University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Entry-Level Professional Master of Arts Degree | Meet the Students

Lisa Dorrington MAII ‘17

Lisa Dorrington MAII ‘17

Hometown: Orange, CA

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2017

What brought you to occupational therapy?
After changing my major four times during my freshman and sophomore years in college, I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life! Interested in both art and science, I had explored everything from linguistics and sculpture to astronomy and physical therapy. However, nothing quite fit. During one of my volunteer experiences at a children’s hospital (while working towards a degree in physical therapy), I was assigned to accompany a few occupational therapists on their rounds. Only after I witnessed them working firsthand with their clients did I recognize the importance of meaningful occupation and the real difference these health professionals were making in the lives of those they worked with.

What area of practice are you interested in?
Hand therapy is a facet of occupational therapy that has appealed to me from the moment I was introduced to the field. I love hands-on, physical work and enjoy the idea of developing assistive devices and braces to enable others to engage in the activities that they love.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
I am currently on a women’s ice hockey team that travels throughout the Orange and Los Angeles County areas to play other adult women’s teams. I also enjoy horseback riding in North Hollywood and both camping and fishing further north in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

If we opened your fridge, what would we see?
Lots of eggs, both scrambled and hard-boiled. Also a ton of ketchup bottles because I will put it on literally everything!

What is your spirit animal and why would this animal represent you?
My spirit animal is the okapi. This is an endangered mammal that, while exhibiting stripes similar to those of a zebra, is closely related to the giraffe. At six feet tall myself, I have always admired the giraffe for being tall yet graceful. I am also passionate about protecting nature’s wildlife and feel the need to stand against the harmful logging practices that continue to threaten the livelihood of these majestic animals.