Meet The October 2021 OTD Student Of The Month: Amelia Lee

Amelia Lee

Student of the Month Spotlight:  October 2021

Amelia Lee

OT2 Doctor of Occupational Therapy Candidate from Los Angeles, CA

Meet Amelia Lee! Amelia is in her second year of the OTD program and is being recognized for her involvement and service in our College organizations. She serves as Co-president of Inspired Minds, Volunteer Coordinator of WNE’s Student Occupational Therapy Association, and as Co-Chair of WNE’s Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity. She was selected to serve as a Graduate Assistant for the OTD division, where she helps tutor first year students. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Sciences with a minor in Health Policy from the University of Southern California in 2018. Amelia was nominated for Student of the Month by her faculty advisor, Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Burton and her peer, Avery Fornaciari.

Interview with Amelia:

Why did you choose Western New England University?

I have always wanted to live in Massachusetts, and the OTD program at Western New England offered the opportunity for small class sizes, a clinically knowledgeable faculty, and the Doctoral Experiential Capstone project. I knew that attending WNE would help me become a well-rounded occupational therapist.  

Please share your thoughts about the occupational therapy program at Western New England University.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at WNE is excellent for an emerging practitioner. The professors here have all very diverse clinical experience so there is something to learn from every professor. The program is special in that population health is part of the curriculum, which offers a unique perspective of community health. 

What are your current career aspirations?

After I graduate, I would love to continue working in New England in either acute care or community health.  

What advice would you provide to a student considering occupational therapy for a career?

 Occupational therapy is a dynamic profession that allows you to empower individuals to engage in their activities of daily living. In any setting you think of, there is an opportunity for occupational therapy. It truly is the best profession!  

Amelia’s Faculty Advisor (Amy Burton, OTD, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy) shared the following thoughts:

Amelia plays an important leadership role for several of our College’s organizations and clubs. She also organizes the volunteer opportunities for all cohorts, meeting with community members and assigning students. Amelia is going to be a wonderful occupational therapist; I am looking forward to watching her continue to grow and do great things!

Learn more about the opportunities available to our students by visiting our student organizations page here.