Meet the Faculty

 
Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Chair
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azachry@uthsc.edu

Dr. Anne Zachry, Assistant Professor and Chair of the UTHSC Department of Occupational Therapy, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She received a PhD in Educational Psychology & Research from the University of Memphis in 2010. Prior to joining the UTHSC Occupational Therapy faculty in 2013, Dr. Zachry practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years in a variety of pediatric settings, including the local public school system. Her research interests include enhancing infant and child development through the provision of occupational therapy services. Her books, “Retro Baby: Cut Back on all the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development with over 100 Time-Tested Activities” and “Retro Toddler: More Than 100 Old-School Activities to Boost Development” were published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Retro Baby” won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in 2013.

Jami Flick, MS, OTR/L

Jami Flick, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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jflick1@uthsc.edu

Jami is a graduate of the University of South Alabama (B.S. in Pre-Professional Health Science & M.S. in OT). She has clinical experience with adult and geriatric clients in acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient, and burn unit; as well as pediatric experience in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and outpatient rehabilitation. She serves as the Pi Theta Epsilon Faculty Advisor for the Delta Zeta Chapter. She has volunteered as an OT in the Dominican Republic and Haiti and is currently the fieldwork developer for the first-ever Bachelor’s Degree level OT and PT program in Haiti. She also previously served as the Alternate TN Delegate for the AOTA Representative Assembly. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Heath Science at Nova Southeastern University with an emphasis in global health. Ms. Flick holds the following certifications and training:  Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach Level I Provider and Nurturing Parenting Program - Trainer Certified.

 
Stephanie Lancaster, OTR/L, ATP

Stephanie Lancaster, MS, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Assistant Professor
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slancas4@uthsc.edu

Stephanie is a graduate of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis (BSOT) and also earned a Master’s of Science degree in Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Memphis. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Occupational Therapy Department in 2013. With over 27 years of experience in the field of OT, Stephanie has provided OT services to clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings and with diverse needs. She holds a specialty certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through the Rehab Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Stephanie hosts a podcast called On The air for individuals interested in occupational therapy. Her research interests center on the impact of technology in the clinical and educational arenas with an emphasis on instructional design and technology in teaching and learning for learners with diverse needs.

Anita Mitchell

Anita Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Professor
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amitchell@uthsc.edu

Dr. Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri in 1983 and a Master of Science degree with a specialty in pediatric occupational therapy from Boston University in 1989. She earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research (concentration in research) from the University of Memphis in 2012. Her practice experience is in pediatrics, and she has taught courses in pediatrics, neurology, and occupation-centered practice at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 1990. She joined the UTHSC OT faculty full time in 1992. She has published articles related to pediatrics and education in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and Occupational Therapy International. She has received awards for teaching and research during her tenure at the university. Her research interests include sensory processing, various aspects of fine motor development, and epistemic and ontological cognition of occupational therapy students. In 2015, Dr. Mitchell was named to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows in acknowledgement of her work in early intervention education, advocacy, and research.

Kendal Booker, MOT, OTR/L

Kendal Booker, MOT, OTR/L, CAPS
Instructor
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kfrazie6@uthsc.edu

Kendal is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (MOT), and completed her preliminary coursework at Mississippi State University. She recently completed a Faculty Scholars Program in geriatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Memphis. She joined the faculty as an instructor in January of 2015. Kendal’s practice experience with adults and geriatrics includes acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient; pediatrics experience includes outpatient & inpatient rehabilitation.  Her interests include providing innovative learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to promote best practices in adult and geriatric care. Ms. Booker holds the following certifications: Certified Aging in Place Specialist and Certified Interactive Metronome Provider. 

Courtney S. Sasse, MA EDL, MS OTR/L, MA DPS, CVD, CDWF

Courtney S. Sasse, MA EDL, MS OTR/L, MA DPS, CVD, CDWF
Instructor
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csasse@uthsc.edu

Courtney earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Troy University in 2003 and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama in 2011. In 2014, she graduated with a Master of Arts in Somatic Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She is a Doctoral Candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute with a research emphasis on alternative and integrative healing, hospice, and palliative care practices. Courtney’s area of expertise is mental health and geriatric practice. She holds certification as a Death Vigil Doula through the International End of Life Doula Association, and she is also a certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator. She has written, received, and facilitated grants through the Florida Department of Corrections, the Department of Education, and a variety of public and private foundations, including The Florida Governor’s Family Literacy Initiative and The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation. Her other publications include multiple chapters related to her areas of interest in Occupational Therapy in Community-Based Practice Settings, 2nd Edition. Additionally, she is the author of the Supplementary Instructor’s Guides for Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach and for Occupational Therapy in Community-Based Practice Settings, 2nd Edition.

Orli Weisser-Pike

Orli Weisser-Pike OTD, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, CAPS
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Assistant Professor

Orli Weisser-Pike is a doctor of occupational therapy with certification in low vision.  Since 2003, Dr. Weisser-Pike has specialized in treating people disabled by vision loss. She is assistant director of an ophthalmology low vision clinic and also owns a private practice in low vision. She has more than a decade of instructional experience in this topic to students and professional audiences. In 2013, Dr. Weisser-Pike received the American Occupational Therapy Association Recognition of Achievement Award for Leadership and Advancement in Low Vision. She is the co-chair of the subject matter expert committee in low vision therapy of the Academy for Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals, and is a reviewer for applicants seeking specialty certification in low vision from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Adjunct Faculty

Sandy Fletchall

Sandra Fletchall OTR/L, CHT, MPA, FAOTA
Assistant Professor

Sandy is an alumnus of University of Missouri-Columbia, where she graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1974. In 1982, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration Memphis State University. Sandy has practiced for over 40 years in burn rehabilitation and has attained numerous certifications across a spectrum of skills related to burns and physical rehabilitation, including upper extremity traumatic injuries, multiple segment amputees, crash injuries, spinal cord injuries, and work hardening capacity training.  In 2016, Sandy was awarded the Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award from American Burn Association.


lee photoLee Williams, OTD, OTR/L

Lee is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Occupational Therapy program (BS OT) and received his Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Quinnipiac University.  He has over 23 years of experience treating orthopedic, neurologic, and physical disabilities in adults, and he is Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and Physical Agent Modality (PAM) certified. Dr. Williams also has extensive experience with employment testing and work hardening and has the Workstep's certification for employment testing and for Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs). He currently serves as the vice-chair of the TNOTA West District.  His teaching interests include adult physical disabilities, and his research interests include the use of function-based activities in home programs and investigation of neurologic interventions for stroke rehabilitation.

Staff

Elaine Robinson

Elaine Robinson
Administrative Services Assistant
Phone: (901) 448-8393
Fax: (901) 448-7545
erobin28@uthsc.edu

Contacts

To find out more about occupational therapy as a career, interested students should contact practicing occupational therapists, visit their facilities, and talk with them directly.

To find out more about the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, you may contact Ms. Elaine Robinson.

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