“Penelope was an answer to a prayer,” says Broadfoot, a 2004 graduate from the UAB School of Health Professions’ MSOT and Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation programs. “She gained low vision rehab experience at UAB, so she was a great fit for my practice.”
Together, Broadfoot and Helms are harnessing their UAB Department of Occupational Therapy education to serve their community—and teach each other along the way.
Now Mazurenko is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses in human resource management, strategic management, and introduction to health care systems.
“My perspective is somewhat unique,” Mazurenko explains. “As a physician I have deep understanding of health care delivery from a clinical perspective. As a health care management researcher I have in-depth knowledge of the health care field from a technical point of view.”
“Not that thirty is old,” she insists. “I was teaching as an anatomy instructor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Through that role I had the opportunity to do some teaching in the PA program, which really caused me to explore the PA profession.”
Caruthers, who now teaches in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and works clinically in the Emergency Medicine Department at UAB Hospital/UAB Highlands, had never considered any profession besides medicine.
Wang currently works as a clinical director at Advance Rehabilitation in Rockmart, GA. He recently became a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic surgery through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities, a distinction that less that 10% of all US phsyical therapists can claim. He will begin his new job at the Chinese Olympic Training center this fall.
Wang first discovered physical therapy in 1996, while competing in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. “I met a physical therapist who worked for the swimming events,” Wang recalls. “I was very impressed by his skills. Before I met that PT, I only knew that I wanted to be a specialist who could help people recover from injuries. After meeting him, I decided to be a physical therapist.”
Jeffcoat came to the UAB School of Health Professions in 1992. “In order to become a Registered Dietitian, nutrition students must complete a 9-month Dietetic Internship to sit for the Registration Exam,” she explains. “My professors at Samford spoke very highly of the program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I liked that the UAB internship had a more clinical focus, as many of the Dietetic Internships at that time focused more on food service.”
Twenty years after earning her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nipp returned to school to specialize her knowledge. Now, after earning her Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Postprofessional M.S. in Occupational Therapy, she is the sole provider of outpatient low vision rehabilitation services at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.
In fact, she’s the reason that the facility has a Low Vision Rehabilitation program at all.
“I started my own staffing firm in 2007,” explains 39-year-old Dover. “In 2012, I merged my company with The Coding Center, a division of Doozer Software, Inc. The new firm now operates as HIM Connections, LLC.”
Dover’s company specializes in Health Information Management and Health Information Technology, providing recruitment and staffing services to hospitals and healthcare organizations across the nation. “I use the knowledge I gained at UAB each day when I speak with healthcare professionals about their staffing challenges. My education and experience are critical to understanding the specific needs of the clients and candidates we serve.”
When it comes to global health, not everything has to be mission trips and hand-delivered packages of medicine. Some of the cause’s most influential work happens across a desk or over the phone. For Kim Bush, Director of Life Sciences Partnerships (LSP) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and life-long advocate for the advancement of global health, making a difference means establishing strong relationships with the right people around the world.
"I’m helping to solve some of healthcare’s toughest issues,” says Bush, a 1976 graduate of UAB’s M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program. “I’m a results-oriented individual with a passion for global health.”
You might be familiar with Bush’s employer. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is recognized as one of the most powerful charitable organizations in the world, contributing over $28 billion toward efforts in global development since its creation in 1997. The foundation stresses the importance of innovation through collaborative partnership, which is exactly what Bush accomplishes as Director of the LSP.
"The LSP seeks active engagement with industry in order to achieve innovative, high-impact global health outcomes,” he explains. “These lead to healthy and productive lives for all people, especially those living in extreme poverty.”
A 1979 graduate of UAB’s Dietetic Internship and Master’s program in Nutrition Sciences, Campbell spent over thirty years practicing clinical nutrition and managing medical nutrition communications. Now happily retired, she runs her own food tourism business, A La Carte Food Tours, in Columbus, Ohio. “When I retired, I wanted to return to the beauty and sensuality of food,” she explains.
Campbell began her journey with a B.S. in home economics, but quickly realized she didn’t want to be a teacher. “So I went to Jacksonville State University to fulfill the educational requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”
“I had my fair share of minor injuries like patellofemoral syndrome and plantar fasciitis and that led to trips to physical therapy, which led me to realize I really enjoyed going to physical therapy,” said Ray. “While I was researching various schools across the country I learned UAB had a strong PT department so I toured the school and the area. I loved everything I saw and submitted my application the next week to be a part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy class of 2011.”
Leslie Simms and Jenny Taylor, UAB Occupational Therapy classmates and alumnae, are board members of Our Hope International. The organization supports the Home of Hope orphanage in Uganda, Africa, through donations and the sale of paper beads handmade in Uganda. The definition of hope, as defined by Simms and Taylor, is not a want to happen or think it can happen. Hope means making it happen.
“We take an annual trip to serve the children, staff and local community in Uganda,” said Taylor, founder of Our Hope International and Jonesboro, Ga., native. "We deliver needed equipment, toiletries, clothing, and encouragment, with our ultimate goal of being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ."