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Wendy Tremaine MiOTA Member Spotlight:
WENDY TREMAINE, Ph.D., OTR/L


Dr. Wendy Tremaine is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Michigan-Flint.
 
She earned her Bachelor of Science in OT from the Medical College of Georgia (now part of Augusta University) and a Master of Arts in O.T. from the University of Southern California. She specialized in pediatrics and completed a fellowship at the Ayres Clinic. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Georgia.
 
Wendy researched many different healthcare careers before settling on being an OT. She says, “OT appealed to me because it used meaningful activities as the primary “intervention strategy.”I love collaborating with clients, families, and other professionals to determine efficacious strategies to help people maximize their independence and engage in relevant occupations.”
 
Outside work, Wendy serves on the Board of a volunteer dog rescue and of a turtle rescue.She is also a proud Mom of two rescue dogs. She is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys yoga and Pilates. Wendy exclaimed, “I just moved to Michigan last summer, so I am having fun learning about my new resident state!”
 
Prior to coming to Michigan, she was an entrepreneur and co-developed an OT Program when she joined a private practice with a SLP. They eventually had an interdisciplinary summer camp and preschool program.
 
Wendy is a member of MIOTA and MOTEC. Wendy says, “MIOTA rocks!” She believes that the volunteer leadership does an incredible job advocating for our profession and keeping informed of current issues and trends in the field. She believes that the practice context changes continually and it is important for members to participate in advancing OT. As a member, she asserts, “We have so much to offer and it’s vital that we educate the community about what OT brings to the table in traditional healthcare, community practice, and emerging practice areas.”
 
If you would like to be highlighted or would like to nominate a MIOTA member, please email us at website@miota.org
 

MiOTA's Statement on Inclusion and Diversity

Amidst the suffering that the state of Michigan has experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we now join the nation in grieving the deaths of Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Most recently, the murder of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis has revealed the virus of racism that has been present through our society largely unseen and unaddressed for decades. The murders of Ms. Taylor, Mr. Arbery, and Mr. Floyd have unleashed a massive protest movement across the country. These protests are the expression of years of pent-up frustration with racism and inequality.

As an association and members of a profession that espouses the ideals of inclusion, diversity, and occupational justice we cannot remain silent regarding the events of the past week. Our actions and inactions send a strong message about what we think and what we believe. The structural violence and systemic racism that has existed for years within our nation has once again been brought to light with the unnecessary killings of Mr. Arbery, Ms. Taylor, and  Mr. Floyd. In addition, over the past two and half months, in the State of Michigan and across the nation, we have been witness to the disparities and equities as African Americans die in greater numbers due to COVID-19.

We must openly denounce the attitudes and beliefs that result in yet another person of color being killed at the hands of those who are charged with serving and protecting. We must also work to address the medical and economic crisis that exists in marginalized communities of color. Our professional commitment to inclusion, diversity, and occupational justice requires that we not only have conversations about occupational justice but that we act to address the social conditions that restrict what people can do and what they can be. As occupational therapy professionals, we must be agents of healing for individual bodies, for our communities, for our state, and for our society.


The MiOTA Conference Planning Committee is excited to announce that the 2020 conference will be virtual.

MiOTA is committed to offering continuing education opportunities to its members and given the state of the COVID situation and the amount of unrest in our communities it is vital we plan accordingly. The conference planning committee is busy planning for the change in format which still occur September 24-26, 2020. Sessions will occur “synchronous”. The sessions will be recorded for viewing “asynchronous” at a later time period.

Speakers will be contacted formally in the next few weeks. We have modified the exhibitor opportunities as well. 
 

MiOTA's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MiOTA is aware of the concerns many of you have regarding the impact of COVID-19 on your personal and professional life.  Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Michigan, many questions and concerns have been submitted to our association. This is a difficult time for all of us and rest assured your professional association volunteer leadership in collaboration with our lobbyist, Bret Marr and the AOTA Regulatory Affairs committee have been collaborating to answer questions and provide resources.

We are actively working with AOTA and our state legislators to support our profession and, by extension, our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Information is frequently changing so our volunteer team is doing our best to fully review all of it for accuracy before we share it with you. 

Additional COVID-19 resources are located for MiOTA members and non-members alike under the Advocacy Updates webpage.

General information on professional responses to COVID-19 can be found on AOTA’s website for members and non-members alike: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19.aspx.

The American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is offering a series of free educational webinar resources featuring "experts from the Tele-Medicine industry to provide clear and up-to-date information regarding telemedicine and remote monitoring in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation during the COVID-19 crisis": https://acrm.org/resources/coronavirus-pandemic/acrm-pandemic-webinar-series/?fbclid=IwAR06yrGS5RSIAimR3zBakDXwpOFRsRJEpJnfrrIHyNHwmlp-ld2mRTFZAis

If you are currently practicing or transitioning to telehealth therapies, please make sure to verify telehealth benefits with each insurance providers.    

For additional information on telehealth, please log into your MiOTA account and visit the COVID-19 & Telehealth webpage.

 

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