Michael Patrick O’Connor has worked in the field of rehabilitation since 1988 and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Gerontology from Eastern Michigan University in 1994.
O’Connor has clinical experience across the continuum of care from acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospital, sub-acute rehabilitation center, residential brain injury program, home /community-based setting as well as traditional home care. Additionally, his experience includes roles as health care administrator of both a for-profit national neuro rehab provider and a non-profit Michigan based provider where his responsibilities included program development of home and community-based services. This broad base of experience has contributed to his ability to provide individualized, goal-directed occupational therapy that is functionally based and meaningful to the patient’s and family’s needs in the home environment.
O’Connor’s credentials include registration with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensure with the State of Michigan ("OTRL"). O'Connor successfully completed the requirements established by the National Association of Home Builders and is designated a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist ("CAPS"). Additionally, he is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer ("CBIST") by the Academy for Certification of Brain Injury Specialists.
O’Connor was recognized by Eastern Michigan University’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award (September 2018) and by the Brian Injury Association of Michigan’s Chairman’s Award (May 2017).
O’Connor has a long-standing commitment to providing education to the community volunteering to provide training and education on topics related to brain injury, safety and prevention, and rehabilitation to community groups and is an active volunteer for Brain Injury Association of Michigan and AARP of Michigan.
O'Connor's professional development and continuing education has included a broad range of courses related to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cognitive rehabilitation, vision rehabilitation, and home modifications.
O’Connor maintains professional memberships with multiple state and national organizations that measure clinical competency and provide support and advocacy for the public.
Michael O’Connor was recognized at Eastern Michigan University with the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award “for long standing excellence in and dedication to the occupational therapy profession and EMU’s program.” O’Connor was presented the award by Katie MacDonald, president of the OT Alumni Network, and Dr. Jayne Yatczak, OT Program Director presented at Eastern Michigan University during the The Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lectureship in Occupational Therapy, September 15, 2018.
“I am honored, humbled and proud of the recent recognition with the. I continue to be grateful for all I have I learned from my alma mater, from mentors including Valerie Howells, Betsy Francis-Connolly, and Ben Atchison, as well as colleagues, students, and most importantly from the individuals and families I serve.”
O'Connor is honored and humbled to be profiled in Eastern Michigan University Occupational Therapy Alumni Network's Spring Newsletter, March 2017 (above).
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