My last 18 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Occupational Therapy have been wonderful! I had the opportunity to learn and work with the BEST group of faculty, staff and students in the country. I benefited from the mentorship and partnership of many, and have learned more about the profession of occupational therapy than I ever could have imagined. It has been amazing!
But it is time to shake things up and take on a new adventure! I love working as an occupational therapy practitioner and one of the best things about working in our profession is that you can find so many ways to contribute. So, I am proud to share that I have accepted a new position as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. I will conclude my work at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Occupational Therapy on December 15th and start my new job in Houston on January 3rd.
M.D. Anderson Center is the premiere cancer treatment and research center in the country. The Department of Rehabilitation Services employs approximately 50 occupational and physical therapists at its main campus and six satellite centers in Texas. There are plans to expand the Department as over 300 beds are added to the inpatient facility and the Department will grow to over 70 FTE’s in the next year or two.
As the Director of Rehabilitation Services I will have the opportunity to further promote the department’s exisitng involvement in both clinical research and scholarship. Further I will be challenged to develop and expand both local and national partnerships and collaborations as well as continuing to foster the high level of quality care provided by the excellent staff. I plan to continue my involvement in research activities (although it may take new directions) and to continue to publish, teach, and remain heavily involved in AOTA activities!
I am also VERY excited to be responsible for the physical therapy services at M.D. Anderson. I had the opportunity to make several visits M.D. Anderson during my interview process and was SO impressed with the physical therapy staff (as well as the occupational therapy staff!)! I began my career in inpatient rehabilitation and I am looking forward to returning to work in an interdisciplinary environment, being exposed to clients every day and to working with the EXCELLENT PT and OT staff! Look for lots of posts sharing the exciting and collaborative work that we'll all be doing together in Houston!
Also expect lots of questions as I will have a big learning curve! Thank Goodness for this network!
This transition is my effort at "Living Life to It's Fullest" and to "Move Forward" because physical therapy "brings motion to life!"
Houston, here I come!
Congratulations! Houston is not only my hometown, but also a fantastic city. It also has better weather and much better sports teams. I know you will love MD Anderson, as they do fantastic work there. Good luck in your transition!
P.S. Don't forget to bring your cowboy hat and boots!
This is absolutely fantastic news and I wish you well in your new adventures. I have always been impressed with that facility and the wonderful work that goes on there.
I hope that you continue to write frequently and tell us all about the exciting tasks that you will encounter.