Michelle DeJesus Podcast Interview

• September 30th, 2021

Michelle DeJesus is a pediatric occupational therapist and mobile practice owner in Miami, FL. Aside from her clinical role as an OT, Michelle is passionate about promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) initiatives through her role as a national board member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD). As a Latina occupational therapist, Michelle strongly believes in the power of representation within the profession and in entrepreneurship. Thus, she utilizes social media to raise awareness and to promote action towards a more equitable and inclusive profession and practice. She recently has expanded on her passion for teaching and JEDI initiatives to include mentorship of underrepresented students and practitioners. You can connect with Michelle via Instagram (@MichelleD_OT), LinkedIn (Michelle DeJesus), or through her personal blog (Michelledot.com). 



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LaQuanta Podcast Interview

• August 31st, 2021

LaQuanta was born and raised in Dudley, a small town in Eastern North Carolina; she continues to reside near the area. LaQuanta has been married for 21 years and has two daughters, ages 19 and 9. Family pets include Chewy a 2-year-old male shiatzu and Gray a 1-year-old tabby cat. LaQuanta graduated from the University of Mt. Olive in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2017. LaQuanta worked in community mental health for 13 years and has been a therapist since 2018. “I was drawn to the helping profession because of past trauma and therefore felt I had an obligation to share the knowledge I’ve learned with others; some of the best helpers have suffered the greatest pain”. LaQuanta is a licensed clinical mental health
counselor and a licensed clinical additions specialist and is currently a contract therapist with New Dawn Psychiatric Services. LaQuanta takes a holistic approach to counseling, by focusing on the relationship between the mind and body, with an emphasis on managing symptoms by changing distorted behaviors through meditation, yoga, and challenging distorted thoughts and beliefs. LaQuanta says that the mantra she uses to refocus her mind is to live like nobody is watching. “So often I think we live our lives based on what other people want, feel of believe instead of focusing on what makes us happy; so, this reminds me to live my life the way I see fit and what works for me and my family”.

Fun facts about LaQuanta
She says being the youngest of 8 kids, everyone always looked at her as a child, no matter how old she was. “I remember thinking, none of my siblings will ever really see me as an adult and you know maybe that’s not a bad thing”. She says life can be very serious and that she finds that by exploring her playful side, she is able to create a sense of balance. As an adult, with many responsibilities, she says it is important to decompress. “My daughter and I often turn up the Alexa and dance like no one is watching or I will initiate an improvisation with my family just to have a little fun”.


New Dawn Psychiatric Services, Counselor, Goldsboro, NC, 27530 | Psychology Today



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Dr. Elizabeth Martin Podcast Interview

• July 6th, 2021

Dr. Elizabeth Martin has been a health educator for over a decade with experience working with underserved adults in HIV+, LGBTQIA+, Latino, and African American communities providing community-based services.  She is committed to protecting socio-economically and culturally vulnerable populations, through holistic service, with a strong emphasis on mental and spiritual well-being. 

Elizabeth believes occupational therapy to be a gateway of service for many who may slip through the cracks due to economic hardship and unjust societal exclusion.  Her personal mission is to create, through practice, a world where all are included, respected, and valued.

Links: Home (holisticcommunitytherapy.com)

Site for organization that held Superwoman training (Note resources and check site for future trainings):  https://www.beam.community/trainings



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Dr. Candice Podcast Interview

• May 31st, 2021

Candice Freeman OTD, MOT, OTR is the former Program Director at Mountain View College
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program located in Dallas Texas. She has 13 years’ experience
as a pediatric and home health occupational therapist. Her specialty is pediatrics with a
concentration on fine motor skill development and handwriting. She is also the owner of Tears
To Cheers Handwriting Clinic, LLC and her own private consulting firm Freeman Educational
Services that provides independent OT evaluations to schools. Candice earned her Bachelors of
Psychology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston (Houston,
TX); Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) from The University of Texas Medical Branch
(Galveston, TX) and Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Rocky Mountain
University of Health Professions (Provo, Utah).

She is currently a doctoral student attending Abilene Christian University (Abilene TX) and in
the process of earning her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with an
emphasis on Higher Education with a scheduled completion date of Fall 2021.
She is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Texas Occupational
Therapy Association (TOTA), Vice- President of the National Black Occupational Therapy
Caucus (NBOTC), member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and past Student Occupational
Therapy Association (SOTA) advisor. She has presented at the Texas Occupational Therapy
Mountain Central Conference 2018 poster presentation: Diversity recruitment practices across
the state for Occupational therapy assistants and has a strong passion for exploring the topic of diversity and inclusion in occupational therapy.

In her spare time, she loves to compete in pageants (Ms. Plus America 2017) and has held many national and state titles in her 10 plus years of pageantry. Candice enjoys volunteering at her church providing community service and outreach, and spending time with her family, friends and her 13-year-old Malti-poo Baxter.

www.tears2cheers.com  (See dynamic FB and IG links on the website!)

Tears to Cheers News Feature:  https://www.nbcdfw.com/texas-today/handwriting-made-fun-for-kids/2566794/

Linkedin: Dr. Candice Freeman OTD,MOT,OTR | LinkedIn

Loan Forgiveness Link: Apply to the Faculty Loan Repayment Program | Bureau of Health Workforce (hrsa.gov)



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Tomeico Faison

• April 30th, 2021

Tomeico’s Call to Action for OT educators to include anti-burnout health promotion to their curriculums for aspiring OT social entrepreneurs.



American Psychological Association (2017). The cost of treatment. Retrieved from

     The cost of treatment (apa.org)

Fernet a, C., Torrès b, O., Austina, S., St-Pierrea, J. (2016). The psychological costs of owning and

     managing an SME: Linking job stressors, occupational loneliness,entrepreneurial orientation, and

     burnout. In Burnout research, 3, 45-53,doi.org/10.1016/j.burn.2016.03.002 2213-0586

Freeman, M.A., Staudenmaier, P.J., Zisser, M.R. et al. (2018). “The prevalence and co-occurrence of

     psychiatric conditions among entrepreneurs and their families.” Small Business Economics.

Kibler, WIncent, Kautonen, Cacciotti & Obschonka, (2018). Why social entrepreneurs are so burned

     out. Harvard business review. Retrieved from Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned Out


Roche, M., Haar, J. M., Luthans, F., Hurrell, J. J. (2014). The role of mindfulness and   

        psychological capital on the well-being of leaders. Journal of occupational health

       psychology,19(4), p.476-489


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Dr. Hiral Khatri Podcast Interview

• April 28th, 2021



Dr. Hiral Khatri, OTD, OTR/L is the owner and CEO of OT Park- a bay area-based subscription box and telehealth company for early intervention clients. Dr. Khatri comes from Gujarat, India. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two puppies in California, USA. She loves reading, dancing, watching movies, Coffee and a lot of social networking with like-minded people. Entrepreneurship is her forte and she believes in bringing change through her novice ideas, hard work, and time management skills.  Dr. Khatri is responsible for developing and narrating activity books for parents and caregivers can perform developmentally correct activities with their kids. She is the founder of its kind subscription box for children ages 0-3 years and supports thousands of families in participating in her “no-screen-before-age3” mission and involving more of them in the “do-more-hands-on-activities-for-actual-growth” vision. 


She began her entrepreneurial journey as an OT to create awareness about a child’s appropriate development and helping fellow parents from getting lost in the information blasts available free all over the internet. She started a subscription box full of high-quality activity materials for 16-20 age-appropriate and developmentally correct activities in one box to save time and energy and also, money, for busy parents who “actually” want to do activities with their kid in the right direction. She is the author of activity guides that goes in every box, to create a clear understanding of each activity so parents can easily understand and perform those tasks with their kids. She also serves as a free coach to parents who reach out to her and that is also her passion because she believes that as much you educate the right people about the right thing, this community will become healthier and safer for coming generations. She is also a blogger and content creator on various social media platforms and brings awareness about correct ways to perform developmental activities. 


Dr. Khatri is amid leader in the field of occupational therapy. She currently holds leadership positions with state, national, and international OT associations. She is Chair of the Asian Pacific Heritage Occupational Therapy Association (APHOTA) for Membership committee, an association to support and be the voice for occupational therapists, assistants, and students from the Asian heritage.


Dr. Khatri currently holds a leadership position at the American Occupational Therapy Political Actions committee (AOTPAC) as the Ambassador for the State of California and  serves as the member of Region 3 committee member for the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and serves as a member of various committees at the association. She is the Past Chair of the Nominations Committee at OTAC and past social media coordinator for the OTAC. She is a recipient of OTAC’s prestigious ‘Outstanding Student Award’. 


Dr. Khatri is a well-respected speaker in various conferences internationally – mainly in India, her home country. She tries to share her knowledge and expertise with the passionate Occupational Therapists and OT students, in her home country to bring awareness and help in the enhancement of learning in the field. She is the recipient of the “Rank 1 in entire University” award for the whole Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT) program by the Gujarat University, India. She has been a successful student leader in organizing the national-level OT conference.  She is an author, leader, mother, wife, occupational therapist, a great friend, and someone who loves to stay connected with her roots aka hometown, and help global citizens. 



Email: hiral@otpark.com


Social media: 

Instagram: @drhiralkhatri

Facebook: Hiral Khatri

Twitter: @drhiralkhatri 

OT Park SOcial media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @otparkbox


Get her free eBook on child’s developmental milestones at otpark.com


Visit her blog: otpark.com/blog  



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Kendra Glasgow Podcast Interview

• March 27th, 2021


Kendra Glasgow, MPH, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and recently transitioned to her role as a research analyst within the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).  Prior to joining CMMI, Kendra worked as a clinician in a variety of healthcare settings, ranging from a skilled nursing facility to an inpatient psychiatric unit.  She is now affecting change at a systemic level through her work implementing one of CMMI’s largest voluntary payment models, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model.  The BPCI Advanced Model promotes care coordination and value over volume among acute care hospitals and physician group practices across the nation.

 Kendra obtained her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She has been a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education since 2018.   Please contact Kendra at kendra.glasgow@cms.hhs.gov if interested in the OTD experience mentioned in this podcast.



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Omar Podcast Interview

• February 23rd, 2021

Omar Mohiuddin OTR/L, MS, MPH

Occupational Therapist

Duke Eye Center – Vision Rehabilitation & Performance

Connect with Omar on Linkedin: Omar Mohiuddin OTRL, MSOT, MPH | LinkedIn

Omar earned his graduate degrees in Occupational Therapy and Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has worked in both clinical and non-profit eye care settings as well as academia doing research in the field of preventive medicine. Before pursuing his career in OT, he worked in the public health sector for several years serving underprivileged communities and addressing health disparities. He worked for the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center at the UAB School of Medicine on several different grants looking at barriers to accessing care, engaging minorities, addressing communication issues such as health literacy, and finding ways to reach out to otherwise inaccessible populations. I He now works at the Duke Eye Center with Vision Rehabilitation & Performance where he sees clients with age-related and acute onset vision impairment and addresses how these changes in vision affect occupational performance challenges in activities of daily living and instrumental ADLs including community and work accessibility, functional mobility, and driving safety.  He also runs an acquired brain injury clinic addressing functional visual symptoms stemming from neurological conditions as well as a sports-vision clinic evaluating and training dynamic visual skills in athletes to improve on-field performance. As an occupational therapist, his focus is to maximize his clients’ independence and potential towards meeting their functional goals. Outside of work, he runs a non-profit called Eye Shine Foundation whose mission is to create social and recreational opportunities for visually impaired youth in the triangle region of North Carolina to participate in and explore leisure pursuits, socialize with peers, build social skills, and improve overall well-being.



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Dr. Jenkins Podcast Interview

• February 23rd, 2021

Anne Elizabeth Jenkins, MA, Ed.M., M.Div. DMin, OTR/L



Dr. Anne Elizabeth Jenkins is an educator, occupational therapist(OT), and an ordained minister. She has almost 50 years of extensive and varied experiences in rehabilitation therapy and education. Jenkins taught the only Afro-centric class (Kgn-3rd)supported in a North Carolina public school after desegregation (1995-1998). She owned an occupational therapy private practice and a private charter school for special needs students K through 12th grade. Dr. Jenkins serves as a national and international healthcare consultant. She has traveled on mission trips to developing countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. Collegiate teaching includes New York University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Winston-Salem State University. Jenkins was elected twice to serve in the Representative Assembly as the representative for internationally-based OT practitioners.  Dr. Jenkins is currently retired and serves as a board member for WSSU's Occupational Therapy Department and also serves as an associate pastor in a local community church. In addition, Dr. Jenkins is co-president of Forsyth County AARP, as well as an NC State AARP Volunteer.  She has an adult son August, who lives in Durham, NC; has two adult grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

E-mail: jenkins.anne67@gmail.com



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Victoria Garcia Wilburn Podcast Interview

• January 9th, 2021

Victoria Garcia Wilburn, DHSc., OTR, CLT is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Garcia-Wilburn is a community-engaged scholar-practitioner researching outcomes and implementing community-based programs, both at the community and population level, that impact practitioners and consumers of occupational therapy services and delivery of occupational therapy services with an emphasis on underserved practice settings. Her most current projects focus on investigating the outcomes of implementing occupation-based programming for adolescents in substance use disorder recovery. She is an awardee of the Robert Wood Johnson New Connections Award, the Latino Leadership Circle from the Indiana Latino Institute, 2018 Occupational Therapist of the Year from the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association, and a recent Fellow from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is the current Chairperson for the Affiliate State Associations of Presidents (AOTA) and is a candidate for a 2021 Board of Directors position.



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