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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan Global Initiatives

Meet the Team

Danny Park OTD, OTR/L

Danny Park OTD, OTR/L >

Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Danny Park is an Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the USC Chan Division and oversees Global Initiatives. He is a two-time USC Trojan, having earned his Master of Arts degree and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree here. He also has a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. Danny enjoys singing, cooking, and spending time in good conversations.

Brittany Inouye

Brittany Inouye

USC Chan Professional Master’s student
Brittany Inouye is a second year Master’s student at USC. She is from San Antonio, Texas and completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at The University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in pediatrics but is open to the diverse opportunities in OT. After studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, she discovered her interest in global awareness as well as a desire to travel and explore new cultures and experiences. Brittany’s favorite occupations include running, beach trips, spending time with family and friends, trying new foods, and listening to podcasts!

Vanessa ElShamy

Vanessa ElShamy

USC Chan Professional Master’s Student
Vanessa is a second year Master’s student at USC. She is half Swedish and half Egyptian but grew up in the U.S. Vanessa completed her BS in Neuroscience and Psychology at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Currently, Vanessa is interested in pursuing OT in either Adult Rehab or Mental Health. Additionally, she is interested in occupational justice and how OT can make its presence stronger in populations like the incarcerated and the unhoused. Vanessa has also been actively involved with the non-profit organization Therapists Beyond Borders, expanding her knowledge base surrounding the ethics of traveling to other countries as a healthcare provider. Vanessa’s hobbies include photography, roller skating, trying new foods, drinking coffee, playing with her cat, and thrift shopping with her sisters.

Abraham Ramirez

Abraham Ramirez

USC Chan Professional Master’s Student
Abraham is a second year in the professional master’s program. He is a Los Angeles County native and attended UCLA to study English with some focus in creative writing, after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. Being Mexican-American, Abraham grew up experiencing the gap in care that people of Latin-American descent experience in healthcare. At a young age he would typically translate doctor’s instructions for his Spanish-speaking grandmother to help her follow through with her own care. One of his many points of focus in Global Initiatives is to help create higher quality healthcare for people of Latin American origins. Outside of this, Abraham became interested in becoming an active global citizen after spending some time in Europe staying in hostels, where he encountered people from diverse backgrounds. His favorite occupations include hiking, running, photography, and reading.

Carissa Saunders

Carissa Saunders

USC Chan Bachelor’s to Master’s Student
Carissa is currently in her 5th year as a BS-MA student at USC. While she is originally from Vancouver, WA, there is nowhere else that she would have rather called home during the last 5 years!  During her undergraduate career at USC, she minored in Spanish and was able to explore her interest in global communities and international cultures by studying for a semester in Madrid, Spain. Carissa is interested in working with pediatric populations and specializing in sensory integration. More than anything, Carissa loves taking her dog to the beach, browsing bookstores, listening to podcasts, and exploring new places with friends.

Josh Digao

Josh Digao

USC Chan Post-Professional Master’s Student
Josh is a post-professional Master’s student at USC Chan. Born and raised in the Philippines, he completed his undergraduate degree in OT at the University of Santo Tomas. During his college years, he was an active member of different organizations ranging from student publications to performing arts. Josh is also a very strong believer in the importance of human connections, and he is passionate about building networks and expanding the global reach of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, especially towards his own country. He typically enjoys making friends and hanging out with them, exploring new areas, and making (and listening to) music.

Kai Ali

Kai Ali

USC Chan Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student
Kai is a Doctoral student at USC Chan completing her residency at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center in the inpatient stroke service. She is from Los Angeles, California and will be a triple Trojan having earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Occupational Science in 2018 and her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy in 2021 from USC. Kai grew up with the food, music, and language of two different cultures which ignited her interest to explore other cultures, as well as understand the importance of diversity in academia and the workplace. In her free time, she enjoys cooking/trying new foods, reading, going to the beach, and watching Disney movies with her family.

Brendan LaScala

Brendan LaScala

USC Chan Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student
Brendan LaScala is the Global Initiatives Doctoral resident for the 2021-2022 academic year, having completed the entry-level Master’s degree program at USC Chan. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Japanese Language and Culture. He is originally from New York City but moved to Tokyo, Japan for 5 years and London, England for 2 years, where his family currently resides. His work with starting the Chan Community Commission, leading Engage Trojan Neighbours, being the professional development chair for OTSC, and generally fostering community at Chan made his transition to the Global Initiatives residency a perfect fit. He enjoys bringing people together and hearing people’s stories. Brendan’s favourite occupations include spending time at the beach, trail running in the mountains, and cooking food from different cultures.

Maggie Chen

Maggie Chen

USC Chan Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student
Maggie is a Doctoral student at USC Chan completing her residency at USC Chan Global Initiatives. She is from Taipei, Taiwan, and completed her BS in Occupational Therapy at National Taiwan University. Maggie graduated with her MA with USC’s post-professional program in 2020 and has worked as a Home Health Occupational Therapist before she started her residency. Maggie is passionate about advocating for the global impact of OT, building a global community, and developing Occupational Science both domestically and internationally. Additionally, she is dedicated to supporting international student life here at USC. She enjoys making friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds, watching movies, and exploring ice cream spots around LA.

Maggie Goodfellow

Maggie Goodfellow

USC Chan Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student
Maggie Goodfellow is currently an OTD Resident at UCEDD, a pediatric mental health site within Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This is currently her third year as a student worker for Global Initiatives, which she describes as her home away from home. She appreciates learning from and listening to the perspectives of the Division’s various international students and is dedicated towards increasing opportunities for MA-1 and MA-2 students to connect. After moving from Florida to South Korea in the 5th grade, she quickly developed a love for exploring new cultures and languages, as well as meeting people from all over the world. In addition to traveling, she enjoys pilates, napping with her dog, reading memoirs, eating musubi, and watching Shark Tank in her free time.

Prutha Satpute

Prutha Satpute

USC Chan Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student
Prutha Satpute is a Doctoral resident at the Global Initiatives office for the 2020-2021 academic year. She started her Occupational Therapy journey in Mumbai, India where she completed her OT Bachelor’s degree in 2019 from Seth G.S Medical College. In the same year she moved to the United States to pursue further OT education at USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and graduated with a Master’s degree in 2020. Prutha is driven to empower students and new graduates by motivating them to disrupt the status quo of OT education and practice. She hopes to build a global community that celebrates the cultural nuances in occupations across the globe. Prutha loves to talk so she and her friends founded a student-friendly OT podcast called Horn OT Please in 2021. In her free time, she also loves to paint, build terrariums and do miniature pottery.