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Brad McCallister Takes his Occupational Therapy Career to New Heights

Posted: April 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker

April is Occupational Therapy Month. To celebrate and acknowledge our successful occupational therapy assistant graduates, we are telling some of their inspiring stories throughout the month.

Occupational therapy assistants help patients with disabilities or injuries regain a more independent life by providing then with effective treatments. It’s an incredibly challenging and rewarding job that allows them to work directly with patients on their physical, psychological and social needs, helping them rebuild their health, independence and self-esteem.

In 2011, Brad McCallister graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s occupational therapy assistant program in Tucson, Arizona. Before he enrolled in the program, he was working toward being a police officer, but while he was attending police academy, he injured his shoulder.
Brad McCallister poses with an exercise ball at an occupational therapy clinicBrad McCallister at work.

“As I spent time in physical therapy, I began to envision myself working as a therapist,” he recalled. He eventually chose that career path and enrolled at Pima Medical.

“Rehabilitation is both an emotional and personal journey for the patient. As a therapist, you have to really care about what you are doing in order to help them,” he said. “During my second semester, I became very interested in hand therapy but learned that in order to become a hand therapist, I’d have to become an occupational therapist.”

So to pursue that dream, Brad decided to get his bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and then eventually a master’s degree. He’s also been working in a skilled nursing facility.

“I’m currently serving on the Arizona State Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, have published an article in our professional journal, and am considering working toward my doctorate degree,” he said.

The OTA program is offered at Pima Medical’s Mesa and Tucson campuses in Arizona, in Denver, Las Vegas, El Paso and Houston, Texas and Renton, Washington. To learn more, visit http://pmi.edu/Programs/Associate/Occupational-Therapy-Assistant.

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