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Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD, OTR/L

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of 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.

Research Focus
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.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document

Selected Publications/Presentations

Reiling, K. (Accepted for presentation 2013, October). The Process of Selection: Professional Reasoning and Assessment Tool Choice.  Poster session to be presented at AOTA 2013 Education Summit, Atlanta, GA.

Reiling, K. 2013, “Occupational Therapy and MG”, MGA Kansas City Support Group, Kansas City, MO at St. Joseph Medical Center Community Center.

Reiling, K. & Friesen, M. (2013, April). The Influence of an evaluation tool on goal writing.  Poster session presented at AOTA National Conference, San Diego, CA.

Reiling, K. & Wilke, P. 2011, “Wheelchair Seating and Positioning: The Assessment Process”, KOTA Capital District, Topeka, KS at Washburn University.

Denney, L. & Reiling, K. 2011, “Evidence-Based Rehabilitation: An Update”, Central Plains Geriatric Education Center, Kansas City, KS at University of Kansas Medical Center-Landon Center on Aging.

Reiling, K., Siefkes, L., Wood, D., & Heitshusen, R. (2010). Preliminary exploration of reasons, differences, and outcomes with implementation of an interdisciplinary team approach for individuals following traumatic brain injury. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Alford, S. & Reiling, K. (2010). The roll of tape in treating shoulder instability and pain: A comparison of Kinesio® and McConnell techniques.  Manuscript submitted for publication.

Alford, S., Melanson, A., Reiling, K. & Thorne, D. (2009, April). Post-professional degree: Is the reach worth it. Poster session presented at the AOTA National Conference, Houston, TX.

Last modified: Apr 13, 2021

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Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor

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