The faculty and staff members for the Occupational Therapy Department are listed below.
Dr. Bobbie Russell 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 15 years with experience in rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, school systems and sensory integration. Additionally, Dr. Russell 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. Russell complete her doctorate of occupational therapy at Nova Southeastern University in May 2010.
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.
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.
Dr. Robert Krueger has practiced in outpatient orthopedics and industrial rehabilitation in hospital based and private practice settings as a Certified Hand Therapist since 1996. He transitioned into teaching following completion of his OTD and has taught occupational therapy at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels at Rocky Mountain Univeristy and Western New Mexico University. His research interests include evidence-based practice, health promotion and wellness with adults, adolescents, and children with risk factors for chronic illness. Robert's interests includes trail running, kayaking, river watching, reading, permaculture design, and journeying with friends and family.
Diane Norell is a full time special faculty member who teaches the mental health courses such as group process and mental health within the Department of Occupational Therapy. She 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.
Janis Battan is a full time special faculty lecturer who teaches the Introduction to Occupational Therapy class and Gerontology sections of the curriculum. She is also one of two Academic Fieldwork Coordinators for Level I and II Fieldworks. Her interests and expertise are in gerontology including Aging in Place, Adult and Geriatric Rehabilitation Leadership, Management and Supervision, and Cognition and Perception. Ms. Battan is an active AOTA and WOTA member serving this year as President and Executive Board Member for WOTA. She has been a practicing occupational therapist for the past 35 years with experience in mainly gerontology. Ms. Battan received her BS in occupational therapy from the University of Washington and her Master's of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2000. Her leisure interests include camping, boating, cross country skiing, and reading.
Carrie Walker is the full-time administrative assistant and admissions advisor for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Ms. Walker also serves as the advisor to the Pre-OT club at EWU. She loves meeting and advising prospective students who share the desire to be occupational therapists and helps them start something big! Ms. Walker received a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communications from Texas Christian University in 1995, a Health Services Administration Certificate in 2006 and a Master's degree in Public Administration in 2009 from Eastern Washington University. Ms. Walker currently teaches Foundations of Documentation and Medical Terminology for the Rehabilitation Professional online. Her leisure interests include scrap booking, sewing and gardening.
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