Hoffman awarded Roster of Fellow for occupational therapy

Dr. Denise Hoffman, assistant professor of occupational therapy at Huntington University, has been awarded the honor of Roster of Fellow for the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MiOTA). The award was presented earlier this month at the association’s annual conference.

The Roster of Fellows recognizes members of the MiOTA who, with their knowledge and expertise, during their career have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members via utilizing special skills and/or knowledge in therapeutic practice, education, research, and/or administration. Both scholarly contribution and organizational leadership are considered for Roster of Fellow award.

“Dr. Hoffman’s professional engagement in advocacy, policy development and occupational therapy clinical skills provide the Huntington University OTD students and faculty a wealth of experience and network opportunities,” stated Dr. Ruth Ford, associate dean of health sciences and Occupational Therapy Doctorate program director.

Dr. Hoffman joined the Huntington University faculty in 2016 and specializes in pediatrics, adolescents and adults with developmental delays. After working in a variety of settings over the years including hospital based, school, home health, women’s health and mental health, Dr. Hoffman transitioned into a clinic director position in outpatient therapy creating new programming and leadership opportunities for occupational therapists. Dr. Hoffman’s entrepreneur interests led her to open a private practice and serve the community of southwest Michigan using hippotherapy and animal assisted therapy. Furthermore, Dr. Hoffman has served as the lead occupational therapist at Western Michigan School of Medicine Multidisciplinary Medically Complex and Cleft Palate Clinics.

Dr. Hoffman is a graduate of Central Michigan University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on 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.

Huntington University’s occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program began in 2014 and has been ranked #1 out of 450 OT schools in the United States by GraduatePrograms.com. The OTD program has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the doctorate degree for the next seven years.