Melanie Suttner - Chair of Public Relations

Hello, my name is Melanie Suttner.  Since July 2021, I've enjoyed working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Initially after graduation, I studied under several specialties to gain experience including pediatrics, hand therapy, respiratory, post-acute care, and home health.  As much as I have loved all my experiences, my journey has kept me within medical settings, thus far.
Prior to employment as a COTA, I graduated with my Bachelor's in Speech Communications in 2001.  During that period I explored a career as an orthopedic fitter, followed by product sales.   Although my previous careers provided me with useful skills, my  passion to serve, heal, and lead people - gave rise to becoming an OTA.   As I serve my patients and community to become more independent in their changing minds and bodies, I do so by creating a collaborative environment that is energetic, fun and client-centered.  I love occupational therapy because the profession values 'meeting people where they're at', demonstrating a community that focuses on the well-being of "all abilities,", including both patient and provider.  I'm interested in continuing my interdisciplinary networking, collaboration, and professional development, while creating more life changing events and sustainable programs, to make the world a better place.