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Nika Ball, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Nika Ball

MOT, OTR/L, ATP

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Fawn Carson, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Fawn Carson

OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Managing Editor

Caitlin Grefe, Instructional Technology Specialist

Caitlin Grefe

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Franklin Stein, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Contributing Editor

Franklin Stein

PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Contributing Editor


Featured Presenters

OccupationalTherapy.com instructors and guest editors are skilled clinicians and industry leaders whose courses consistently receive top ratings from our members.

Presenter: Patti Sharp OTD, MS, OTR/L

Patti Sharp, OTD, MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 17 years of pediatric experience and works in outpatient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She received her Master’s in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001 and her Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2012. She previously worked in burns and neurorehabilitation, but now focuses on enhancing care in the developmental world. Patti is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati and has a contagious passion for evidence-based practice that she aims to share with students and peers. Patti co-leads the Developmental Coordination Disorder Translating Research And Clinical Knowledge Team, otherwise known as the DCD TRACK Team at Cincinnati Children’s. She is a Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) certified therapist and one of the few Certified CO-OP Instructors in the United States.

Presenter: Krista Covell-Pierson OTR/L, BCB-PMD

Occupational therapist and entrepreneur, Krista Covell-Pierson is the founder and owner of Covell Care and Rehabilitation, LLC. Krista created Covell Care and Rehabilitation to improve the quality of services available for clients of all ages living in the community through a one-of-a-kind mobile outpatient practice which aims to improve the lives of clients and clinicians alike. Krista attended Colorado State University receiving degrees in social work and occupational therapy. She has worked in various settings including hospitals, home health, rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing. Through her private practice, Krista created a model that she teaches to other therapists looking to start their own business. She has extensive experience as a fieldwork educator and received the Fieldwork Educator of the Year Award from Colorado State University. Krista served as the President of the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado's President for two years. She presents to groups of professionals and community members on a regular basis and has a heart to help others become the best version of themselves. 

Presenter: Christine Griffin OTR/L, MS, BCPR

Christine has been an OT since 2000 and has practiced in Inpatient Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Acute Care, and Outpatient Clinics, and is currently a Clinical Instructor for The Ohio State University OT Department. Christine is AOTA Board Certified in Physical Rehabilitation, an AOTA Board Certification Reviewer, and recipient of the 2011 Ohio OT Association Model Practice Award in Physical Rehabilitation, 2014 HITE Symposium Award, and 2017 Ohio OT Association Continued Education Award. She has had extensive teaching experience in the OSU medical system, including OSU’s Physical Medical & Rehabilitation Residency Education Program. Furthermore, Christine has presented at multiple local, state, and national conferences.


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