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 Danielle Zick!
Hi, my name is Danielle. I am happy to return to Lansing to participate in my first level II fieldwork placement with O’Connor Occupational Therapy (OT) Services. I have a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Health & Society from Michigan State University and I am currently attending Western Michigan University’s Master in Occupational Therapy program.
My level I fieldwork, volunteer, and work experiences have all helped prepare me for a level II placement at O’Connor OT Services. During my time at Western Michigan University, I have had the opportunity to participate in level I fieldwork experiences in inpatient mental health and outpatient pediatrics. My first level I fieldwork placement was at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital. This placement allowed me to practice the assessment and documentation process, along with planning, leading, and co-facilitating groups. I also had the opportunity to assist with a research study focused on the impacts of gardening on mood in an inpatient psychiatric setting.
This past spring, I had the opportunity to participate in a second level I fieldwork experience at Marion R. Spear Occupational Therapy Clinic in the both the “Skills for Living” and “Finicky Feeders” clinics. The children in these clinics helped me further developed observation, documentation, assessment, and intervention skills while we worked towards developing emotional regulation skills and improving food selectivity. There, I learned the importance of flexibility as an occupational therapy student.
Outside of the classroom, I benefited from volunteering at AACORN Farm and Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center. These experiences allowed me to make connections between real life and the classroom and exemplified the powerful effect of meaningful occupations on health and wellbeing. Furthermore, time in green spaces with animals facilitated stress relief for service-users and me.
In addition to my fieldwork and volunteer experiences, I gained familiarity with neurorehabilitation while working as an Occupational Therapy Aide in an adult outpatient clinic. This position helped me deepen my understanding of the occupational therapy process while working with individuals with traumatic brain injuries and the psychosocial issues related to those injuries. Most of my time was spent with clients behind-the-wheel for driving rehabilitation. However, I am greatly looking forward to continuing to develop my skills as an occupational therapy student while working alongside clients in the home and the community with O’Connor OT Services.
Thursday July 26th
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
O’Connor Occupational Therapy Services, PLLC is proud to announce program growth, expanded treatment space and new partnership as Old Town Rehabilitation Collaborative with Chris Sovey, DPT, BSN, RN, Healthy Consumer Physical Therapy.
Old Town Rehabilitation Collaborative’s shared space serves patients and families with ample designated handicapped parking, wheelchair accessible elevator, and patient access to fully accessible studio clinic.
Join us! Old Town Rehabilitation Collaborative’s Open House Thursday July 26, 2018 5:30pm-7:30pm with demonstrations, refreshments, and door prizes from Old Town merchants.
The Celtic Maze pattern symbolizes the journey of life and the path of experience, & learning. It symbolizes that there are twists, and turns, the challenges and obstacles in life, but that there are always open doors.