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. Christienne Parten has been a clinical instructor in the Occupational Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the Austin campus since August 2018.
Prior to joining the university, she worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of adult settings including inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA). Professor Parten is originally from New Iberia, Louisiana. She is married and has two children. She has practiced as an occupational therapist for 20 years. Her clinical experience has been in Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) and inpatient rehabilitation. Dr. Parten has extensive experience in neurological rehab working with clients with brain injury and stroke. She is Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) trained and LSVT certified. She loves working in rehabilitation and helping clients return to independence.