Ricky Ferri, Class of 2019

What got you interested in occupational therapy?

I first became interested in occupational therapy when I was able to shadow a colleague that I worked with in a multidisciplinary clinic. I had no idea that occupational therapists were able to address so many of their clients’ needs including physical, cognitive, and emotional needs. This was unlike any profession that I’ve previously been exposed to.

What will you remember most about your time in the program?

I had the pleasure to meet and spend a lot of time with my fellow occupational therapy classmates over my two years at the University of Toronto. Having a larger class size allows you to engage with individuals who may have drastically different backgrounds than you, whether it be culturally, educationally, or geographically. I was able to learn so much about the profession and myself simply from engaging in learning with people who have unique experiences.

What are your areas of interest?

I am currently working as an occupational therapist at FunctionAbility Rehabilitation Services in the motor vehicle insurance sector. Here, I have started to develop an interest in working with individuals with acquired brain injuries. Working in the community poses its unique challenges and allows you to engage your clients in real world scenarios and help them through the challenges they may face.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I would like to be in some sort of management position, perhaps with the company that I am currently employed with. I have always had an interest in practice process, program and/or business development, and professional advocacy.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Take the time to reflect on your personal development. Challenge yourself to think differently and ensure that you are always growing as a professional and as a person. Explore what interests you, reach out and network when appropriate, do not leave any stones unturned. This profession can take you in so many different directions!