Our Philosophy

As Occupational Therapists, we both believe strongly in the power of occupation as intervention. The primary theme of each episode will focus on returning to our roots in occupation-based care and activity analysis. We hope to make OT more widely recognized by delivering a consistent message across all practice areas.

Our Vision

We have adopted the AOTA Centennial Vision: “We envision that Occupational Therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs.”

Our Mission

We aim to provide easily-accessible and evidence-based education, contributing to the body of resources available to Occupational Therapy practitioners and consumers.  We strive to demonstrate the distinct value of occupational therapy and inspire listeners to genuinely engage with their profession and help their clients to always see the “glass half full.”

Who We Are

Jessica Kersey
Jessica KerseyOTR & Podcast Host
Jessica Kersey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida. Since graduation, she has worked in inpatient rehabilitation in San Diego and in Las Vegas. She also owned a community-based private practice for individuals with neurologic conditions. Jessica is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, and has presented at state and national conferences on a variety of professional, clinical, and research topics. She has recently returned to school in the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Jessica strongly believes in the importance of engagement in the OT community, and therefore has volunteered her time in a variety of leadership roles for the California and Nevada state Occupational Therapy associations. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Shaun.
Natalie Barnes
Natalie BarnesOTR & Podcast Host
Natalie Barnes received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and concentration in Health Studies from James Madison University in 2007. In the fall of 2008, she graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) and worked in a school for 1 year before transitioning to acute care. Since 2010, she has worked in the acute hospital setting and inpatient rehab in Delaware, San Antonio, Las Vegas, and now in Washington, DC. She currently works in the acute care setting at George Washington University Hospital. She believes strongly in the power of Occupational Therapy and its ability to have an impact on a wide scope of populations and people in all phases of life. She hopes her passion for OT will inspire others to be an advocate in the OT community and our unique perspective to shape the definition of “health.” She lives with her husband Troy and has 3 young children.