News, Media and Stories | Occupational Therapy

College of Health Professions students in the schools of Audiology, Dental Hygiene Studies, Graduate Psychology, Healthcare Administration and Leadership, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies celebrated graduation with family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 12.
The College of Health Professions will present degree candidates from the schools of Audiology, Dental Hygiene Studies, Graduate Psychology, Healthcare Administration and Leadership, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies.
Running Rickshaw in Action
Several years ago, Patching watched his oldest daughter drive a cart behind miniature horses, and the image struck a spark. Why push a stroller when he could pull a cart? That image became the impetus for his running rickshaw, the first of two projects Patching completed as a two-time Berglund Center Fellow at Pacific University.
Student smiling working with an Aphasia patient
“The No. 1 thing that is lost in aphasia is words,” said Annabelle Watts SLP ’17. “I really hope participants who come here realize there is this gigantic world of communication and that here are all these other ways to facilitate that and have fun and re-engage with life and with their partner.”
Kasey Werner, Class of 2016, works as an on-call Occupational Therapist after going through an intense seven years of academic work for her master’s degree in Exercise Science. Although she describes the education as stressful and exhausting at points, she enjoys the career it got her so much she can hardly narrow down what she likes about it most.
Harper Costa pictured in the Go Baby Go.
Pacific's health professions students gain real-world experience by serving the community through projects such as Go Baby Go.
College of Health Professions students in the schools of audiology, dental hygiene, healthcare administration and leadership, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies and professional psychology celebrated graduation with family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Pacific University magazine Spring 2016 cover
The Spring 2016 issue of Pacific magazine is now available in print and online. This issue features several stories about how alumni, students and employees live out the "care" portion of Pacific's mission. Also included is a special insert, Transforming Care, about interprofessional education and practice.
Janelle Jones '08, OT '11
Janelle Jones ’11, OT ’14 spends her days helping people find the way to a new life. As an occupational therapist at Oregon State Hospital, Jones works in the state-run psychiatric hospital’s Bridges program. That means she works primarily with individuals who have been found guilty-except-for-insanity in a criminal case and who are now preparing to transition out of a hospital setting.
Mark Loomis pictured in the gym
Mark Loomis OTD '17 spent more than 10 years as a search-and-rescue swimmer in the Navy, serving in the Middle East. Today, he is embarking on a new career as an occupational therapist, hoping to help other veterans with the transition to civilian life.

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