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
Megan Flores is a board-certified clinical specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association and an assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas, where she teaches pediatric and neuromuscular classes. Dr. Flores completed a Master of Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2004 and a PhD in 2019 from Texas Woman’s University with research focused on investigating trunk control in young children with Down syndrome.
Dr. Flores has experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her primary areas of research involve studying psychometric properties of outcome measures for children with participation restrictions and effective physical therapy treatment to improve function in children with neuromotor disabilities. She is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Flores has dedicated her clinical experience to neurorehabilitation of pediatric and adult patients. She has worked in a variety of settings, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, hippotherapy and home health, where she continues her clinical practice.