MSOT Program Faculty

Traci

Traci Swartz, OTD, OTR/L

program Director
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Dr. Swartz received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She has extensive clinical and administrative experience, including inpatient rehab, acute care, therapy in a residential setting for individuals with developmental disabilities, acute care, driving rehabilitation, and program development. She also has experience with international therapy, and spent a year in Europe assisting with further development of physical rehabilitation in the country of Georgia. Previously, she was founding Program Director of an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in the metro Atlanta area and a Research Scientist with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA). Dr. Swartz also previously served as a Roster of Accreditation Evaluator with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Emily

Emily Riggs, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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Dr Riggs received a M.S. in Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University. She has extensive clinical experience in all areas of pediatric occupational therapy, including acute care, inpatient/outpatient, and school systems, and is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association. She previously was a faculty member in an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in the metro Atlanta area. Additionally, Dr. Riggs currently serves as a Roster of Accreditation Evaluator with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Janistres

Janistres Teemer, OTD, OTR/L

Part-time Faculty
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Dr. Teemer received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Winston-Salem State University and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She has over 17 years of clinical experience including acute, home health, long term care, and mobile outpatient. She also has experience as therapy program manager in skilled nursing, adjunct instructor in OTA programs, and clinical instructor in hospital, home health, skilled nursing, and adult daycare settings. Dr. Teemer has a strong interest in community outreach, student involvement, program development, quality improvement, and interprofessional education.