Faculty Profiles

Occupational therapy faculty are listed below. Click on any faculty member's name for a full profile.

Ruth Ramsey

Dr. Ramsey has been an occupational therapist since 1985 and founded the OT program at Dominican University of California in 1996. Dr. Ramsey teaches education research and program development in the curriculum, mentors student in the master’s thesis process, and provides academic advising. Her research interests include community-based practice in OT, innovative approaches to teaching OT, and healthy aging. Dr. Ramsey is active in state and national professional association and she has served on the Commission for the American Occupational Therapy Association, is a founding member of the Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Action Coalition steering committee, and participated in the AOTA Mental Health Partnership Project.

Read More…

Stacy Frauwirth

Stacy has more than 14 years of clinical and administrative experience in pediatrics, with expertise in early intervention, NICU, and sensory integration. She has been involved in a number of innovative, grant-supported programs, including the development of a model for providing therapeutic support services in an Early Head Start program and participating in the establishment of the Compassionate Touch program in a local NICU. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests and the Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale and is trained in Therapeutic Listening. Her ongoing professional interests include the infusion of child rights discourses into occupational therapy practice and developing models for promoting children's wellness and occupational participation within public school systems. Stacy is currently completing studies in the PhD program in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include the development of play and play styles and the use of complex science models to understand occupation and as an organizing framework for Occupational Science. She presents frequently on sensory integration and development to family groups, foster care training programs, and early childhood mental health program staff. Stacy has served on the board of the Association of Pediatric Therapists and is currently the newsletter editor for the organization. Stacy currently teaches Occupations of Children and Adolescents I and II, Foundations of OT, and Research in the Health Professions, courses in the OT program.

Read More…

Janis Davis

Dr. Janis Davis is a full-time associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Education Program at Dominican. Dr. Davis has more than 20 years of experience working in psychiatry and academia. Her expertise is in acute psychiatric occupational therapy with an emphasis on group leadership. She received her PhD degree in Education from University of Kansas, and has a Master’s in Counseling in addition to being an occupational therapist. Dr. Davis has been involved in many research initiatives including therapeutic listening and documenting evidence in healthcare. In addition, Dr. Davis has provided many faculty workshops on learning and the brain and problem-based learning and served consumers through a grant-funded community partnership program for persons recovering from stroke. She has published in many peer reviewed journals and has presented her research nationally and internationally. Dr. Davis teaches courses in the psychosocial aspects of occupational therapy, professional development, and foundations of occupation as well as advising master’s thesis students.

Read More…

Karen Pitbladdo

Karen brings over 20 years of clinical experience to Dominican University of California. Her varied clinical experiences include acute and outpatient rehabilitation at Stanford Hospital (CA); and Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Ms. Pitbladdo has also helped develop a work re-entry program at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester (NY). She has been a certified Hand Therapist for nearly 10 years, and is on staff at Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital. Karen has authored a chapter titled: "Hip Fractures and Total Hip Replacement: in L.W. Pedretti ed. Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfuction. Ms. Pitbladdo teaches Human Movement Analysis, OT Management, and Introduction to OT.

Read More…

Bonnie Napier-Tibere

Dr. Napier-Tibere has practiced as a licensed clinician in Washington, Oregon, and California with expertise in brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopedics. She has published articles in Home Care Provider and Gerontology, and Geriatrics Education. Bonnie is the author of The Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Survival Guide (FA Davis). She has written, constructed and currently maintains a wbsite on diversity issues in healthcare (Click here to go to her website). This project is funded by On-Lok SeniorHealth, Inc., and Stanford University School of Medicine's Geriatric Education Center where she is also an affiliated faculty. Dr. Napier-Tibere has over 20 years of clinical and educational experience as a clinician and in teaching. Her special interests include cultural perspectives of health and illness; biofeedback; and technology applications in rehabilitation.

Read More…

Suzanne Degen

Suzanne is a native Californian, born and raised in San Francisco. She is a graduate of the San Jose State University Occupational Therapy Program and has worked in psychiatric, inpatient and outpatient settings, and vocational workshops. Before coming to Dominican University of California, her clinical experience, her clinical experience was in Home Health. She is an active community volunteer and has served on a variety of board of directors for local community agencies, such as Marin Brain Injury Network. A recent highlight was her trip to PROJIMO, a rehabilitation community in Mexico. She loves the outdoors and is an avid skier, wind surfer, mountain biker, gardener, and traveler.

Read More…

Alison Chaplin

Alison Chaplin, who graduated in the first DUC occupational therapy graduating class of 2000, has returned as our new academic fieldwork associate. In this position, she assists the academic fieldwork coordinator, Suzanne Degen, in developing new fieldwork sites and placing students in those sites. In the fall 2008 semester, she is teaching the labs for “Foundations of Occupational Therapy”, and assisting Karen Pitbladdo in the labs for “Occupations of Adults and Seniors I”. Ms. Chaplin previously worked at Kentfield Rehabilitation Center and the Hand and Physical Therapy Center of Marin, and is completing her Master of Science degree in education here at Dominican University.

Read More…