Occupational Therapy

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Cindy Hayden Occupational Therapy
A long-time EKU instructor, Cindy Hayden serves as a cheerleader and mentor for her students throughout their educational experience. Hayden goes above and beyond to ensure her online students have just as much opportunity to interact and build a relationship with her as their on-campus counterparts. Hayden strives to make her personal experiences and extensive...
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Dana Howell OTD Faculty
A long-time EKU instructor, Dana Howell believes in accessibility and taking an active part in her student’s educational experience. She goes above and beyond to ensure her online students have just as much opportunity to interact and build a relationship with her as their on-campus counterparts. Howell’s personal attention and dedication to helping students prepare...
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Donna Colaianni occupational therapy
Donna Colaianni believes in accessibility and taking an active part in her student’s educational experience. She goes above and beyond to ensure her online students have just as much opportunity to interact and build a relationship with her as their on-campus counterparts. Colaianni’s personal attention and dedication to helping students feel connected makes her a...
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J. Molina occupational therapy
Gaile Ebony Seay graduated from EKU Online’s OTD program in December 2021. While a student in the program, Seay also authored two books designed to help children practice handwriting while learning about Black history and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Her books, “The Black History ABCs: Handwriting 101” and “The HBCU ABCs: Cursive 101”...
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Occupational therapist helps young boy with balance exercise
Dr. Gregg Pitts graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After serving five years active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, he returned to EKU to complete his master’s and eventually doctorate in occupational therapy. Pitts is currently the founder and owner of three Commonwealth Hand and Physical...
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Ebony Seay
Gaile Ebony Seay graduated from EKU Online’s OTD program in December 2021. While a student in the program, Seay also authored two books designed to help children practice handwriting while learning about Black history and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Her books, “The Black History ABCs: Handwriting 101” and “The HBCU ABCs: Cursive 101”...
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occupational therapy specialist
For many, the advocacy landing page for informed occupational therapists is the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD). In 2014, many OTs and several subgroups joined together to form a grassroots coalition that drew off of the “person first” voices and experiences of occupational therapy leaders and members.
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Kirsta von Hellens
After volunteering with an occupational therapist in the Exceptional Family Members Services in Italy, Kirsta von Hellens was inspired to pursue a career in occupational therapy. She received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000 and worked as an OT for a school district in northern Kentucky after graduation. She...
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Christina Buchignani student story
As she began her college career, Christina Buchignani knew she wanted to be part of a helping profession. Her younger brother, Ryan, was born with a disability and she saw first-hand the challenges the world presented, not only for people who needed support, but their families as well. Her mother fought hard for Ryan working...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
Throughout the courses in the online Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, there were many times I had the thought that I should be sharing the valuable knowledge I was gaining with my co-workers in homecare. My knowledge and confidence grew with each course. This led me to want to apply to...
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