Physical Disabilities SIS

The Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section (SIS) seeks to provide North Carolina Occupational Therapy (OT) Practitioners and students with a variety of opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and sharing of resources. North Carolina has talented and passionate OT practitioners that serve adults with physical disabilities including but not limited to progressive neurological disorders, chronic orthopedic conditions, acute neurological and orthopedic injuries, cognitive deficits, etc. With the onset and/or continuation of an illness, injury or disability, OT practitioners are given the opportunity to aid in adaptation and modifications, showcasing and discovering abilities of the clients, and incorporating meaningful occupations to facilitate the best quality of life possible.

Our aim is that the Physical Disabilities SIS is a centralized location to collaborate, network, and mentor fellow practitioners in order to best serve our patient populations.


Within Physical Disability Rehabilitation, there are many specialties in which OT practitioners can be involved. Below are some examples of specialty areas:

  • Driving Rehabilitation
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Low Vision
  • Hand Rehabilitation



*Chair:  Tina Webb, OTD, MS, OTR/L

*Email: [email protected]     

*OT Education: Mount Mary University, Post-Professional OTD, MSOT; Winston-Salem State University, BSOT; Green River Community College, AAS, OTA

*Current Setting/Title: Adjunct Instructor at WSSU; PRN in Acute Care

*Previous Experience: Inpatient Rehab, Skilled Nursing, Home Health, School System

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Stroke and neurological conditions, chronic disease management, Research

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Wife, animal lover, traveler, educator, lifelong learner

*Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): AOTA, WFOT, 2019 NCOTA Outstanding Practice in Physical Disabilities 


*Chair:  Sanchala K. Sen, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCPR

*Email: [email protected]

*OT Education: Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Chatham University with a specialization in adult stroke, MS and BS in Occupational Therapy from Bombay University, India

*Current Setting/Title:  Academia/Assistant Professor

*Previous Experience: Academia, Acute care, Inpatient rehab, Outpatient, Long term care, Assisted living, NICU, Tele rehab

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Adult neurological conditions, NICU, Hand therapy, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Advocacy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Wife, Mother, World traveler, Avid reader, Physical Fitness

*Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): NCOTA Board member, AOTA member and AOTA BCPR exam item writer, NCOTA DEI Committee member, NCOTA award for Outstanding Practice in Physical Disabilities, NCOTA award for Excellence in Clinical Education, AOTA Board certification in Physical Rehab, Matter of Balance coach.


Past Presentations: 

SIS Presentation Fall Conference 2020


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