OT 4 Lyfe

OT 4 Lyfe

OT 4 Lyfe looks to connect and inspire occupational therapy practitioners of all kinds. Join us as we go in depth to explore the research, issues, and people that influence the lives of OT students, practitioners, and their clients. Because for us, occupational therapy is more than just a job.


June 8, 2021 20 min

Discussion Points: 

  • Pregnancy
  • Emergency surgery
  • Labor and delivery
  • Changes in routines 
  • Meaningful occupations
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • The Occupation of Being Pregnant
  • Contact the Show: 

  • Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ 
  • Website: https://ot4lyfe.com/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfe
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    Miranda and Sarah discuss: 

  • Changes in our identities  since becoming pregnant
  • Occupational transitions  during pregnancy
  • Expectations of pregnancy versus reality
  • The realness of brain fog 
  • Maternal mental health 
  • Impact of our work on family planning
  • Pregnancy hacks
  • Mentioned Resources: 
  • Podcasts
  • What About the Mama?
  • Best of Both Worlds
  • Instagram
  • @thepassionatephysio
  • @pregnant.postpartum.athlete
  • YouTube
  • GlowBodyPT
  • Kids OT Help
  • Apps/ Website
  • ...
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    April 5, 2021 38 min

    Discussion Points:

  • Types of occupational therapy associations
  • The importance of being a member of your OT associations
  • Benefits of OT associations
  • Association conferences
  • Cost and payment schedule of membership
  • Non-OT associations
  • OT 4 Lyfe & OT Schoolhouse Giveaway
  • Mentioned resources: 

  • For a chance to win a $50 giftcard, here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3tW1Owt
  • Giveaway ends April 16, 2021
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Cost
  • Ben...
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    March 29, 2021 48 min

    Mindy and Sarah discuss:

  • Why do people need to have basic knowledge about money? 
  • Financial independence
  • What to focus on first with your money
  • Alternate sources of income for OT practitioners
  • Investing tips
  • Investing with student loans
  • Advice for paying off student loans
  • Negotiating salary
  • Navigating finances with a business
  • Mentioned resources: 

  • Dave Ramsey
  • Student Loan Planner
  • SOFI
  • Bigger Pockets Money Podcast episodes

  • Chelsea Brennan- episode...
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    March 22, 2021 17 min


  • Navigating every experience as a learning opportunity 
  • Sarah’s level 2 fieldwork experiences 
  • Learning throughout her years as a new grad
  • Figuring out this past year as a business owner
  • There is always something to learn even when things don’t go as planned
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Level 2 Fieldwork During a Pandemic: https://ot4lyfe.com/104
  • Fieldwork Resources

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  • Website: https://ot4lyfe.com/

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    March 15, 2021 83 min

    Allison, Allie and Sarah discuss: 

  • One word to sum up your experience in level 2 fieldwork as a whole
  • What their placements were supposed to look like and what they ended up being like
  • Thoughts about their safety working with patients in-person during a pandemic
  • Tips to advocate for yourself as a student
  • Tips to prepare for level 2 fieldwork
  • Setbacks and challenges they faced
  • Importance of navigating occupational balance  as a student and...
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    March 1, 2021 29 min

    Discussion Points:

  • Finding your why in OT entrepreneurship
  • Barriers and hurdles faced when starting a company 
  • The most important thing every OT entrepreneur needs to have
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Spotlight Interview with Sarah Putt: Transcending Your Comfort Zone as a Private Practice Entrepreneur 
  • Mistakes and Mindset in Entrepreneurship
  • Minding Our OT Business with Laura Park Figueroa
  • The Business Side of Occupational Therapy with Brandon ...
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    February 22, 2021 62 min

    Trish and Sarah discuss: 

  • Do OT practitioners need to go to business school to become a successful entrepreneur?
  • The why behind starting her business
  • What she knew about business before she started and how she learned along the way
  • Going from working in your business versus on your business
  • Becoming a CEO
  • How she went from running a private practice to coaching other OT entrepreneurs
  • The hardest thing for OT entrepreneurs to overcome
  • Ownin...
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    Brock and Sarah discuss:

  • Our biggest podcast mistakes
  • What we have learned throughout this journey
  • The best and hardest parts of starting and continuing to do an OT podcast
  • Changes we have seen with OT podcasts since we started
  • Important components to a podcast
  • What's changed over the years
  • The future of our shows 
  • Mentioned resources: 

  • Unpacking Colonized Thinking
  • Dev (they/them) and Brock (he/him) Deep Dive into Gender, Identity and St...
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    February 1, 2021 58 min

    Discussion Points:

  • Question of the Month- What are your reflections from the year 2020? What did you learn? What obstacles did you overcome or are working to overcome?
  • Dr. Sakshi Tickoo @sex.love.andot
  • Brock Cook @occupiedpodcast
  • Alexis Joelle @8alexisjoelle
  • Anna @beyondcovid
  • Nancy @lovelyy_ot
  • My reflections
  • Lyfer of the Month
  • Next question of the month: 
  • What questions do you have about money in occupational therapy? 
  • Cal...
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  • Not all service and therapy animals are the same
  • Recognizing how and when or when not to utilize animals in therapy 
  • The power of incorporating animals into therapy 
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Bunnies and Ducks and Llamas, Oh My! 
  • Incorporating Dogs into Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Temple Grandin Books
  • Americans With Disabilities Act and American Kennel Club resources 
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  • Answer the Question of the Month
  • Catch the full...
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    Crystal and Sarah discuss: 

  • Why she decided to train her dog to be a therapy dog
  • Difference between therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support animals
  • Considerations of incorporating dogs into therapy
  • Steps to train a therapy dog
  • Hardest and best parts of the training program
  • Intersection of occupational therapy and therapy dog training
  • Considerations to be a therapy dog handler
  • Advice for therapists or students who might be interes...
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    January 11, 2021 15 min


  • The value of therapeutic use of self
  • Talking more about mental health to break the stigma
  • Importance of mental health
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Recognizing the Importance of Self Care for OT Practitioners with Nancy 
  • It’s Okay to Take a Break 
  • Danielle Delorenzo Talks Infant Mental Health
  • Occupied Podcast Episodes
  • This Is Me- Patches of OT 
  • Mental Health BOOT Post
  • Strong Minds Club
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  • Answer the Question of the Mont...
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    Danielle and Sarah discuss: 

  • How she got interested in behavioral inpatient mental health
  • What it looks like to work in this area
  • Frequency and duration of services
  • Common diagnoses and typical ages
  • Navigating the differences in the units she works on
  • Limiting biases before working with a patient
  • Her role as an OT and types of interventions
  • Therapeutic use of self
  • It’s okay to ask for help
  • What lights her up as an OT
  • The power of voice
  • Stigma ...
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    December 28, 2020 45 min

    Talking Points:

  • Question of the Month- What are your favorite OT related gift ideas
  • Allie Watkins @patchesofot ~ Unicorn OT mug
  • Olivia Cheng  @ot_liv ~ @learn_pal
  • Lauren Burns @burns_lauren_ot ~ pulse oximeter, Shannen Marie OT, Becoming OT, OT 4 Lyfe
  • Shannon @motivatemindsot ~ Calm and Headspace apps, Aroma Therapy, Doterra
  • Emilia Dewi @the_lymph_therapist ~ Rock Tape
  • Candie Cintron @spunky_sightseer ~ Diaphra...
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  • Definition of occupational therapy
  • How to better promote the profession
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Bringin’ Occupation Back
  • Thoughts on How OT’s Can Talk About OT
  • Join in the Discussion: 

    Answer the Question of the Month

    Catch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/93

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    December 14, 2020 70 min

    The Other halves discuss: 

  • Their definition of occupational therapy
  • How they learned about OT
  • Things they’ve learned from having an OT spouse 
  • Applying an OT perspective to their jobs
  • If they ever get sick of hearing their spouse talk about OT?
  • The best and worst parts of the field of occupational therapy
  • Social media and the profession  
  • How to promote the profession better
  • One word to describe OT 
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Danielle’s previous e...
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    December 7, 2020 14 min


  • Shift the mindset
  • Cultivating good self-care habits while in school
  • My tip for current OT/OTA students
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Advice for OT & OTA Students
  • Leading From Where You Are with Ijeoma Ikpeze
  • From OT School to New Grad OT with Jordan McCauley 
  • Fresh Perspectives From First Year OT Students with Alex, Christina, and Regina
  • Crafting Your Life for Success with Intention and Purpose with Andy Nielsen
  • Fieldwork Resources
  • Rac...
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    Rachel and Sarah discuss: 

  • The hardest part/biggest challenge during OT school so far
  • Her favorite part of OT school
  • The transition from in person to distance learning secondary to the pandemic
  • Navigating the personal and professional stress during this time
  • Advice for current or soon to be students
  • Questions for me as a fieldwork educator


  • Rachel’s Previous Episodes:
  • The Very First Steps in Becoming an OT
  • Becoming an Occupational...
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