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Joanne Trammel MS, OTR/L Director Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Joanne Trammel MS, OTR/L

Director Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Office: Owen-Redfield Complex 242

(208) 282-2890

tramjoan@isu.edu

Professional Work Experience

  •  Occupational Therapist - 25 years
  • Special interest in Dementia
  • Instructor, College of Technology OTA program - 1 year

 Professional Highlights

  • Graduated from UNC Chapel Hill
  • Have practiced as an OT in 5 different states
  • Came to Idaho as a traveling OT 20+ years ago

 One of my Favorite Professional Experiences…

As an OT, you are able to go anywhere and work in many different environments. One of my favorite OT experiences was while I was a traveling therapist on Cape Cod. I was there from Labor Day through the middle of December.

 

The day I arrived on the Cape, they were celebrating scallops with a scallop festival right down the road from my apartment! I discovered that seafood is not nearly as good inland after eating fresh from the ocean in New England.

 

I worked with many people that grew up and lived on the Cape their whole lives and was able to perform a home evaluation with one lady that lived in a typical “Cape Codder” home. This means, VERY steep stairs to the second level. She had to sit and slide gently down the stairs on her bottom because her balance was not completely recovered!

 

Part of an OT home evaluation is to assess safety in the kitchen. What better way to do that than have the person prepare CLAM CHOWDER! It was fantastic. The other memorable part of this assignment was seeing Christmas in New England. It was very Norman Rockwell.

Barbara Peterson OTR/L, CHT Occupational Therapy Assistant Faculty

Barbara Peterson BS, OTR/L, CHT

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Instructor

Office: Owen-Redfield Complex 330

(208) 282-4933

petebar2@isu.edu

Professional Work Experience:

Occupational Therapist - 37 years

Practice areas include acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, burn centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and on-site industry practice and private practice

Certified Hand Therapist – 26 years

Working with individuals with acquired and trauma related hand injuries

Skilled in orthotic fabrication and evaluation/treatment of complex hand problems

Certified in two methods of functional capacity evaluations for return to work issues

Affiliate faculty and Instructor at ISU in MOT and OTA programs

 

Personal Highlights:

  • I have been married for 36 years to my husband, Dr. Ted Peterson, who is a professor in the MOT program at ISU. We have three grown children and two grandchildren.
  • I have traveled extensively, having been to all 50 states, as well as several countries in Europe and Asia.
  • I have practiced Occupational Therapy/Hand therapy in five different states.

 

One of my favorite professional experiences….

I was working on the burn team in a hospital when an 18-year-old male was admitted with 68% of his body burned in a horrible car accident.  Two of his friends were also injured, one dying instantly, the other in a persistent coma.  This young man became my patient for many months on the burn unit, enduring dozens of surgeries, and eventually lost both of his legs.  We worked together on his recovery process on the burn unit, then on an inpatient rehabilitation unit, and finally as an outpatient.  I saw the worst of his ordeal, but also got to be a part of his recovery, seeing him compete in wheelchair racing events all over the United States, as well as Europe.  He now designs and builds competition racing chairs for athletes all over the world.  He met and married his wife, who was a nurse with the New Zealand Paralympic team.  The outcome of this tragic event could have been quite different, but he was able to overcome obstacles and find opportunities.  I like to think that Occupational Therapy had a part of this success story and that preparing future therapists will lead to more successes like this one.

 

 

Karlee Moeai, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor with her family

Karlee Moeai, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor

Office: Owen-Redfield Complex 243B

208-282-3437

moeakarl@isu.edu

Professional Work Experience:

  • Occupational Therapist - 5 years
  • Settings Include: Outpatient pediatrics, home health, and transitional rehab

 Career Highlights:

  • Graduated from the University of Utah, Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2012
  • Completed Sensory Integration Intensive Continuing Education course
  • Instructor, College of Technology OTA Program beginning in 2017

One of my Favorite Professional Experiences…

One of the things I love most about Occupational Therapy is the ability it gives me to help so many different people in so many different ways. If it matters to the person, I can help, and that is such a unique and wonderful thing regarding Occupational Therapy. My goal as an instructor is to be able to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to meet the needs of the individuals they will work with as Occupational Therapy Assistants. I want them to be purposeful, creative, smart and direct, and to have a client-centered, occupational-based approach. If each student graduates with confidence in their skills and has enthusiasm for their profession, I will consider our time together a success.

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