Phone: (605) 658-6458
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southwest State University, Marshall, MN in 2002. In 2004, I received my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota. I received my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree through the post-professional program at the University of South Dakota in 2016. I have clinical experience in the areas of hand to elbow rehabilitation, occupational health, and lymphedema therapy. I am a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), and I am also certified through the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).
I teach course content in the areas of upper extremity rehabilitation, preparatory methods and splinting, agriculture, occupational health and ergonomics, and professional identity. I coordinate the Level I fieldwork experiences. I have participated in the Course Design Fellowship through the Centers for Teaching and Learning at USD, and I continue to pull from this experience to engage students through collaborative learning techniques and active learning strategies.
My scholarship interests include occupational health and injury prevention in rural, office and industrial settings, and the role of occupational therapy in lymphedema therapy. I also have a scholarship interest in determining the most effective teaching and learning strategies to aid in the transition to clinical practice and to promote lifelong learning.