OTA Faculty and Students from SCF Present at State Conference

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 8, 2019) — Four faculty members from the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) presented at the Florida Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference during the fall. Seventeen SCF students also offered presentations at the conference held Oct. 26-27 in Orlando. The conference was entitled “Advancing Your Practice – Translating Knowledge Faster.”

Faculty presenters were:

  • Debra Chasanoff, who spoke on preventing medical errors.
  • Lora May Swart, who presented on incorporating evidence-based practice into fieldwork experiences.
  • Barbara Ingram-Rice, who talked about Florida laws and rules.
  • Amanda Kotolski, who offered a presentation on addressing abuse and violence during home and community occupational therapy visits. 

Students who performed research and presented posters include:

  1. Receiving Positive Vibes with ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response): A New Spine-Tingling Approach to Occupational Therapy.
  • Jennifer Bowers
  • Jason Demerin
  • Shelby Fisher
  • Carly Houston
  1. Dive into Another World for Better Mental Wellness; How Occupational Therapy Can Help.
  • Kathryn Kolaczynski
  • Jennifer Sheehan
  • Terri Sweat
  1. “E-I-E-I-O! Occupational Therapy on the Farm: Supporting Youth’s Mental Health with Farm Animals.
  • Jennifer Brandon
  • Bethany Christopher
  • Stephanie Nelson
  1. Paddle Your Way to a Healthy Mind with Occupational Therapy.
  • Nicole Brannock
  • Sarah Delaney
  • Khadijah Gland
  1. Mental Health Out of Whack? OT Has an App for That!     
  • Carl Andre
  • Tracey Durden
  • Stefanie Garza
  • Kristina Sheppard

For information about the OTA program at SCF, visit or contact Debra Chasanoff, program director, at or 941-752-5346.

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