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
While attending the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences for her graduate studies, Jennifer completed a year of experience as a Level II Fieldwork Student in outpatient clinics in Dallas, Texas and San Diego, California. After graduating, she began working as an Occupational Therapist in hand therapy at All Star Physical Therapy. She currently works at Sharp Rees-Stealy as an Occupational Therapist in the Upper Extremity Rehabilitation department and started as a Lab Assistant at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in the fall of 2018.
Jennifer enjoys working with individuals of all ages and has a special interest in upper extremity rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation. Currently, she is seeking a certification in hand therapy and plans to pursue board certification as a Certified Hand Therapist in the future.
In her free time, this San Diego native can be found cheering on the Padres, hiking, painting, rock climbing, practicing yoga, or playing fetch with her miniature dachshund.