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.

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Stacy Frauwirth

Stacy Frauwirth has more than 14 years of clinical and administrative experience in pediatrics, with expertise in early intervention, NICU, and sensory integration.

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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.

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Karen Pitbladdo

Karen Pitbladdo brings over 20 years of clinical experience to Dominican. 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kitsum Li

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Li was the 6th year Hong Kong-trained graduate into the profession of Occupational Therapy. She furthered her education in the University of New York at Buffalo while experiencing a head-to-toe (freezing toes) cultural shock. In 2005,  she earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

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