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.


July 18, 2022 51 min

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  • His first experience with death
  • Discovering his true identity as a doctor 
  • Finding your passion 
  • Is it weird to talk about money and healthcare? 
  • Best and worst piece of advice given in regards to money
  • The biggest thing he has learned as a hospice doctor when it comes to death and money
  • Financial independence
  • Why did he decide to write a book and what impact does he hope it has
  • Mentioned resources: 

  • Your Money or Your Lif...
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    Olga, Emma, and Sarah discuss: 

  • A memorable moment from a past congress
  • Traveling to a congress
  • Collaborating with OT practitioners from across the globe
  • What we’ve learned from attending a WFOT congress?
  • Professional and personal impact from attending a WFOT congress 
  • Tips for making the most of the congress
  • Ways to be involved 
  • Things to consider outside of the congress
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • WFOT 2022 Congress Registration 
  • World Federation...
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    June 1, 2022 19 min

    Topics discussed: 

  • The opportunity I was honored to be a part of
  • The power of doing and not just saying or telling
  • Always learning
  • How our personal lives can shape our professional lens
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • 100 Episode Celebration: Why of OT Schoolhouse
  • Thoughts on How OTs Can Talk About OT
  • I'm Bringing Occupation Back (Yeah!)
  • Connect with the show: 

  • Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ 
  • Website: https://ot4lyfe.com/
  • Instagram: https...
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    Audrey and Sarah discuss: 

  • Pivotal moment in your lyfe in regards to your limb differences
  • Importance of language
  • Types of limb differences
  • Congenital versus acquired limb differences
  • Her experience going from patient to practitioner
  • Mental health implications for people with limb differences
  • Advocating for herself and others
  • Disclosing your disability on job applications
  • Parenting kids with limb differences
  • Occupational therapy’s role in wo...
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    Discussion Points:

  • Lyfe update
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Disconnect from the profession
  • Creative slump
  • Recovering perfectionist
  • Changes coming to the show
  • Mentioned resources: 

  • OT 4 Lyfe Discord Server: Click here to create a free account and sign in
  • Occupied episode: Occupied Update
  • What About the Mama episode: A Little Update
  • Earn and Invest episode: How Much Should You Share?
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  • Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ 
  • Website:...
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    Discussion Points: 

  • What I wished I would have known when I was an OT student
  • Lessons learned from the field
  • International volunteer experiences
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Mentioned Resources: 

  • Slides from Winston-Salem State University  presentation
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Learning How To Money with Joel Larsgaard
  • Your Money Questions Answered with Mindy Jensen
  • Contact the Show: 

  • Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ 
  • Websi...
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    Discussion Points:

  • My emergency surgery experience
  • Planning for having a baby with work and finances
  • Positioning at night for optimal comfort while pregnant
  • Navigating pregnancy/ motherhood while also being an OT practitioner
  • The role of OT in postpartum depression
  • Advice to parents when you don’t have kids of your own

    Mentioned Resources: 

  • What About the Mama Podcast- episode 23
  • Recognizing the Importance of Self Care for OT Practitioners...
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    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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    May 10, 2021 118 min

    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

    Connect with the Show

  • 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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