Leadership & Innovation


Inspiring Stories About our OT Alumni

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has had the privilege of educating many wonderful individuals. We are extremely proud of the many achievements of our grads. In this section, we are pleased to profile examples of OT alumni making a difference in their workplace, their communities and our profession through leadership and innovative initiatives. Their achievements are truly inspiring.

If you have a story that you wish to share about yourself, one of your classmates, or a colleague, who is a graduate from our program, please send us an email: ot.reception@utoronto.ca and we will follow up with you.


OS&OT Alumna Named YMCA Woman of Excellence

Michelle Quintyn

Michelle Quintyn

MScOT, 1981

Advancing OT Role in Responsive Behaviour Initiatives

Heather McDonald

Heather McDonald

MScOT, 2005

OS&OT Alumnus Demonstrates Passion for Community Mental Health Services

Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen

MScOT, 2011

Margaret Bahen Gold Medalist at the Pencer Brain Tumour Centre

Ilyse Lax

Ilyse Lax

MScOT, 2013

Return to Work Expert Shows Leadership in Northern Ontario

Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia

Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia

MScOT, 2006

OS&OT Alumna is a Dedicated Geriatric OT

Megan Kohls-Wiebe

Megan Kohls-Wiebe

BScOT, 2000

Dance Ability Movement Helps Fulfill Kids’ Dreams

Jade and Mallory Ryan

Jade and Mallory Ryan

Jade (MScOT’13) and Mallory (MScOT’11)

Psychotherapy Expert Co-authors Resource Compendium for OTs Practicing in Mental Health


Lisa Detwiler


World Expert in the Field of Inclusive Design


Jutta Treviranus



Dr. Nick Reed and Fellow Alumni are Leading Efforts to Improve the Lives of Kids and Youth Who’ve Experienced Concussion

Nick Reed and Fellow OT Alumni
Left to right: Nick Reed (’07), Stephanie McFarland (’14), Talia Dick (’11), Katie Mah (’11), Andie Hickling (’14) and Melissa Paniccia (’13)

Dr. Nick Reed (MScOT’07) is a kids concussion guru who spends his time developing, implementing and evaluating research, educational and clinical programming for kids with concussion and their families. Nick grew up playing sports and experienced a fair share of sports-related injuries and such exposure developed his initial interest in sports medicine and physiotherapy. While attending a joint physiotherapy and occupational therapy information session, he was immediately drawn to occupational therapy’s view of seeing injury as part of “a bigger picture that includes the person, their environment and the occupations that bring meaning into individuals’ lives.”

Talented Young Alumni Make Us Proud

Heather Moyse

Heather Moyse



Robin Mazumder


Jenny Hardy

Jenny Hardy



OT Alumni Leadership with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT): Profiling Recent Members of the Board of Directors

OSOTDirectors (1)

The mission of OSOT is to “lead the profession of occupational therapy in Ontario by providing vision, voice, visibility and value for Ontario occupational therapists”. We are both proud and grateful that many of our alumni have chosen to take on a variety of roles and responsibilities with OSOT over the years. Congratulations and thanks to all of you!


Beth Linkewich

President-Elect (2014 – present), Director (2004-2007)


Sylvia Davidson

Sylvia Davidson

Director (2014 – present)



Andrea Thompson

Director (2007–2009), President-Elect (2012–2013), President (2013–2014)


Leta Stenge

Leta Stegne

Director (2011-2012, 2014)


Barbara Cawley

Barbara Cawley

Director (2010-2014)


Iris Greenspoon

Iris Greenspoon

Director (2010 – 2014)


Gail Teachman

Gail Teachman

President-Elect (2008-2009), President (2009-2011), 
and Past President (2011-2013)
Doctoral Candidate, Rehabilitation Science Institute, 
University of Toronto.


Examples of OT Alumni Leadership



Katie Churchill | MScOT, OT. Reg. (Ont.)

Senior Practice Lead, Occupational Therapy, Alberta Health Services


angela colantonio

Angela Colantonio | PhD, OT. Reg. (Ont.)

Professor, University of Toronto 
CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health
Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,
University Health Network


mandy lowe

Mandy Lowe | MSc, BSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)

Congratulations Mandy on your appointment as Director of Education,
Co-Director, University Health Network (UHN) International Centre for Education,
Associate Director, Centre for Interprofessional Education, 
University of Toronto.