On Friday and Saturday March 20 and 21, Brenau School of Occupational Therapy hosted presentations from Capt. Lori Maggoni, and Capt. Yao Yao Zhu, a 2008 graduate of Brenau’s OT program. Both women discussed the role of Occupational Therapy in the U.S. Army, where OTs serve a combat role dealing with mental health, and orthopedic and brain injuries. Military OTs also help do the work traditionally done by physicians; ordering certain medications and diagnostic tests that their civilian counterparts cannot.
While she attended Brenau Dr. Mary Shotwell and Dr. Robin Underwood served as mentors to Zhu. After her graduation from the Women’s College with her MSOT in 2008 Zhu entered the military and went on to earn a doctorate from Baylor while doing a residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She was later certified to work with military members who have experienced traumatic brain injuries and was deployed to Afghanistan.
Zhu is currently stationed in the Washington, D.C. area and is serving as a recruiter for the Army Medical Specialist Corps, which consists of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Registered Dietitians and Physician Assistants.
“I think I speak on behalf of the entire university when I say that we are proud of our graduates who are serving or have served in the military” said Professor and Department Chair of North Atlanta/Norcross OT Programs Mary Shotwell, who is herself a former Army occupational therapist.