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. Heather Disney is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapist specializing in rehabilitation of both orthopaedic injuries and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She has experience working with both an adult and pediatric population. Dr. Disney received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, and an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. She is also a Certified Manual Therapist, which encompasses various treatment strategies including myofascial release and joint mobilizations. Dr. Disney has been a part of the faculty at the University of St. Augustine since 2013. She is an active member in the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a representative of her local San Diego Chapter.