Jaclyn Fok

For Jaclyn Fok, coming to Dominican was love at first sight from the moment she stepped on campus as a high school sophomore and discovered the University’s 4+1 occupational therapy program.

“I chose to pursue occupational therapy because it is a health care profession that gives me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives using creative therapeutic means to accomplish their goals,” Jaclyn says. “Through my hands-on experience at Dominican, I have learned that occupational therapy is a very rewarding profession.”

Jaclyn’s experience at Dominican included serving as a Service-Learning Student Leader for five of her eight undergraduate semesters.  She was encouraged by one of her professors in her Ethics in Healthcare class to become a student leader to sharpen her skill set.

“I had the opportunity to strengthen my professional interpersonal communication, balance various responsibilities, and fine tune my organizational skills. These are all skills that I know I will be able to carry with me into my career as an occupational therapist,” Jaclyn says.

“I am thankful for my time as a Service-Learning Student Leader because it gave me the chance to grow as a leader and gave me the training grounds to become a professional.”

Guided by Dr. Ruth Ramsey, Chair of the OT Department, Jaclyn excelled in the classroom at Dominican. She is a member of Pi Theta Epsilon (OT’s International Honor Society); Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society; Alpha Chi, and Alpha Lambda Delta. She was on the Dean's List every semester since the fall of 2010.

Jaclyn volunteered for numerous activities off campus including the Lourde’s Convent where she played piano and San Pedro Elementary School where she encouraged children to eat healthy and practice healthy living habits. Jaclyn also is a health science tutor in Anatomy, Physiology and a variety of OT courses.

For her Capstone project, Jaclyn worked with three other occupational therapy classmates -- Rajvinder Bains, Tamara Vileshina and Nadine Marcelo -- in conducting a program evaluation on the perceived benefits of a multifactorial fall prevention program. The Capstone was accepted by the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and Jaclyn and her team will give their poster presentation at the OTAC Conference in October. In addition, Jaclyn collaborated with two other OT students -- Shannon Landau and Liberty Bellah -- on a critically appraised paper that will be published soon in the American Occupational Therapy Association Evidence-Practice Project, a national OT journal. The paper is entitled "Does Cognitive Treatment for Illness Perceptions Increase Patient-Specific Physical Activity Levels of Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain When Compared to No Intervention?"

This summer, Jaclyn is working a full-time OT internship as part of her coursework for her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She will  return to Dominican as a graduate student in the fall.

“The thing that I have appreciated the most in my educational experience at Dominican is the personal assistance I have received from my professors.  Nearly every professor I have had at Dominican has been approachable and genuinely interested and invested in my educational and professional development,” Jaclyn says. “I believe that I have gained a wealth of knowledge from being under the tutelage of my professors who took the time to invest in my future. And I hope to give back by becoming an occupational therapist serving individuals in our community.”