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. Lydia Kite has experience in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities, subacute rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, long-term acute rehabilitation along with ergonomics, injury and prevention. She earned her BA in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and then her Master of Occupational Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She graduated with her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy in 2021 with a capstone focusing on creating a sustainable relationship with community day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Kite has a focus in return to work, work rehab and preventive care. She has experience in not-for-profit organizations, day programs, group homes for adults with varying intellectual and developmental abilities. She began teaching as contributing faculty at University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2018, primarily in clinical application courses for the adult and geriatric population. She later transitioned to a lecturer and joined USAHS in a full-time role as an Assistant Professor in 2021. She leads the occupational therapy side of the interprofessional pro bono clinic at the St. Augustine, FL campus.