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
Ryan Wooley, PT, DPT is a physical therapist (PT) and educator who is passionate about delivering individualized, evidence-based physical therapy care to diverse populations. Dr. Wooley received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015. He has completed the Evidence in Motion’s Orthopedic Residency program and became an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified Orthopedic Specialist in March 2017. He earned an National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Condition Specialist certification in 2012 and worked as a personal trainer and CrossFit coach prior to pursuing a DPT.
A native of Austin, TX, Dr. Wooley has worked locally as a PT in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2015. In his treatment practice, he has focused on treating a diverse range of patients, including people with chronic pain issues and high-level professional athletes. He has been a Lab Instructor with the Austin campus Flex program since Spring 2017, teaching Applied Anatomy and Movement Science courses.