Occupational Therapists

An occupational therapist is a person who has graduated from an entry-level occupational therapy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations, or approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), or an equivalent international occupational therapy education program; has successfully completed a period of supervised fieldwork experience required by the occupational therapy program; has passed a nationally recognized entry-level examination for occupational therapists, and fulfills state requirements for licensure, certification, or registration. An occupational therapist provides interventions based on evaluation and which emphasize the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (i.e., occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of facilitating participation in roles and situations and in home, school, workplace, community and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness and are provided to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapists address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of occupational performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life. *

Specialization: Feeding, Eating & Swallowing

Occupational therapists provide interventions to clients of all ages with feeding, eating and swallowing difficulties. Occupational therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitative, habilitative, and palliative dysphagia care, which includes collaborating with clients to provide individualized compensatory swallowing strategies, modified diet textures, adapted mealtime environments, enhanced feeding skills, preparatory exercises and positioning to clients, reinforcement of mealtime strategies to enhance and improve swallowing skills, and training to caregivers to enhance eating and feeding performance. Occupational therapists provide screening and in-depth clinical assessment which may include instrumental dysphagia assessments including videofluroscopy. **




Marnie Adamson
Gemma Aeschliman
Mrs. Anna Alexander OTR
Ms. Kristina Anderson OTR/L
Mr. Cesar Arada MHS,OTR/L,SWC,PAM
Mrs. Gail Belaief OTR
Barbara Blain OTR
Melissa Callahan MS, OTR/L
Jennifer Canaris OTR/L
Monica Castillo OTR
Ms. Daisy Chen MA, OTR/L, SWC, CLEC
Christina Chian OTD, OTR/L, SWC
Eva Ching MA, OTR/L, SWC
Barbara Cloutier MS OTR/L
Dale Coffin
Venet Cremona-Thompson OT/L
Ms. Kathryn Cross OTR/L
Mary Pat Culligan OTR/L, SWC
Ms. Mary Cunningham-Portner MOT, OTR/L
Mrs. Leilanie Dao OT/L
Jennifer Davis MS, OTR/L
Melissa Delatorre MS, OTR/L
Michele Delhaye OTR/L
Shahnoor Dharamsi MS, OTR/L
Cecilia Dockery-Smith MS, OTR/L
Mrs. Chalya Dugar LOTR
Mrs. Renee Fabian OTR
Mary Florendo-Tan OTR/L
Abigail Foos
Dr. Laura Golden OTD, OTR/L
Mrs. Juliana Gutierrez MA, OTR/L, SWC
Andrea Han OTR/L
Kate Hayner EDD, OTR/L
Ms. Christy Hennessey OTR
Mary Henthorn OT
Aubree Henton
Mr. Shiou-Jung Ho MA, OTR/L
Linda Holland Simpson OTR/L
Hsu-Ling Hsieh OT
Gloria Hsu OTR/L
Lisa Iarossi OTR/L
Mrs. Janis Ikeda OTR/L
Mrs. Cynthia Jocson OTR/L
Ms. Beth Jones OT
Mrs. Lisa Jordan OTR/L
Kimberly Korth OTR/L
Mrs. Robbyn Laufer OTR/L
Mrs. Susan Liebross OT
Laura Liedtka OTR/L
Mrs. Nicole Lyman OTR/L
Mona Mallemat MS OTR/L MPH
Ms. Sandra Mandilas OTR/L
Joan Marini OTR/L
Carla Mcauley OTR/L
Mr. Todd Mcdonald OTR
Dawn Mckenna-Sallade MA, OTR/L
Mrs. Lisa Mickelsen-Strubel OTR/L
Susan Miller OTR/L
Paula Moloney OTR/L
Pam Morley OT
Sheri Mortola OTR/L, SWC
Mrs. Julie Murray MOT
Mrs. B Noll OTRL
Dawn Oakley OTR
Murry Odonnell
Judy Parkinson MA, OTR/L, SWC
Cathy Patterson
Jaime Penley OTR
Kayla Perkinson OTR
Mrs. Lisa Piraino
Laura Platzer OTR/L
Fiona Rea OTR/L
Jane Reale
Victoria Reichman OTD
Ms. Lorraine Ricci OTR
Ms. Laurel Rico COTA/L
Maria Rincon OTR/L
Susan Roberts OTR/L
Mrs. Nechama Rotshtein OTR/L
Mrs. Jean Runcie OTR
Eufrocina Salonga
Sarah Salterio MOT,OTR/L
Ms. Michele Satz OTR/L
Ms. Marianne Schenk OTR/L, SWC
Melanie Scott OT/L
Margaret Smith OTR/L
Jennifer Stucki OTR/L
Mr. Henry Tran OTR/L
Judy Tran MA, OTR/L
Ramona Velazquez Rodriguez
Dr. Irene Villar PHD, OTR/L, SWC
Ashley Waldman OTR/L SWC CLE
Brian Walsh MOT, OTR/L
Mrs. Shelley Wilkinson MOT/L
Mrs. Paulla Williamson OTR/L
Ms. Sarah Wold-Hanson MOT, OTR/L

* Source: The Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice, 2nd edition. Bethesda: American Occupational Therapy Association, 2007. [7/1/2008: new] Additional Resources: The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) does offer voluntary specialty certification for a Feeding, Eating & Swallowing Occupational Therapist if the applicant meets the following requirements: <ul> <li>Professional or technical degree or equivalent in occupational therapy. <li>Certified or licensed by and in good standing with an AOTA recognized credentialing or regulatory body. <li>Minimum of 2,000 hours of experience as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. <li>600 hours of experience delivering occupational therapy services in the certification area to clients (individuals, groups, or populations) in the last 3 calendar years. Service delivery may be paid or voluntary. <li>Verification of employment. </ul>AOTA Specialized Knowledge and Skills Paper: Feeding, Eating and Swallowing in Occupational Therapy Practice, 2007; AOTA Fact Sheets: OT: A Vital Role in Dysphagia Care

** Source: The Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice, 2nd edition. Bethesda: American Occupational Therapy Association, 2007. [7/1/2008: new] Additional Resources: The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) does offer voluntary specialty certification for a Feeding, Eating & Swallowing Occupational Therapist if the applicant meets the following requirements: <ul> <li>Professional or technical degree or equivalent in occupational therapy. <li>Certified or licensed by and in good standing with an AOTA recognized credentialing or regulatory body. <li>Minimum of 2,000 hours of experience as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. <li>600 hours of experience delivering occupational therapy services in the certification area to clients (individuals, groups, or populations) in the last 3 calendar years. Service delivery may be paid or voluntary. <li>Verification of employment. </ul>AOTA Specialized Knowledge and Skills Paper: Feeding, Eating and Swallowing in Occupational Therapy Practice, 2007; AOTA Fact Sheets: OT: A Vital Role in Dysphagia Care