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The Michigan Occupational Therapy Association welcomes all therapists, assistants, students, and educators in the profession of occupational therapy to explore and enjoy this website.

Patients and their family members and advocates will find information about how the OT practitioners across the state can help them to participate fully and perform at the highest level within their personal life roles...truly living life to it's fullest!

As you use this site you will note that some areas are for members only. We wish to thank those members who have demonstrated their support for their profession and this association, which is the Voice of OT within the state of Michigan.

We hope that those who have not yet joined will take this opportunity to become a member of MiOTA. MiOTA is a voluntary professional association of occupational therapy practitioners who are dedicated to supporting the profession through advocacy and communication.

Welcome


Charisse Fesko, MOT, OTR/L 

Charisse Fesko graduated from Eastern Michigan University in December 2020. Charisse currently works at Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital, an inpatient mental health hospital for adults. Outside of work, Charisse enjoys spending time learning, volunteering, taking care of her dogs, reading, walking, jigsaw puzzles, and listening to music. 

Charisse chose Occupational Therapy as a second career. Her first career was in Clinical Laboratory Science working in a hospital laboratory. She went back to school to become an Occupational Therapist to work directly with people. Her first encounter with Occupational Therapy was at her son’s preschool when a mother and Occupational Therapist introduced the program Handwriting Without Tears. Charisse loved working with the kids and knew that she wanted a different change of pace with hercareer. Charisse continued to volunteer at her children’s elementary school, filling the role as a motor mom, helping the students fine tune their gross motor and fine motor skills. Charisse discovered that the motor mom program was introduced by an Occupational Therapist. These first encounters with Occupational Therapist’s work, lead Charisse toward her journey of going back to school to become an Occupational Therapist.  

Charisse co-presented, Systematic review of Peer Support for Successful Inclusion of Children with Autism, at the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association 2018 Conference in Livonia, MI. The systematic review was completed with two classmates and research advisor, Dr. Gretchen Reeves, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA.  

Charisse volunteers as a MiOTA webinar facilitator and moderator. Charisse became a member of MiOTA as a student and has continued to be a member for networking and volunteer opportunities, continuing education courses, and updates on new and existing regulations. Charisse says that MiOTA has surrounded her with people who are invested in the profession, working hard to bring Occupational Therapy to the communities who need it most.                                                                  

If you would like to be highlighted or would like to nominate a MiOTA member, please email us at website@miota.org.  


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