Occupational Therapy


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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OTD graduate Breanna Chycinski
The choice to apply to Eastern Kentucky University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program was an easy one. When researching and reviewing this program’s curriculum, I knew it would be a good fit for me.
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EKU Online graduate Emma McClellan
Occupational therapy is Emma McClellan’s second career. She originally went to art school and worked in metal shops and bronze foundries. When two coworkers each lost a finger, she found herself interested in their exercises and the difference their OT made for them. “I watched them go from despair to feeling like they got their...
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Person uses a 3-D printer to make mask extenders
Advancements in 3-D printing technology have allowed for the generation of low-cost adaptive devices. The technology in rehabilitation course (OTS 825) recently completed a module exploring the use of 3-D printing to generate adaptive devices and solutions for a variety of client needs.  Shortly after the courses were moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...
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Occupational therapist helps young boy with balance exercise
Eastern Kentucky University was one the first schools in the country to offer a 100% online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy.
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