BrittanyMcGeeBrittany McGee became interested in the health care field in middle school while assisting her family to take care of her grandmother. Due to complications with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, her grandmother experience total vision loss and bilateral lower extremity amputation.

“I assisted with self-care activities including bathing, feeding and dressing,” said McGee, a Selma, Ala. native.

It wasn’t until years later in high school she was formally introduced to the profession of occupational therapy. She realized she had been engaging in occupational therapy all those years with her grandmother.

“I was finally able to put a name to what I was doing,” said McGee. “I decided that it would become my passion in life.”

She first earned her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology in the Department of Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences at UAB. She decided to stay at UAB to earn her master’s degree in occupational therapy for two reasons.

“I received an exceptional undergraduate education, not only in my core curriculum classes, but also in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program,” said McGee. “I chose the UAB Occupational Therapy program because of its national recognition and ratings as being one of the best programs in the nation.”

During her collegiate experience, McGee says she’s been able to successfully maintain a comfortable balance between academic achievement and extracurricular activities on and off campus.  She encourages incoming students to do the same.

“Make sure you maintain a healthy balance between academics and leisure in order to ensure longevity and to make sure you don’t get burned out so easily.”

McGee has plans to earn her master’s degree in the fall of 2013. She hopes to pass her board certification exam on the first try.

“I hope to assume an ideal job position that will allow me to demonstrate my expertise as much as possible while enabling me to make a difference in the lives of others,” said McGee. “I am most interested in working with the young adult to middle aged population in a general rehab or acute care setting.”