2023 Recipient: Gabe Byars, MS, OTR/L, LSVT-BIG, MSCS
Gabe has taught at SLCC for many years, educating and mentoring students in the OTA program. He is an incredible teacher and mentor to his students. While there are many examples of his commitment to the OT profession and his students, one recently completed project really stands out. Gabe completed an incredible project spending countless hours working with and mentoring SLCC students over multiple years to complete an occupational therapy textbook – “Occupational Therapy Skills Physical Dysfunctions”. Not only did they complete a remarkable text, but Gabe has generously shared this resource with his students and others in the OT community as an Open Education Resource accessible online. Gabe truly embodies the mentorship spirit of Eunice Chen by demonstrating excellence in his guiding and shaping future clinicians and researchers. We are grateful for the hard work and commitment to education that Gabe has consistently demonstrated over the years and know that he will continue to be an asset to OT practitioners, both current and future, in the state of Utah and beyond.