students find in belonging to their professional organizations. Specifically, the focus was on our OT and OTA students’ perspectives on being student members of our national and state organizations, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado, respectively. Promoting Professional Engagement: A Journey in Making Meaning explored the reasons behind professional membership in general while then sharing first-hand video stories from students.

Both practitioners and faculty must connect in meaningful ways with future practitioners (our students) to effectively establish and grow involvement with national, state and specialty professional organizations. 

Members read the rest of the article here


Student Corner: Creighton-Regis University Update

Posted: October 18, 2017

 The Creighton-Regis University OTD Pathway currently has three cohorts at vastly different and exciting stages. The class of 2018 recently began their Level II fieldwork placements across the country and are solidifying their skills in preparation for their doctoral experiential component in the spring. The class of 2019 are finishing up their academic coursework prior to Level II fieldwork. In conjunction with their normal coursework, two second year students are participating in Regis University’s first inter-professional therapy dog training program as part of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). 10 students from Regis University’s occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, counseling, and health and exercise science programs have committed to training Nubbin, including exposing her to different environments and taking her to puppy classes, over the course of 18 months. The program incorporates inter-professional team-building while also serving as a way to educate the public about therapy dog services. CCI’s program can be found at

Nubbin- the therapy dog in-training 

During the annual OTAC conference this past September, Creighton-Regis pathway OTD students and faculty all helped to celebrate and promote 100 years of the profession. The annual OTAC conference was well-attended by Creighton-Regis students and faculty this year. There was student representation from all three cohorts, approximately 18 students, for the first time since the program started. Creighton-Regis’ student coordinator, Suzanne Holm, presented the Marjorie Ball Award Lecture—Promoting Professional Engagement: A Journey in Meaning Making.  Our students valued conference and are hoping to make a strong attendance again next year.   

Samantha Kelly, OTS, Creighton-Regis University Student Representative

Third year students Jill Baxa, Megan Flemming, and Jenna Hall

First year student, Carina Watson & Program Coordinator Suzanne Holm


Please Welcome OTAC's Newest Member

Posted: October 18, 2017

Please help us welcome OTAC's newest members:

  • Kristin Damitz, Nova Southeastern University 
  • Chris Sorrells, Pima Medical Institute 
  • Matthew Weidner

This week's renewing members are:

  • Barbara Bromby
  • Judith Martin

We are glad they are here another year!

Remember, the bigger the number, the bigger the voice. We are excited these members have joined OTAC to let all of our voices be heard. 

OTAC members: View the online membership directory (you must be signed in as a member). Also, search for a member. Not a member? Join us!



Posted: Oct 11, 2017

Congratulations to our OTAC award winners for 2017!

2017 Marjorie Ball Award of Merit- Terri Cassidy, OTD, OTR/L, CDRS

Krista Covell-Pierson (OTAC President) & Terri Cassidy

The nomination for the award is as follows: “Terri has been very active in advancing the practice of OT within CO. She has been a past president of ADED (Association of Driver Rehab Specialists). She is the AOTA Representative Assembly representative for CO, giving voice to all AOTA members in CO to our national professional association. Additionally, Terri has recently applied for and received grant funding to specifically build the capacity of OT practitioners in CO to address driving and community mobility. She has developed the Engage Mobility community of practice group and website. She is enhancing the abilities of OT practitioners to address the mobility needs of our residents and is coordinating OT efforts with professionals from multiple arenas within CO and across the country.”

Agatha Jackson COTA Award of Excellence- Linda Wilkes

The nomination for the award is as follows: “Linda became a COTA in 2004, but her dedication to serving & educating others extends over a lifetime. As a COTA, she displays genuine care and understanding for clients, no matter their stage in life, accepting them for who they are and where they are in their rehab journey. In addition to her work, Linda is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and serves as a Level II Fieldwork Educator. She serves her community through volunteer & mission work. Linda has inspired others to enter the field of OT, sharing her enthusiasm and love for the profession…She demonstrates competency, skill, knowledge, and critical thinking in all she does….”

We look forward to lectures from this year’s award winners at conference next year! More to come this month regarding this year’s Marjorie Ball lecture from Suzanne Holm presented at the 2017 OTAC conference.

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