The Mayo School of Health Sciences 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 with the opportunity to learn directly from experienced therapists.
Heidi J. Dunfee, P.T., DScPT Heidi J. Dunfee, P.T., DScPT, is the center coordinator of clinical education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She received her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Dunfee has been a physical therapist for 30 years and was a clinical education coordinator on an acute rehabilitation unit for more than 18 years, having worked with more than 650 students on their clinical experiences.
Dr. Dunfee has received the Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She has served two roles with the Education Section of the APTA — the clinical education co-chair of the Clinical Education Special Interest Group and the secretary for the Education Section. She is an APTA clinical instructor trainer for both the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program and the Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program and has been a member of the Clinical Instructor Education Board.
Dr. Dunfee is an assistant professor of physical therapy in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine with the Mayo School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program.
Donna K. Heinle, O.T., O.T.D., BCPR Donna K. Heinle, O.T., O.T.D., BCPR, joined the staff at Mayo in 1988 as a staff therapist. She is currently 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.
She is currently involved with developing occupational therapy competencies, training staff and developing a clinical ladder at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. 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, pediatrics, and developmentally disabled adults and children. Donna has presented at local, state and national conferences. She is involved with fieldwork training and education with the American Occupational Therapy Association Inc. (AOTA), and is a board certification reviewer for the AOTA. Donna assists in teaching occupational therapy students at two universities.
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 with a doctorate degree in occupational therapy. In 2007, Donna became board certified in physical medicine by the AOTA.
Tamra Trenary, O.T., O.T.D., BCPR Tamra Trenary, O.T., O.T.D., BCPR, joined the staff at Mayo in 1998 as a staff therapist. She is currently 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 presently 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 with a doctorate 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.
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.