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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Emeli Castillo OTD ’22

Emeli Castillo OTD ’22

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles, CA

Program: Post-Professional OTD, Class of 2022

What brought you to occupational therapy?
The need for representation and the want to make quality healthcare accessible to minoritized communities in need of rehabilitation.

What area of practice are you interested in?
Neuro-rehabilitation!

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
Trying new coffee shops around LA and walking with my mom! 😊

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
All the places my parents grew up going to, and Santorini!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Laugh or cry! — Dr. Rafeedie

Have boundaries and stick to them! — various OTR/L