Deneiges Labbe, Occupational Therapy
Deneiges Labbe enrolled into the Occupational Therapy program after getting her bachelor’s degree from USM in Health Sciences. She began her college journey thinking physical therapy was the route she wanted to take, but soon realized that she wanted to be an Occupational Therapist so she could work with patients towards functional, meaningful goals.
“I want to work with people of all ages who have physical disabilities and help them return to their meaningful occupations”, says Deneiges.
Growing up and working in the Lewiston-Auburn area Deneiges knew several wonderful occupational therapists who had previously graduated from the USM’s MOT program. After going to the campus and talking with professors in the program, she knew this was the program for her.
“Small class sizes and a large OT lab provided a lot of hands-on time, which was one of my favorite aspects of this program. The MOT program focuses on occupation-based practice, has a collaborative learning process and values critical thinking. The program had opportunities for student leadership which was important to me as I made my way into the health care community.”
Deneiges credits USM’s MOT program with creating a perfect fit for her and has helping her to mold herself into the occupational therapist she hoped to be.