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Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD, OTR/L

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Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Education

Professional Background

An experienced clinician, Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD, OTR/L, teaches courses in the occupational therapy programs such as analysis of occupations, assessment, intervention, and others. She has more than 20 years of experience working in various adult settings within the medical model including acute hospitalization, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

Reiling Ott’s outpatient experiences provide opportunities to expand the role of the occupational therapist in a medical model. These outpatient experiences include interprofessional clinic consultation for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, seating and mobility assessments, and involvement in a community-based program for individuals with multiple sclerosis.

Academic Background
Reiling Ott graduated from the University of Kansas in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. She earned her doctorate from KU in 2012.



Scientific study by Reiling Ott focuses on several important areas of the therapy profession, such as the transition of students from academic to clinical practice as occupational therapists. She also explores the role of the occupational therapist as consultant and member of an interprofessional team.