Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Alyssa Farrell MS, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OTA Online

    Alyssa Farrell works at St. Catherine University as an Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

    Alyssa has been a practicing OT since 2009. She graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

    For the first 7 years of her career, she worked in various acute care hospital settings focusing her research on early mobilization in the ICU. She transitioned into an outpatient pediatric clinic in December 2015 until December 2019 before accepting a full time Assistant Professor position at St. Catherine University in December 2019.

  • Elizabeth A. Dixon, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, OTA Online

    Elizabeth is a registered Occupational Therapist and has specialized in pediatrics since 1998. She has experience in management of staff and programs. She has worked in early intervention, school based and outpatient settings. She is knowledgeable in various treatment strategies including sensory integration, handling techniques, feeding, handwriting, and therapeutic taping and continues to practice.

    Elizabeth has been teaching since 2014. She has taught various courses within an OTA program, including Analysis of Movement, Practice Skills, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Management, Clinical Conditions, Pediatrics and Level I Fieldwork.

  • Gayla Aguilar, OTD, MS, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, OTA Online

    Dr. Gayla Aguilar, OTD, MS, OTR/L received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) in 1995, a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University in 2019, a Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree with a specialty in pediatrics from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professional in Provo, UT in 2010. She is certified in Sensory Integration through the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Aguilar is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Psychology.

  • Heather Beth Johnson MS OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, OTA Online

    Heather "Beth" Johnson obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies in 2002 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007. She is currently enrolled in a Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate with an expected graduation date of May 2022. She began working as an occupational therapist (OT) in 2007 in a skilled nursing facility. In 2014, she obtained my first position in academia as an OTA program director. She completed the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) re-accreditation requirements for that program. In 2015, Beth was offered the opportunity to become the founding program director of an OTA program in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Katelyn Brady, OTD, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor, OTA Online

    Katelyn Brady, OTD, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the occupational therapy assistant program at St Catherine University.
    Katelyn graduated from Creighton University with her OTD degree in 2011 and a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2008 from the University of Minnesota. Katelyn has practiced in a variety of areas of occupational therapy clinical practice, including adult acute care, acute rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics and school based practice. She enjoys teaching a variety of courses, but focuses mainly on the courses on Aging and the Foundations of Human Occupation.

  • Katie Arnold, MS, OTR/L, CLT

    Assistant Professor, OTA Online

    Katie is a registered Occupational Therapist and full-time assistant professor for St. Catherine's University - OTA Online program.

    Katie has a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

    Katie's clinical work experience includes acute care, subacute care, SNF care, outpatient orthopedic therapy services, and industrial rehabilitation. She is a certified lymphedema therapist. Katie also has experience in healthcare management and leadership and is extremely passionate about the profession of occupational therapy.

  • Katie Toon, MOT, OTR, CLT

    Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OTA Online

    Katie Toon, MOT, OTR, CLT is an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and assistant professor for the OTA Program at St. Catherine University. She has been practicing occupational therapy since 2010. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 2008 and a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas. Katie became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2012. She then completed the oncology focused Survivorship Training and Rehab Program in 2013. She began teaching Occupational Therapy Assistant Students in 2015, and became a Program Director at Brown Mackie College in Dallas, Texas in 2016.

  • Kimkesia Morgan, MS, OTR/L

    Assistant Professor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OTA Online

    Kimkesia has practiced OT for over 19 years with experience in various settings. As the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Pacific region at St. Kate, she brings to this role a passion to inspire and create an environment where professional growth can flourish. One of her proudest achievements while working as a clinician was being chosen to teach her colleagues a new treatment intervention program for stroke patients. Kimkesia says that this is when she believes the teaching bug bit her!

    Kimkesia believes one of the many wonderful things about St. Kate is its commitment to excellence and opportunity.

  • Kristen Maisano, OTD, MAEd, OTR/L

    Associate Professor, OTA Online, Occupational Therapy

    Dr. Kristen Maisano, OTD, MAEd, OTR/L has been practicing occupational therapy since 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in occupational therapy in 2005 from Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania. Kristen earned her post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy at Boston University, Boston Massachusetts, in May 2010. In 2011, Kristen joined the Department of Defense as an occupational therapist working with service members diagnosed with mild traumatic brain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Kristen has presented on the topics of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder at multiple state conferences.

  • Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD

    Associate Dean, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

    Dr. Fitzpatrick came to St. Kate's in the Summer of 2020. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Marian University (WI) where he led the Exercise and Sport Science program and was the Chair of the Allied Health Department. He began his career at John F. Kennedy University as a faculty member in Sport Psychology. Dr. Fitzpatrick has an ongoing research line in graduate student preparation and early career experiences in the field of Sport and Performance Psychology. Additionally, he has presented nationally on assessment issues in higher education and is an active member within the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE).

  • Stephanie Adams, DHSc, OTR/L

    OTA Online Program Director, Assistant Professor

    Educational Journey-Dr. Adams has four degrees in occupational therapy, first as a COTA in 1994, then she earned a BS in OT in 2000. After being in practice for several years, Dr. Adams returned to school to earn a post-professional MHS OT degree in 2009 and a Doctor of Health Science degree in OT (DHSc) in 2017. Stephanie believes that being a life-long learner helps to keep abreast of best practices for this ever-changing health care profession.
    Employment Path-Stephanie worked in a variety of setting including hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health with geriatric clients and infants.

  • Taisha Trotman, COTA/L, MS

    Assistant Professor, OTA Online

    Professor Trotman is a licensed OTA with a passion for mentorship and professional growth! Over the years, she has honed her skills at cultural competence, diversity/bias recognition, and conflict resolution. She's been an OTA educator for 11+ years, and has a clinical background centered on patient care, management/HR duties/Quality Assurance & Control. She has a track record of being an essential part of the university’s management team and instrumental in providing effective solutions that produce immediate impact and contribute to student long-term success.

    Here's a little about her.

  • Terri Grundy, MOT, OTR

    Assistant Professor, Student & Fieldwork Manager, OTA Online

    Terri Grundy, works at St. Catherine Univeristy as the Student Fieldwork Manager in the online OTA program. Terri was hired by St Kate’s as an adjunct professor in 2017and taught a number of courses and labs before being hired as FT faculty in 2020. Terri has over 20 years of experience in school systems as both a clinician and a special education administrator overseeing a number of related service programs and providers including AT, OT, PT, APE, and MT and serving as an advocate for universal design.

    Terri has presented on AT related topics at both local and state AT and OT Association workshops, guest lectured at universities, and has spoken nationally at the Technology for Reading and Learning Disabilities and the Urban Collaborative conferences.