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Occupational Therapy

Faculty from the school's Department of Occupational Therapy Education are actively engaged in a range of activities with clinics, schools, and community-based partners.

photo of occupational therapist working in garden with patientJoan Augustyn, OTD, OTR/L

Augustyn is the occupational therapy coordinator at the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Achievement Center at KU Medical Center. Her focus is on clinical care and research relating to direct community participation for all people.

Lisa Mische Lawson, Ph.D., CTRS

Partnering with the cities of Fairway and Lenexa, Mische Lawson developed the Sensory Enhanced Aquatics program.
As director of the innovative program, she trains and supervises KU health professions students to provide swimming and water safety lessons for children with autism spectrum disorders in partnership with local parks and recreation agencies.

Rebecca Nicholson, OTD, OTR/L

As an occupational therapist for the ANW Special Education Cooperative, Nicholson provides health care services and consultation to school-based providers across five counties in southeast Kansas.
Her work with the cooperative serves children with special needs ages 3 to 21 via both in-person and online visits.

Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD, OTR/L

Reiling Ott serves as the clinical consultant for occupational therapy services in several of the specialized clinics at KU Medical Center providing care for individuals with progressive neuromuscular disease and movement disorders.
These clinics include the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Clinic, the Muscular Dystrophy Association adult and pediatric clinics, and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association Clinic.

Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L

Sabata has served as occupational therapy program director for the American Stroke Foundation in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. In this role, she has provided consultation to the foundation's occupational therapy providers to help serve individuals post-stroke.
The community-based program also promotes health and wellness in addition to providing community outreach and education on topics such as secondary stroke prevention.

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