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
Loren Szmiga, PT, DPT received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy and Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS).
She worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics and then began to specialize in the upper extremity. In 2016, Dr. Szmiga achieved the Certified Hand Therapist credential. Currently, she works on an as-needed basis with patients who have hand and orthopedic limitations as well as fabricates custom orthotics. Dr. Szmiga has been teaching with the USAHS on the Miami, FL campus 2018 with a focus on Anatomy and Orthopedic classes. She also taught in the Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Recently, Dr. Szmiga achieved the dry needling certification. She has a passion for teaching students and has been fortunate to attend and work at the University through two separate Physical Therapy curriculums. She has seen the evolution of courses to emphasize evidenced-based practice to prepare the students to go into clinical practice. Currently, Dr. Szmiga is pursuing an educational doctorate degree with an emphasis in teaching and learning.