Chantelle Rice OTD, OTR/L, CDE graduated from USC with her master of arts degree in occupational therapy and her doctorate of occupational therapy, and completed her doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she created a lifestyle intervention program for individuals living with diabetes. Dr. Rice is the director of the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she also sees patients in the Lifestyle Redesign® programs, including weight management, diabetes, college students, health coaching and pain and headache management. Having witnessed firsthand the power of lifestyle change, Dr. Rice believes in prevention and management of chronic conditions, and her clients exemplify the way wellness approaches to health can increase the quality of everyday life. She recently became a Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) and frequently presents at both state and national levels on occupational therapy’s role in diabetes management. Dr. Rice maintains balance in her life by spending free time with her family and friends across the country and enjoying the outdoors as a Southern California native.
Ashley Uyeshiro Simon OTD, OTR/L graduated from USC with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in occupational therapy, and continued on to receive her doctorate of occupational therapy while completing her residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. Dr. Uyeshiro is the lead occupational therapist for the pain and chronic headache programs, and is a member of both the USC Pain Team and Chronic Headache Team. She also works with clients in the weight management, multiple sclerosis and college students programs. As a faculty member of the USC Chan Division, Dr. Uyeshiro teaches the Optimal Living with Multiple Sclerosis elective in the graduate program. She is a certified pet therapy dog handler and has incorporated pet therapy into many of our wellness events on both USC campuses.
Myka Winder OTD, OTR/L completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC, focusing on Lifestyle Redesign® intervention services and occupational therapy education. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and neuroscience from USC. Dr. Winder works with clients in our weight management, health coaching, college students and pain management programs. In addition to clinical care, Dr. Winder teaches in the USC Chan Division’s occupational therapy graduate professional program as well as in the undergraduate curriculum. She also advises the occupational therapy honors society for graduate students. Dr. Winder greatly enjoys partnering with clients to meet their goals for wellness and lifestyle management. She often participates in personally meaningful activities such as ocean swimming, stand-up paddle-boarding and creative writing.
Lindsey Reeves OTD, OTR/L completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. Her clinical residency was completed at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she practiced Lifestyle Redesign®. Her doctoral work consisted of growing the pain management program and creating a 10-week Lifestyle Redesign® Fibromyalgia Treatment and Support Group. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Reeves works with clients in the chronic pain, chronic headache, weight management and ergonomic programs, and is a member of the USC Chronic Pain and Chronic Headache Interdisciplinary Teams. Dr. Reeves received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from UCLA in 2011, and enjoys spending her free time outdoors going on nature hikes, traveling, camping with friends and doing yoga.
Tracy Jalaba OTD, OTR/L received her master’s degree in occupational therapy and doctorate of occupational therapy from USC. She completed her doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice and focused on development for our program for Adults and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum program. As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Jalaba works primarily with clients in our ASD, college student, mental health and weight management programs. In addition to her work at OTFP, she represents occupational therapy in the USC Office for Disability Services and Programs. Dr. Jalaba is from Northern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise biology from University of California at Davis. Her previous work and volunteer experience includes a year commitment with AmeriCorps working with at-risk youth in Arkansas, as well as non-profit work with Best Buddies, Camp Kesem and Invisible Children. Dr. Jalaba has found balance in LA by joining a local Crossfit gym, cooking with her roommates and getting outdoors as much as possible.
Brittany Frederick MA graduated from USC with a master of arts degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She is currently a doctoral resident at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. Brittany works with clients in our weight management, health coaching, college students and headache and pain management programs. She is passionate about promoting the powerful role that occupational therapists have in bringing health and wellness to the forefront of both our personal and work life. In addition to practicing Lifestyle Redesign®, her occupational therapy background includes working with pre- and post-natal women in British Columbia, Canada, and working in Los Angeles in primary care and corporate wellness. Brittany values a holistic and individual approach to practicing occupational therapy. Some of her favorite occupations include yoga, swimming, home video workouts, cooking, creating arts and crafts, latch hooking, going to the beach and exploring restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area.
Samantha Valasek, MA graduated from USC with a master’s degree in occupational therapy and is completing her doctorate of occupational therapy at USC. Her clinical fieldwork and residency are being completed at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice as well as in primary care settings within the USC Keck medical system. Within the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, Samantha works with clients in the weight management, health coaching, college student, life coaching, headache management and pain management programs. She is currently involved in promoting the role of occupational therapy in health and wellness with the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her previous volunteer experience involved managing inter-professional primary care student teams and providing occupational therapy consultations to patients with low income. Samantha is from Los Angeles and holds a bachelor of arts degree in natural science from Loyola Marymount University. Her favorite occupations include climbing, hiking, biking, reading and digital and traditional art.
Rebecca Cunningham MA received her master of arts degree in occupational therapy from USC in 2015 and is working towards her doctorate of occupational therapy at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. Rebecca works with patients in our college student, weight management, pain management, chronic headache and ergonomics programs. She plans to focus her doctorate work on the Lifestyle Redesign®
< programs for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses and the college student population. Rebecca values leadership involvement and is currently the acting OTD representative on the USC Occupational Therapy and Science Council, as well as the Student Member on the ACOTE Standards Review Committee. She completed her undergraduate work in 2008, receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in human development from the University of California, San Diego. Before returning to school in 2013 she served as the manager of the Developmental Cognitive and Social Neuroscience Lab in the psychology division at UC San Diego and continues to have an interest in research. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys camping, pilates, cross-stitching, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Carla Robinson graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She is currently enrolled in their Alcohol and Drug Certification Program earning her certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Carla is the Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice receptionist in charge of scheduling, referrals, email correspondence and client contact. She enjoys communicating and interacting with clients and helping them navigate their insurance and scheduling. Her passion for the safety and well-being of animals continue to keep her busy while rescuing dogs and cats in need of a home. She also has four loving pets of her own.
Rubina Azaryan graduated from the University of Armenia with a bachelor’s degree in communications and language arts. Additionally, she holds an AA degree in the science of library arts. Her other notable certificates are medical/dental office management and billing/coding. Rubina is currently an account representative where she manages and holds accounts, completes billing and follow-ups, ensures quality customer service and maintains reports. Her passion for the medical industry has led to mentoring young adults in pursuing careers in billing/coding and terminology. She is currently a member of the Armenian Members of the Youth, which helps children and adults access clothing and food to build better lives. Her passion of creativity continues to keep her active. She uses her skills to design clothing, baby gifts and jewelry, all from scratch.
“All the therapists were great — truly supportive, kind, encouraging and knowledgeable.”
- Participant, Lifestyle Redesign® Weight Management
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