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.
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OS&OT Alumnus Demonstrates Passion for Community Mental Health Services
Margaret Bahen Gold Medalist at the Pencer Brain Tumour Centre
Return to Work Expert Shows Leadership in Northern Ontario
OS&OT Alumna is a Dedicated Geriatric OT
Psychotherapy Expert Co-authors Resource Compendium for OTs Practicing in Mental Health
OT Entrepreneurs Enable Inclusion Through Dance
Jade & Mallory Ryan
Jade (MScOT’13) and Mallory (MScOT’11)
World Expert in the Field of Inclusive Design
Dr. Nick Reed and Fellow Alumni are Leading Efforts to Improve the Lives of Kids and Youth Who’ve Experienced Concussion
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
OT Alumni Leadership with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT): Profiling Recent Members of the Board of Directors
President-Elect (2014 – present), Director (2004-2007)
Director (2014 – present)
Director (2007–2009), President-Elect (2012–2013), President (2013–2014)
Director (2011-2012, 2014)
Director (2010 – 2014)
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 | 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 | 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.