UOTA Award of Excellence in Practice

Purpose: To give recognition to an Occupational Therapy professional that has demonstrated excellence in- practice, research, education and/or collaboration, and who has contributed to the enhancement of the profession of Occupational Therapy in the state of Utah.

2020 Recipient: Nick Sidwell

Nick is an excellent practitioner. Patients and families love him. He has been very innovative in starting a very successful private outpatient practice in Davis County. Nick focuses on an interprofessional team approach with occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech as part of his business. While
managing his own practice, Nick also maintains a full caseload of patients.
Nick supports students. Several Salt Lake Community College Introduction to Occupational Therapy course students have completed a job shadow at his site. These students rave about their experiences with Nick and his therapists. Nick also stays active with the UOTA. He has served as the Community Specialty Practice Chair for several years, and is now serving as the Pediatrics Specialty Practice Chair. He is a top-notch occupational therapist and is a great choice for the 2020 UOTA Excellence in Practice Award!

Past Award Recipients

UOTA Bonnie Held Award of Service

Purpose: To give recognition to an Occupational Therapy professional that has demonstrated excellence in service to- OT practice, the UOTA organization and the community.

2020 Recipient: Krisanne Lewis

Throughout her career, Krisanne has been actively involved in autism awareness. Krisanne has been instrumental in developing and growing innovative programs at the Spectrum Academy. When seeing the need, Krisanne organized a state-wide school-based therapist collaborative group that meets quarterly. This year, she reached out to collaborate with the UOTA, and organized a very well attended workshop on common sense strategies for working with individuals with autism. This workshop brought in interprofessional personnel, attended by OTs, OTAs, OT and OTA students, PTs, PTAs, Speech, and educators. Krisanne also serves on the UOTA Government Affairs Committee with a focus on legislative autism issues and needs. She is supportive of higher education, encouraging job shadows and fieldwork placements for OT and OTA students. Thank you Krisanne, for your service to your profession, students, and to further best practices for those with autism.

Past Award Recipients


UOTA OT/OTA Partnership Award

Purpose: To give recognition to an occupational therapist and an occupational therapy assistant residing and working in the state of Utah, who exemplify the professional partnership through collaborative efforts that promote the occupational therapy profession, and to provide motivation for OT/OTA partnerships throughout the state to contribute to the innovative progression of occupational therapy through OT/OTA partnerships.

2020 Recipients: Lyndsay Fait & Mary Pugh

Lyndsay and Mary have been innovative in designing the OT/OTA supervisory relationship. They are partners providing occupational therapy at the Navigator Academy Charter School. They are also partners in providing telehealth services for the Salt Lake Community College Pro-Bono Clinic. Mary, as adjunct faculty, is the first COTA to work in the telehealth clinic working with pediatric clients and supervising OTA students. Mary does an outstanding job demonstrating to the OTA students the role of a COTA in telehealth. Lyndsay supervises Mary in the telehealth clinic and is directly involved with each client's initial assessment with responsibility for the plan of care receiving input from Mary and students. Both face-to-face in clinical practice and in telehealth models are flawless and professional. Thanks to both for being such a great example to students and the Utah community. Nice job Lyndsay and Mary!

Past Award Recipients