Assistant Professor

Denise Hoffman, OTD, OTR/L, joined the Huntington University faculty in 2016. Dr. Hoffman specializes in pediatrics, animal assisted therapy, adults with developmental delays, literacy, legislation, management, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Hoffman’s entrepreneur interests lead her to open her private practice and serve the community of Southwest Michigan utilizing Hippotherapy and Animal Assisted Therapy. Furthermore, Dr. Hoffman currently serves on the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Multidisciplinary Medically Complex and Cleft Palate Clinics. Engaging in travel throughout the USA and Canada, Dr. Hoffman works for Learning Without Tears® providing literacy and technology education.

Dr. Hoffman has engaged in professional advocacy activity and has served on her state OT association as the Executive Board Advocacy Director. Additionally, Dr. Hoffman has served on the Kalamazoo Community Childcare Expulsion Prevention Committee, Portage Community School Curriculum Board, and Michigan Ti – Alliance Board. Currently, Dr. Hoffman is a member of both Indiana and Michigan Occupational Therapy Associations and serves on the legislative committee for Indiana. Dr, Hoffman is the current president of the Northern Indiana AMBUCS chapter and is currently servicing on the AOTA Literacy Community of Practice Committee and Licensure Portability Ad Hoc committee.

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Hoffman was awarded the Roster of Fellows in Michigan at the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. She continues her advocacy efforts and volunteer work through state and national initiatives advocating for the profession of occupational therapy, animal assisted therapy and health care reform.

Dr. Hoffman is a graduate of Central Michigan University receiving a BS degree with a focus in pre - veterinary medicine. She completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Western Michigan University and continued her education earning both her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Quinnipiac University.

Dr. Hoffman is married and lives in Portage, Michigan, where she is involved in volunteer roles at her church, Valley Family Church, as a café barista. Dr. Hoffman enjoys family time with her husband and five children at the beach, exploring the upper peninsula, doing yoga, and gardening.