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Final week to Submit Proposals for 2018 OTAC Conference!

Posted: June 27, 2018

The 2018 Annual OTAC Conference will be held October 11 and 12, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast located at 3155 S Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014.

The OTAC Conference Committee needs YOU to help contribute to education, brainstorming, and the creativity of the occupational therapy community in Colorado.

The Committee is looking for submissions related to this year’s theme- The Challenge of Change. What new, innovative, and functional treatment techniques are you using? In what ways are you promoting the distinct value of Occupational Therapy or enhancing others’ health and wellness?

Feedback from attendees over the past couple years has included interest in a comprehensive format of best practice therapeutic applications, evidence-based research, and interactive workshops relating to a spectrum of settings and subjects.

OTAC Conference Committee members are available to have conversations with people who have a proposal idea and would like to brainstorm or get help in submitting the proposal. All proposal ideas are welcome to be discussed- email [email protected] for details.

Please click here to submit your proposal by June 30, 2018.
 

Help Us Make The 2018 Annual Conference Successful!

Posted: June 26, 2018

How you might ask? Invite your favorite vendor to become a sponsor or exhibitor. The website is open for registration.

The conference committee would also like the name and contact information of additional businesses you would like to see. Please send this information to [email protected].

Thank you, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you October 12 and 13, 2018!

The 2018 OTAC Conference Committee

 

OTAC Member Spotlight: Pamela DiPasquale-Lehnerz, OTAC President 

Posted: June 26, 2018 

OTAC member (and President) Pamela DiPasquale-Lehnerz was featured in the Eastern Michigan University alumni newsletter this spring. Congrats, Pam! See article below from the 2018 Winter/Spring edition of the EMU alumni newsletter.

*Article published with permission from EMU OT Department and does not reflect ideas or opinions of OTAC

Pam graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy and a minor in psychology. She obtained a Master of Science in occupational therapy in clinical research from Colorado State University and graduated cum laude. She is involved in many practice areas with an emphasis on clinical research, dedication to professional organizations and serving in leadership positions for the state of Colorado.

Ms. DiPasquale-Lehnerz has been very active in the state occupational therapy association or the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado since 1982. She has held many positions and currently serves as President of the association.

 In 2003 she received the OTAC Marjorie Ball Award of Excellence, which is the highest award for an occupational therapist in Colorado, for her work on legislative issues. Ms. Dipasquale-Lehnerz is the only member who has an OTAC Honorary Membership for life from this organization.

She also served nationally in various positions in AOTA including: the Alternate Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly, the AOTA SIS State Liaison, AOTA Work Programs SIS State Liaison, AOTA Resource for Sports and the Disabled 1992-1997, and the AOTA Resource for ADA Consultation Network.

For the past 15 years she has been working in the public schools providing occupational therapy services for students 0-21 years old. Currently she serves on the State of Colorado Department of Education OT/PT Advisory Group. She is now conducting data collection of student’s progression on their IEP goals as it relates to hand strength.

Previous work includes, seven years specializing in spinal cord injury at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Craig Hospital, 15 years of experience in the treatment of patients under workers’ compensation at the Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation Institute and at the University of Colorado Hospital, and nine years in hospital administration of both inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy services at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Finally, Ms. DiPasquale-Lehnerz has published and presented her whole career. She wrote a chapter in a book on management for OT assistants on reimbursement and finance. She has presented on topics including: licensure, public policy advocacy, work capacity evaluation; community information sessions, clinical treatment of various diagnosis, quadriplegia, and staff inservices.

On a personal note, Pamela played on the Women’s Basketball team at EMU while a freshman at the university. She currently lives in Broomfield, Colorado with her husband of over 25 years and has two children in college. She enjoys swimming, biking, golfing and hiking in her free time.

 

CSU Student Update

Posted: June 25, 2018

Colorado State University occupational therapy students are completing fieldwork rotations this summer and fall. Not only are students all over Colorado, they are in 14 states across the country, and even in Scotland.  After completing their first year at CSU, students participate in Level IIA Fieldwork with adult clients during the summer.

This year, there are 17 students participating in an in-patient acute care setting, representing the highest concentration in one setting.  Other practice areas include in-patient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient, home health, community and emerging practice areas. Second year students walked through the graduation ceremony at Moby Arena on May 11th and then headed off to the final fieldwork of their academic careers. Want to know more about what’s happening in the CSU OT department? Check out the quarterly newsletter here.

 Ryan Kepler, OTS- CSU Student Representative

 

Please Welcome OTAC's New and Returning Members

Posted: June 25, 2018

Please welcome this week's new member:

  • Samantha McMillan
  • Rachel Morris

This week's renewing members are:

  • Jillene Black
  • Lauren Meader

We are glad you 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!

 
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