Occupational Therapy Staff

Greg Wintz, PhD, OTR/L

Director of Occupational Therapy

Effective Sept. 1, 2015, Dr. Gregory Wintz, PhD, OTR/L, assumes the position of director of the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University. Dr. Wintz earned his master's of occupational therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1988 and his PhD in adult education with an emphasis in program evaluation and qualitative research at the University of Idaho in 2006.

Dr. Wintz has served as the chair of the Occupational Therapy Department and associate professor of occupational therapy at Eastern Washington University since 2004. Dr. Wintz’s primary responsibilities include program development and accreditation of the Occupational Therapy Program at EWU. Upon his arrival to EWU, he guided the program’s transition from an entry-level bachelor’s to an entry-level master’s program. Dr. Wintz has been actively involved in the University District Health Clinic (UDHC), a group comprised of Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University. In UDHC, Dr. Wintz offers the team expertise and advocacy of occupational therapy services and serves on the Design Building Team and Curriculum Development Group. Additionally, he works collaboratively with the Communication Disorder, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy programs to envision further development and growth of health-related programs at EWU and helps to create the new College of Health Science and Public Health.

Prior to joining the faculty at EWU, Dr. Wintz served for seven years as the founding program director of occupational therapy in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Idaho State University. During his tenure at ISU, from 1997 to 2004, he was responsible for developing an innovative program that addressed the impact of disease on daily life activities and gaining initial accreditation. Dr. Wintz taught in the areas of OT service delivery, leadership and management, assistive technology, ergonomics, home modifications, qualitative research, and phenomenology of occupation.

Dr. Wintz has 18 years of practice as an occupational therapist; he has worked in pain management, industrial rehabilitation, ergonomics, worksite analysis, consultation with augmentative and alternative communication evaluation teams, and pediatric orthopedics.  Additionally, he has served as clinical consultant and team member with orthotics and prosthetics, habilitation training, transitional care programs, substance abuse and relapse prevention, and program evaluation. He served as Director of Rehabilitation of Shrine Hospital for Children from 1992-1997.

“I am impressed with the commitment of the School of OT faculty, staff, and students, as well as the entire Pacific community, to interprofessional and international education, research, and practice, and I look forward to being a part of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program as we move into a bright future of health care reform,” said Greg Wintz.


Suzie Schwab

Manager of Administrative Services

From an outside perspective, the natural pace of life for Suzie, office manager, might seem consuming, but to her, it's a rapid rate that keeps her at her best. Suzie plays a key role working with the academic fieldwork coordinator and the department head in all aspects of administration, as well as monitoring and maintaining the background support and details of the day to day activities. Suzie is indeed an infrastructure specialist. She assists students in learning collaboration and teamwork within systems and helps students learn how to get their needs met through interactions with other departments.

Suzie has always immersed herself fully in life. Her commitment to balancing her family, career and personal time is unmistakable in her very busy schedule, which often begins well before sunrise as she tends to her horses and other animals. To Suzie, living her life as an example for her two daughters is an important value. From pursuing an education to making life decisions that demonstrate a strong healthy female role model, it is these acts that reflect who Suzie is as a person.

Kelly Hering

Administrative Assistant

Kelly plays a key role within the School of OT planning events, and working closely with the department head, providing support for all aspects of administration.

Kelly’s skills and abilities are interwoven with a spirit, energy, and zest for life which are a testimony to who Kelly is as a person. She exhibits this same enthusiastic tempo in her personal life where she is a devoted wife and mother of 5 children, and an active volunteer in local schools and her church community.