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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Meet Our Trojan Family

Angelica Tuason MA2 ‘20

Angelica Tuason MA2 ‘20

Hometown: Menifee, CA

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2020

What brought you to occupational therapy?
I was exposed to occupational therapy fairly young because my brothers have hydrocephalus. They received services in the past, but it wasn’t until more recently that I really felt the impact OT has on someone’s life. Both my brothers were beginning to lose motor functioning and needed to have spinal surgery. My family was worried about what daily living might look like after surgery. The OT was a strong support system not only for facilitating the rehabilitation of those skills, but helping my family through a very tough time in our lives. It is my hope that I am able to use OT to make a positive impact on people’s lives the way that it has on my own.

What area of practice are you interested in?
I’m primarily interested in the area of pediatrics. Growing up with my brothers has been a life-long learning experience; they’ve taught me so much and have inspired a passion for working with people who share similar stories.

Describe your background before coming to occupational therapy.
Prior to occupational therapy, I worked as a behavioral interventionist for more than two years. It was a rewarding experience to see the progress that my kids were having and the impact it had on their lives and their families.

If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?
Probably the smell of grass—I spent most of my time playing outside when I was growing up!

What are some small things that make your day better?
Two things that would immediately brighten my day are: food and dogs (in no particular order, I love both equally).