Name: Amanda Hoffman, MS, OTR/L, BCPR
Inpatient Rehab Supervisor at a large academic medical center with 10 years of clinical and research experience in acute and critical care.
What do you love about OT?
There is so much to love!! I love connecting with people about what is most meaningful in their lives. I believe it is a privilege to care for others and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I love that I am constantly learning and inspired by the people I serve and work with every day.
How did you choose this profession?
My grandparents and parents all worked in healthcare. I grew up with great examples of how deeply satisfying this work can be. My family was also often on the patient side of care. I studied psychology in undergrad and started working for E! Entertainment in advertising sales. While that was fun, it became very clear, very quickly that my calling was not in the entertainment industry. I had some exposure to pediatric OT in undergrad and as I began applying to OT schools, I noticed that I had randomly taken all the pre-requisites as those were my favorite classes. I had incredible mentors and teachers in OT school and during my fieldwork. One mentor helped me tap into my own resiliency which allowed me to step back into and thrive while working at a hospital.
Why did you choose to become an OTAC board member?
OTAC has supported me as a professional in so many ways. I am grateful to have a way to give back to OTAC, its members, and the entire OT community in Colorado.
What's your favorite thing to do in Colorado?
Dance at live music shows! I miss this so much. I love the music community and venues in Colorado. My husband is a musician and has toured nationally for the past 10 years. Though lately, it's been a while since we've been up late at the Hi Dive, due to the pandemic and our four-year-old daughter, so we spend time outdoors--climbing, fishing, and skiing.