I love watching it when students "get it", get more excited, passionate and confident in the knowledge translation when they take what they are learning and are able to effectively put it into clinical practice. Hearing personal stories from students about how they were able to make a difference in their patients and clients lives is incredibly rewarding!
Megan graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Exercise Science and a Psychology Minor in 2010, then obtained a MS in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University in 2012. In her initial years as an occupational therapist, she worked in a multitude of settings focused on adult populations, including acute care, long term care, work site injury prevention, and outpatient ortho/neuro/post-concussion, but always felt drawn to mental and behavioral health, wellness, and pain management. This led to Megan obtaining certification as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through ISPI/EIM in 2017, which she followed by achieving Fellowship in Pain Sciences, also through ISPI/EIM, in 2020. In addition, she has certification as an Applied Prevention Health Promotion Therapist. She currently practices in an inpatient rehabilitation setting in Boise, ID, also providing routine training in holistic pain management to both nursing and therapy staff. Megan thrives on being an educator, routinely presenting at both local and national conferences as well as teaching courses on pain and wellness topics within the scope of occupational therapy and to a broader healthcare audience. She is also an active member of both AOTA and the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association, of which she is currently President-Elect.