Occupational Therapy

Student ambassadors

The Student Ambassadors in the Department of Occupational Therapy are a select group of students that provide guidance and valuable insights to prospective students. The Student Ambassadors are responsible for providing department tours, advising prospective students, contributing to communication activities and representing the department at recruitment and marketing events. To schedule an advising appointment with a student ambassador, please email OTAdmissions@missouri.edu.

Britney Akers

Second-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Dixon, Missouri

Describe your path to occupational therapy: After breaking my arm in the 7th grade, I spent several months receiving OT and PT. I fell in love with OT because it used a holistic approach to help me engage in activities that were meaningful to me. I job shadowed OTs in many settings and discovered my passion for helping people with neurological conditions such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Describe your favorite part of the program and/or profession: I love occupational therapy because it can help anyone do anything at any point in their day. Our primary focus is to help people do things they find meaningful to improve their quality of life.


Sarah Dodoo

Second-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Why Mizzou OT: The professors are so supportive and helpful it truly feels like I am gaining a family.

Advice for future students: Your hard work will pay off, everyone is rooting for you, your classmates, professors, family and friends. Take pictures of the journey so you can remember the trials and tribulations in your time of glory!


Hannah Lee

Second-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Johnston, Iowa

Best part of the program: The professors. They have been so welcoming, helpful, and dedicated to each of us as students to meet our highest potentials. They push us to be the best occupational therapy students we can be but also help us when we are down.

Advice for future students: Take it day by day and to never be afraid to ask for help. The professors are there to help you succeed and are a great resource for all concerns and questions.  


Kathryn Mackey

Second-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Columbus, Mississippi

Why Mizzou OT: My story of how I chose MUOT is pretty long and crazy. Ultimately, I truly felt like this was where I was supposed to go and once I did my research on the program I was really excited about the variety of experiences I would get here that other programs didn’t offer. Some examples of this are getting to be involved in the TigerOT clinic throughout our coursework as well as the added hands-on practicum aspect of our curriculum that better prepares us for future fieldwork.

Dream OT job: I am really interested in being a traveling Occupational Therapist. I think it would be so neat to travel to different places and meet/help a variety of different people from around the country. I would love to do a travel OT gig for a few years before settling down somewhere to work in one place.


Jordan Weaver

Second-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Boonville, Missouri

Describe your path to OT: I’ve had a passion for the therapy world ever since I was in high school. I wanted to work in a field that had the ability to truly impact people’s lives and OT just seemed like the right fit. I received my OTA degree in 2018 and am now working towards my doctorate degree at the University of Missouri.

Advice for future students: Just remember that you are invited to be a part of this program for a reason. While it maybe overwhelming at times, your cohort and this faculty and staff will put you in the best situation to succeed. Even more so, trust in your abilities!  


Madison Ebeling

Second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant Student

Hometown: La Plata, Missouri

Describe your path to occupational therapy: During high school I was introduced to occupational therapy by my counselor and started job shadowing local OT practitioners. From there I continued to shadow and get involved in organizations in college. I then decided I wanted to first become a COTA, gain experience and work in the field, before my ultimate goal to work as an OTD.

Advice for future students: My advice to future students would be to stay engaged with the activities and discussions during class time. Take advantage of all the opportunities, events, programs, and speakers that the department brings in!


Katherine Ng

Katherine Ng

Second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant Student

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Describe why you chose MUOT: I chose MUOT because the OTA program is new, and I had heard good things about the OT program. Mizzou is also far from home but not too far that I can visit my family when I get homesick.

Describe your favorite part of the program and/or profession: My favorite part of the OTA program has been meeting the rest of my cohort and becoming close to all of them in the span of one semester. They were the first people I really got to know when I moved here.


Zoey Hrabovsky

First-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Fulton, Missouri

Describe your path to occupational therapy: My path to occupational therapy is very unique. I began my undergraduate career as an engineering major, switched my major multiple times, then fell in love with OT. I wanted a career that valued people and personal connections above all, so ultimately OT is the perfect path for me.

Describe your dream OT job: One day, I would love to work in adaptive sports, especially focused on the pediatric population.


Ryan Kissel

First-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: El Dorado Springs, Missouri

Describe your path to occupational therapy: When I first started college, I found a passion to improve others’ quality of life through health-promoting activities. I wanted to apply this passion to a career that offered abundant opportunities. After becoming an OTA in 2018, I then gave myself time to explore other careers. Nothing was as satisfying as the direct client care and scope of practice that OT provides. Therefore, I decided to progress my career in OT because I wanted to advance my practice and knowledge.

Describe why you chose Mizzou OT: Prior experience in the OT profession has taught me the importance of evidence-based practice. I chose MU OT because of the many opportunities they offer their students, such as research, interprofessional development, and collaboration between students and professors.


Lexie Moore

First-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Geneva, Illinois

Describe your path to occupational therapy: I applied to the University of Missouri (MU) in 2018 as a pre-nursing student. From working at MU hospital, my eyes were opened to other health professions, and in the spring of 2020, I officially changed my major to Health Sciences. This change was exciting and extremely thrilling and helped me to officially chose Occupational Therapy which was exactly what I was desperately searching for, a combination of both emotional and physical intervention.

Advice for future students: My advice for future students is to prioritize their mental well-being. Mental illness is something that I believe affects everyone at some point in life in some way. The Mizzou OT faculty and your cohort are there to support you in all facets of your well-being, so use them for support whenever you need it.


Amy Naaman

First-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri

Describe your favorite part of the program and/or profession: My favorite part of the profession is helping people do the things they love. There is so much that we fix under the umbrella of OT so there are endless possibilities for how we can improve the lives of our clients. I love that our program is focused on creating excellent practitioners and the professors want you to succeed just as much as you do and are by your side along the journey.

Advice for future students: You are in the program now, take a breather. This is this time to focus and become the OT you always wanted to be. Create healthy study habits and have an open mind. You are meant to be here.


Mikayla Simons

First-year Occupational Therapy Student

Hometown: Emporia, Kansas

Describe your favorite part of the program and/or profession: I have really enjoyed getting to know my classmates and meeting some of my best friends. It is exciting to get to work with and collaborate with students in other professional programs through the Interprofessional Education days.

Describe your path to occupational therapy: I always knew I wanted to work in health care, but for the longest time I did not know what exactly I wanted to do. During a course in my undergrad, we had an occupational therapist come and talk to our class. I was really interested in OT because I liked the idea of following a holistic approach when working with clients, and I have come to find that I have a lot of the same values as this profession.