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ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners
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Our pages are filled with cutting-edge stories on the newest treatment arenas, protocols and products, therapy equipment and modalities as well as regular columns by highly respected leaders in the field. Our reputation for fair, honest reporting and open debate of critical issues has made us the most popular avenue for the exchange of professional ideas.

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Editorial Board

Claudine DeJoie, COTA/L
DeJoie, of Malden, MA, is a 1994 graduate of the OTA program at North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA, and has been a certified occupational therapy assistant for over seven years. For the past three years she has been specializing in the rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries and is on staff at Boston Medical Center's Center for Rehabilitation and the New England Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center. Dejoie plans to obtain a degree in journalism.

Sejal Shah, OTR/L
Shah, of Redmond, WA, graduated cum laude from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, in 1999 and has been practicing occupational therapy for a little more than two years. As the only OT on staff at Integrated Health Services in Seattle, WA, Shah is currently working in program development creating a protocol for physicians and nursing staff for the facility's new geri-psych unit.

Christina Calamari, COTA/CYT
Calamari, of Woodhaven, NY, is a 1983 graduate of LaGuardia Community College, where she earned her AS in OT. She has been on staff at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village, NY, for the past 16 years and is considering getting her degree in OT. She works with chronic psychiatric patients in a psychosocial model, the Sunshine Club, and helps facilitate a program in advanced community living skills. She is a certified yoga teacher

Michael W. K. Chan, OT
Chan, of Ontario, Canada, holds a BS in OT from the University of Toronto and earned his master's degree in business administration from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, in 1996. He is currently on a tenure-track at College Misericordia in Dallas, PA, as an assistant professor in the occupational therapy program. He is also serving as a district delegate for POTA as well as the planning committee for the Pre-conference Institute for the POTA state conference.

Deborah E. Budash, OTR/L
Budash, of Indiana, PA, earned her BS in OT from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and is pursuing coursework for a master's in adult and community education. She has worked in various clinical settings and is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA, and providing OT services as needed for the Centers for Rehab Services in McKeesport, PA. She has also been a long-time book reviewer and contributor to ADVANCE.

Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR
Ransom, of Los Angeles, CA, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh magna cum laude in 1997 with a BS in psychology, and received her master's in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California in 2000. She is currently on staff at the Child Development Institute in Woodland Hills, CA, where she provides clinic and in-home services to children. Ransom is certified in SI and has gained experience in NDT.

Carolyn Cantu, MS, OTR
Cantu, of Austin, TX, received her BS in OT from New York University in 1970, and her MS in OT and rehab education from Boston University in 1976. She has 32 years of practice in both clinical and academic settings, stateside and abroad, and is currently serving as a consultant for Therapy Skill Builders in San Antonio. She has experience in early childhood intervention, school-based intervention, sensory integration, developmental disabilities and both academic and clinical education.


You're welcome Shirley, we're glad you like them.

Brian Ferrie,  ADVANCE for OTSeptember 03, 2015

Thank you for these resources.

Shirley Valentin,  OTSeptember 02, 2015
Orlando, FL

Is this an approved AOTA site? I live in Missouri and am required to only receive online CEU's from and approved AOTA site. Its wonderful!
Kitty Ring COTA/L

Kitty RingMarch 20, 2013
Knob Noster, MO


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