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- Ashley Fecht, OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Ashley Fecht joined Touro University Nevada in July 2011. She has provided occupational therapy services in the school district and in outpatient pediatric and adult clinics, and acute care settings. Her clinical expertise is the provision of child-based therapy for children with special needs. Her current research pursuits include constraint induced therapy, evaluation of occupational therapy assessments, and the effective provision of academic fieldwork coordination services.
Dr. Fecht obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with minors in Math, Biology, and Spanish. She received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy in 2004 from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Her culmination research project titled, “The effectiveness of constraint-induced therapy as a stroke intervention: A meta-analysis”, was published in Occupational Therapy in Health Care.
- Linda Frasier OTR/L, CLT, CEAS
Professor Linda Frasier OTR/L, CLT, CEAS has been an occupational therapist for 9 ½ years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and has specialty certifications in Lymphedema and Ergonomics. Professor Frasier also has certifications with a variety of neuro-technology such as the Bioness H200 and the Saebo. She has experience working in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Professor Frasier will receive her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in December 2012, where she has focused advancing her education in the area of academia as well as international studies and cultural immersion in China.
- Julie Trent Honan, MS, OTR/L
Professor Honan joined Touro University Nevada in March 2006 and has occupational therapy expertise working with adults who have physical and neurological disabilities. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Psychology and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. Her occupational therapy practice experience includes practice management and leadership roles and treatment of the working age adult as well as the older adult and the occupational performance needs of those populations.
Professor Honan taught adult and older adult coursework within the program before she assumed the position of Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in November 2009. She continued as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator until June 2011.
- Cynthia Lau, PhD, OTR/L, BCP
Dr. Lau has taught in the School of Occupational Therapy curriculum since its beginning in 2005. Dr. Lau assumed a regular part-time faculty position in 2007 and shares her expertise in child-based assessment and treatment in a broad array of child-based topics in the 2nd session of the curriculum. She has conducted an ongoing research project related to childhood obesity and health promotion through the Henderson Parks and Recreation department for the past two years and involves occupational therapy students in the project. Dr. Lau is board certification in pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Dr. Lau received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkley, in 1986. Her Master of Science in occupational therapy degree was completed through San Jose State University in 1990. Dr. Lau received her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001. Her dissertation related to teacher facilitation during computer activities to improve social interaction of preschool children in inclusive classrooms.
- Shannon Martin, OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Martin joined Touro University Nevada in December 2010. Her clinical experience is primarily in inpatient rehabilitation and hospital-based settings working with adults and older adults with physical disabilities. She also has a background working with occupational therapy students as a fieldwork educator and clinical/fieldwork education coordinator. Dr. Martin has specialized in stroke rehabilitation and is Neuro-IFRAH certified.
Dr. Martin received her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Boston University in 2002, her Master’s in Health Science from the University of Florida in 2009, and her doctorate in occupational therapy from Boston University in 2011. Her doctoral project focused on best practice guidelines for occupational therapist working in stroke rehabilitation.
- Yvonne M. Randall, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Director
Dr. Randall joined Touro University Nevada in July 2005 following several months of consulting work on behalf of development of the program of occupational therapy education. She was the founding Academic Clinical Coordinator and assumed the director position for the School of Occupational Therapy in November 2009. Dr. Randall brings experience in leadership, fieldwork education, classroom instruction and student supervision. She has extensive education and background in early childhood development. She has taught Special Education courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and occupational therapy courses at Nova Southeastern University and Idaho State University. At the College of Southern Nevada she taught courses in Occupational Therapy Assisting (OTA) theory and treatment and occupational science courses at Nevada State College.
Dr. Randall received her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1987, her Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Chapman University in 1994, and her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2006. Her dissertation related to service delivery trends in early intervention. Currently, Dr. Randall serves as the Speaker of the Representative Assembly for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). In this role she also is a member of the AOTA Board of Directors.
- William Wrightsman, MSOTR/L
Professor Wrightsman joined Touro University Nevada in 2009. His previous experiences include extensive management and leadership positions in the corporate world. Professor Wrightsman’s clinical background is in physical dysfunction and rehabilitation working with adults and older adult populations. His teaching responsibilities focus on adult and older adult populations along with the analysis of movement course.
Professor Wrightsman received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Oregon. He received his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2007 where he was a member of the schools inaugural class.