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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
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy | Assistant Director of Operations

Nate Short, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, came to Huntington University in 2014 as part of the inaugural OTD program faculty. Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, he served in New Mexico with the Indian Health Service working cross-culturally with the Native…

Beth O'Rourke
Assistant Director | Assistant Professor | 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…