Occupational Therapy

Part Time Faculty

To view the Full Time Faculty for the MOT program, please visit the People Pages.

Part Time Faculty

Melissa Bliss MS, OTR/L

Melissa Bliss

Phone

207-632-7621

Email

melissa.bliss@maine.edu

Academic Degrees

  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, 1996
  • B.A. in Psychology, Hartwick College, 1985

Profile

Melissa started her career in occupational therapy in Binghamton, NY at the acute care and general rehabilitation units of UHS Hospitals. She then worked as the senior OT for the Norwich, NY schools. After moving to Maine, Melissa worked at Child Development Services and soon after started a private pediatrics practice. During this time she divided time between her private practice and home health. Currently Melissa works at several skilled nursing rehabilitation facilities. Her interests include neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, the "difficult" client, general rehabilitation and early intervention. 

Melissa lives in Cumberland with her husband and their twin boys. They enjoy outdoor activities, boating, and visiting family in Boothbay and Montana. She also loves to knit, read, garden and cook.

Areas of Expertise

Neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders

Courses Taught at USM

Neuroscience Lab, Adult Physical Disabilties Lab

 

Kelsi Gagne OTD, OTR/L

Kelsi Gagne

Phone

(207) 753-6503

Email

kelsi.royer@maine.edu

Academic Degrees

  • OTD, Nova Southeastern University, 2014
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of New England, 2007
  • B.S. in Health Sciences, University of New England, 2006

Courses Taught at USM

Applied Kinesiology Lab

 

Courtney Kromko MOT, OTR/L

Courtney Kromko

Phone

570-877-9637

Email

courtney.kromko@maine.edu

Academic Degrees

  • MOT, Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern Maine, 2017
  • BS, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Minor in Psychology, University of Amherst, 2015

Profile

Courtney graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a student-athlete in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. She attended University of Southern Maine to earn her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2017. Courtney currently practices at Gallant Therapy Services, a pediatric outpatient facility, but also has experience in hand therapy. In addition to her work in occupational therapy, Courtney coaches Men's Track and Field at USM. 

Professional Activity

AOTA and MeOTA member

Courses Taught at USM

Applied Kinesiology Lab, Level II Fieldwork (Blackboard), Advanced Splinting elective

 

Kelly McGaughey PT, DPT

Kelly McGaughey

Phone

540-239-8155

Email

kelly.m.mcgaughey@gmail.com

Academic Degrees

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University, 2010
  • B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Science, 2007

Profile

Kelly has been a practicing Physical Therapist in the Washington DC area since 2010. She spent the last seven years as a PT at the Military's flagship hospital for Wounded Warrior care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the amputee clinic. She has participated in many adapted sports and activities, leading her to a new position this year as Program Director for the Travis Mills Foundation Retreat for wounded Vets and families. She has been involved in teaching prosthetics and orthotics for the past 6 years at various Universities. Kelly's area of expertise is in poly trauma and amputation care. She has worked side by side with Occupational Therapists on many of these complex patients and appreciates the multi-disciplinary approach to care.

With her free time, Kelly enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family. She also runs a kids camp for kids with amputations and limb differences and is a running guide for wounded warriors. 

Areas of Expertise

Amputee Care
APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
Level I Trigger Point Dry Needling Certified
Level II Trigger Point Dry Needling Certified

Recent Publications

- Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. (September 2017). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Lower Extremity Amputation. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

- BADER Outcome Measures Toolbox for Lower Extremity Amputees with Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Fall 2016 – ongoing (expected publish date late 2017)

- Pasquina PF, McGaughey K, Ellis K, Goodine J, Orr A, Phipps T, Reinsfelder AM, La Croix C. Chapter ___: Rehabilitation of the Combat Casualty in: War Surgery by Eastridge B and Rasmussen T, Oxford University Press, anticipated Fall 2017.

Professional Activity

- Adjunct Faculty at Shenandoah University, PT Dept

- Lab Assistant at University of New England, PT Dept

- Adjunct Faculty at University of Maine, OT Dept

- Presenter at AOTA National Conference 2016, APTA CSM 2018, VPTA Annual Conference 2015, VPTA Student Conclave 2016

Courses Taught at USM

Human Anatomy Lab

 

Joe Melcher MOT, OTR/L

Joe Melcher

Phone

207-753-6503

Email

joseph.melcher@maine.edu

Academic Degrees

  • MS in Occupational Therapy, Husson University, 2010
  • BS in Psychology, Husson University, 2009

Profile

Joe joined the MOT team as an instructor for second year students in the physical disabilities lab. Joe has experience working with with a diverse adult patient population including individuals with joint replacements, amputations, and neurological disorders; His passion is for adult inpatient rehabilitation. For two years, Joe worked primarily with stroke survivors and brain injury, and for the past three years he has been working at in skilled nursing where he enjoys learning about the diverse life experiences of his clients.

Joe takes a holistic approach while assessing and treating all patients to ensure he is providing the best possible outcomes, addressing all areas of function with multiple treatment approaches.

Joe lives in Westbrook with his wife, daughter, and two dogs, and they enjoy traveling throughout the U.S. 

Areas of Expertise

Bioness Certified (2014)

STOP 2 Trainer Course (2014)

Jan Davis Stoke Help Course (2013)

Interactive Metronome Training (2011)

Awards and Recognition

2012 New England Rehabilitation Employee of the Year

Courses Taught at USM

Adult Physical Disabilities Lab, Applied Kinesiology Lab

 

Jill Schacht MOT, OTR/L

Phone

207-944-4744

Email

jill.schacht@maine.edu

Academic Degrees

  • MS in Occupational Therapy, University of New England, 2003
  • BA in Health Sciences, University of New England

Profile

Jill began her career as an occupational therapist as a rehabilitation manager at a skilled nursing facility in Bath, was a traveling therapist for a year, and then found her OT home in pediatrics.  She has been practicing in the field of pediatrics since 2005 with experience in both school and private clinical settings. She currently works with primary school age children in the public school setting. Jill is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test™ and holds certifications in Handwriting Without Tears®; Interactive Metronome®; Therapeutic Listening®; and Social Thinking®; and has completed continuing education in the areas of Sensory Integration Theory, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other Childhood Illness, and Oral Motor Development.

Jill has a passion for working with kids to help them improve and achieve success both in school and at home, especially in the areas of sensory processing, emotional regulation, social interaction, behavior, and motor and visual perceptual skill development. Personally, Jill has a love for family, physical fitness, SUPing, and personal growth. 

Areas of Expertise

Sensory Integration and Praxis Test™  

Certifications in Handwriting Without Tears®; Interactive Metronome®; Therapeutic Listening®; and Social Thinking®

Courses Taught at USM

Pediatrics Lab, Level I & II Fieldwork Educator

 

Teresa Smith MA, OTR/L

Teresa Smith

Phone

(207) 400-1340

Email

teresa.smith@maine.edu

Academic Degrees

  • Student, Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program, Chatham University
  • M.A. in Cross Cultural Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2011
  • M.A. in Biblical Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2011
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University, 2001

Profile

Teresa has provided occupational therapy services to children and adults throughout the entire healthcare continuum since she began practicing in 2002. She has worked in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing/subacute rehab, home health, and outpatient settings. She even had short stints working in the school system and in rehab management. In just about every setting, Teresa has been a fieldwork clinical instructor for OT students and has cherished every encounter. Her "bread and butter" as an occupational therapist is working with people with acute physical or neurological dysfunction in an interdisciplinary setting. One of her favorite jobs was working at Our Children's House at Baylor in Dallas, Texas, where she gained specialized knowledge and skills in constraint-induced movement therapy, serial casting, feeding therapy, treatment of pediatric complex regional pain syndrome, and pulmonary rehab for babies requiring vent-weaning. Teresa is newer to Maine, having relocated with her husband and two young boys from Ohio, in the summer of 2018. She currently works as a full-time OT at the Maine Medical Center while also pursuing an OTD degree. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks with her family, exploring the foodie scene in Portland, and learning about other cultures.

Areas of Expertise

Stroke rehab, progressive neurological disorders, TBI/poly-trauma, low vision/vision therapy, pediatric feeding therapy, cross-cultural competency, acute care, and interprofessional collaboration.

Certifications - Delay the Disease Parkinson's Fitness Program Certified Instructor, Certified Provider of Interactive Metronome, Certified Provider of Therapeutic Listening, and Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI).

Courses Taught at USM

  • Applied Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology Lab
  • Level I Fieldwork: Community Practice
  • Occupational Performance in Older Adulthood - Vision Lab
  • Occupational Performance Through Adulthood
  • Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy Lab
  • Occupational Therapy Foundations