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The Modern OT's

The Modern OT's

By The Modern OT
Hi! Welcome to the Modern OT Podcast! This is the podcast where we define occupational therapy, highlight how students are advocating
OT and advice from OT’s in the profession. We are your hosts Sarieni and Laura here to guide you in understanding the modern definition of OT.
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17- Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Healthcare (w/ The 3 Vertebaes, OTR, SPT, OMS)
In today's episode we have 3 best friends who run the Instagram account @the3vertebaes. They are promoting interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare and educating on their individual professions! Teresa is an OTR/L, Christy is an OMS, and Val is an SPT. We discuss the work/ student balance with content creation for their page, cultural relevancy in healthcare, and much more! Tune in to the full episode to hear all about it!!   Go give these ladies a follow on Instagram @the3vertebaes and Val has a student account where she shares her study notes from school that are super helpful for us OT's as well. You can check it out @studywithanspt  Additionally, here is a list of resources recommended from The 3 Vertebaes:  Teresa, OTR/L: 1- Book: Thanks For The Feedback- She recommends this for anyone wanting to reflect on how to give, receive, and respond to feedback. It's especially helpful when going into fieldwork or for anything else in life! 2- Podcast: The OT Exam Prepper- Helpful for studying for the NBCOT!!  Val, SPT: 1- Podcast: The NPTE Clinical Files- To help her study for the Physical Therapy board exam 2- Podcast: 2 Docs with 2 Cents- There are 2 physical therapists who run this and they talk about controversial topics in the healthcare community.  Christy, OMS: Instagram: Kellytakesmedicine- A medical student account for going over all the resources you would need to start off medical school     
March 5, 2021
16 - Arthritis Life, Education and Occupational Therapy: Embracing the Process of Chronic Illness (w/ Cheryl Crow, OTR/L)
In this episode we have Cheryl Crow, OTR/L share her diagnosis of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She founded Arthritis life that inspires, educates, and interviews specialists on how to cope while living with a chronic illness. Cheryl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Cheryl highlights the stigmas of RA, dealing with anxiety and student insights. To connect with Cheryl  Instagram @Arthritis_Life_Cheryl Youtube Channel Arthritis Life Facebook Page Arthritis Life Podcast Twitter @Realcc TikTok @arthritislife
February 26, 2021
15 - Embracing your Identity as a Practitioner (w/ Jennifer Martinez OTR/L)
In today’s episode, we have a Jennifer Martinez OTR/L a pediatric occupational therapist. Jennifer discussed a range of diagnoses to expect in a pediatric setting. Jennifer provides some insight into constraint-induced movement therapy as the only occupational therapist in her unit. We cover finances, purposes and study resources for students.
October 3, 2020
14- Leveraging as a Student In Healthcare ( w/ Andrew Gillihan, SPT , MK, CSCS)
In today's episode we have a non-traditional student Physical Therapist. Andrew's niche interest is in men's pelvic and mental health for veterans. We discuss his journey into deciding on physical therapy, ways that he leverages as a student to combat debt, his unique day to day lifestyle and mindset, and much more! Tune in to hear all of Andrew's Insights and advice!  Give him a follow on insta @stoicphysiotherapy.spt You can also find more of his content through his websites listed below!  1- 2- Let us know who YOU want to hear on our future episodes! DM us on insta @themodernot_podcast !
September 19, 2020
13 - PT Doodler and Pilates OT (w/ Andy Tseng, OTR/L , DPT)
In this episode, we have Andy Tseng is a Pilates Instructor and licensed occupational and physical therapist with a dual degree from the University of Saint Augustine. Andy shares his journey by coming to the US as an exchange student and looking for his passion.  Andy started a certification which led him to use Pilates under the scope of OT. Andy dives into his business ventures as the PT Doodler which is content creation for other therapists. Tune in to hear the full episode! You don't want to miss this one! To reach out to Andy, you can find him on IG @pt_doodler  His website: To reach out to us, you can go to our IG @themodernot_podcast Your Hosts: Sarieni and Laura
September 12, 2020
12 - Connecting the Dots (w/ Sara Wilkinson, SOTA)
In today's episode we chat with Sara who is a student occupational therapist assistant (SOTA) and Sarieni’ s classmate. We discuss Sara’s journey into occupational therapy, adapting to the demands of school, and raising  two young children. Tune in to hear the full episode! 
September 5, 2020
11- The Call To Serve Others In The Military ( w/ Willie J. Haynes , MOT, OTR/L)
Want to learn more about Occupational Therapy in the military? Well this is the right episode for you! Willie is an experienced outpatient OT in the air force who is working towards being a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). We discuss his daily schedule at work, how he found got into OT services in the military, and much more! Tune in to hear the rest! It's worth the time!  As usual, if you guys want to reach out to Willie, you can email him at 
August 28, 2020
10- A Student's Passion for Neuro OT (w/ Haley, OTS- The Nerdy Neuro OT)
In today's episode we have Haley who is in charge of the insta platform @thatnerdyneuroot.  She is passionate about the niche of neuro OT and discusses her story about how she fell in love with it. We also discuss her work/ life balance as a graduate assistant, and much more! Tune in to hear the full episode! You don't want to miss this one!  As always, if you have any questions about the diverse field of neuro OT definitely reach out to Haley and give her a follow! She is doing great things on her page! Check it out @thatnerdyneuroot 
August 21, 2020
9 -Narrowing Your Niche (w/Heather Mitchel , OTR/L , CHT)
In this episode, we chat with Heather Mitchell OTR/L a certified hand therapist. Heather shares her journey on becoming a CHT. She shares advice to students who want to become a CHT as a new grad. Heather gives her perspective and what typical day looks like during the transition of the pandemic.  Tune in to listen to the full episode. Don't forget to leave us a review and subscribe so you never have to miss an episode! You can reach Heather at  As always, you can find us on IG @themodernot_podcast
August 14, 2020
8 - Control the Controllables (w/Shoneia Jones, OTS)
In this episode, we chat with Shoneia Jones who is a student occupational therapist at the University of Missouri. Shoneia shares her story into occupational therapy. She gives some insights into the application cycle and the transition from the classroom to online during the pandemic. Tune in to listen to the full episode! To connect with Shoneia @shotheot To subscribe to her YouTube click the link below Don't forget to leave us a review and subscribe so you never have to miss an episode! As always, you can find us on IG @themodernot_podcast
August 7, 2020
7- Forming An Online Business In Pediatric OT (w/ OT For Me Box)
In today's episode we have Christine and Mikkayla who are two pediatric occupational therapists. They are two good friends who teamed up to form their online business OT For Me Box. We discuss the differences between school-based and outpatient pediatrics, the details of Christine and Mikkayla's online business, and much more! Tune in to listen to the full episode!  If you guys have additional questions for Christine and Mikkayla you can find them on Instagram:  
July 27, 2020
6- How to Stand Out on OTCAS as a Pre-OT (w/Samantha W, OTS)
In this episode, we chat with Samantha W who is a pre-OT student and will be attending OT school in the fall. Samantha discusses her journey that led her to occupational therapy and advocating for the profession. Samantha has an amazing platform in helping students master their personal statements along with sharing tricks and tips about the application process. She also shares what she is doing to prepare for school this upcoming fall term. To connect with Samantha @ot_samantha  Don't forget to leave us a review and subscribe so you never have to miss an episode! As always, you can find us on IG @themodernot_podcast To connect with laura @laura_thefuturemsot To connect with Sarieni @sarithesota
July 10, 2020
5 - New Beginnings as a New Grad (w/Irene Christoforou, OTR/L).
In this episode, we chat with one of Laura’s friends and recent graduate Irene Christoforou. She discusses her discovery into occupational therapy, the journey of applying to OT school and fieldwork experiences also her study tips and tricks. Irene keeps it real and shares her current study routine as she prepares for the NBCOT. Resources for NBOT OT Miri  TherapyEd  AOTA PDF’s Occupational Therapy Examination Review Guide you (find on amazon) As always, you guys can also find us on  IG @themodernot_podcast To connect with laura @laura_thefuturemsot To connect with Sarieni @sarithesota
July 3, 2020
4 - Being A Parent While In COTA School (w/ Chelsea Kong, SOTA)
4- In today's episode we have one of Sarieni's classmates Chelsea. She discusses how she found OT, parenting in COTA school, moving from Jamaica to the U.S, going back to school. etc. She has an amazing story to tell, tune in to hear more about it! Go reach out to Chelsea Kong, SOTA : IG @ carscotty if you guys have any questions for her!  As always, you guys can also find us on  IG @themodernot_podcast    
June 26, 2020
3- Flow in Occupational Therapy (w/Micheal Jankowski, OTR/L)
In today's episode, we are joined by Michael Jankowski, a pediatric occupational therapist and the owner of Flow Occupational Therapy. Michael discusses his passion for engaging children with autism to live a meaningful life. He gives his insights about starting an online business, educating others in OT, and the meaning of serving others. Michael shares how to navigate parents in adaptive learning for children with ADHD, Sensory Integration, and Autism. Tune in to hear the full episode!  To connect with Mike click HERE IG: @flowtherapyot  FB: Flow Occupational Therapy  Twitter:@flowtherapyot Don't forget to leave us a review and follow us @themodern_podcast To connect with Sarieni @sarithesota To connect with Laura @laura_thefuturemsot
June 19, 2020
2- Virtual Health Coach Advocating For Chronic Illness (w/ Taylor Yenko, OTR/L)
In today's episode we have Taylor, a new grad from OT school. We discuss how school was through covid, how it is to be a new grad taking the NBCOT soon, her journey with chronic illness in OT school, how she is advocating for chronic illness in occupational therapy, and much more! Tune in to hear the full episode!  To reach out to Taylor, you can find her on IG @growthandgracewellness  To reach out to us, you can go to our IG @themodernot_podcast Your Hosts: Sarieni and Laura    
June 12, 2020
1-Why The Modern OT? (w/ Sarieni (SOTA) and Laura (OTS))
In today’s episode, we discuss how we met and our journey into the occupational therapy profession. Our goal of the podcast is to define occupational therapy, provide insights from OT’s in the profession, and highlight how students advocate occupational therapy. We are both so excited to have you all on this journey with us!  Tune in for future episodes! Follow us on IG: @themodern_podcast Follow Sari @ sarithesota
May 31, 2020
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May 29, 2020