The Department of Occupational Therapy would like to welcome Mark Kaipust, OTD’13, to serve as assistant professor and academic clinical education coordinator. Kaipust holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and exercise science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University.
He served as an occupational therapist at CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute for more than five years. His area of expertise is upper extremity orthopedics, and he has worked extensively with the neurologic populations.
Prior to his full-time role at Creighton, he served the University as special faculty lab instructor teaching kinesiology and upper extremity intervention labs in Department of Occupational Therapy. He has received specialty training and certifications in Parkinson’s Disease Wellness Recovery, as well as Interactive Metronome. His current research pursuits include virtual reality and upper extremity recovery for stroke patients.
In addition to research pursuits, he is working on the design of a lower trapezius training device for individuals with spinal cord injury. Kaipurst has presented locally and nationally on topics such as, exercise prescription for the occupational therapy practitioner, shoulder pathology and rehabilitation, and clinical application of electrotherapy.