Michelle Castro-Waters OTD ’25
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Program: Entry-Level Doctorate (OTD), Class of 2025
What brought you to occupational therapy?
In 2016 my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer based on the findings of a tumor located next to his spine. He was assigned an occupational therapist by the name of Sara. I was so inspired by Sara’s attitude and her life-altering work, that I decided in that moment, that occupational therapy was the job for me. So, I changed career paths and set out on my occupational journey. Taking classes and volunteering in various programs solidified my decision to pursue occupational therapy.
What area of practice are you interested in?
As I start my occupational therapy journey, I find myself interested in a variety of different practices. At this time my interests lie towards neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics, adapted sports, and aquatic therapy.
What are some of the occupations you engage in?
Some of my favorite occupations are talking my dogs for a walk, baking, going to the movies, grabbing coffee with family and friends.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I would love to swim with the pigs at Pig Beach in the Bahamas!
If you were famous, what would you be famous for?
I absolutely love trying new foods, every and any type of food from anywhere! If I could, I would travel across the U.S. trying all of the best food spots.