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. Peters-Brinkerhoff joined the University of St. Augustine (USA), San Marcos campus in 2008. A graduate of Loma Linda University in California in 1978, Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff received her NDT certification in 1996 for Pediatrics. She completed her Advanced Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in 1998 from Loma Linda University in California, her Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2007 from Webster University, then her Doctorate in education from Walden University in 2014. A true lifelong learner.
Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff is a member of the APTA and the NDTA. She has advanced Certificates in Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), Neurodevelopmental treatment, (NDT), hippotherapy and a vast experience in treating neurologic diagnoses for pediatrics and adults. Prior to joining USA, her teaching experience included faculty adjunct positions with Loma Linda University and Western University, and as the Regional Trainer for Invacare wheelchair Corporation. Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff also enjoy singing in the barbershop style with the award winning, San Diego Chorus in San Diego, California.
As the University of St. Augustine’s Program Director for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at the San Marcos, CA campus, Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff also offers a wealth of experience in administration and business. In the past she has been Director of Rehabilitation Services at Promise Hospital, Cottonwood Canyon Health Care Services, and Select Rehab Services as well as the Rehab supervisor at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Allied Rehab Services. She also owns her own private Practice, Gentle Hands Physical Therapy.
Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff has presented several poster presentations and had her research Perspectives on Teaching Physical Therapy Students the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health Model was published in the Journal of Allied Health in the Fall of 2016 and History of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health was published in the NDTA Network in Fall of 2016. Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff is continuing her work in educational research. She is currently working on educational methods in anatomy.