Integrating the OT Domains to Personalize Your OT Toolbox

Presented by
Valaree Garcia, BS, COTA/L, DISII  (she/her)


Valaree is a Stanbridge University Alumni and currently working as a COTA in a Skilled Nursing Facility in Oakland, California. To maintain leadership opportunities she is an active guest speaker to OT/OTA students or prospective students to the field, about the COTA experience, and working through the pandemic as a fairly new practitioner. On a personal level, She was raised in a small Latino community in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. She has spent her adult life in the Northern California Bay area. Before becoming a COTA, she was busy being a full-time student-leader/athlete, and a full-time worker (to a variety of different jobs). By learning more about her disabilities as an adult, she then learned more about the world of Occupational Therapy; The deeper she learned about herself the more aspired she became to becoming the practitioner she is today.



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Course Information

Date: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 

Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM PST 

Location: Online (via Zoom) 

RSVP by: Tuesday, September 14th 8:00 PM 

As current/future practitioners, we can use our personal experiences (growth/adversity) to our Occupational Therapy (OT) toolbox; in order to modify or adapt into everyday life that can be applied to our practice. This course will give insight to different factors of diversity and the different communities that our OT/OTA students, and practitioners are personally associated with (racial, neuro, and physical diversity; LGBTQIA). We as a OT community can adapt to the ever evolving societies, by embracing our strengths and our differences. Evolving us to be equipped allies to others.


Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon
Phone: (971)266-4328 
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