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W.E.L.L. Matters Podcast
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W.E.L.L. Matters is a podcast created by Heidi MacAlpine, Joshua Falk, and Christine Kappel-Gray. This podcast aims to connect health and wellness professionals as well as communities on a national and international level via an exchange of ideas and conversations about various topics.

Meet the Podcast Creators

Professor Heidi MacAlpine, MS, OTR/L has been a pediatric Occupational Therapist for more than 25 years. She is also a mental health and pediatric Fieldwork Educator at Stony Brook University and Touro College. She is passionate about educating students, clients and the community on different techniques for living a healthy lifestyle, and about promoting health and wellness within the community (clinic, fieldwork, and schools).

Joshua Falk, OTS and Christine Kappel-Gray, OTS are currently third year students in Stony Brook University's Masters of Occupational Therapy program. They both have a strong interest in practicing occupational therapy in a community-based mental health setting. Joshua was also a recipient of the 2018 NYSOTA Endowed Scholarship.


Episode 1: Flo Hannes and Connecting to the AOTA 2025 Vision

In the W.E.L.L. Matters Podcast debut, Flo Hannes, MS, OTR, FAOTA explains why OT is the most phenomenal profession and shares tips for expanding beyond one's own limitations and bringing a mental health perspective to any setting. This episode is all about caring, compassion, conversation, and problem-solving.


Episode 2: Karen Jacobs on Advocacy and Involvement

In this powerful interview with Karen Jacobs, EdD, OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA, you will learn simple, yet powerful strategies for propelling yourself, your career, and the profession of occupational therapy forward. Karen shares easy to implement ideas for becoming an advocate, her clever Business Card Challenge, and tips for keeping up with research and making it part of your practice routine even as life and professional obligations become more demanding. Students, clinicians, and faculty alike will pick up some fantastic tips from this inspiring podcast. To learn more about Karen, visit her blog at


Episode 3: Connecting and Collaborating with Family Service League

In this episode, Heidi encourages us to expand our thinking and become beacons of light for the profession of occupational therapy. Heidi connects and collaborates with Family Service League President & CEO, Karen Boorshtein, LCSW, to discuss FSL's brand new Health and Wellness Center and the multitude of programs they provide to support the community and address issues like homelessness and the opioid crisis. Joshua and Christine speak about their recent and rewarding non-traditional fieldwork experience at FSL. This podcast inspires us to become more active in community mental health, and to use our skills and expertise to create fulfilling, non-traditional experiences.


Episode 4: Patricia Precin and OT's Role in Mental Health

Meet award-winning occupational therapist, educator, author, and licensed psychoanalyst, Patricia Precin, PhD, PsyaD, NCPsyA, LP, OTR/L, FAOTA. In this riveting episode, she imparts three decades of experience working in mental health, and shares groundbreaking ideas like lucid dreaming as a tool to guide treatment and help patients heal. A true champion of the profession, Patricia will encourage you to think more broadly about your career, and help you find the perfect OT job by interviewing for and accepting positions where OT doesn’t even exist. She used a similar approach when developing the SPOTS (Sustainable Population-Based Occupational Therapy Sites) model to help students create their own sustainable Level II fieldwork sites - a must-listen for clinicians, educators and Fieldwork Coordinators everywhere.


We'd love to have YOU as a guest on the podcast! How are you working toward AOTA Vision 2025? Are you passionate about your area of practice? If you are interested in sharing your ideas with us, and being interviewed by the Podcast Team, please email Can't wait to hear from you!

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