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What year did you start the program? 

What are your prior degrees and at which institutions? 
MSOT, Western Michigan University, 2018
BS, Michigan State University, 2011

What was your favorite course in the program?
OH886 - Teaching and Learning in Health Professions and 
OH887- Health Promotion, Community, and Occupation

What was your Innovation Project title? 
Offering Innovative Solutions for Chronic Pain: Creation and Implementation of a Community-Based OT Group

Tell us about your Innovation Project.
I identified a need for greater services for individuals with chronic pain and that there is an existing gap in my community for OT groups geared toward this mission. My innovation project was to evaluate and implement an OT group curriculum that I designed within my local community for individuals with chronic pain. A pilot program ran from January- April at a community center where participants participated in workshops that provided education and skill building on various daily activities with the integration of pain education and strategies.

What do you think is special about the Post-Professional OTD program here at the MGH Institute?
The sense of community is a very special aspect of the PP OTD program at MGH. I was fortunate to take courses with two cohorts and gain lifelong colleagues and friends. The PPOTD program is comprised of genuine faculty members who support your journey in all aspects of life.

Why did you choose to come to this program? 
I chose to come to this program because of the ability to do most of the work online allowing me to continue to work full-time and be a mom to an infant. Meeting with Dr. McKinnon prior to starting the program locked in my commitment and enthusiasm to complete my doctorate through MGH IHP.

What are your goals for the future after you graduate?
My goals for the future are endless with gratitude to the PPOTD program. I have the confidence to go in many directions and accomplish some of my biggest dreams. I hope to start a business, gain employment in academia, continue to innovate, and create resources to better the profession of occupational therapy.