Ms. Victoria Amu Podcast Interview

• November 26th, 2020

Ms. Victoria Amu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and she is the USA trained Occupational Therapist. Presently, a Doctoral candidate at the prestigious Boston University, USA

 

Her passion for Occupational Therapy(OT) is in Women's Health, with an objective for advocacy and social justice. This led to her heeding the clarion call and returned to Nigeria with the vision for social justice and equality.

 

She began resuscitating the dying Occupational Therapy services in Nigeria, by joining the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and changed the Department from two open spaces with four Occupational Therapy Assistants as staff to a department with six treatment areas( Neuro-Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, Orthopedic and splinting, Mental Health, ADL, Vocational Rehabilitation).  She worked not only as a HOD but also supervised clinical postings of OT and OTA students, besides her regular routine practice as an astute Therapist. In a bid to extend Occupational Therapy service to clients and patients, not in the mainstream of Government Hospital service, Ms. Amu became a consultant to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)Hospital, Benin Zone (2008-2011).

 

In further pursuit of her advocacy and social justice, she joined the Edo State Hospitals Management Board and made history by establishing the first OT Department in Nigeria within a State Hospital. She is presently the Director, Occupational Therapy, HOD, and member of the Central Hospital Management Committee.

 

Ms. Amu Victoria continues her quest to making notable advancements in Occupational Therapy. Today, Occupational Therapy practice and service delivery in Nigeria is synonymous with the name VICTORIA AMU.

 

Ms. Amu strives daily to integrate OT service into the Two Hundred and Five (205) Tertiary Hospitals across Nigeria. She is always at the forefront in advocating a revised curriculum of study for Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in Nigeria and increases employment of entry-level OT graduates into Hospitals and the Champion for the new salary scheme of service for OTs and OTAs. Internationally, her contributions to OT development in Africa cannot be quantified, she represented Nigeria in Yokohama, Japan 2014 and also in Kampala, Kenya during OTARG congress in 2015. She leads a team of Occupational Therapist to OTARG Ghana 2017.   

 

Despite, the busy schedule and the multi-faceted responsibilities, Ms. Amu Victoria had always created time to contribute to the body of knowledge. She has many publications on Occupational Therapy, systemic diseases, and breast health in reputable journals and newspapers to her credit. She is also, a public speaker on many issues of National Interest on the different media platforms. Her strong zeal for advocacy and social equality has made her more frequent in Television interviews than most of her contemporaries.

 

 Ms. Victoria Amu believes so much in contributing to Professional Development. Consequently, she has organized and attended many CPDs, seminars, and workshops in areas of Stroke Rehabilitation and Human Occupations within and outside Nigeria.

She is also a member of many Professional Organizations: World Federation of Occupational Therapist (WFOT), Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria(MRTBN), Occupational Therapist in Nigeria (OTAN), America Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine(ACRM)

 

 She has won several awards which include distinguished academic achievement, was on the National Dean’s List (1993), for an outstanding student, and earned herself the Employee of the Year Award (VNSNY) in 2005. In 2018, Victoria was a recipient of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Merit Award in South Africa.

 

She is the past President of the Occupational Therapists Association (OTAN), formerly Nigeria Association of Occupational Therapist (2014 – 2020), also functions as World Federation of Occupational Therapy,  delegate (2014 – present), Chairman Curriculum Development Research and Strategy Committee(2016 – 2020),  Board member of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria (2013 – 2016) She has also contributed immensely to humanitarian services both in Nigeria in the United State of America. She is a member of Lions Club International, Medical Reserve Corp – USA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army. She was also the co-coordinator, South-South Civil Society for the eradication of Tuberculosis.

 

Mrs. Amu is an urbane character with a passion for excellence. She is very resilient, hard-working, and indefatigable. She is an ardent activist for social justice and equality. Her firm belief in the philosophy of persistence breaks resistance makes her a well-adjusted individual, to cope with every challenge that comes her way.

 

Ms. Amu is a Christian and has four children. She loves reading, listening to music, and socializing.

 

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Andre Johnson Podcast Interview

• October 27th, 2020

André Johnson has been an occupational therapy assistant for ten years. His clinical background is in his preferred setting of pediatrics (school-based & outpatient based) but he additionally has clinical experience in short term rehab, skilled nursing facilities, and some orthopedic experience. He has been in academia for the past six years first as an instructor for three years and for the last three years an academic fieldwork coordinator and instructor. His belief is every student brings a unique experience and perspective and encourages students to blend that unique piece of themselves into their development as a future occupational therapy practitioner. Mr. Johnson is also heavily involved in his state Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) and national professional organizations American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and believes this is a necessary requirement for early transitioning therapists to be part of their professional organizations and maintain membership throughout their professional career. 

 

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Tomeico Faison Monologue

• October 1st, 2020

Tomeico’s Call to Action Monologue: Ask Everybody

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• August 31st, 2020
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Dr. Douglene Jackson Podcast Interview

• July 30th, 2020

Dr. Douglene Jackson, Ph.D., OTR/L, LMT, ATP is a consultant occupational therapist (OT) and assistive Technology professional with over 21 years of experience in the rehabilitation and education fields. She holds a PhD in special education in early childhood, a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Services with a concentration in counseling, and a Diploma in Massage Therapy. She has also obtained numerous certifications and is an active member of several professional associations and executive boards. Dr. Douglene has interests and expertise in program development, health and educational equity, telehealth, assistive Technology, early intervention, autism, mental-health evidence-based practice, and intervention services for various disabilities across the lifespan. She is a leader, speaker, advocate, educator, scholar, and consultant with international experience. She excels at developing people and programs through creating a simplified curriculum and content, as well as providing innovative and effective interventions and solutions to clients.

 

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Call to Action: Social Entrepreneurs in Occupational Therapy

• June 28th, 2020

In this monologue, Tomeico encourages OT social entrepreneurs to answer their calling and support each other around the world.

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Alondra Ammon’s Podcast Interview

• June 23rd, 2020

Alondra Ammon, MOT, OTR/L, is a First Generation Salvadoran-Haitian American from Prince George's County, Maryland. She graduated top of her class from Samuel Merritt University. She was accepted into the Emerging Leaders Development Program through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is passionate about advocating for diversity and inclusion.

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Tomeico Faison’s Reflection: From Shrinking to Empowering

• May 29th, 2020

In this short monologue, Tomeico Faison reflects on a consulting and coaching observation with Therapy Entrepreneurs and Leaders of Color.

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Dr. Brittany Conner’s Podcast Interview

• April 23rd, 2020

Dr. Brittany Conners is the CEO of Optimistic Theory- a supportive mental health service which helps people and companies invest in prevention by incorporating onsite therapy into business operations. She sees clients in the community, in their homes, at their offices, and at co-working spaces. 

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Dr. Shirley Podcast Interview

• March 19th, 2020

Dr. Shirley Wells is the chair and an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She was recognized as one of the 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA).

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