Welcome to On The air, a podcast for individuals interested in learning about the profession of occupational therapy. Through interviews and dialogue on each episode of the show, we will explore topics, exchange ideas, become better informed, and gain a dose of inspiration as we talk about topics and ideas related to the field of OT.
Occupational Therapy & the Spirit of Positivity (Episode 105)
Liz DeFinnis is an occupational therapist and a busy mom of three young children. She graduated from Misericordia University in 2009 with a MS in Occupational Therapy. A few years later she continued her education and graduated from Capella University in 2019 with a PhD in Psychology. She has spent the last several years exploring various approaches to understanding the intertwined dynamic of the body, mind, and spirit. It is now her passion to help others on their journey to prevent, cope, and recover from the stressors of life while finding their way to inner harmony. She utilizes her background in OT and psychology to combine methods for holistic healing, such as reflective journaling, guided imagery, mediation, aromatherapy, and relaxation techniques. Her recently published book, Path to the Aligned Soul, is available for purchase on Amazon. The book is a journey of self-discovery as it walks readers through 30 devotional topics to provide readers an opportunity to step into that alignment in order to achieve living a harmonious and balanced life. Liz has also recently launched a new program called The Peace Project - Pattern Balance to Anxiety Healing, which is designed to provide clients an opportunity to dive into topics such as coping with unexpected life change and releasing control while balancing routines, rituals, roles, and habits. Additional information can be found at www.lizdefinnis.com.
Liz is on Instagram and Twitter as @lizdefinnis and has a Facebook Page -www.facebook.com/lizdefinnis/ - as well.
How Behavioral Change Can Improve Clinical Outcomes (Episode 104)
Occupational therapist Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L, is the guest on this episode which centers on improving clinical outcomes through human connection. As principal owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions, a leader in patient retention strategy, he has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement and through courses & training programs.
Resource page: https://rehabupracticesolutions.com/ontheair/
Connect with guest:
•Email - email@example.com
•Twitter - @RafaelSalazarII
•Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/RehabUSolutions/
•LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafaelsalazarii/
•Website/blog - https://rehabupracticesolutions.com/ontheair
A Desired Quality of Life: Living as an Occupational Therapist with a Mental Health Condition (Episode 103)
Steve Nawotniak is an occupational therapy practitioner living in Buffalo, NY, who specializes in mental health and treatment of mental health conditions. On this episode, Steve shares his insight and perspective about ways to improve quality of life for individuals living with mental health conditions, based on his experience after his own diagnosis. In addition to practicing as an OT practitioner, Steve is a frequent presenter at conferences, meetings, and in classrooms and has authored an award-winning children's book series about a character called Mubu the Morph that speaks to the inner journey individuals face as discovering their purpose. Steve has also written handbooks, including Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder and Bipolar Life Hacks: Keys to Loving Life with a Bipolar Disorder, in which he shares about the skills and tools he uses daily to live with what he calls "a desired quality of life."
Connect with Steve via Twitter @SNawotniakOT, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stephen.nawotniak, and through his website at compassrecoverycoaching.com
Medical Illustration (Episode 102)
Tiffany Davanzo is a freelance medical illustrator specializing in art for medical publications, education and the medical legal field. She is 2003 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Art as Applied to Medicine Program. Tiffany is a Certified Medical Illustrator and has been a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 2001. In addition to medical illustration she is also a portrait artist and online art instructor. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and two young daughters.
Some of the resources mentioned during this episode are Tiffany's website, Slaybaugh Studios (http://slaybaughstudios.com/), Sketchy Art School (https://school.sktchy.com/), Netter Anatomy Books, and the Apple digital pencil.
To connect with Tiffany, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out her work on her Instagram account, @slaybaughstudios
Enhancing Patient Engagement (Episode 101)
Susannah Bailin is a former patient who was very frustrated by the handouts and generic videos that she was supposed to use to do her home exercises so she started a business called AC Health. Her goal was to make it easy for patients to bring the information - and encouragement - provided to them by their therapists home. Susannah has been a board member of seven non-profits, including schools and a senior living residence. She has worked in venture capital and in career development. She has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
On this episode, Susannah talks about the inspiration she got from her experiences in navigating the healthcare system as a patient and shares about the app she developed that's now available for use, AC Health. This app can be used as a platform for therapist and patient to stay connected and for therapists to store and share home program recommendations for specific patients in digital format. AC Health is available - for FREE - on iOS and Android platforms for smart phones and tablets. There is a 30-minute long free training available to anyone opening an account.
Occupational therapy practitioners who want to connect with Susannah about using the app can do so by emailing her at email@example.com. Anyone wishing to see a demonstration of how the app works may schedule a demo at https://calendy.com/susannah-bailin/30min. The website for the app is www.ac-health.com
Susannah also recommends the program "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron which helps to harness creativity to support the creative demands in the profession of OT.
It's the 100th Episode!
It's the 100th episode of the On The Air podcast and things are being done a bit differently for milestone installment. On this episode, the podcast host, Stephanie Lancaster, is interviewed by Orli Weisser-Pike, and Stephanie shares about her professional trajectory, including her days as a candy striper, the ah-ha moment when she realized she wanted to be an OT practitioner, her days as an OT student, her segue into a clinical speciality practice area of assistive technology, advice for people starting off as OT educators, and her work as a member of the executive board of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD).
Please help to celebrate the 100th episode by sharing with others about the podcast and rating or leaving a review of the podcast wherever you're listening.
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Great interviews & discussions
I love how Stephanie speaks with the guests. She is engaging and inquisitive and curious, in such a good way! Even topics I don’t think I’d be interested in somehow draw me in. Her passion for the profession of occupational therapy and lifelong learning shine through. I am an occupational therapy practitioner and get inspiration every time I listen.
Refreshing, insightful, and helpful
As a new practitioner, this podcast is golden! I am sure it’s helpful for seasoned practitioners as well, but the wealth of information and insight that I glean with this gets carried with me day-to-day. Furthermore, it reminds me of the depth and breadth of the profession while tying together the repeated theme of healing through participation in occupation.
My go-to for OT podcast!
I love everything about this podcast- the host, the broad range of occupational therapy related topics and all the wonderful guests that bring great insights, inspiration and practical tips from OT students, practitioners, educators, leaders and entrepreneurs. Thank you, Stephanie!