Erica received her bachelor's degree in science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating she served two and a half years in the Peace Corps living in West Africa, Republic of Benin. She was a health extension volunteer and her primary objective was working with the handicapped of her assigned village and this experience prompted her to pursue a physical therapy degree upon returning to the United States.
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She is a graduate of the University of St Augustine doctorate of physical therapy program. Her experience in physical therapy school fostered her growing interest in the occupational therapy field and upon graduating the DPT program she enrolled part-time in the University of St Augustine master of occupational therapy program. While completing her MOT degree she worked part-time in an outpatient clinic in St Augustine as a physical therapist. Concurrently, she also began her role as a teaching assistant for the University of St. Augustine in the physical therapy neuromuscular curriculum.
Presently she is full time faculty at University of St. Augustine where she instructs in the physical therapy neuromuscular curriculum and occupational therapy orthopedic curriculum. In addition, she works PRN as a PT and OT in outpatient and long term care rehabilitation.
Her plans are to further her knowledge in the public health realm with a terminal degree and strengthen the service learning component of the University of St Augustine by offering student opportunities on an international level. She is passionate about service to others and experiencing the world on a global scale. She is taking her first group of therapy students to volunteer in Peru in the spring of 2009.