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Ford and Simpkins Present Capstone Projects

On August 3, 2015, two EKU Online OTD students presented their capstone projects to faculty and the community. The projects showed leadership in making change in the profession and improving client care.

Melanie Ford presented her capstone titled “A Descriptive Study of Menopausal Women Life Experiences, Stressors and Their Occupational Meanings.” Melanie graduated in 1998 from Texas Women’s University. She has worked in a vast array of practice areas including outpatient rehab, inpatient rehab, pediatric therapy, home health, and mental health. She also owned her own business called Pro Therapy Inc. Currently, Melanie is faculty in the Master of OT program at Western New Mexico University. Melanie was mentored by Dr. Amy Marshall and Dr. Doris Pierce. 

Leah Simpkins presented her capstone titled “Dog Visitation in Long-Term Care and its Effects on Depression.” Leah is a native of Richmond, Kentucky and has attended Eastern Kentucky University for all three of her Occupational Therapy degrees. She has practiced with the adult population primarily within the facets of traumatic brain injury, acute care, long-term care, independent living, assisted living, andcerebrovascular rehabilitation to name a few. Leah has worked on the completion of her capstone project in a long-term care facility. Leah is also a proud Kentucky Colonel recipient for service work she has done in the Commonwealth. Leah was mentored by Dr. Colleen Schneck and Dr. Camille Skubik-Peplaski. 

Both will be August 2015 graduates of the OTD program. Congratulations to Dr. Ford and Dr. Simpkins!

Published on August 11, 2015