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OTD Capstone Projects

Class of 2020

Adult Rehabilitation Populations

MADISON BLAIR, OTDS
Occupational Therapy Continuum of Care Throughout Marietta Memorial Health Systems
Site: Marietta Memorial Hospital + Mount Carmel Health System, Marietta, OH
Expert Mentor: Candi Atkinson, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist | Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, IN
Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

ALEX COOL, OTDS, CLIPP
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Promoting Occupational Therapy Interventions for Women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Site: Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC), Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Margaret K. Bronson, PT, DPT, WCS, COMT, CSCS, Physical Therapist | Parkview Regional Medical Center | Fort Wayne, IN
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

SAMANTHA JENSEN, OTDS
Development of a Spinal Cord Specialty Program
Site: Aultman Woodlawn Inpatient Rehabilitation, Canton, OH
Expert Mentor: Ryan Kaya, PT, DPT, MS Supervisory PT, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH
Faculty Mentor: LeAnn Schackow, OTD, CBIS

ABBY LOEWENSTEIN, OTDS
Advanced Immersion within the TBI Population with a Concentration on Acquired Vision Deficits
Site: Rainbow Rehabilitation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
Expert Mentor: Carole F. MacQueen, OTR/L Senior OT Clinical Specialist in Stroke/TBI Rehabilitation | Rainbow Rehabilitation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
Faculty Mentor: LeAnn Schackow, OTD, CBIS

MADISON MORPHEW, OTDS
Investigating Stroke Rehabilitation in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting 
Site: Parkview Hospital, Inpatient Rehab, Ft. Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Dana Chandler, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist | Parkview Hospital, Inpatient Rehab, Ft. Wayne, IN
Faculty Mentor: Julie Snyder, OTD, CSRS

KELLY STASIULEWICZ, OTDS
Occupational Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in an Acute Setting
Site: OhioHealth Grant Medical Center & OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
Expert Mentor: Derrek J. Noll, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Associate Manager | OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
Faculty Mentor: Julie Snyder, OTD, CSRS

Assistive Technology

LARYN O'DONNELL, OTDS
Stepping Stones to Academia: Developing an Occupation-Based Specialty within Assistive Technology and Accessible Design
Site: Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Expert Mentor: Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow
Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

Community-based Programs

KATHERINE CROWELL, OTDS
Aquatics and Occupational Therapy
Site: YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne | Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities | My Autism Ally | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Amanda Shively, PTA, ATRIC, Outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapist Assistant | Parkview TherapyONE, Ft. Wayne, IN
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

KAYLA DEATON, OTDS
Adaptive Clothing for Young People
Site: CapAble Sensory Products - Fort Wayne, IN | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Michael William Tranquill, MA, OTR/L, Founder, Chief Operating Officer | TransContinental Healthcare, LLC, Chatham, NJ
Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA

RACHAEL GODFROY, OTDS
Pathfinder Service Exercise Program to Improve Health and Wellness at the YMCA
Site: Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, Huntington, IN
Expert Mentor: Steven Upham, MA, LAT, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer | Phoenix Rising FC, Tempe, AZ
Faculty Mentor: Laura Gerig, PhD

CASSIDY HORODECZNY, OTDS
Modifying a Sensory Trail
Site: Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI
Expert Mentor: Kim M. Berggren, Lead Instructor / Education Director | Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

SAMANTHA JEFFRIES, OTDS
From Struggle to Success Within the Homeless Population
Site: Family Promise of Athens, Athens, GA
Expert Mentor: Blayne McDonald, MSW Service Director | Family Promise of Athens, Athens, GA
Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

ALI LANNOM, OTDS, CEES, CLIPP
Occupational therapy & limb loss: Promoting a holistic approach through community-based services
Site: Fourroux Prosthetics, Nashville, TN | SRT Prosthetics and Orthotics, Indianapolis, IN
Expert Mentor: Brooke O'Steen, OTR | Upper Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist | Occupational Therapist | SRT Prosthetics and Orthotics, Indianapolis, IN
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

SYDNEY MERICLE, OTDS
Occupation Therapy for Cancer Support Throughout the Lifespan
Site: Gilda's Club Quad Cities, Davenport, IA
Expert Mentor: Kelly Hendershot, MSW Program Director | Gilda's Club Quad Cities, Davenport, IA
Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

Hand Therapy Pathway - Clinical Practice Skills

CHLOE CROWELL, OTDS
Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
Site: Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT), Louisville, KY
Expert Mentor: Kelly K. Moore, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Certified Hand Therapist/ Hand Therapy and Education Coordinator | KORT OBC, Louisville, KY
Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, CHT, CEES, CPAM

ALLYSON R. TROUT, OTDS
Advancement in Hand Therapy and Neurological Diagnoses in the  Outpatient Setting
Site: Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington, IN | Huntington University - Huntington, IN | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Ashley Wilson, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist | Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington, IN
Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES 

Health & Wellness

MARIBEL DEGUZMAN, OTDS
Addressing Sexual and Pelvic Health in Clinical Practice
Site: Motivate Health, Inc., Rockford, IL
Expert Mentor: Denise Nichols, OTR/L, PRPC, BCB-PMD, Owner, Director Outpatient Facility | Motivate Health, Inc., Rockford, IL
Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

SARAH MONVILLERS, OTDS
Building a Business in Maternal Health Occupational Therapy
Site: Live Well Collaborative, Cincinnati, OH | The Mother Nurture Center, Redondo Beach, CA | Tender Beginnings, Cincinnati, OH | Nurtured Family Wellness, LLC, Cincinnati, OH
Expert Mentor: Janae Grimshaw, MS, OTR/L, CPMT, SWC, IBCLC, Occupational Therapist, The Mother Nurture Center, Redondo Beach, CA
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES 

ANNA SILVESTRI, OTDS, CLIPP
Bariatric Care: A Holistic Occupational Therapy Approach
Site: Columbus VA | Columbus, OH
Expert Mentor: Kristine Diehl, MD | Physician, and Owner |Delaware Family Care Associates | Wilmington, DE
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES 

Higher Education

GRACE BOLOMOPE, OTDS
OTD Program Design & Program Development
Site: Huntington University (Huntington, IN & Fort Wayne, IN)
Expert Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy | Huntington University, Fort Wayne, IN
Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR, CLIPP, FAOTA 

International & Local Mission Initiatives

SAMANTHA CALL, OTDS
Expansion of Occupational Therapy Based Resources in China
Site: Living Hope International/ Living Hope Global Ministries | OCJ Kids, Phoenix, AZ
Expert Mentor: Angie Blevins, Director Living Hope International / Living Hope Global Ministries
Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

ANNA LYNCH, OTDS
Creating Occupational Therapy-Based Resources for the Medically Underserved Pediatric Population of China
Site: Living Hope International/ Living Hope Global Ministries | Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Angie Blevins, Director Living Hope International / Living Hope Global Ministries
Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

Occupational Justice & Inclusion

KELLI DALLER, OTDS
Occupational Therapy in Justice-Based Settings
Site: Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR | Washington County Community Corrections Center (WCCC), Hillsboro, OR
Expert Mentor: John A. White, Jr., Ph.D., MA, FAOTA, OTR/L, Professor of Occupational Therapy | Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR
Faculty Mentor: Laura Gerig, PhD

MARISSA HILL, OTDS
Stir It Up: Expand and Empower
Site: Stir It Up, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI
Expert Mentor: Zoe Bruyn, Founder & CEO | Stir It Up, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI
Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

MADDIE KREILL, OTDS
Doctoral Capstone: Transition to Adulthood
Site: Oakwood High School & Project SEARCH - Troy, OH
Expert Mentor: Rebecca D. Sledge, High School Intervention Specialist | Oakwood High School, Oakwood, OH
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

KELLY PIEPENBRINK, OTDS
Increasing Quality of Life of Individuals with all Abilities
Site: Emmanuel Community Church, Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Jamesdean Visley, OTD, OTR/L | Assistant Professor | Occupational Therapist | Huntington University, Fort Wayne, IN
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

ALLISON SCHNEIDER, OTDS
Incorporating Occupational Therapy into a Transitional Program's Curriculum
Site: Cincinnati Children's Hospital- Project Search, Cincinnati, OH 
Expert Mentor: Susan Rutkowski | Administrator, Co-Director of Project Search | Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES 

NICU/Early Intervention & Hospital Settings

REBECCA BURKHART, OTDS
Best Practice Rehabilitation Program Pathway: Beginning in the NICU
Site: Tower Health Reading Hospital, Reading, PA | St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA | Neumann University, Aston Township, PA
Expert Mentor: Holly E. Mays, DPT, CCI, Adult Ortho, and Pediatric PT | Reading Hospital/Tower Health, Reading PA
Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR, CLIPP, FAOTA

ARIANA DELAY, OTDS, CLIPP
Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Clinical Research
Site: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Expert Mentor: Karen Harpster, Ph.D., OTR/L | Assistant Professor, Division of Research in Patient Services LEND Program | Occupational Therapist | Cincinnati, OH
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

RAVINA NAKUM, OTDS
Expanding Sensory Sensitivity in the Emergency Room Setting at Northwestern Medicine-Central Dupage Hospital
Site: Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL
Expert Mentor: Zankhana Desai, BSN, MSN, RN, Associate Manager, Emergency Department and Pediatric Emergency Department | Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM 

Pediatric Outpatient Settings

AARONE CEFALO, OTDS
Best Practice Resource Guideline for Pediatric Stroke
Site: Crossway Pediatric Therapy, Charlotte, NC
Expert Mentor: Shelley Anne Dean, OTD, OTR/L, President/Owner | Crossway, Inc. dba Crossway Pediatric Therapy, Charlotte, NC
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

CARA CLICK, OTDS
Home Exercise Videos and Therapeutic Low-Cost Alternatives for Pediatrics
Site: Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN
Expert Mentor: Boyd Teusch, COTA | Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN
Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

KELLY ENSIGN, OTDS
Integration of Trauma-Informed Care into Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Site: Utah Community Action Head Start, Salt Lake City, UT
Expert Mentor: Victoria Edmonds | Special Needs Coordinator | Utah Community Action Head Start, Salt Lake City, UT
Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

CAROLINE RICCITELLI, OTDS
Pediatric Sensory-Integration Protocol
Site: Theracare Inc, TOTS (Theracare Outpatient Therapy Services), Fishers, IN
Expert Mentor: Melanie Witkowski, MOT, OTR/L, Director / Occupational Therapist | Theracare Inc, TOTS (Theracare Outpatient Therapy Services), Fishers, IN
Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

KATELYN STOUT, OTDS
Increasing Mealtime Participation in the Pediatric ASD Population with Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Site: Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN
Expert Mentor: Boyd L. Teusch, COTA Fieldwork Coordinator | Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN
Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

ALLYSON WARNER, OTDS
Sensory Processing within the Pediatric Population
Site: Piller Child Development, Phoenix, AZ
Expert Mentor: Aimee Piller, Ph.D., OTR/L Owner/Lead Occupational Therapist | Piller Child Development, Phoenix, AZ
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

School-based Settings

BROOKE EWING, OTDS
Visual Deficits
Site: Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Tracey Crews, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, IEP Therapy | Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

KAYLA FREDERICK, OTDS
Resilience Development in Children With Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Occupational Therapist's Role
Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
Expert Mentor: Lesley Love, OTD, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist | Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

BRIANNA HILL, OTDS
Occupational Therapy-based Yoga
Site: Morgan Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST), Malibu, CA
Expert Mentor: Jennifer Morgan, MOT, OTR/L, CEO & Occupational Therapist | Morgan Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST), Malibu, CA
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

KIRSTEN KUHN, OTDS
A Guide to Sensory Rooms in the School
Site: Pathfinder Educational Center, St. Joseph County, MI & Sensational Brain LLC, Galesburg, MI
Expert Mentor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist and Owner of Sensational Brain's BrainWorks products | Sensational Brain LLC, Galesburg, MI
Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

SHANA TUTTLE, OTDS, CLIPP
Kindergartener Handwriting Abilities (Visual Perception & Fine Motor Skills)
Site: Greensburg Elementary School | Greensburg, IN
Expert Mentor: Martha Montgomery, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist | Greensburg Community Schools, Greensburg, IN
Faculty Mentor: Reagan Berstresser-Simpson, OTD, OTR/L

Productive Aging for the Older Adult

LOGAN BAGBY, OTDS, CLIPP
Home Modifications for Older Adults Living in Recreational Vehicles
Site- Koremen, LLC| Indianapolis, IN
Expert Mentor- Jeffrey Hughes | Executive Director of Koreman Disability LLC & Portals LLC| Indianapolis, IN
Faculty Mentor- Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA

LACY DEITRICK, OTDS
Mechanical Animal Sessions: A Mean for Support for Dementia
Site: Joyful Journey: Adult Day Service, West Lafayette, IN | Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN
Expert Mentor: Kinney Foster, Memory Care Facilitator | Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN
Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR 

TORI MADARIS, OTDS
Tai Chi as a Fall Prevention Program
Site: Gracework's Bethany Lutheran Village Retirement and Community Living, Dayton, OH
Expert Mentor: Alex Sheets, Exercise Specialist, Rock Steady Boxing Coach | Bethany Village, Dayton, OH
Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA 

PEYTON PIKE, OTDS
The Effects of Rock Steady Boxing as an Occupational Therapy Intervention
Site: Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, Huntington, IN
Expert Mentor:  Vanessa Macias | Director of Healthy Living, Membership Director, and Athletic Trainer | Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, Huntington, IN
Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR 

LAUREL SCHROEDER, OTDS
Rural Older Adults Aging in Place
Site: Visiting Angels, Edgerton Senior Center, Park View Skilled Nursing Facility (Edgerton, OH)
Expert Mentor: Kelly Wilhelm, Owner | Visiting Angels, Edgerton, OH
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Rivera, OTD, OTR/L, LMT, AEP, CLIPP 

JOCELYN SPITZ, OTDS
Enhancing Engagement in Meaningful Occupations for Older Adults with Dementia/Cognitive Impairment
Site: The Chateau at Moorings Park, Naples, FL
Expert Mentor: Emily E. Lozier, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist | The Chateau at Moorings Park, Naples, FL
Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA 

Work & Industry

MEGAN AZZARELLO, CEAS I, AOEAS
Ergonomic Program Development at The Rising Workplace
Site: The Rising Workplace, Fairview, NC
Expert Mentor: Nikki Weiner, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, AOEAS | Occupational Therapist, Clinical Director & Co-Founder of the Rising Workplace, Fairview, NC
Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

KATLIN COUCHMAN, OTDS
Return-To-Work Programming: An Ergonomic Outlook
Site: Vera Bradley Distribution Center, Roanoke, IN
Expert Mentor: Jessica Fogle, CHMM, Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety Manager | Vera Bradley, Roanoke, IN
Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

CASSIDY JOHNSON, OTDS, CEAS II, CLIPP
AgrAbility and Occupational Therapy's Role: Working with Farmers and Ranchers
Site: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Expert Mentor: William E. Field, Ed.D. | Professor | Purdue University Agricultural & Biological Engineering Building, West Lafayette, IN
Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA