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. Nicole Miller became an assistant professor for the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017 after serving as a contributing faculty member since 2012.
Dr. Miller has worked as a physical therapist in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2007. She completed an orthopedic residency at Rancho Physical Therapy in 2008. In 2009 she became board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and re-certified in 2019. In 2012 she opened a clinical biomechanics laboratory. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its California chapter.
Dr. Miller is currently obtaining her PhD in Health Sciences from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is also an active volunteer for the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation, which helps ease the transition for special operations individuals from military life and work to that of a civilian.