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    The faculty and staff members for the Occupational Therapy Department are listed below.

    Academic Year 2016-2017


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    Pedro Ashford, MS, OTR/L

    Lecturer and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
    Phone: 509-828-1366
    Fax: 509-828-1366

    Pedro Ashford is one of two Academic Fieldwork Coordinators and a lecturer supporting courses in the areas of physical and cognitive impairments, and interventions for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Pedro has been a practicing rehabilitation therapist for the past 17 years with experience in various practice settings including acute and outpatient rehabilitation, adult day psychiatric program and home health services. His interests and expertise are in the areas of intrinsic motivation and occupational engagement, and physical conditioning as a method to optimize occupational performance. Mr. Ashford received his AAS in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1999, from Essex County College in Newark, NJ, BS in Occupational Therapy in 2005, from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA., and earned his MS degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation in 2009 from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.

    Susan Burwash, Ph.D., MSc(OT), OTR/L, OT(C)

    Chair and Associate Professor
    Phone: 509.828.1349
    Fax: 509.828.1349

    Dr. Susan Burwash has practiced both in mental health (with adolescents and adults; in inpatient and outpatient settings) and in vocational rehabilitation (return-to-work programs in Canada and Puyallup, WA). She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Texas Tech and University of Alberta. She has a strong interest in the use of online technologies for practice and professional development and is one of the founding members of OT4OT (Online Technologies for Occupational Therapy). Her research interests include using narrative inquiry to explore practice and to better understand our clients lived experience, the use of creative and expressive media in OT, and community engaged learning. Susan is also a practicing artist and has a small practice focused on women's wellness. Her leisure interests include lampworking, jewelry design and fabrication, photography, walking, singing, camping, and staying current with online technologies.

    Donna Mann, OTD, MEd., OT/L

    Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences and Public Health and Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
    Phone: 509.828.1348
    Fax: 509.828.1348

    Dr. Donna Mann has been a practicing occupational therapist for 30 years and brings diversity of experience to the program. A graduate of Loma Linda University, Donna moved to the Spokane area in 1981, where she has focused on adult rehabilitation, pediatrics and industrial rehabilitation. She was among the first group of occupational therapists to receive board certification in pediatrics from AOTA, completed NDT training in pediatrics, and has completed certifications in therapeutic listening, Group Lifestyle Balance Coach, CHIP, and functional capacity evaluator. Most recently she has focused on Lifestyle Medicine as an approach to health and wellness. As owner and operator of a pediatric private practice for 10 years, Donna has been active in many community agencies and programs. Accomplishments include presenting at local, regional and national levels, numerous grant awards, and development and establishment of new programs.

    Diane Norell, MSW, OTR/L, CPRP

    Senior Lecturer & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
    Phone: 509.828.1346
    Fax: 509.828.1346

    Diane Norell is a senior lecturer who teaches the mental health courses such as group process and mental health within the Department of Occupational Therapy. She is also one of two Academic Fieldwork Coordinators for Level I and II Fieldworks. Her interests and expertise are in mental health illnesses, group process and intervention, and multifamily psychoeducation. She has been a practicing occupational therapist for the past 30 years with experience in mainly mental health illnesses and rehabilitation. Ms. Norell received her BS in occupational therapy in 1974, from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., and earned her MSW degree from Eastern Washington University in 1982. Her leisure interests include volunteering with youth, singing, camping, hiking, and international travel.

    Roberta (Bobbie) Snover, DrOT, OTR/L

    Director of Admissions and Associate Professor
    Phone: 509.828.1347
    Fax: 509.828.1347

    Dr. Bobbie Snover teaches mainly the core sciences within the Department of Occupational Therapy. She will be teaching the courses on Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroscience, Kinesiology and Human Occupation and Disease during the first year of the Program in preparation for the theory and practicum classes. She has been a practicing occupational therapist for the past 20 years with experience in rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, school systems and sensory integration. Additionally, Dr. Snover served in the United States Air Force as an aerospace physiologist for 20 years with experience in instructional systems, human factors research and design, and hyperbarics. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a MS degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Colorado State University. Dr. Snover completed her doctorate of occupational therapy at Nova Southeastern University in May 2010. 


    Ms. Lee Knous

    Secretary Senior
    Phone: 509.828.1344
    Fax: 509.828.1344

    Ms. Lee Knous joined the Occupational Therapy department as Secretary Sr. in January 2016. Lee has been employed in the educational administrative support arena for over 20 years and brings with her a wealth of experience, including recent experience with EWU and WSU. She received her BA in Gender Studies from the University of La Verne in southern California in 2011. Lee's interests include genealogy research and scrapbooking. She is active in fellowship and outreach with Genesis church in Spokane Valley and 3rd Day Riders, a local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Lee is married to a retired high school science teacher and has two grown daughters, one of whom is a jewelry designer and the other an institutional research director and a published researcher in the psychological field.

    Margarita Vera

    Office Assistant III (Fieldwork)
    HSB 225C
    Phone: 509.828.1343
    Fax: 509.828.1343

    Margarita Vera serves in a split position as Office Assistant III, 50% for Occupational Therapy and 50% for Physical Therapy.

    Contact Information

    Occupational Therapy
    310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box R
    Spokane, WA 99202-1675

    phone: 509.828.1344
    fax: 509.828.1387

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