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 native of Southern California.
Ashley Uyeshiro, 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 Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, 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 degree with a double major 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 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.
Cecily Roberts, MA received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from USC. Cecily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pomona College and a Master of Education degree from Claremont Graduate University. Cecily has worked with children, adolescents and young adults in a variety of educational settings for 15 years. She has performed clinical work with individuals of all ages who have mental health conditions and learning disorders, including ADHD, autism, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Cecily is currently running the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s Mental Health Career Advisors Program. Cecily finds balance between work and play by engaging in other activities such as world travel, card games, word games and mud runs.
Linda Ohanessian graduated from California State University, Northridge with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She is currently working as the Practice Plan Administrator at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice while pursuing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She has been working at the Faculty Practice since 2010 and enjoys interacting with patients and helping them access clinical therapy services. Linda keeps her life balanced by spending time with family, traveling, hiking and reading.
Lindsey Reeves, OTR completed her Master’s degree as an honor student in Occupational Therapy from USC in May 2014. She is currently working towards her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy and is doing her residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. During her education, Lindsey completed clinical work in a variety of practice settings including pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, mental health, and primary care. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Science 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.
Stacy Weingarten, MA, OTR/L completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from USC in May 2014. She is currently a doctoral resident at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, working toward her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. Stacy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from University of California Santa Barbara, with an outside concentration in Biology. Prior to graduate school, Stacy worked at an after-school program for girls of all ages, where she taught several health- and wellness-related courses. Stacy greatly enjoys collaborating with clients to help them live their lives to the fullest and to achieve an improved sense of wellbeing. Stacy’s favorite occupations include spending time with friends and family (including her family’s Labradoodle, Maggie), hiking, traveling, and relaxing at the beach.
Tracy Jalaba, MA received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from USC in May 2014. She is currently a doctoral resident at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice working toward her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. During her education, Tracy completed internships in an acute care orthopedic hospital in Santa Barbara and in the outpatient neuro department at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center. Tracy is from northern California and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Biology from the University of California at Davis. Tracy’s 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. Tracy has found balance in LA by joining a local Crossfit gym, cooking with her roommates, and getting outdoors as much as possible.
“All the therapists were great – truly supportive, kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable.”
- Participant, Lifestyle Redesign® Weight Management
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