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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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Virtual Reality as a Therapeutic Modality in Occupational Therapy (Episode 99)
Dr. Frederick B. Covington is an occupational therapist , award winning inventor, professor, author, and technology design specialist. Following his graduation from Howard University, he began his career as an occupational therapist. His areas of expertise includes pediatrics, school based intervention, autism, developmental disabilities, physical disability and dysfunction and technology as well as geriatrics.
Holistic patient care is at the center of his philosophy. For the past 17 years, Dr. Covington has honed his skills in the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland regions by providing private clinic based, residential, adaptive equipment assessments, and safety/ergonomic home modifications. In addition, he has provided treatments for pediatric clients with intellectual impairments, behavioral problems, ADHD, OCD, sensory integration deficits, learning disabilities, and executive functional disorders. With a passion for technology, Dr. Covington has developed innovative animation styled OT intervention for his telehealth therapy clients as well as providing VR-OT sessions through various virtual reality devices.
On this episode, Dr. Covington shares about how virtual reality can be used as a therapeutic modality in the field of OT.
To connect with Dr. Covington:
Twitter - @AskDrCovington2
Facebook Page - https://m.facebook.com/public/Frederick-Covington#!/profile.php?id=100003938295036
Instagram - @AskDrCovington
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/drfrederickbcovington
Website/blog - Www.TheTherapyInstitute.com
What We Don't Know About Burnout Can Hurt Us (Episode 98)
Erika del Pozo, MOT, OTR/L, holds a BA in Dance and Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Erika has practiced in outpatient pediatrics for five years and also has experience working with older adults with progressive neurological conditions. Erika created a modified-dance curriculum for adults with Parkinson’s Disease in Boca Raton, FL, in 2016. Erika served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University for three semesters, collaborating with Dr. Lambdin-Pattavina to teach Occupational Analysis and Human Interactions. Erika’s special interests include promoting work well-being and burnout prevention in healthcare. She is CEO and founder of Joy Energy Time, a wellness community dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals to grow in their wellness practices and advocate to improve the industry. She is also the creator and co-host of the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast, a holistic wellness show for healthcare professionals. Erika has worked with several distinguished continuing education agencies such as Occupationaltherapy.com and MedBridge Education, creating short and long evidence-based courses around holistic and multi-level approaches to address burnout and mental health in healthcare. She has also presented on burnout at both regional and national occupational therapy conferences.
For more information including about how to connect with Erika, visit the podcast website at www.ontheair.us
The Brainy OT (Episode 97)
Crystal Cabrera, who is known on social media as The Brainy OT, became an occupational therapist in 2015. Her first jobs were in pediatrics; she worked per diem OT positions at a private outpatient clinic and at a prescribed pediatric extended care clinic (PPEC). After a little more than a year as an OT, Crystal sought out opportunities to work with the adult population. In 2016 she accepted a position at a large community hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Since then, she has dedicated her practice to the neurological population and attained the certification of Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist.
For more details including how to connect with Crystal, visit the podcast website at www.ontheair.us
The Therapist Becomes the Patient: A PT's Experience with COVID-19 (Episode 96)
Do you know what a long-hauler is? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with COVID-19 typically recover from the condition in about two weeks' time, but there are a number of individuals who continue to experience symptoms and/or continue to test positive for the virus for much longer - even 100+ days in some cases. This group of people is being referred to by medical personnel as the long-haulers, and experts aren't entirely sure why those who fit this description can't shake the disease.
On this episode, physical therapist Barry Mangione shares about his experience after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and as a long-hauler. As a physical therapist since 1991, Barry's story provides unique insight into the lived experience of a long-hauler as well as the distinct role of occupational therapy in supporting individuals in this group.
Besides being a PT, Barry is also a musician (www.bluealienmystic.com), an author, and a podcaster. He lives in New York with his wife and their family. Through his podcast, Self-Help Rockstar Show, Barry features music, interviews, and his own brand of self-help advice in order to raise self-awareness and to inspire people to go out and live their best lives every day. In his self-help book No Easy Answers: A Book of Life-Changing Questions, Barry shares his personal success story with readers so that they, too, can achieve personal transformation.
For more information and links to resources discussed in this episode, visit to podcast website at www.ontheair.us
Customer ReviewsSee All
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!