At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Amanda Allen is a graduate of Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2016 as a contributing faculty member. In 2018 she became a full-time instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program for the San Marcos campus.
Prior to joining the university, she worked as a physical therapist in the outpatient orthopaedic setting. Dr. Allen is board certified in orthopaedics. Additionally, she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as its California chapter (CPTA), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).
Dr. Allen is a 2015 AAOMPT fellow from Duke University. She is currently engaged in academia and clinical practice with an emphasis on orthopaedic rehabilitation.