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OT 4 Lyfe looks to connect and inspire occupational therapy practitioners of all kinds. Join us as we go in depth to explore the research, issues, and people that influence the lives of OT students, practitioners, and their clients. Because for us, occupational therapy is more than just a job.


Making Shoes For All Abilities with Joseph DiFrancisco
Aug 10 • 62 min
Sometimes our clients need something to participate in their meaningful occupations, but there isn’t anything on the market to help them. Joseph DiFrancisco, MS, OT/L, faced this issue time and time again when trying to find shoes for his clients that…
Tips and Tricks To Get and Stay Organized
Aug 3 • 48 min
Need help with your organization? I’ve got tips and tricks from the OT 4 Lyfe community answering last month’s question of the month about how they keep their OT brain and materials organized. I’ve also got a new lyfer of the month for you to meet, and…
The Power of Movement and Social Media
Jul 27 • 18 min
Movement. It isn’t just about getting from one place to another. It is about so much more. Curious to know why it is so important? Tune in to find out.
Can Movement Change the World with Kim Lowack
Jul 20 • 56 min
Can something as simple as movement have the ability to change the world? To answer this question, I’m bringing on Kim Lowack, OTR/L who is extremely passionate about movement and has extensive experience working with clients who have been impacted by…
Bad For Practice Assumptions Are
Jul 13 • 10 min
Think working as an occupational therapy practitioner within the prison setting is way different than any other practice area, think again? Today I’ll be digging deeper into my thoughts and reflections from my chat with Kwaku Aygemang from the OT and…
The Impact of OT in the Prison System with Kwaku Agyemang
Jun 29 • 68 min
Have you ever worked as an occupational therapy practitioner in a prison? In today’s episode I chat with Kwaku Agyemang who is an occupational therapist in the United Kingdom who works in the prison setting. Kwaku shares a bit about his role working with…
Your Favorite Occupational Therapy Resources
Jun 22 • 41 min
Got OT resources? Tune in to today’s episode to find out what the OT 4 Lyfe community has to say about their go-to occupational therapy resources. You’ll also meet the first, official Lyfer of the Month and hear about some fun things happening over at OT…
Thinking Outside the OT Box
Jun 15 • 13 min
Have you listened to episode 66- “It’s Not Just Joint Pain: Occupational Therapy’s Unique Role in Arthritis Life” with Cheryl Crow yet? Today’s episode will unpack some of my takeaways from that episode so if you haven’t heard it yet, go take a listen.
It’s Not Just Joint Pain: Occupational Therapy’s Unique Role in Arthritis Life with Cheryl Crow
Jun 1 • 62 min
Arthritis. Maybe you have had a personal experience with it, or maybe you work with people who suffer from arthritis. Cheryl Crow talks all about arthritis and specifically inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis to help bring awareness to this often overlooked…
Why You Need to Find Your Passion in OT
May 25 • 13 min
This episode is all about my takeaways from episode 64- “Positive Approach to Dementia Care” with Jenna Mele. If you haven’t heard it yet, go take a listen because in this episode I will be unpacking some of things we discussed in that episode. Also, I…
Positive Approach to Dementia Care with Jenna Mele
May 18 • 73 min
Statistics say that over 50 million people worldwide have dementia (WHO, 2019). And the impacts of dementia include: physical, psychological, social, and economical, not only for the people who have it, but also the people who care for them, as well as…
Mentorship and Little t Trauma: Takeaways from Episode 62
May 14 • 10 min
Take a listen to hear my takeaways from episode 62 “Trauma-Sensitive Care for Healthcare Providers” with Taelor Millsap.
Trauma-Sensitive Care for Healthcare Providers with Taelor Millsap
May 4 • 83 min
Trauma is a complex topic that looks different in everyone’s life. To dig into this topic, today I have Taelor Millsap, OTD, OTR/L joining me on the show. Taelor is an occupational therapist who has experienced trauma in her own life and now has a passion…
Monthly Recap: May 2020
May 1 • 16 min
Today’s episode is all about community. I am starting a new monthly series where I highlight some of the cool things that are happening within the OT 4 Lyfe community. This episode shares what has been happening in April 2020, as well as what is in store…
Creating Success in Non-Traditional Roles as an Occupational Therapy Assistant with Dave Merlo
Apr 20 • 59 min
Occupational therapy assistants play a vital role in the profession of occupational therapy. Dave Merlo, MS, COTA/L, CPRP, ROH joins me on the show today and shares a glimpse into his career as an occupational therapy assistant. Dave has extensive…
Learning How To Money with Joel Larsgaard
Apr 6 • 74 min
Money is an extremely important tool in life and impacts both our professional and personal roles. Still many people consider money and finances to be complicated, when in actuality they do not need to be. In today’s episode, Joel Larsgaard from How To…
I’m Bringin’ Occupation Back
Apr 1 • 26 min
Occupational therapy is a unique and broad profession and unfortunately because of this, it is often misrepresented and misunderstood. Many people outside of the profession do not understand who we are or what we do as occupational therapy practitioners.…
Thoughts on COVID-19 with Sarah Putt
Mar 23 • 38 min
COVID-19 is on the forefront of everyone’s mind these days. And every day more and more information floods our screens and our conversations. In this episode, I took some time to reflect on some of the things that have been going on in my life and wanted…
Flourishing as an OT Practitioner Through Personal Experience with Mandy Chamberlain
Mar 9 • 58 min
Was there ever a personal experience had a profound impact on you as a practitioner? In today’s episode, Mandy Chamberlain, MOTR/L, occupational therapist and fellow OT podcaster, shares how an unexpected accident shaped her perspective as an occupational…
Building Positive Foundations Through Collaboration with Connie Hunt
Feb 23 • 91 min
We can learn so much from collaboration within healthcare. As a speech and language pathologist, Connie Hunt, MS, CCC-SLP learned early on in her career the importance of collaboration between therapists and other healthcare professionals (i.e. speech and…
Diverse OT: Leadership and Advocacy for Minorities in Healthcare with Michelle DeJesus
Feb 10 • 60 min
According to statistics, minorities are underrepresented within healthcare professions. Having grown up with immigrant parents and having to translate for them during medical appointments, Michelle DeJesus, MS, OTR/L has seen first hand the impact this…
Thinking and Learning Through an Occupational Lens with Brock Cook
Jan 27 • 81 min
Within the profession of occupational therapy, being a lifelong learner tends to be one of the phrases that comes up time and time again. And it is super important as OT practitioners that we uphold this mindset to continue learning and building our…
Bunnies and Ducks and Llamas, Oh My! with Mona Sams
Dec 23, 2019 • 46 min
Ever incorporated llamas into your occupational therapy sessions before? Our guest today, Mona Sams, OTR/L, has llamas, as well as a host of other animals that she incorporates into her OT practice. In the interview, Mona shares how she first got…
Early Intervention with an OT Mom with Danielle Delorenzo
Dec 9, 2019 • 106 min
What happens when your clinical world and your personal world collide? Danielle Delorenzo, OTR/L joins the show today to talk about just that. Danielle is an occupational therapist with over 20 years experience working in early intervention (EI). But this…
A Year in the Lyfe
Nov 25, 2019 • 48 min
Today marks episode 50 of the OT 4 Lyfe podcast! Being that today’s episode is a big milestone, we’re doing something fun to celebrate. To date, there have been over 50 interviews on the show and they range from a host of interests, backgrounds, and…
Living Life One Day at a Time with TaeJun Lee
Nov 11, 2019 • 77 min
A car crash left TaeJun (TJ) with an incomplete C4-C5 spinal cord injury and less than a 5% chance of ever walking again. But with support from his family and friends and his willingness to put in the work, TJ was determined to not let his injury hold him…
Sensory Integration and the Transformation From Clinic to Home with Laura Petix
Oct 21, 2019 • 92 min
People are sensory beings and all day everyday our bodies are hard at work processing the sensory stimuli that exists in our world. Some of us are sensitive to sensory input and may shy away from certain types of stimuli, while others might crave input…
From OT School to New Grad OT with Jordan McCauley
Oct 8, 2019 • 84 min
OT school is over. All assignments have been turned in, fieldworks have been completed, and graduation has come and gone. The transition from OT student to new grad OT is a busy time, full of challenges, learning, and pushing oneself outside of their…
Fieldwork is Over: Now What?- OTA Fieldwork: Part 4 of 4
Sep 30, 2019 • 71 min
Fieldwork is over. So much as happened. Lots of observing, learning, researching, preparing, doing, reflecting, and the list goes on and on. In eight short weeks, the students, Ijeoma Ikpeze and Chantal Sendall, went from students to entry level…
Midterm Evaluations and the Final Weeks of Placement - OTA Fieldwork: Part 3 of 4
Sep 23, 2019 • 62 min
During the middle of fieldwork, students and their supervisors complete the midterm evaluation and discuss progress over the first half of the student’s placement. They address any areas that need continued growth and set goals for the student to…
From Observation to Taking the Lead - OTA Fieldwork: Part 2 of 4
Sep 16, 2019 • 58 min
During the first few weeks of fieldwork, OT and OTA students get exposed to the practice area, common diagnoses, treatment activities and modalities, as well as the team that they will be working with throughout their placement. Students start with…
Preparing for the Challenge - OTA Fieldwork: Part 1 of 4
Sep 10, 2019 • 98 min
Once all the coursework is completed, occupational therapy students start their level 2 fieldworks to gain hands-on, clinical experience in various practice areas. Over the course of a few short months, students take on the challenge of going from…
OT School: From Classroom to Level 2 Fieldwork
Sep 2, 2019 • 73 min
Occupational therapy school is quite a journey. From the multitude of classes, to Level 1 fieldwork experiences, all the midterms and finals, and the practical exams along the way. Just making it through the program is a feat in itself. Then comes the…
Minding Our OT Business with Laura Park Figueroa
Aug 20, 2019 • 115 min
Ever wanted to start your own OT business? Or do you have one and want to up your business game? If yes, this episode is for you. Laura Park Figueroa, MS, OTR/L joins the show to discuss all things OT and business. We discuss the mindset as an…
Transitions and Reflections of a Millennial OT with Grant Mitchell
Aug 5, 2019 • 71 min
Occupations and views change and transition over time. In this episode, Grant Mitchell MOT, OTR/L shares his journey through his current occupational transitions: from new grad to full time practitioner, from working in mental health to working in…
Creating Confidence and an Occupation-Based Mindset with Alexis Joelle
Jul 15, 2019 • 78 min
Occupational therapy is such a diverse field and one of my favorite parts of doing interviews is learning about all the different practice areas within our profession. Today’s episode with Alexis Joelle, MS, OTR/L dives into occupational therapy in acute…
Battling The Burnout with Erika del Pozo
Jul 8, 2019 • 73 min
Working in healthcare can be a very rewarding career, but it also presents some unique challenges. Nowadays, productivity levels have increased exponentially, caseloads have become unruly, expectations have continued to grow without any sign of slowing…
The Why of OT 4 Lyfe with Sarah Putt
Jul 1, 2019 • 16 min
Welcome to the OT 4 Lyfe podcast. I launched this podcast back in October 2018 and since then have released 37 episodes. I have brought on some amazing guests and covered a wide range of topics, from pediatric OT practice, to animal assisted therapy,…
Unlocking the Potential of Occupational Therapy with Sarah Lyon
Jun 24, 2019 • 62 min
In today’s society, there is a bunch of research coming out for healthcare professionals to utilize and help guide clinical practice. Nowadays the amount of research is doubling at an outstanding rate. But there continues to be many barriers, i.e. time,…
Inclusion, Education, and All the Colors of the Rainbow with Devlynn Neu
May 27, 2019 • 81 min
Part of being an occupational therapist is advocating for ourselves, our clients, and our profession. We aim to be client-centered in our therapy and strive to be inclusive for people regardless of race, identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic…
Uncorking Topics in Occupational Therapy with Miranda Rennie
May 20, 2019 • 70 min
Being a lifelong learner is something that is constantly brought up within the profession of occupational therapy. From being a student in OT school, to becoming a new practitioner, to doing research to further the knowledge base for our profession, we…
Being Well and Finding Balance in Life with Brynne Terry
May 7, 2019 • 74 min
As occupational therapists, we are faced with many responsibilities in life, including both professional and personal ones, and sometimes maintaining a balance can be quite a struggle. This is something that we help our clients and educate others with,…
Becoming an Occupational Therapist: Starting an OT Program with Rachel Moore
Apr 29, 2019 • 71 min
There are many steps to becoming an occupational therapist, starting with completing an occupational therapy program. Rachel comes back on the show today to share her OT journey thus far as we catch her only days away from starting a graduate occupational…
Finding Your Community: 2019 AOTA Recap
Apr 22, 2019 • 16 min
A few weeks ago, OT 4 Lyfe attended the 2019 American Occupational Therapy Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This episode runs through some of the highlights from the conference, including things I did and people I got to meet.
Helping Kids with Autism Learn, Play and Thrive with Meg Proctor
Apr 8, 2019 • 60 min
Many kids with autism have significantly delayed play skills, as well as they have difficulty learning new skills and expanding upon the skills they already have. More often than not therapists find themselves trying to teach children with autism how to…
Double Timing Documentation with Jason Gonzales
Apr 1, 2019 • 53 min
Documentation. It is something that all therapists are faced with and unfortunately, it is something that tends to take up a lot of our time. While some of it is very important stuff that we need to include, there are other parts of documentation that are…
Project: Sensory with Rachel Harrington and Jessica Hill
Mar 25, 2019 • 56 min
Sensory processing is a complex entity with lots of intricacies and is often times overlooked and misunderstood. As occupational therapists, it is our job to uncover underlying sensory processing and sensory modulation problems within our clients and then…
The Ins and Outs of the AOTA Conference
Mar 18, 2019 • 30 min
Attending conferences is a great way to learn new things and connect with people within the occupational therapy community. And one of the biggest events each year within the United States is the American Occupational Therapy Association conference. This…
The Business Side of Occupational Therapy with Brandon Seigel
Mar 4, 2019 • 74 min
Understanding the business side of occupational therapy is pivotal for any therapist and practice owner to know. In order to be successful within our profession, we must be aware of the state of healthcare and be solid within our purpose as a clinician.…
The Power of Play in Clinic Based Therapy with Francesca Avalli
Feb 26, 2019 • 79 min
We all discover occupational therapy through different ways and it is always fascinating to hear how each therapist is first introduced into this wonderful profession. Our guest today is the whole reason that our host Sarah became an occupational…
Exploring the Country Through Travel Therapy with Emily Ann Becker
Feb 18, 2019 • 67 min
Travel therapy is a unique practice area that consists of traveling to different parts of the United States in order to provide therapy services to places in need. Usually, rotations last about 13 weeks and then the therapist moves on to another…
How Deep is Your Love For OT with Michael Roberts
Feb 11, 2019 • 82 min
Dr. Michael Roberts, OTD, OTR/L, is the founder and current program director of the master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy at Regis College, in Boston Massachusetts. He has a strong passion for all things occupational therapy, as well as…
Crafting Your Life for Success with Intention and Purpose with Andy Nielsen from OT Growth
Feb 4, 2019 • 101 min
Andy Nielsen, OTS, is a current OT student at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona who comes to our profession after many years in tech sales and business. He has designed his life with purpose and intention in order to maintain a family-friendly…
Incorporating Dogs into Animal Assisted Therapy with Karen Ni from Sun Dog Therapy
Jan 28, 2019 • 68 min
Dr. Karen Ni, OTD, MA, OTR/L, CPDT-KA is passionate about using animal assisted therapy as a meaningful and powerful therapeutic tool. She uses her dogs, Dottie and Tater, as her canine co-therapists to assist in her therapy sessions and provide a…
Leading From Where You Are with Ijeoma Ikpeze
Jan 21, 2019 • 46 min
Ijeoma (EJ) Ikpeze OTA/S is an OTA student at Erie Community College who recently finished her school work and is about to embark on her first Level II fieldwork. She is also the only current student and only OTA accepted into the prestigious AOTA…
Happiness Through Movement, Education and Volunteering with Elizabeth DeBlasi
Jan 14, 2019 • 74 min
Elizabeth DeBlasi, MS, OTR/L has developed her passion in pediatric occupational therapy into international travel and volunteer work. She immediately took action to make her dreams about volunteering internationally come true. She has since become an…
Notes From the OT School House with Jayson Davies and Abby Parana
Jan 7, 2019 • 101 min
Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L and Abby Parana, MS, OTR/L are pediatric occupational therapists that work in a school based setting. They have a unique view on how to provide treatment and advocate for their clients. They also host their own OT podcast: OT…
OT-PT Collaboration in Early Intervention with Jennifer Ogawa, PT
Dec 28, 2018 • 70 min
Occupational and Physical Therapists often work together on clients to achieve similar goals through different lenses. Jennifer and Sarah discuss how they approach early intervention from each of their view points and the benefits of collaborating between…
OT Round Table: The Best Parts, The Hardest Parts and What We Wish Others Understood About OT
Dec 17, 2018 • 133 min
This is the first edition of the OT Round Table, a casual discussion with OT practitioners from different background about the best and worst parts as well as what we wish others understood about our profession.
Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 6 of 6 - Week 13: Reflections on the Experience
Dec 14, 2018 • 63 min
The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 6 of a 6 part mini-series.
Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 5 of 6 - Week 9: Struggling to Balance Fieldwork with Life
Dec 7, 2018 • 50 min
The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 5 of a 6 part mini-series.
The Very First Steps in Becoming an OT with Rachel Moore
Dec 3, 2018 • 36 min
Rachel is an OT volunteer with Sarah’s private practice who is gaining volunteer hours for her application to OT school.
Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 4 of 6 - Week 6: Halfway Through Fieldwork and Experiencing the Midterm Review
Nov 30, 2018 • 61 min
The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 4 of a 6 part mini-series.
Using Gardens in a Holistic Approach to Occupational Therapy with Deedee Levine
Nov 26, 2018 • 55 min
While working as a school-based OT, Deedee Levine MS, OTR/L, YT-200, CD has found gardening and gardens to be a unique and integral part of her Occupational Therapy treatments.
A Special Episode Full of Thanks
Nov 23, 2018 • 17 min
Sarah takes the time on a special holiday to reflect on all the things she’s thankful for. From the families that allow her to have impact on their lives to the people that have helped her get the podcast off the ground.
Making A Difference Around The Globe With Lauren Stanley-Alpert
Nov 19, 2018 • 48 min
Lauren Stanley-Alpert, MS, OTR/L created Therapists Without Borders to connect occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists with communities across the globe that have a significant need for therapy services while making…
Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 3 of 6 - Week 5: Bridging the Gap Between Student and OT Practitioner
Nov 16, 2018 • 48 min
The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 3 of a 6 part mini-series.
From Occupational Therapist to Entrepreneur with Cami Culwell
Nov 12, 2018 • 59 min
Starting a business takes a lot of nerve. Learn how Clinitote was started and how occupational therapy helped push Cami Culwell through the hurdles of starting a new business.
Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 2 of 6 - Week 2: Moving from Observation to Hands-On Practice
Nov 9, 2018 • 43 min
The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into practitioners. This is episode 2 of a 6 part mini-series.
Limiting Beliefs, Accountability and Masterminds with Leo Valenzuela
Nov 5, 2018 • 47 min
Everyone needs support networks. Sarah and Leo discuss limiting beliefs, holding each other accountable and setting up mastermind groups and private practices.
Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 1 of 6 - Week 0: Excitement and Trepidation as Fieldwork Begins
Nov 2, 2018 • 39 min
The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into practitioners. This is episode 1 of a 6 part mini-series.
Fresh Perspectives from First Year OT Students with Alex, Christina, and Regina
Oct 26, 2018 • 50 min
Current OT students bring an undeniable passion and energy to the profession with a fresh new perspective. Listen as we discuss their excitement for their OT careers.
Voices from the OT Community at the 2018 AOTA Conference
Oct 24, 2018 • 44 min
Share in the excitement as the OT community gathers every year at AOTA.
Inspiration, Sensory Integration and Zen with Roxie Fernandez
Oct 22, 2018 • 53 min
Roxie Fernandez walks us through all of life’s twists and turns that lead her to become an Occupational Therapist.