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
Kristen Barta has been a practicing physical therapist since 2002. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Master’s in Physical Therapy degree, completed her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University, and PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. During her career she has worked in a variety of clinical settings gaining experience in the areas of acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy. She is board certified in Neurology and has devoted most of her career to the treatment of patients with neurological disorders and vestibular dysfunction. At the beginning of 2013 she made the exciting transition into full time academics which was a long-term career goal. Kristen is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, TX.
Through her career she has focused on locomotor training and the treatment of individuals with balance dysfunction. In collaboration with a music therapist, her area of research involves studying how the use of more specialized delivery of auditory cues impacts gait in people with Parkinson’s disease.