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Member Spotlight: Heidi MacAlpine

Sunday, October 28, 2018  
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Member Spotlight: Heidi MacAlpine

Heidi MacAlpine is a phenom in the field of occupational therapy, and her dedication and commitment to the profession know no bounds. After over twenty-five years as an OT, she still spends as much time learning, growing and evolving as she does mentoring, coaching and inspiring. We talked to Heidi about her passion for sharing ideas and promoting the profession on a global level. Here's what she had to say:

Throughout my 25+ years as an occupational therapist, I have realized the importance of advocating for our profession and promoting social justice and inclusion beyond my practice and into different communities on a local and global level. I have been able to expand my thinking through mutual partnerships and interprofessional collaboration with universities and various organizations. Karen Jacobs and the Boston University OTD program have played a significant role in changing my perspective on OT's role in the community and the places we can go to be of service. The eagerness and willingness of the fieldwork students from Stony Brook University and Touro College that I have supervised have given me the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion. The students and I will be starting a podcast this year to reach students and professionals on a national and global level. The podcasts will be a great way to share information in our profession to gain more partnerships to promote health and wellbeing.

Heidi's Radio Interview
Heidi recently participated in a Professional Roundtable radio show where she shared her vision for OT and the importance of working in both the biomedical and health and wellness models.

Click here to listen to her radio interview.

More About Heidi:
Heidi is the Creator and Chair of our soon-to-be-launched NYSOTA Podcast.

She will also be presenting her course "Back to the Future? Perspectives on How to Keep it Real and Relatable in a Non-Traditional Community-Based Fieldwork Setting" at this year's NYSOTA State Conference on Saturday, November 10. Click here to register for the event.

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