Nichel Brunder-Allen, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CLT

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Assistant Professor, OT Programs


St. Augustine, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Adult Rehabilitation


Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

Research Interests

Benefits of community-based programs in underserved populations
Interventions to improve occupational performance following oncological interventions

Dr. Nichel Brunder-Allen is an innovative occupational therapist with a passion for education and fostering relationships. She began her career in 2013 in an outpatient hand clinic treating a variety of post-surgical patients. As a staff occupational therapist with Orlando Health, Dr. Brunder-Allen found her passion, working with individuals with lymphedema and lymphedema-related symptoms. Through interventions and community outreach, she has fostered relationships with healthcare professionals, members of the community and patients allowing the establishment of community-based programs focused on education for underserved populations.

Dr. Brunder-Allen holds a specialization in lymphedema and assists in the certification of lymphedema therapists, plays an active role in an Orlando-based special interest group and serves as a mentor. She has experience in treating in a variety of settings, including acute inpatient rehab, outpatient adult rehab, home health, hospice and skilled nursing settings. After working as an outpatient therapist for five years, Dr. Brunder-Allen decided to obtain a post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy to demonstrate her passion and commitment to furthering the profession and to show other health care professionals the distinct value of occupational therapy.

Dr. Brunder-Allen volunteers regularly with oncology-related causes and youth groups. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 and was promoted in December 2023 to her current role.