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
Bridget Mathis attended the University of New Haven for her undergraduate degree in Dental Hygiene before earning her Master of Occupational Therapy from Bay Path College in 2012. After providing dental services overseas with medical missions, she continued for eight years in the field of dental hygiene and found her passion for teaching as a clinical instructor.
Desiring to expand her knowledge and skillset, she returned to school to earn her Master of Occupational Therapy with a desire to serve the geriatric population. After graduation, she worked in community reentry-based programs for brain injury and stroke rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health, assisted living and independent living settings. In 2019, she had the opportunity to work in a non-traditional occupational therapy role as a clinical specialist for an upper extremity robotic device company and present at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association conference on upper extremity robotic devices and their role in rehabilitation.
Most recently, Mathis worked as a director of therapy providing outpatient services within assisted living and independent living communities before joining the core faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Austin, TX campus as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in 2021.