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Jane Loiselle

Class: 1990

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: Outpatient, acute inpatient, home health

Service Demographic: Adults 

Professional Involvement: AOTA member
 
Rush Reflections: I received an excellent education at Rush and along the way met some very wonderful classmates and educators.
 
 
Deborah Michael
 
Class:  1994

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: Pediatrics

Service Demographic: Chicagoland general pediatrics in a multidisciplinary environment including OT, PT, Speech, ABA, Diet, Neuropsychology, Reading specialists, and Social work

Professional Involvement: Professional Advisory Committee The Autism Society of Illinois

Rush Reflections: My professors at Rush were outstanding.   I learned  how to treat and how to manage

Current Events: Founder of multidisciplinary clinics in Chicagoland : North Shore Pediatric Therapy www.NSPT4kids.com
 
 
Nancy Torres
 
Class: 2005
 
Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L
 
Practice Area: Acute Care
 
Service Demographic: Primarily adults/geriatrics
 
Professional Involvement: ILOTA
 
Rush Reflections: The professors were really caring and involved. Rush will always be my occupational therapy home base.
 
Current Events: I enjoy my job tremendously as an OT at Rush University Medical Center in the acute occupational therapy department. I plan to return to school for an OTD and to pursue teaching.
 
 
Megan Kral
 
Class: 2006
 
Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L, CLT
 
Practice Area: Acute Care & Outpatient
 
Service Demographic: Varied-orthopedic, neurological and breast cancer-related lymphedema
 
Professional Involvement: Member of a collaborative team developing a breast cancer related lymphodema program
 
Rush Reflections: The smaller class size provided a strong learning environment and allowed me to get to know my peers.
 
Current Events: I love the variety and challenges I face every day to help patients achieve their goals and independence. It's one of the reasons why I love my job and working at Rush University Medical Center.
 
 
Stacy Medina
 
Class: 2009
 
Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L
 
Practice Area: Inpatient Rehab
 
Service Demographic: Varied-stroke, brain injury, orthopedic, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease
 
Professional Involvement: Presented a motor approach, focusing on pliates and Tai Chi for Rush's Occupational Therapy Interventions III course
 
Rush Reflections: Rush offered great clinical experience interspersed throughout the academic curriculum.
 
Current Events: I enjoy the opportunity to build rapport with patients in an effort to enhance their participation in daily life. Occupational therapy is a fulfilling career in which I can explore new approaches to treatment and learn from my experience.
 
Jill Owen (O'Connor)

Class: 2009

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: Home Health

Service Demographic: Young adult to geriatric
 
Carmen Tedeschi (Hickey)
 
Class: 2009
 
Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L
 
Practice Area: Hand Therapy/Outpatient
 
Rush Reflections: Rush provided me with a comprehensive background in OT, which has helped me greatly with specializing in Hand Therapy. By focusing on function and personal goals. I am able to help my patients regain their independence through activity and occupation based tasks.
 
 
Deb Zeitlin-Evans
 
Class: 2009

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: Pediatrics

Service Demographic: schools/autism

Professional Involvement: Professional writing for journals and online publications

Rush Reflections: My network of friends and now colleagues from Rush has remained in contact and continue to meet each year.
 
 
Colleen Abad (Bray)
 
Class: 2010
 
Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L
 
Practice Area: Acute Care, Outpatient Pediatrics
 
Service Demographic: Adult and Pediatrics
 
Professional Involvement: Secretary/Treasurer RUOTAA, member of a collaborative team to help reduce inpatient falls
 
 
Emily Puerling
 
Class: 2010
 
Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L
 
Practice Area: Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation
 
Service Demographic: Adult
 
Professional Involvement: AOTA, ILOTA member
 
 
Patricia Allen

Class: 2011

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: Geriatrics and Acute Care

Service Demographic: Skilled Nursing Facility includes patients with diagnosis of CVA, orthopedic-related injuries, cancer, amputation, COPD, etc. Acute Care patients mainly in ICU area with diagnosis of CVA or status-post cardiac procedures.

Professional Involvement: Lead OT of Orthopedics

Rush Reflections: I continue to encourage peers preparing for OT school to apply to Rush. I offer observation hours and letters of recommendation to those I feel have great potential to become a well-rounded OTs and will be professional representatives of what the program stands for. I'm forever grateful for the support, encouragement, and education my professors provided me and continue to provide me; they're the reason I can proudly say I'm a Rush OT grad.
 
 
Genevieve Nimeth

Class: 2011

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: Subacute Rehab

Service Demographic: Geriatrics
 
Professional Involvement: PEHUT (patient education handouts utilization team)

Rush Reflections: Dr. Olson and her American Idol obsession.
 
Kari Schneider
 
Class: 2012

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area:
Inpatient Rehabilitation

Service Demographic:
Young adult to geriatric
 
Professional Involvement:
Member of ILOTA and AOTA

Rush Reflections:
I am really glad I had the opportunity to observe in various clinical settings as a student at Rush. It allowed me to become familiar with several practice areas and helped me to determine which setting was best for my future career.
 
 
Bhumi Bhatt
 
Class: 2013
 
Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L
 
Practice Area: Med/Surg and Inpatient Rehab
 
Service Demographic: I evaluate and treat mostly adults who are hospitalized due to major medical conditions or surgeries including cardiac disease/intervention, neurological accidents such as CVA, joint replacements due to arthritis, and other diagnoses. I assist in discharge planning safely to home or to longer term rehab facilities.
 
Professional Involvement: AOTA, INOTA
 
Rush Reflections: Rush University’s OT program is renowned for its preparation of its students for fieldwork in clinical skill-building. The program also prepared me well for a job search in all aspects including building a resume.
 
Current Events: I have relocated to Indianapolis, IN and am looking to advance my competency in other practice areas. I am a certified Fieldwork Educator from AOTA and look forward to helping students advance their OT career.
 
 
Laura Cooley
 
Class: 2013

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: SUBACUTE 

Service Demographic: ALL DIAGNOSIS (neuro, CVA, ortho, general fatigue, cancer, TBI, SCI, amputations) ALL AGES, GENERALLY >80yro
Professional Involvement: AOTA member

Rush Reflections: The classmates you have at Rush will be your biggest supporters and will always be there to provide advice for your journey into the real world
 
 
Grace Gopp
 
Class: 2013

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area:
Developmental pediatrics, Pediatric burn  

Service Demographic:  Outpatient pediatrics specializing in pediatric burns, evaluates/treats patients birth through 16 years in a multidisciplinary environment.
 
Professional Involvement: President, RUOTAA
 
Rush Reflections: My experiences at Rush helped me develop an appreciation of the lifelong learner and encourage me to continually pursue excellence in the services I provide as a pediatric clinician.
 
Current Events: Will be attending SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding) in March 2014
 
 
Michelle Hanawalt
 
Class: 2013

Degree/Certification: MS, OTR/L

Practice Area: Inpatient Rehabilitation
 
Service Demographic: Adult to Geriatric
 
Professional Involvement: Member of ILOTA and AOTA
 
Rush Reflections: I'm glad I had the chance to have clinical experience before fieldwork along with professors who were current practicing occupational therapists
 
 


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