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. Catherine Andrea is a full time instructor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She teaches a variety of classes throughout the curriculum including Pediatric and Neuromuscular courses.
Dr. Andrea has worked as a clinician throughout the United States over the past 15 years. Although she has experience treating an array of clients, she specializes in pediatric and adult neurologic physical therapy. She is especially passionate about working with individuals after brain injury. She has worked in acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation settings. In 2013, Dr. Andrea earned her Board Certification as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and in 2018, she earned her Board Certification as a Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Her research focuses include the use of simulation in healthcare education, the integration of interprofessional education and collaboration in DPT curricula, and the study of adult and pediatric patients with neurologic and genetic disorders.