Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Alumni
Samantha Noti (2001) has experience in the areas of visual rehabilitation, pediatrics, orthopedics, amputations, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Her interest in the field of occupational therapy entails 'helping individuals become as independent as possible'. Samantha chose the Occupational Therapy program at Utica College because of 'the excellent reputation of the UC Occupational Therapy program'. She advises students to 'Relax, study hard, and enjoy what you do!' She reflects on her experience in the Occupational Therapy program 'Utica College has provided me with an excellent education and an experience I will never forget.'
Marc DePerno (2000) is an Occupational Therapist and certified biofeedback clinician who also serves as the Coordinator of RecNet, an adapted sports program at Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford, NY. A career in Occupational Therapy provides Marc with 'the opportunity to interact with and assist individuals with a wide range of abilities'. He chose to study Occupational Therapy at Utica College, not only because of its close proximity, but also because of its excellent reputation. His words of wisdom to potential students are 'Fully educate yourself on the field of Occupational Therapy to best prepare you for a wonderful career.'
Jonathan Schmidt (2000) works full-time as an Occupational Therapist in acute care at Champlain Valley Physicians' Hospital. Additionally, he works part-time in home health Occupational Therapy while also pursuing his Master's degree in Healthcare Administration. He enjoys several aspects of a career in Occupational Therapy. 'Helping my patients. Making a difference in somebody's life. Being a part of the healthcare profession.' Utica College's Occupational Therapy program attracted Jonathan due to its 'reputation, small classes, and strong interaction with professors'. Jonathan remarks that 'I think the O. T. Program at UC prepared me tremendously for a career in the profession.' He advises students to, 'Work hard in classes - you'll appreciate it later.' Furthermore, he adds, 'Have fun!'.
Daniel Cormican (1998) has expertise in the field of Occupational Therapy that revolves around neuro-rehabilitation. Expertise in that area has resulted in 'truly making a difference in an individual's life'. He cites Utica College's 'excellent reputation' as affecting his educational choice. 'Utica College has given me the Occupational Therapy world field at my feet. I have had the privilege of hiring 3 UCOT graduates who have helped by facility immeasurably.'
Tenesha Shaw (1995) practices Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention, focusing on children ages 0-3 and their families in home-based settings. She has continued to pursue her education since graduating from Utica College, receiving a MA from Manhattan College in 2002 and is anticipating completion of her OT Doctorate from Creighton University in the fall of 2004. She has obtained a broad spectrum of experience since her graduation from Utica College, having practiced in correctional, group home, nursing home, acute care, rehabilitation, preschool, and school settings. Occupational Therapy has provided Tenesha with 'The ability to work in any area of life. The flexibility to be creative.' She offers the wisdom of experience to potential students, 'It's all about deferred gratification. Make use of professors' office hours! . . . Just don't give up!'
Lynne Roberts (1982) obtained Pediatric Specialty Certification from the American Occupational Therapy Association and Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certification from Western Psychological Corporation. Although presently working as an Occupational Therapist in the New Hartford Central School District, her experience ranges from alcoholism treatment, nursing home, early intervention, college, preschool, and school-based practice settings. 'I love being a catalyst for change, not only in the development of my children / students, but also working as a team with parents and teachers. Occupational Therapy is . . . a frame of mind and a way of living a productive life.' Lynne praises the Occupational Therapy Department at Utica College, 'Utica College has a terrific program due to the quality of professors and their true commitment to the students and the overall program.'