Member Spotlight Archive

Get to Know Your Colleagues in Utah!

Each month the Utah OT Association will be spotlighting a member from a different region in the state. If you would like to nominate someone to be spotlighted, please contact your regional representative. To comment and congratulate members on their spotlight, go to the Utah Occupational Therapy Association Facebook page.


 

September 2021

Alicia Bollin, OTR/L, Graduated in May 2021 University of Utah, Region 3

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

Acute care – Intermountain Health Care and St. Marks Hospital

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

Working since June. Background is in art education. Worked in a school setting and learned about OT. Interested in being able to merge creativity and science through evidenced based OT.

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

As a recent graduate just learning new capacity for work – working in an acute setting it’s so fast paced, and its important to learn how to be a good team member. Develop methods for clear communication with other disciplines, communication related to patient care forming IDT relationships, learning how to flexible.

4. Who inspires you?

My sister, who is an OTA. She inspired me to explore this field.

5. What is your favorite place in the world

Spain, travelled there between working as an art teacher and my career change to OT. Such a beautiful country that anyone could enjoy.

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

Michelle Obama’s - Becoming.

 7. Any hobbies or interests? 

I love to hike, being in the outdoors, trial running, spending time with my dog outdoors and being with my fiancé.

 8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

Meeting my fiancé and planning to marry him.

9. What are you passionate about? 

Helping others in any way possible. This is what drew me to OT. I really care about lending a hand to those in need and helping out clients as well as friends and family.

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

Would like to find a niche as an OT. Find a specialty area of OT for my practice. Find work-life balance throughout my life. And start travelling when its safe again – Go back to New Zealand and Tasmania.

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I have friends in seven different countries.

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

Tacos! Grilled chicken tacos. 😊


 

August 2021

Connie Carr, COTA/L, OTD, OTR/L, Region 2

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

Pediatric outpatient clinic

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

Less than a year. I just graduated last year and this is my dream job right out of school. It's actually where I did my fieldwork and I love it. I had the chance to go back to school later in life and always knew I wanted to work in healthcare but didn't really even understand what OT was until my daughter was a nanny with a child who was receiving early intervention services. The child wasn't speaking or engaging at all at 2 years old until after beginning services. She felt like the OT was a miracle worker and she was able to follow his progress for years. He's a smart, happy 7 year old now.

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

I was recently trained in feeding therapy and have had the opportunity to watch how most children respond to the basic feeding hierarchy of tolerating, interacting and smelling food before they even touch, taste or eat anything. Getting parents to be patient with this theory is harder than getting me to be patient with it but it works.

4. What is your favorite place in the world

Anywhere my family is.

 5. What was the last book that you read? 

"The Wonky Donkey" - to my grandkids. The sad thing is, I'm an avid reader and used to go through a book a month but I haven't had time to read for pleasure this year. Actually, school kind of ruined my pleasure reading the last few years.

 7. Any hobbies or interests? 

Reading (lol), I also used to like light, easy hikes, Utah weather; full spring, full summer, full fall and full winter - it's so pretty. I also used to draw, I used to sew, water sports and even owned a Harley. Man! I'm noticing that there are a lot of "use to's". This is helping me to realize what I need to put back into my life. What are my occupations? lol!

 8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

5 really amazing daughters who are just really good, happy people and honestly, my best friends.

9. What are you passionate about? 

Clearly, question #9. My daughters and the happy creatures they've brought into this world. 

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

I want to see almost every continent. I want to experience these places like the locals, not like a tourist. I want to eat like a local - even if it's gross - I want to try it. For at least one trip in my lifetime, I want to be able to go for a few weeks, not just one quick week where you run around to see it all. I want to be able to meander and relax and soak it all in.

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I have twins and twin grandkids.

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

I want to say Chicken Cordon Bleu and asparagus because that's what I pick every year for my birthday dinner but I think I'd start to hate my favorite meal if it was every day so I'm going to sound really disgusting and say spinach dip and crusty bread from Harmon's - yum and so healthy - not!


 

July 2021

Jill Willis, COTA/L, Region 1

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

Skilled Nursing Facility

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

3 years. I always knew I wanted to work in a profession helping others. In second grade I made a friend in the special needs class and loved spending time with her. That experience helped me discover that I wanted to work with people who had disabilities. I originally wanted to go into special education but decided I’d rather work with people one on one. My best friend also has a brother who has autism, cerebral palsy, and is blind. She actually introduced me to the world of occupational therapy and I was fascinated by the variety of treatments, approaches, and settings a person could work in. I also loved how functional the treatments were!

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

I learned about the spaced retrieval technique, which I have been able to use since then and have seen great results!

4. One person who inspires you? 

It’s hard to pick just one but my 94 year old grandpa, who still goes to the gym every morning and is completely independent, amazes me.

5. What is your favorite place in the world

The Uintah Mountains…and home.

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, oh wait, like a chapter book…American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

 7. Any hobbies or interests? 

I like making! I do craft projects weekly, mostly with wood, paper, and paint. But I also love creating macrame hangings, simple sewing projects (I’m a frustrated sewer), and I’m learning how to work with vinyl. I love decorating. And I’m obsessed with plants. I’m always surprised at how many different plants I know the names of when I walk into a nursery, which also happens almost weekly. I also love camping, hiking, baking, and being with my family.

 8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

It sounds cliche but my daughter is my absolute greatest achievement. It took a very long time to get her here and I was told I’d never have children on my own. And then I did! She’s 3 months old now.

9. What are you passionate about? 

Occupational Therapy…go figure!

American History

My family

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

Visit all 50 states and all national parks.

Work my way through Julia Child’s cookbook

Travel internationally at least once.

Learn how to throw pots on a pottery wheel.

Read, and understand, all of the Federalist Papers.

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I can make a three leaf clover with my tongue and cross one eye.

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

Pizza!!!


 

June 2021

Madison Van Soelen, OTD, OTR/L, Region 6

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

SNF/LTC and Acute Care 

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

I've been working in SNF/LTC full time for a year and Acute Care PRN for about 6 months. I was initially introduced to occupational therapy in a school setting and loved the population and in undergrad I worked in a group home for adults with disabilities and it really affirmed my love for working to maximize people's independence and joy in life. 

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

One common theme that continues to be reiterated this month is the importance of approaching each person as an individual and incorporating activities that are functional and meaningful to them into treatment plans. Giving people the autonomy and ownership in what they are doing to contribute to their rehabilitation is fun to watch, you get to see their joy and motivation to work with therapy. 

4. One person who inspires you? 

I just spent some time at home and I think all of my grandparents inspire me the most. They are all amazing examples of people who are continuously selfless and are passionate about helping everyone around them to the best of their abilities. 

5. What is your favorite place in the world

My favorite place in the world is in the Netherlands, probably in the middle of a tulip field. I studied abroad in the Netherlands in undergrad and loved everything about life over there.  

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

"Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman 

 7. Any hobbies or interests? 

In my free time I really enjoy hiking or being outside in general, reading, and buying new plants.  As far as occupational therapy goes I really enjoy stroke rehabilitation and dementia care. 

 8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

An achievement I'm most proud of is finishing my research on refugee resettlement and occupational therapy in graduate school. I had the opportunity to do a capstone with The International Rescue Committee and see the value of our profession in lesser known areas of practice. 

9. What are you passionate about? 

I'm passionate about improving quality of life for any residents or patients that I work with. Facilitating participation in tasks people enjoy is important in holistic health and the healing process. 

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

I really want to visit Australia and New Zealand. Then maybe further my education with specialty certifications or another degree (but maybe after I've paid off my student loans :).  

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

 I've perfected the chocolate chip cookie recipe. It took a lot of research and many tries but I think I've finally got it down pat. 

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

I know this isn't necessarily a meal but it tends to be a staple for me so I'll have to go with Goldfish.  


 

May 2021

Megan Orr, COTA, Region 5

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

SNF

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? 

I just started working in this setting. I was working in a pediatrics clinic that contracted out to different schools and home-health as well.

3. What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

I knew I wanted to be in the health industry but I didn’t want to go into nursing. I wanted to help people in a way that they could help themselves.

4. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

Sensory approaches to home. Sensory integration is one of my favorite things to study and learn more about, because it is so crucial in so many cases to perform better when using senses to your advantage.

5. One person who inspires you? 

My mother, she is such a caring, loving, hard worker.

 6. What is your favorite place in the world

I want to travel everywhere, but I would love to go to Alaska!

 7. What was the last book that you read? 

I just barely got married and the last book I read was about marriage given to me by my grandmother.

 8. Any hobbies or interests? 

Photography, Fitness, DIY, and renovations

 9. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

Passing the NBCOT, working in my field, and trying everyday to look on the positive side of everything.

10. What are you passionate about? 

Creating new things, and restoring old things.

 11. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

Have kids, help improve the quality of life for my patients, and always be happy and healthy.

 12. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I was born 8 weeks early.

13. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

Chicken and Watermelon


 

April 2021

Wendy Enfield, COTA/L, Region 4

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

Pediatric, School Based practice

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? 

7 years as a COTA, 6 years in this setting

3. What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

I watched my best friend, who is an OT, do an intervention with some preschool students and I knew right then that an OT is what I wanted to be. I want to be a part of helping someone reach their goals and dreams, no matter what.

4. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

I learn new stuff all the time. The thing I keep learning over and over again though is that "behaviors" are so much more than what you see from a student/client/patient and how important it is to dig deep. Be humble and remember that humans are complex beings and that respect for that and their autonomy comes first.

5. One person who inspires you? 

My husband, he is amazing!

 6. What is your favorite place in the world

Anywhere my husband, kids or grandkids are.

 7. What was the last book that you read? 

Beyond Behaviors by Mona Delahooke

 8. Any hobbies or interests? 

I love to plan trips especially to Disney World and Disneyland; watch documentaries about all things Disney; watch youtube videos of the rides at Disney; oh and go to Disney World and Disneyland with my husband and/or kids and grandkids!

 9. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

My greatest achievement is actually a joint achievement with my husband. We have been married for nearly 30-years. Working hard with him to create a life together through pain and happiness is the most amazing thing I have ever done.

10. What are you passionate about? 

Probably too many things! I am passionate about my family, my husband, my children and my grandchildren, all things Disney. I love being an Occupational therapy practitioner and am passionate about finding ways to help the people I work with be heard and reach their goals. I LOVE to travel and study and read about places all over the world.

 11. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

I want to serve a few missions with my husband for my church. I want to go back to Europe and see Normandy and Versailles. I want to learn Italian and travel Italy by train, wander through the Villa Borghese in Rome, walk through the Sacre Bosco and bike the Appian way to see the Aquaduct parks outside of Rome.

 12. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

My pinkies are deformed. When you put them side by side they form a Y shape.

13. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

Spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread with a big salad and blue cheese salad dressing.


 

March 2021

Rich Fauci.  M.S., OTR/L, Region 3

Q & A:Rich Fauci. M.S., OTR/L.

1. What setting do you work in?

Home Health.

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? 

I graduated from A.T. Still University in January 2018, worked for skilled nursing for two years in Globe, AZ then came back to my hometown to do home health in Utah in February 2020. I always had a real passion for helping those in need and occupational therapy has so much diversity in settings and interventions that I wouldn't get bored or stop loving what I do. I love having a job I look forward to doing every single day.

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

Recently, I have had an influx of HISA grants through the VA. It is a long process, but the results have been amazing for my clients. People that have been too afraid to shower or leave the home due to fall risk are now doing so with confidence.

4. One person who inspires you? 

My professor, MJ Tufte at SUU really helped me realize what and who I wanted to be going forward and helped introduce OT to me!

 5. What is your favorite place in the world

I love Puerto Rico! I have been there 3 times including with my wife, Emmy, on our honeymoon.  Paddle boarding with manatees, kayaking in the ocean, bioluminescent bay, spelunking, and some amazing beaches and food!

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

The last book I read was Zoobooks Sharks with my nephew Rhen and niece Jojo.

 7. Any hobbies or interests? 

I ballroom dance and play sports, video games,  and dungeons and dragons.  I also brew beer, fish and am an avid bird watcher.

 8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

My greatest achievement is finishing grad school and finally making enough money to give my dogs, Peter and Cici a big yard to run amuck. It felt like it was never going to happen with all the school and debt but we did it!

9. What are you passionate about? 

I am passionate about developing rapport with everyone I meet.  Everyone has their own story and I enjoy hearing them. I also love animals, with hippos, whales, manatees, and porcupines being my favorite.  

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

My wife and I would like to visit all 62 national parks (8 so far with 3 planned this year), I want to see a blue whale, swim with whale sharks, visit 6/7 continents, get on the kiss cam,  and have something named after us/ named for us (I.e. Park bench or something).

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

Most people don't know that my go-to karaoke song is It's Raining Men by The Weather Girls.  

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

One meal for the rest of my life is spam and egg sandwich with kraft cheese and miracle whip! 


 

February 2021

Kristen Courtney, BA, COTA/L, Region 2

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

Currently I am the temporary Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and an Instructor at Salt Lake Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (hopefully for the foreseeable future!). But much of my background is in mental health inpatient settings and transitional care units.

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? 

I have been working for 3.5 years in Occupational Therapy, and have been in higher education for the last year. I attended a conference for after school professionals while running youth programs at the YMCA when I attended a presentation by an OT on Sensory Processing Disorder. It was like a lightbulb went off and I immediately knew that this was the career for me! (Only took me until age 30! Lol)

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

A lot of what I’ve been reading lately is how OT is engaging in the recovery for COVID-19 patients who are experiencing long term effects, particularly the cognitive effects that we are seeing in the older population.

4. One person who inspires you? 

Stacey Abrams

 5. What is your favorite place in the world

The alpine fields of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. They are some of the most beautiful mountains in the country.

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

“Brown Bear Brown Bear” to my 2 year old. 😉

 7. Any hobbies or interests? 

I love biking, hiking, and camping. Right now, though, a lot of that has been dialed back to toddler-level engagement as I spend time with my 2 year old and 5 year old and share my love of the outdoors with them. 

 8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

I believe my greatest achievements came in the services I delivered to my clients while working at Recovery Ways. Teaching IADL’s, home management, health management, self-regulation and leisure skills to my clients has been some of the most meaningful work I’ve done. Many of the clients I’ve worked with continue to be clean, sober, and thriving to this day!

9. What are you passionate about? 

I am passionate about OT! More specifically, I am passionate about the distributive justice of mental health services. I also love learning more about neurobiology as it related to mental health, self-regulation, and function. 

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

  1. Client will complete a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration by December 2024 (in progress).
  2. Client will become a full time educator in a higher education program (partially achieved).
  3. Client will present on a relevant and meaningful topic at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference 2024.
  4. Client to hike the triple crown trails (AT, PCT, CDT). And to bicycle tour around the world.

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I am a bubble gum connoisseur. I love to chew gum and am very skilled at blowing bubbles. I once blew a bubble bigger than my own head and I am also able to blow bubbles inside of other bubbles (my record is 17 layers). Demonstrations available upon request.

13. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

I have engaged in many heated debates about this very question in relation to tacos vs pizza. Although my love of tacos is strong, I find a lot more opportunity for variation and nutritional diversity in pizza. I may lose the respect of some professional colleagues over this answer.😊


 

January 2021

Charity Davis, OT/L, Region 1

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

Home Health and Inpatient Rehab

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? 

Graduated in 2000 from Loma Linda University a year before it was switched to a master's program.  I spent 4 years in a skilled nursing facility rehab full time with home health PRN until I started having kids in 2004.  I then worked as a contract therapist doing home health specializing in specialty wheelchair evaluations and home safety evals and got my Assistive Technology Professional credential. I enjoyed contracting with Agrability (Assistive Technology for Farmers) for a few years. When my three kids were in school about 2013, I started working home health a few hours a week and slowly eased back into PRN work at Transitional Care Facilities. I currently continue PRN work at a couple Transitional care facilities, Northern Utah Rehab Hospital, Encompass Home Care, and Rehab Without Walls. I have often covered for full time positions at each of these settings while they look to fill the jobs. The ebb and flow and flexibility of PRN has worked well for me as I raise my kids.

3. What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession? 

I got my CNA license at age 15. I worked at a nursing home where Ben DeHaan, OT would have a whole hour to work with one patient with morning ADL's and help them learn how to help themselves again. I was jealous having to race to dress 10 people before breakfast and no option to let them do it themselves if I wanted to get done in time. My mom was a nurse at the same place and introduced me to him and I job-shadowed at his work at the hospital. I was hooked. I was able to get an Associate Degree in Pre-Occupational Therapy at Rick's College right out of High School and graduated with my OT degree 4 years after High School.

4. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month? 

Just when you think you've met every personality out there in patients after 20 years, someone says something so off the wall you have to laugh and give them credit for throwing you off your groove.

5. One person who inspires you? 

I'm inspired by the exceptional patients who actually follow through with your exercises after discharge and it's given them increased independence and deceased pain. I've been a patient of physical therapy over the years and know how hard it is to actually keep doing those exercises so my hat goes off to those who actually do.

 6. What is your favorite place in the world

Riding through mountain aspen/pine forests on horseback with my family. We've owned horses for almost 20 years, my best memories involve our horses.

 7. What was the last book that you read? 

"Not Yet, Near Life Experiences and Lessons"  by Jeff O'Driscoll, MD

 8. Any hobbies or interests? 

Writing inspirational music. Singing in choirs and attending every concert my kids participate in. My 16 year old daughter plays the oboe, my 14 year old son plays cello, my 12 year old son plays drums and all are singing in choirs currently.

 9. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

I was selected as "Therapist of the Year 2019" for BrightSpring a nationwide home health company that is a parent company for Rehab Without Walls. It was a huge surprise. I was nominated for the impact I made with a quadriplegic patient I'd worked with for over a year.

10. What are you passionate about? 

Advocating for my 16 year old daughter with multiple chronic illness conditions. I have a researcher heart and won't give up on finding answers and doctors to ease her pain and help her succeed.

 11. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

Recording an album or 5, I have over 50 songs waiting to be fleshed out. I used to run marathons and would love to improve my health enough to enjoy running again.

 12. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I've eaten squirrel, bullfrog and carp this year. My 14 year old boy cooks up everything he catches that's safe to eat and I love to support him in his hunting endeavors.

13. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

That sounds miserable, I love eating a variety… But for fun, I'd have to say I love a Zupas half berry salad and panini sandwich with their infusion honey drinks and a chocolate strawberry! I think I could survive on that for a while without complaining.


 

December 2020

Thomas A Kincheloe, OTR/L, CLT, WCC, Region 6

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

I currently split my time between long term care, inpatient and outpatient rehab, and home health. I like inpatient and outpatient rehab the most, though I really enjoy all of it.

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

I’ve been working in this profession almost 19 years. I was originally an electronics technician and programmer, but was searching for a new career. At the time, there was a great need for occupational therapists so I went back to college, and… here I am!

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month?

A new graph technique for non-healing deep venous wounds, shared with me by a physician working with one of my patients. I’m fascinated by wound care because it’s a challenging field to be in.

4. One person who inspires you? 

My sister, who is also my best friend. We are very close. She lives in Logan. I often seek advice from her, and I’m never disappointed.

 5. What is your favorite place in the world

Any forested area, especially near lakes, ponds, white water streams and brooks. I love the peace and tranquility of deep forest locations such as those found in the Alaskan wilderness, and in our own mountain regions.

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

The Book of Mormon

7. Any hobbies or interests? 

I like to travel the mountain roads in my roadster convertible (which I’m also restoring as a hobby) when the weather is nice. I also have an interest in growing orchids as a hobby. I’m very interested in model railroading, though I’ve yet to build anything. I’m also active in church activities…well, most of them anyway. As you can see, I’m varied in my interests.

8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

I was elected president of the Adirondack Community College Student Association in upstate New York in 1999. I was very active on campus, and a leader in various programs. My college days were my happiest days!

9. What are you passionate about? 

Lymphedema management and wound care because there are so many people out there that need this kind of help, but very few of us who are jointly skilled in these services. I love wound care because it is challenging. The successful results of both services can be truly amazing and satisfying.

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

Build a model railroad layout; travel the country in a motor home with my two cats; explore places like Nova Scotia, the northwest, and Alaska; ride the Durango-Silverton Railway and other trains.

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I like drawing happy faces and cartoon characters on wound dressings to bring cheer to patients. I’m not a very good artist, but nobody seems to care about that.

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

It’s a toss-up between spaghetti and hot dogs!


 

September 2020

Michael Peterson, MOTR/L

Q & A:

1. What setting do you work in?

Early intervention, SNF, and school setting. Early Interventionist Level III. Program Director, PrimeTime 4 Kids - Early Intervention Program (Uintah and Daggett Counties). 

2. How long have you been working in this profession and setting? What led you to pursue occupational therapy as your profession?

OT for 23 years. Working in early intervention for 21 years. I have worked many different jobs and in a variety of settings including; SNF, home health, outpatient/inpatient hospital, private consultation, early intervention, and school district.

OT was discovered when I volunteered at Primary Children’s Medical Center in 1993. I wanted to be a PT but could never seem to get help with volunteer opportunities and non of the PTs were willing to support me with a letter of recommendation. I usually just cleaned wheelchairs that they gave me in the afternoons. I then met some great OTs and followed them for several months. I loved the diversity of treatments, the creativity, and especially the functional aspect of the profession. Children and parents seemed to love coming to OT and it just made more sense to me. I had never met many OTs prior to this time and I took the time to explore the profession and it was a great fit. I was preparing to graduate from the University of Utah with a BS degree in psychology and OT really seemed best with my interests and goals.

3. What is one thing industry related you learned in the last month?

I am becoming an expert at delivering TeleHealth visits to families.

4. One person who inspires you? 

My wife. Hardest working and smartest person I know.

 5. What is your favorite place in the world

I love to get away to any nice beach in the world. Newport Beach, CA is high on the list.

 6. What was the last book that you read? 

“Life Expectancy” by Dean Koontz. Kind of a no-brainer suspense novel.

7. Any hobbies or interests? 

Hiking, fishing, and recently becoming a pretty big mountain biker (when I can get some time).

8. What is one of your greatest achievements? 

I enjoy spending time with my kids. Becoming a dad has to be the greatest.

9. What are you passionate about? 

I truly enjoy this profession. OT gives the opportunity to be a creative problem solver in so many diverse situations with so many different populations of clients. I look forward each day to the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families and clients by giving them something to help them live a more productive, safer, or independent life.

 10. What are some goals that you have on your bucket list?

Someday do a lot of traveling.

 11. A fun fact about you that people may not know about you. 

I worked in the health home aspect of OT for 21 years and was only ever bitten by 2 dogs, but those 2 dogs were biting me simultaneously on the same visit. So, I would say that was a pretty good overall statistic for avoiding dog bites.

12. If you had to eat one meal everyday for the rest of your life what would you choose? 

I’m really into eat a lot of fruit smoothies with many different combinations of ingredients. As long as I get one each day - I’m pretty happy.