Pooja A. Patel, DrOT, OTR/L
Pooja Ashok Patel, DrOT, OTR/L is a traveling occupational therapist with an affinity for acute care. She is the president of Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) for the 2017-2019 term and a research advisor for the MSOT Program at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC). Her primary areas of interest are research, academia, program development, and entrepreneurship to further the profession of occupational therapy with respect and dignity. Dr. Patel is a strong presenter with consistent state-level poster presentations, formal and informal board meetings, and student mentorship. She strives to speak to the growing occupational therapy industry at large and work towards her vision of occupational therapy being recognized, understood, and respected as are its allied healthcare counterparts. Outside of the OT world, Dr. Patel serves as a lead curriculum developer on a team launching a health education program for a nonprofit serving incarcerated, abandoned, and orphaned youths in India.