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Ruth Ford
Associate Dean of Health Sciences | OTD Director

Dr. Ruth Ford, OTD Program Director, is the developing founder of the Occupational Therapy Program at Huntington University. She has 17 years of full time academic experience in addition to her extensive involvement with master and doctoral…

Nate Short
Associate Professor of OTD and Assistant Director of Operations

A member of the inaugural Huntington University OTD faculty, Dr. Nathan (Nate) Short specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation. He is an instructor in the OTD program and is responsible for leading program development, strategic…

Andrew Rivera
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Capstone Coordinator

Dr. Andrew Rivera teaches and works with students in the doctoral program in occupational therapy. In addition to providing instruction, he assists doctoral students with the details of completing their capstone projects. Andrew was one of…

Laura Gerig
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Laura Gerig teaches psychology classes in the doctoral program in occupational therapy at Huntington University. In the past, she has also taught psychology classes in both the university’s undergraduate psychology and graduate-level…

Beth O'Rourke
Assistant Director, Assistant Professor, and Residency Coordinator

Dr. Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR joined Huntington University in 2014 as an assistant professor. In 2016, Dr. O'Rourke was promoted to the Assistant Director of Academics and is currently serving as the Residency Coordinator. Her prior…

Sara Best
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator | Assistant Professor

Dr. Sara Best joined the Huntington University faculty in 2015 with a teaching focus on pediatric occupational therapy. In June 2016, Sara took over the position of academic fieldwork coordinator of the OTD program, overseeing clinical…

Patricia Henton
Assistant Professor

Patricia Henton OTD, OTR/L, ICA has over 25 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist. She completed her entry-level occupational therapy degree through the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. She worked at…

Jill Trosper
Program Assistant

Jill Trosper joined Huntington University in 2015 as the occupational therapy program assistant. Trosper is a 2002 graduate of the Regional College of Massage Therapy Modalities and is a licensed massage therapist. She was published…

Jeanne Sowers
Associate Professor

Dr. Jeanne Sowers,¬†OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, came to Huntington University in 2018 as an associate professor. She has extensive academic experience teaching occupational therapy at the doctorate and masters level. In 1993 she started teaching as…

Michelle Mays
Visiting Assistant Professor

Shelly Mays, OTD, OTR, CHT, joined the HU OTD family as a guest lecturer in 2015. She currently serves as a visiting assistant professor. Originally hailing from Huntington, Indiana, Shelly has had the privilege of observing the tremendous…