Member Highlights

Member Highlights

We will periodically feature a NCOTA member from around the state on this page.

 

Meet our March 2019 NCOTA Member Highlight
 
Samantha Ryan, COTA/L
 
 Ms. Ryan attended Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC where she obtained an Associates Degree and began her career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Samantha has gained experience in Skilled Nursing, CCRC, Home Health, Adult Out Patient, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Out Patient settings. Samantha is currently employed by Developmental Therapy Associates in Durham and Cary - OP Pediatric Clinics and resides in Cary, NC.
 
Since entering the Occupational Therapy Profession, Samantha has been active serving as Former Public Relations Chair for the SC Occupational Therapy Association; AOTA Emerging Leaders Program Participant and Presenter/Speaker at AOTA National Conference in 2018. Samantha currently serves as Pediatric SIS Co-Chair for NCOTA and has ongoing projects "targeting advocacy for the distinct value of Occupational Therapy Assistants and Member engagement."
 
"I've been a member of the NCOTA for less than a year (I got here as quickly as I could). Being a NCOTA member connects me to other OT practitioners outside of my daily work. Having that connection helps me to "fill up my cup" by hearing the perspectives and experiences of other OT professionals. I often find that the natural collaboration that occurs when OT practitioners get together is inspiring and energizing."
 
Favorite Memory/Experience
 "One of the most profound experiences in my career came after a colleague and I presented on Impostor Phenomenon at the AOTA National Conference in 2018. The number of audience members who shared their stories and told us how our topic resonated with them was astounding. These members described feeling more connected and hopeful after our presentation. It was powerful and humbling to hear how our short presentation could have such a positive impact."
 
Why Occupational Therapy?
 
"Occupational Therapy allows me the freedom to help people across their lifespan in a myriad of ways. I get to help people work towards their goals and sometimes even dreams at any age! How cool is that? When becoming an OT Practitioner was still just a dream, I was the parent of a child with a disability who had been frustrated with the disconnection between home, school, and the various therapies he received. I wanted to change that for other families. As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, I can advocate for my clients in all areas of their life, promote an interdisciplinary team
 approach, and provide client-centered OT that affirms their needs and goals."