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Joanne Trammel MS, OTR/L Director Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Joanne Trammel MS, OTR/L

Director Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Office: Owen-Redfield Complex 256

(208) 282-2890

Professional Work Experience

  • Occupational Therapist - 25 years
    • Practice areas include: Inpatient acute, Inpatient Rehab, Home Health, Acute Geriatric Psychiatry, Outpatient Rehab
  • Special interest in Dementia
  • Instructor, College of Technology OTA program – since 2016

 Career Highlights

  • Graduated from UNC Chapel Hill
  • Have practiced as an OT in 5 different states
  • Came to Idaho as a traveling OT 20+ years ago
  • Developed the Occupational Therapy led Activities Therapy Program at Sawtooth Behavioral Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • Certified Dementia Capable Care Instructor certified date: June 2013
  • Participated in JHACO accreditation
  • Teach Dementia classes for ISU Continuing Education
  • Active with the Alzheimer’s Association

 One of my Favorite Professional Experiences…

As an OT, you are able to go anywhere and work in many different environments. One of my favorite OT experiences was while I was a traveling therapist on Cape Cod. I was there from Labor Day through the middle of December.


The day I arrived on the Cape, they were celebrating scallops with a scallop festival right down the road from my apartment! I discovered that seafood is not nearly as good inland after eating fresh from the ocean in New England.


I worked with many people that grew up and lived on the Cape their whole lives and was able to perform a home evaluation with one lady that lived in a typical “Cape Codder” home. This means, VERY steep stairs to the second level. She had to sit and slide gently down the stairs on her bottom because her balance was not completely recovered!


Part of an OT home evaluation is to assess safety in the kitchen. What better way to do that than have the person prepare CLAM CHOWDER! It was fantastic. The other memorable part of this assignment was seeing Christmas in New England. It was very Norman Rockwell.


Katherine (Kathy) Delgado, COTA/L Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor-Part time

Katherine (Kathy) Delgado, COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor-Part time

Office: Owen Redfield Complex 243 B


Professional Work Experience:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant-5 years
  • Settings include: Skilled nursing, acute care, pediatric and adult outpatient, home health

Career Highlights:

  • Graduated from Lone Star Community College, Kingwood Texas, Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant, 2012
  • Special interest in pediatrics
  • AOTA Certified Fieldwork Educator since 2017

Personal Reflection:

During the program when I was in school, I thought it would never end, so much new information to assimilate. It was after graduating and having the opportunity to work with children that the training and hard work paid off. I made the right choice to become an OTA. Applying my education and client-centered approach, I am part of many client successes with increased independence. My desire to teach stemmed from the success I feel as an OTA and how valuable we are in helping people of all ages improve tasks of daily living. I aspire as an educator to help our students excel in understanding a client-centered approach and to be successful with this career choice. We are all unique and learn differently. It’s these differences that improve our self-worth and, in turn, help improve the lives of others.

Brittany Peterson, Instructor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Brittany Peterson

Instructor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Office: Owen-Redfield Complex 330


Professional Work Experience

  • Occupational Therapist – 10 years
  • St. Luke’s Rehab Hospital with neuro specialty– 7 years
  • SNF, outpatient and home health – 3 years
  • Instructor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, College of Technology OTA Program since 2018
  • AOTA Certified Fieldwork Educator  2018
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) – 6 years
  • Professional Ultra Runner – 2 years


Career Highlights

  • Lead OT for 7 years at St. Luke’s
  • Participated in CARF and JCAHO accreditation processes
  • Developed Constraint-induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) Program at St. Luke’s – research and promotion of program, marketing of program, collecting outcome data and lead OT for completion of the therapy in the program
  • Specialized skills in neuro rehab: Certified brain injury specialist, continued education emphasis in vision rehab following brain injury, Neuro-IFRAH certified, Interactive Metronome certified.
  • Peer mentor and fieldwork educator for several students throughout career
  • Balancing full time work and full time training to pursue passions in both my therapy career and my running career
  • 3rd place in the World Skyrunning (Ultrarunning) Series in 2018


Favorite Professional Experience

Working in Occupational Therapy provides so many rewarding experiences. I value the relationships that are formed through this career path. Some of my closest friendships have been formed by working alongside like-minded people with hearts full of gold, pouring all of their effort into quality care and the best possible outcomes for their patients.  Similarly, I have had opportunities to make life-long connections with some of my patients who I have gotten to know, whether it is by working with them in their own homes, seeing them over the course of a life changing neurological injury, or helping them return to normalcy following breast cancer and lymphedema treatment. Finally, the most recent step in my career path, into academics, continues to allow me opportunities to meet incredible students who are yearning to learn and excited to get into the field and share their excitement and knowledge. It has been such a great transition, knowing I get to impact many more patient outcomes and experiences out there by helping these students, the next generation of practitioners, become the best they can be!


A Little About Me

I was born and raised in Minnesota and always found myself playing in the outdoors. It was a natural transition to take my first OT job in Idaho, as I had fallen in love with the mountains when I was in Boise during my clinical rotations. Since living in Idaho, I have specialized in mountain trail running and am sponsored by Nike Trail. I have been able to run in mountain ranges all over the world, in the Alps of Italy, the volcanic islands of the Canary Islands, the mountainous Highlands of Scotland, etc. But I love the mountains of Idaho and I am in the Lost Rivers, White Clouds, Tetons, Pioneers and Sawtooths as often as I can be!  I’m usually found with my boyfriend (another sponsored ultrarunner) and our 3 adventure dogs! When I’m not running, I enjoy gardening, home improvement projects and relaxing with friends!

Brittany Peterson, Instructor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM Running a race Brittany Peterson, Instructor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PROGRAM With her dogs