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.
2021 Recipients: Tina Williams and Kayley Crane
Tina Williams, OTR/L, and Kayley Crane, COTA/L, are both skilled practitioners with "educator" hearts. Tina and Kayley have a great OT/OTA relationship because it’s based on friendship, respect, competence, and trust. The past year and a half have been especially challenging with changes in Medicare and the effects of COVID-19, but they have come up with some creative solutions. Tina trusts Kayley to be able to recommend when goals should be modified to meet client's needs and adjusts treatments regularly. Kayley appreciates the feedback Tina gives her during her supervisory visits. Both bring great treatment ideas to the table and frequently are able to discuss different ideas and come up with some great evidence-based therapy interventions focused on occupational performance and participation.
COVID-19 really highlighted their strengths as it was a difficult time for all of us! Tina was unable to come inside the building due to living with high-risk family members. They were able to do virtual visits via video chat so they would coordinate times to do evaluations as well as supervisory visits. Tina would do the interview and Kayley would perform any hands-on assessments. This took a high level of teamwork to accomplish everything. Kayley reported, "Our ability to communicate and trust each other really made it possible to give quality care to our clients in a difficult time."
Past Award Recipients