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
Katelyn Fell’s clinical experience includes a variety of settings, working in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health and as a travel therapist. In 2015, she joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as a lab instructor, and later as contributing faculty teaching foundational occupational therapy courses. She rejoined USAHS in 2021 as core faculty. Additionally, Fell was a faculty member at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ from 2019-2021. Her practice area of interest includes working with older adults, and her research interests include gerontology, health and wellbeing among older adults, community-based programs for older adults, and teaching and learning.
Fell earned her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2011. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Gerontology from Concordia University Chicago.