In The News

Take Advantage Of Your Network Benefit!

February 8, 2017

Hello! Beginning this year, OTAC launched a new look to our website to follow our member feedback and to ultimately increase transparency for you to more easily gain access to all of your member benefits. Many of these added features include an easy to read Event Calendar, Legislative Bill Tracking link, an easy to find Education headline, and an exclusive Member Center that gives Member Only access to volunteer opportunities and more. My favorite feature of this new website is HOW EASY it is to connect with other OTAC members. Why would you want to connect with members?

  1. Make new friends
  2. Gain OT inspiration and
  3. Attract more opportunities for yourself

Please do me this favor and see what I’m talking about. Follow along and login to your profile at Under the welcome name badge, click on “My Profile” to upload a photo and edit your user preferences. Next, go to “Connections” and under the drop down menu select “Browse Directory” and start making connections! After that, take a minute to browse the website to learn what other changes and benefits are available at your fingertips!  Please add our website to your favorites for easy access and future updates.

Amber Elhard-Sand

Membership Chair


Attending AOTA Conference? Listen Up!

February 8, 2017

Are you planning on attending the 2017 AOTA Conference, the conference of the Century? Then keep following this message - In the January 25th OTAC Pulse, we introduced a new feature on our website to connect with OTAC members called Circles. We have created a Circle called AOTA Conference for you to connect with other members who are interested or are planning on attending the 2017 AOTA Conference in Philadelphia, March 30 - April 2. You can use this to collaborate on travel plans, hotel rooms, organize a happy hour, or even exchange contact information. If you've never been to the AOTA Conference and are not sure what to expect, post your question in this Circle!

To get started, login to your profile, click on “My Community”, click on “My Features”, then select “Circles” under the dropdown list. Join the AOTA Conference circle and post your comment or question under "Create Discussion"


Please Welcome OTAC's Newest Members

February 8, 2017

Please help us welcome the following members to OTAC!

  • Cristin Bazzanella
  • Megan Fleming
  • Leah Hagemann
  • Sarah Kaveny
  • Jennifer Nanney
  • Elise Ongaro
  • Emily Wilkinson
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.

Updates on OTAC's SOP Process

February 1, 2017

Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs are essential to keeping any organization moving forward in a thoughtful and effective manner.  The OTAC board members are continuing the process of composing and approving various SOPs, and many of them have already been implemented.  The intention is to have the SOPs operational by the end of 2017, along with a review and revision plan.

A current focus has been about procedures related to finances, the legislative here to read the full article.

The Board members and the committee members have accomplished quite a bit, and still have more to do!  If you are interested in being a part of this process, please contact OTAC at [email protected].  In the meantime, I look forward to keeping the membership informed of the progress.

Pam DiPasquale-Lehnerz, MS, OTR
Vice President


Upcoming Contact Hour Opportunity- Spots Are Filling Quickly

February 1, 2017

There are limited student and professional spots left for the event-- over half have already been filled. Register today!

An Evidence and Clinical Based Approach to Electrotherapy in Hemiplegia

Have you ever wanted an opportunity to learn about the foundation for adjunctive clinical use of electrotherapy and the biophysiological impact on client factors and motor performance?

Join us Saturday, February 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regis University

4 contact hours will be provided to attendees. Participants will be able to network with other OT/OTA’s and engage with Creighton-Regis University OTD students. 

Alfred G. Bracciano, EdD, MSA, CPAM, OTR/L, FAOTA, FAIS, an Associate Professor at Creighton University will teach the mechanism of how electrotherapy can impact client factors and motor performance. Additionally, the experiential lab component will allow participants to apply single and dual channel applications in the upper extremity based on clinical case studies in order to facilitate clinical reasoning and integration into the therapeutic process.

Meet Alfred G. Bracciano: Dr. Bracciano has been a clinician and academician with over 30 years of clinical practice and research. He serves as content expert and consultant to the American Occupational Therapy Association and the United States Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Army. Dr. Bracciano has been a vocal advocate in the appropriate use and application of physical agent modalities and has assisted a number of states and organizations develop licensing and regulatory guidelines related to their use. Dr. Bracciano serves on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Rural Health, the Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitative Tissue Engineering Research, and the Journal of Athletic Medicine.

Learn more and register click here

Kylie Sleeth, MS, OTR/L, Professional Development Chair OTAC

Jill Baxa, OTS, Creighton-Regis University Student Representative 

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