Rehabilitation Science Graduates

Alyssa Barrie

AlyssaBarrie_MRScgradShe was a member of the last baccalaureate cohort to graduate in occupational therapy at UBC decided to barrel on through to obtain her master’s, not knowing at the time that this credential would make her entry to practice in the United States much easier. Last Spring, shortly after Alyssa completed the requirements to graduate, she and her fiancé moved to Texas. Although she misses her work and the support of her colleagues at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver she is now working as an occupational therapist at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Alyssa’s research was based on her work at Sunny Hill and the prioritization of students with handwriting difficulties.

Astrid St. Pierre

AstridStPierre_MRScGrad2Astrid wrote that “I am pleased to state that my job title during and after my master’s is ‘occupational therapist’.” A dedicated practitioner, Astrid works at Vancouver Children’s Hospital in the Cardiac Sciences and Home Tracheostomy and Ventilation programs. With a focus on pediatric feeding and swallowing, it comes as no surprise that her research centred on identifying the risk of feeding and nutritional difficulties in infants with congenital heart disease.

Deirdre Thornton

DeirdreMRScgradDeirdre was one of our learners who decided that working and doing a master’s wasn’t quite enough. She managed to have two children at the same time! Pre-kids, she was an occupational therapist providing work hardening services to injured workers in a program called Recovery in Motion (RIM) at Sunnybrook’s, Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre in Toronto.  She currently reports loving her role as a stay-at-home mom. However, in the New Year, she plans to use the results of her research project to explore opportunities to develop a private practice that will provide occupational therapists with a resource to enhance evidence-based practice and knowledge transfer. The focus will be in the area of injured worker rehabilitation and ideally she hopes it will be a home-based opportunity!


Read more about Alyssa, Astrid, and Deirdre on the Rehabilitation Science Online Programs website.