Occupational Therapy alumni providing impact in community

The opportunity to earn two degrees from Dominican provided Sabrena McCarley ’04 and ’09 MBA with the education and foundation to be a confident leader, which she applies to her position now as Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) Chair for the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee.

“The combination of these degrees has allowed me to hold both clinical and operational positions within the rehabilitation industry and has allowed me to understand the ins and out of the business aspect of the rehab agency,” says Sabrena, Director of Clinical Operations with RehabCare/Kindred Rehabilitation Services.

“I have always been passionate about clinical excellence and advocacy and have worked my way up to this position.”

Grateful for the small class sizes and the relationships they helped foster, Sabrena graduated from Dominican with her BS in Occupational Therapy then pursued her masters in Strategic Leadership.

At Kindred, Sabrena  is responsible for therapist mentoring, training, program development, continuing education development, quality assurance, compliance and regulatory support for more than 200 SNF/IL/AL facilities/rehab contracts and agencies in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky and New Mexico.

In addition, Sabrena was presented the Luella Grangaard Political Action Award from OTAC in 2015 and, two years later, won the Vision Award from the OTAC for her role as a committee member for the OT Centennial Rose Bowl Parade float.

She is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Living in Place Institute and the National Association of Rehab Providers and Agencies as well as a member of the Nominations and Awards Committee. This past summer she was appointed to the CMS MACRA work group for Neuropsychiatric Disease Management.

Sabrena is one of several OT graduates from Dominican who are passing on their knowledge and passion in many ways:

•    Mohammed Khalifa ’02, formerly Regional Vice President in charge of Operations for Northern and Central California and Nevada for CareMeridian, is now Vice President of Brookdale, the largest Senior Nursing Facility company in the country.

•    Cassie Whittington ’12 MS is director of rehab for Aegis Therapies at Marin Post Acute and Sonoma Post Acute, who is also developing a music program in both facilities for patients with dementia

.•    Jonathan Alonso ’14 MS works at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center where he is developing an activities program for the long term patient population with neurocognitive disorders. He splits his time between Inpatient Critical Care and Inpatient Mental Health and also works on a per diem basis for Skilled Therapies Inc.

•    Laura Boyd ’13 MS is working at Redwood Pediatric Therapy Associates in Santa Rosa.  She is the lead therapist in Petaluma as well as the volunteer and student coordinator. This past summer Laura volunteered again for Children of the Nations (COTN) and spent six weeks in a town in Northern Uganda working with teachers in the nursery and primary school to support developmental curriculum and students with learning challenges.


December 6, 2017