O’Connor Occupational Therapy is proud to support the education of clinicians by providing fieldwork placements for Master of Occupational Therapy Students, to contribute to student’s education, and to increase means and methods to provide OT to the patients and families we serve.
Welcome Brady Handlon!
Hello, my name is Brady Handlon. I am currently a student attending Eastern Michigan University to obtain a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Occupational Therapy degree. I have taken a non-tradition route to OT. Before I decided to begin my education I worked as an order selector in a distribution center in St. Johns until 2016. Wanting to broaden my horizons for a career path as well as work in a rewarding field that makes a difference, I came upon OT. I received my Associates of Science Degree from Grand Rapids Community College. I was sold when on the power of occupational therapy through my firsthand accounts that I experienced in my pre-occupational therapy classes and my shadowing at Chelsea Retirement Community.
Through my educational experiences I have had the pleasure to participate in fieldwork in numerous settings. For my first fieldwork experience I was placed at the Comprehensive Speech and Therapy Center in Jackson. There the staff provided services to children with autism, cerebral palsy, development disorders as well as several other diagnosis. For my second fieldwork I was placed at DMC Harper University Hospital in Detroit. This fast paced acute care setting help develop my skills working with several individuals from all different walks of life, with several diagnosis. For my final fieldwork I was placed at Heartland Healthcare Center in Allen Park. This gave my great insight into the type of skills that are needed to work with a geriatric population. I have also been currently employed at Hope Network as a Direct Support Professional since last year. At Hope Network I have had the rewarding experience of providing services geared towards the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries, mental illness, and developmental disabilities. Having the privilege of working at my fieldwork placements and my time spent with Hope Network have help increased my knowledge and skill set that I needed as I proceeded with my education at my current placement at O’Connor Occupational Therapy Service.
Professional Development: I have been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2016. My team’s graduate research study “The Study of a Novel Occupation: The Culture of Table-Top Roleplay Gaming” was disseminated as a poster presentation at Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate Research Conference as well as the Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Leadership and Conference in 2017.
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