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
Christopher Ivey received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University. He completed his physical therapy education at Western University for Health Sciences. While he has a variety of clinical experiences, his clinical practice’s focus for more than 20 years is orthopaedic and sport physical therapy. This focus links with his designation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an orthopaedic and sports clinical specialist. He is also a certified athletic trainer.
Ivey began working for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2009 as a contributing faculty member. In 2012, he stepped down from his private practice clinic director position to accept a full-time faculty assignment at USAHS. As an advocate for life learning, he completed an Educational Doctorate from the University of Liverpool. He continues part-time clinical work outside of the University and serves as a resident mentor and clinical faculty in an orthopaedic residency program.