Special Interest Sections

 

NCOTA seeks to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information for OT professionals. With this goal, the association has structured a series of special interest sections each devoted to specific areas of practice. All work to help professionals find the information they need abut diverse topics within occupational therapy. 

 

Administration and Management

Designed for professionals working in managerial, leadership and administrative roles within OT.  
Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants who are employed in administrative and management positions within their organizations are often faced with unique challenges. This Special Interest Section provides a forum for networking and contacting other therapists who work in similar settings. Together we have the opportunity for brainstorming and problem-solving that strengthen our roles as leaders in the field of Occupational therapy and within our administrative roles. The following information and resources are for those who seek information related to administrative and management topics which may include recruitment, retention, time management, professional development, advocacy and reimbursement.

 

Chair: Shelley Sehorn, OTR/L

Chair: Brittni Winslow, OTR/L

*OT Education: Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University
*Current Setting/Title: Emerge Pediatric Therapy; Executive Director / Practice Owner 
*Previous Experience: pediatrics
*Clinical/Professional Interests: Sensory Processing, Autism, Handwriting, Social Skill development
*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: mother of 3 children, wife, church member, business owner, Burn Bootcamp aficionado, volunteer 
*Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): Admin and Management SIS Co-Chair, member of NCOTA and AOTA

 

Education and Research

The NCOTA Educational SIS serves to create a connection between the NCOTA and OT/OTA Programs in NC. The goal is to make sure that OT/OTA programs, including faculty and students, are aware of NCOTA events and the benefits of joining the NCOTA. The SIS can serve as a resource for OT/OTA Programs in NC. The Education SIS Chairs will lead OT/OTA Program discussions on concerns and issues related to occupational therapy education.

 

Chair: Megan Edwards-Collins, PhD, OTR/L, CAPS

*OT Education: BS -OT from Western Michigan University, MS OT from Wayne State University

*Current Setting/Title: Associate Professor - Occupational Therapy Department, Winston-Salem State University

*Previous Experience: Acute Care and Inpatient Rehab Clinical background

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Technology, Driving, Caregivers, Alzheimer's disease and related Dementia

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cat mother; reading, movies, music

*Additional Information: Member of NCOTA, AOTA, WFOT; Recipient of NCOTA's Outstanding Practice in the Area of Clinical Education and Suzanne C. Scullin Awards

 

Chair: Alisha Singh, OTD, OTR/L

*OT Education: Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate in Pediatric Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions & Master of Science in OT from Lenoir-Rhyne University

*Current Setting/Title: Academia / Assistant Professor & Pediatric Specialist

*Previous Experience: School-Based Pediatrics

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder, School-Based Practice

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Wife, Mother, Sister, Teacher, Life-long Learner

*Additional Information: NCOTA and AOTA Member

 

Gerontology

Chair: Debbie Hand, S, OTR/L

*OT Education: MS Tufts University Boston School of Occupational Therapy 1993

*Current Setting/Title: Durham VA Medical Center, Inpatient OT Supervisor

*Previous Experience: Acute Care, SNF, Home Health, Outpatient

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Gerontology and hospital-based care of older adults, Aging-in-Place, Management, Mentoring

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: OT Supervisor, Wife Mother of two young adults, Flute choir member, exercise partner, reader, game player, friend

Additional Information: member of NCOTA and AOTA, board member Durham Tech OTA Program

 

Chair: Catherine Balentine, MS, OTR/L

*OT Education: MS from UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Occupational Science

*Current Setting/Title: Piedmont Health SeniorCare PACE Program-Community-Based Geriatric Primary Care

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Primary Care, Chronic Disease Management, Healthy Eating Habits and Routines, Medication Management

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Roles: Partner, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, caregiver, OT, teammate, hugger, lover. Occupations: Teaching, learning, collaborating, cooking, listening to music, BEING outside, being active, playing and watching sports

*Additional Information: NCOTA Member, AOTA Member, 2018 NCOTA Award for Excellence in Geriatric Practice

Mental Health

Chair: Valerie Fox, PhD, OTR/L, CPRP

*OT Education: Master's degree and PhD in Occupational Science from UNC at Chapel Hill

*Current Setting/Title: Durham VA Health Care System, Inpatient Mental Health

*Previous Experience: Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship at Durham VA, SNF

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Behavioral Health OT, OT advocacy and expansion of OT into setting with under-served populations

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Mother, wife, movie-goer, Netflix-binger, home remodeler, OT advocate, yard-saler, Foodie, Church volunteer, volleyball player

Additional Information: Member of NCOTA and AOTA, NCOTA Award for Outstanding Mental Health Practice (2015), VA Innovations Award (2012), Marlys Mitchell Pioneer Award (2008), R.I.S.E. Award (2008)

Chair: Caity Bunch, MS, OTR/L

Pediatrics

Chair: Caryn Ellis, MS, OTR/L

*OT Education: MS in Occupational Therapy from UNC-Chapel Hill

*Current Setting/Title: Orange County Schools

*Previous Experience: n/a

*Clinical/Professional Interests: school-based practice, autism, developmental disabilities

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: dog mom, couponer, exercise, reading

*Additional Information: Emerging Leaders Program 2018-2019, Lara Jane Parker Award for Excellence Recipient 2018

Chair: Open

Physical Disabilities

Chair: Madison Meadows, OTR/L, MS, CF-L1

*OT Education: BS in Education and Exercise Science at the University of Memphis, MS in Health Promotion at the University of Memphis, MS In OT from Winston Salem State University. 

Current Setting/Title: 

*Previous Experience: acute care at Level I and Level II trauma centers, inpatient rehabilitation, geriatric care in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities. 

*Clinical/Professional Interests: assisting people of all ages with physical disabilities to obtain a life of joyful independence. 

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

*Additional Information: Member of NCOTA, member of AOTA, OT Department Achievement Award, OT Department Leadership Award, AOTF Scholarship Recipient

Technology

Chair: Adam Lisewski, MOT, OTR/L

*OT Education: Masters in Occupational Therapy (Bay Path College Longmeadow MA.)

*Current Setting/Title: Wake Med

Previous/Current Experience: Outpatient Pediatrics, School Based, SNF, Memory Care, Acute Care

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Technology use/opportunities across the lifespan, splinting

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Husband/Brother/Cyclist

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): Current NCOTA SIS Tech Co Chair. NCOTA Member and AOTA Member.

 

Chair: Deanna Baldassari, MSOT, OTR/L

 

Home Health

Chair: Jennifer Carter Smith, OTD, MBA, OTR/L

Chair: Jordan Holt