Amy Jo Lamb, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA
AOTA Vice President
Dr. Lamb is the Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Michigan University, and owner of AJLamb Consulting. She is the immediate past chair of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC). She brings with her the valuable combination of clinical practice as a registered occupational therapist combined together with health care policy experience at the state and federal levels. Dr. Lamb’s expertise includes health policy, prevention and wellness, and occupational therapy as a career.
Dr. Lamb received both her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy and her post professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Lamb got her policy start in the Minnesota House of Representatives working with the Health Policy committee. She was the paid lobbyist for the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association from 2000-2008.
Dr. Lamb’s clinical practice spans from private practice, school based pediatrics, acute care, and elders. Prior to her current position she was an Outpatient Director with Brookdale Senior Living managing the outpatient therapy clinics and home health rehabilitation services in assisted living and independent living communities in the Denver Colorado area.
In 2012, Dr. Lamb was selected to join the AOTA Roster of Fellows. In 2011, she received the Lindy Boggs advocacy award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for her leadership in advocacy and political action in the profession of occupational therapy. Therapy Times included her on their Most Influential list for 2007 for her contributions at the state and federal level in advocacy and health policy development.
In her volunteer leadership positions, Dr. Lamb is part of the team that helps occupational therapy professionals understand the policy agenda of the association and the role they as health care professionals play in advocacy, she organizes the grassroots, educates others on issues, and spends time on the hill with members of Congress to meet the needs of the Association. Dr. Lamb speaks regularly to groups on health policy issues impacting practice and benefits of consumers and provides participants with practical ways to get involved in the process and make their voices heard. She currently resides outside of Dexter, Michigan with her husband Nathan and their two children Gabby (11) and Josh (9).
Congratulations to the practitioners and students across the globe doing your part in making OT widely recognized. Every day I pick up something new from Twitter followers. Below are my “tweets” from February 8-19 that are part of the 28 Occupational Therapy Professionals I'm Prepared to Represent as the Next Vice President of AOTA.
Feb 8 – Prepared to represent practitioners who believe our clinical judgment should drive therapy decisions and treatment. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 9 – Prepared to represent school based practitioners participating in RtI programs bringing OT to the forefront in gen education. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 10 – Prepared to represent practitioners and students making OT more “widely recognized” via today’s technology and social media. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 11 – Prepared to represent OT practitioners and students ready to repeal the Medicare Outpatient Part B Therapy Cap once & for all! Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 12 - Prepared to represent private practitioners who want to focus on providing access to quality services for populations served. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 13 - Prepared to represent the business side of where OT's practice and advocate for reasonable policies & regulations. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 14 – Prepared to represent OT practitioners, students, educators & researchers as we move the profession we LOVE forward in policy & practice! Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 15 – Prepared to represent OT practitioners looking for ways to incorporate wellness and prevention into their existing practice. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 16 – Prepared to represent OT practitioners and students seeking to increase OT’s power in the healthcare and education arenas. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 17 – Prepared to represent practitioners & students ready to return to the roots of OT through mental health practice. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 18 – Prepared to represent practitioners & students looking to expand the role of occupational therapy in community based practice. Vote@AOTAInc
Feb 19 – Prepared to represent practitioners & students ready to make OT an initiating service in home health with HH Flexibility Act. Vote@AOTAInc
.....find out more on twitter @amylambVP2012.
Elections close on February 28th!
Cast your vote and make your voice heard. It will make a difference in the future of our profession!