Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon Regions

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Purpose for OTAO Regions

Each regional director’s primary job is to act as a liaison between OTAO, the membership, and their region. Each regional representative will be responsible for organizing regional meetings which may be for educational, advocacy, or networking purposes. They are your resource for building and growing your local OT community! We encourage and welcome you and be involved in your local region(s). 

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OPEN POSITION 

Contact Lori Taylor at otaopresident@gmail.com if you’re interest in being a part of the OTAO team.

 

 

 

 

Andrea Betts, OTR/L 

OTAOdirector.eastnworegon@gmail.com

Andrea Betts, OTR/L, is a graduate if Seattle Pacific University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and the University of Washington with her Master of Occupational Therapy. She currently works as an OT and Director of Rehabilitation with Infinity Rehab. Andrea has a passion for the geriatric population, particularly in the long-term care setting. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys stand up paddle boarding and spending time with her husband and son.

Heather Thomas 

OTAOdirector.midwillamettevalley@gmail.com

Dr. Heather Thomas is the new chair of the Doctor Occupational Therapy program at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. She has a long history of working in occupational therapy education, starting at Loma Linda University where she served as full time faculty for 10 years and then in 2013 she transitioned over to West Coast University in Los Angeles where she helped develop the MSOT program and served as professor and curriculum coordinator. She was the program director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at American Career College from 2016-2017. Most recently, she was a full time professor at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California. She has presented at international, national and state conferences, and was involved in providing OT services in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. She has served in a variety of leadership positions within the California state OT association, Los Angeles OT Leadership Forum, Los Angeles City, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is the author of the top selling activity analysis text book “Occupation-Based Activity Analysis” which is used across the world.  She was the winner of the 2016 Occupational Therapy Association of California Award of Excellence. Her practice background includes working in acute rehabilitation and acute settings, with those who have sustained traumatic and progressive neurological disorders.

OPEN POSITION 

Contact Lori Taylor at otaopresident@gmail.com if you’re interest in being a part of the OTAO team.

Rachel Wolfe, OTR/L 

OTAOdirector.southernoregon@gmail.com

Rachel graduated with her Masters in occupational therapy from Idaho State University in 2006. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is currently working in acute orthopedics at Providence Medford Medical Center. Her professional interests include acute and chronic pain, concussions, and working with interdisciplinary teams. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children traveling, camping and backpacking. She also enjoys cooking, baking and learning to play the ukulele.

Fiona Mains, OTAO Director, Central OregonFiona Mains, MS, OTR/L

OTAOdirector.centraloregon@gmail.com

Fiona graduated as an occupational therapist in 1989 in Scotland where she practiced in various clinical settings before immigrating to New Zealand in 1996, and then relocating to the USA in 2012 with her husband’s job relocation. Fiona has worked within a wide range of populations; in hospitals, community services, medical research, and taught occupational therapy students at college for a number of years. Since moving to the USA, Fiona has upgraded her occupational therapy knowledge to fit the American healthcare culture and is now working in a specialist consulting role within the High Desert Education Service District, and as an independent practitioner for Treehouse Therapies. Fiona has past experience in NZ where she was elected, by her peers, to hold the professional portfolio as part of the Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa executive; working on position papers in response to proposed government law changes. Fiona was later appointed as a professional board member to The Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand, working hard to ensure that best practice was in compliance with New Zealand health law. Fiona and her family love their new home in Bend and are taking advantage of all the fun outdoor activities available so close to home.

Jeannise Nichols, OTR/L, MOT

OTAOdirector.easternoregon@gmail.com

Jeannise, OTR/L is an Eastern Oregon native, raised in the small town of Athena. Jeannise graduated with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia located in Vancouver, BC in 2017. Jeannise has since returned home and begun working at Providence St. Mary’s Home Health based out of Walla Walla, WA. Jeannise is the OT that serves the communities of Milton-Freewater, Weston, Athena, and Adams in Eastern Oregon. In her free time you will find Jeannise singing with the local choir, playing in the local jazz and concert bands, travelling, or playing with her German Shepherd, Sage.

OTAO Events

Interested in attending a regional event? Watch out for upcoming virtual and in person events on our calendar!