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Faculty

Teaching faculty

The Occupational Therapy Internship draws its faculty from Mayo Clinic's clinical, scientific and technical staffs. They are chosen for their commitment to teaching as well as clinical practice and research.

During your internship, you have a primary staff supervisor and interact with occupational therapy staff members. You have access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn directly from experienced therapists.

  • Donna K. Heinle, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR Donna joined Mayo Clinic in 1988 as a staff therapist. She was a clinical education coordinator on an acute rehabilitation unit for more than 10 years. Donna has received the Mayo Clinic Educator of the Year Award as well as the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Educator of the Year Award.

    She has done research involving clinical guidelines for people with spinal cord injuries and reflective learning for level II occupational therapy students. Donna has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings, including physical disabilities, mental health, addiction, pediatrics, and developmentally disabled adults and children. She has presented at local, state and national conferences.

    Donna graduated in 1981 from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy and in 2008 from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, with a doctoral degree in occupational therapy. In 2007, Donna became board certified in physical medicine by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has served on the AOTA Board and Specialty Certification board and is a regional trainer for the AOTA fieldwork educator certificate course.

    Donna is an adjunct educator and instructor, and she has an academic appointment as an instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

  • Tamra Trenary, OT, OTD, BCPR Tamra joined Mayo Clinic in 1998 as a staff therapist. She is the clinical education coordinator in a collaborative student model for level II fieldwork occupational therapy students in acute care physical disabilities at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

    She is involved with developing a multitier clinical mentorship program for staff. Her research interests and projects involve the rationing of health care and the ethical implications and the impact of the collaborative model in clinical education for students.

    Tamra has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings, including physical disabilities, mental health, pain rehabilitation, industrial rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. Tamra has presented at state and national conferences.

    She graduated in 1996 from the College of St. Scholastica with a Master of Arts degree in occupational therapy. In 2008, she graduated from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, with a doctoral degree in occupational therapy. In 2008, Tamra became board certified in physical medicine by the AOTA. Tamra is also a certified trainer for the AOTA Fieldwork Educators Certificate Workshop.

  • Jon D. Potter, OT, MSOT Jon joined Mayo Clinic in 2006 as a staff therapist. He is the clinical education coordinator in a collaborative student model for level II fieldwork occupational therapy students on the rehabilitation unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

    He is actively involved with assisting OT students and staff with improvement of documentation efficiency and developing new patient education materials. He has been involved with research involving neuromuscular re-education of hemiplegic upper extremities.

    Jon has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing facilities, acute inpatient hospital settings, acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient cognitive rehabilitation. While specializing in the area of neurorehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury, he has also worked extensively in the areas of spinal cord rehabilitation and general physical disabilities.

    Jon graduated in 1999 from the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis with a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy.

Visiting professors and lecturers

A hallmark of higher education excellence is the breadth and depth of information and experience provided students by the faculty and visiting experts. Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic to lecture on their areas of medical and scientific expertise each year.

As a student of Mayo School of Health Sciences, you are encouraged to attend all conferences, lectures and seminars prepared for students, residents, fellows and consulting staff.

  • March 27, 2015
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