The American Occupational Therapy Association’s AOTA Annual Conference is one of the biggest and most exciting annual events for the Student Programs team of RehabCare/Kindred Rehabilitation Services. The conference draws thousands of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students from across the country and allows attendees to listen to guest lectures, network across the industry and discover new research and treatment methods. The conference is held in a different location every year, and this year it took place in the Music City of America – Nashville, Tennessee! With over 7,900 attendees, it broke a new record as the conference reached its 95th anniversary. Many believe that the amazing location was a big factor. This year, RehabCare/Kindred Rehabilitation Services was proud to be a Gold Sponsor. Additionally, we hosted an seminar where Jeanna Conder, Senior Director of Clinical Services presented “The Challenges of Evaluation and Treatment of Mental Illness in Post Acute Care” to a standing room only audience. The packed presentation received a phenomenal response. Our booth was just as successful, connecting with students, informing them about what we do and sharing the various opportunities we offer. This was Student Programs Manager Annie Belgeri’s first year in attendance. “When the doors first opened on Thursday night, the amount of people that flooded in was overwhelming! The energy was high and there was so much excitement in the air.” This was the eighth attendance for Lauren Brody-Terrill. The Student Programs Manager informed us that, “We had a lot of great involvement and representation in this year’s conference. All in all, this year was one of the best AOTA conferences I have attended. The AOTA does a wonderful job with the organization of the conference and we appreciate the opportunities they provide to us.” We would like to thank Barb Wallace, Senior Director of University Relations; Lauren Brody-Terrill, Student Programs Manager; Annie Belgeri, Student Programs Manager; Holly Crisp, Recruitment Specialist; and our fantastic team of operations and clinical specialists: Allen Johnson, Erik Painter, Angie Sylvan, Esther Elfrink, Staci Freudiger, Kathy Adkins, Leta Kant and Jeanna Conder. Thank you to Alex Gilles (Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis) and Aubrey Slocomb (Greenbriar in New Hampshire) who shared their unique perspective on moving from student intern to practicing therapist. You all contributed to the success of this event!
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