Andrea Lewis, OTR/L and Meg Wherry, OTD, OTR/L, completed their first semester of teaching in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy-Regis Pathway during the Spring 2020 semester. Their dedication showed their commitment to student learning by serving as not only lab assistants, but also professional role models and mentors to the students.
Andrea Lewis, OTR/L, served as a lab assistant for OTD 457: Physical Rehabilitation III: Interventions and Outcomes. Lewis earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s in occupational therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Lewis has been an occupational therapist for nearly eight years and has worked at Craig Hospital in Denver since 2015. Most of her OT career has been dedicated to working with a multidisciplinary team helping clients with neurological injuries overcome physical and psychosocial barriers. She is motivated in helping clients recognize their rehab potential and return to meaningful occupations in all facets of their lives. Her passion lies in neurological rehabilitation and in treating clients with spinal cord and brain injuries. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her chocolate lab (Maple), hiking, skiing, and cooking. She loves traveling the Colorado countryside and all trips to the mountains! This year, she welcomed her first baby, Josephine Mary Lewis, and seems to fall more in love with her each day.
Lewis stated, “The best part of teaching this semester was the opportunity to adapt and problem-solve with my colleagues and students in the midst of COVID-19. It was such an experience that allowed us all to learn Zoom, collaborate remotely, and grow together even though we were very much apart.”
Meg Wherry, OTD, OTR/L served as a lab assistant for OTD 317: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Wherry completed her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at James Madison University in 2012 and Occupational Therapy Doctorate at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in 2019 with the goal to be immersed in academia. Wherry is passionate about the OT scope of practice and is dedicated to helping students learn the power of holistic therapeutic interventions on both physical and mental levels. She is experienced as a practitioner specializing in mental health, specifically with active-duty military members, veterans, and their families. Wherry loves to adventure in northern Colorado. You will often find her hiking, running, or road tripping with her husband and son to enjoy the outdoors year-round.
Wherry stated, “The best part of teaching this semester was witnessing students have their “ah-ha!” moment when applying their knowledge to real life situations and experiences. I have always wanted to share my passion of OT and being a teacher, this semester provided me with the opportunity to highlight the value and importance of mental health.”