My name is Ryan and I’ve been an Occupational Therapist for 5 years. I started in a SNF for about a year and transitioned to the hospital setting where I’ve been involved in acute care/inpatient rehabilitation ever since. I thought that I would continue striving with excellence that I had when I started. Every time I attended a conference, an after work continuing education event, or any type of course over a weekend I came back with the therapist “high” that I was going to be the best therapist I can be. The incredible blogs that I’ve read over the years in addition to the tireless, relentless work that you see other Occupational Therapist out there doing. Moreover, I stopped challenging myself to be a better therapist. I stopped reading articles, I stopped looking at research, I stopped communicating with my professional organizations.
This blog is to give myself that shot to rethink, refocus, and continue to motivate myself and hopefully evolve into understanding new perspectives of OT. I’m a very introverted person. Some people are surprised to learn that; I would say when it comes to working through problems I’ve never been the most team-oriented person and it’s been a large weakness. I think that I was drawn to blogging, video, and social media to interact with a larger audience of like-minded clinicians in order to discuss new, different ideas.
What topics do you think you’ll write about? Anything and everything related to OT or areas that complement OT will be on the table. We are limited by our own limitations as therapists and we should strive to integrate new ideas even if it seems unrelated or uncomfortable at first.
Who would you love to connect with via your blog? I want to connect with like-minded therapists – no matter the discipline to share information, knowledge, ideas about disrupting
What will things look like next year? For now I’m excited to present my own ideas and hope that larger discussion and responses occur as a result. I’d love to get into Podcasting. I love to listen to interesting conversations and it would be cool to get involved further in audio and video. I’ve discovered other great OTs over the years however I think that there’s even more content and different perspective I’d love to hear and learn from!