Dear Fellow OT/OTA’s,

The ArizOTA Neuro Special Interest Section (SIS) has recently reviewed numerous assessments that are potentially used for evaluations and outcome measures in reporting disability and progress for Medicare (G-codes) and other payer sources. We have developed a short questionnaire and are asking you to complete it and return to us so we may determine the assessments currently in use and assessments that therapists would like to learn more about or how to administer. One of our main goals is to familiarize the Arizona OT’s with our Assessment Tool Comparison Worksheet and make it available as a resource for all.

Please take a few minutes of your time (less than 10) to complete this short survey and return it to us by March 9, 2015.

Read more: Neuro Special Interest Section Questionnaire

I hope that everyone had a good holiday season and a great start to the New Year. I wanted to make an announcement to our ArizOTA members: Our current President-Elect, Oaklee Rogers has chosen to step down from taking the President's position in July. Oaklee and her husband have exciting news and will become first time parents this summer. Let's congratulate them. Oaklee will be enjoying her new role as a mom, but is also looking forward to still being active with ArizOTA. If any of you are interested in this position or know someone who would be, please send in their name to our nomination committee to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sincerely,
Jodi Lindstrom, OTR/L, CEAC
ArizOTA President
 



 

The 2015 ArizOTA Recognition Awards Call for Nominations is now officially open! Take the opportunity to nominate a fellow therapist who is deserving of recognition. All nominations are due by July 21st, 2015 and will be awarded at the 2015 Annual Fall State Conference in September. For detailed awards information and the official Nomination Form click here.




The 2015 ArizOTA Conference Committee is now accepting submissions for spring and fall conference presentations.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, November 14th, 2014.

Download the Call for Papers via the Link Below: http://www.arizota.org/downloads/ArizOTA_2015_CallforPapers.docx

Thanks and we look forward to hearing back from you!

Sarah Sharp
ArizOTA Vice President and Conference Co-Chair




ArizOTA would like to welcome Lisa M. Walters as she takes on the leadership role of heading the ArizOTA Tucson Special Interest Section. Lisa may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ArizOTA would also like to thank Pat Trossman for her many dedicated years as the head of this SIS and for all that she has done to create and maintain such a valuable resource for OT practitioners in Southern Arizona. Thank you, Pat!




Dear Fellow Colleagues and ArizOTA Members:

It is with great enthusiasm and honor that we announce that the previously open position of Treasurer-Elect has been filled. This 1-year term will be served by Tamara Turner, MSOT, OTR/L, AAS-OTA.

The ArizOTA Executive Board reviewed Tamara’s bio, which is provided below, at the Executive Board Meeting on 09/17/2014. A unanimous vote was passed at that meeting to appoint Tamara to the vacant position.

"Tamara Turner, MSOT, OTR/L, AAS-OTA, is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Brown Mackie College (BMC). Additionally she works per diem in physical rehabilitation. As an educator she focuses on empowering her students with education, skills, and professional responsibility needed as an OT practitioner. Tamara advises students as they participate in volunteer opportunities, advocate for the profession, fundraise, and organize social events. Tamara Turner holds a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University (2010). Prior to returning to grad school, Tamara worked as an occupational therapy assistant for ten years. Her experience has been in the physical disabilities setting with a passion for neuro rehab. She is currently working on a Doctorate Degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education and is currently enrolled in a financial resource and decision-making course. Tamara’s strengths include good organization skills and detail oriented. When she is away from her students and her patients, she volunteers with a local girls club, is an active church member, enjoys traveling with her family, and is a master Yahtzee player."




The American Occupational Therapy Association is seeking motivated and experienced candidates, with a strong background in state policy issues, for the immediate opening of a State Policy Analyst position.

Interested in the position, or know a qualified applicant? Click the link below for a detailed job description, candidate requirements, benefit information, and application instructions.

http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Work/State-Policy-Analyst.aspx

Thank you,
Jodi Lindstrom, OTR/L
ArizOTA President