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Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Hard Fought Degree in Occupational Therapy

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Hard Fought Degree in Occupational Therapy

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[Kelli Williams Gary, PhD] By the summer of 1993, I had taken the prerequisites to become an occupational therapist. I was accepted into the program, and by that time I was full time, all out, no holds barred— school was intense for 2 and a half years, but I made it through, and like I said, I let my professors know that I had brain injuries. It didn't stop me, and I didn't use it as a crutch, but they definitely had some understanding and would be patient with me in some situations when I really, really needed it. So by the summer of 1995 I had finished the program. I was the president of my student OT association class, and I graduated Cum Laude from Chicago State with a 3.4 average, and with all the skills that I needed to be an occupational therapist. I was able to pass the test the first time that I took the test to become licensed as an OT.

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In college after her brain injury, Kelli Gary, PhD determined her major then worked diligently and resourcefully to succeed in getting her degree.

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Kelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/LKelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in 1991.


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