Amy E. Bryant, M.Ed., OTR/L

Amy Bryant is an Instructor for TherapyEd and has been an occupational therapist for 30 years. She is currently the OTA program director at Keiser University in Pembroke Pines, FL. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in 1990, and her Master's in Adult Education from the University of Georgia in 2007. She is currently enrolled in an Ed.D program at the University of St Augustine. She has spent the majority of her career in OTA education serving as a faculty member, academic fieldwork coordinator , and as a program director. She is passionate about assisting students in their preparation for the certification exam, both in regards to content and issues related to test taking skills and test anxiety.


Colleen Maher OTD, OTR/L, CHT (OTA)

Dr. Maher is an Instructor for TherapyEd and an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences, where she serves as Program Director of the Post-bac MOT Program. She received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Temple University, her MS Post Professional Masters in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, and her OTD Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Maher has over 30 years experience working in hospitals, hand clinics and home care. She is a certified hand therapist and is certified in manual lymph drainage. Colleen’s research interests include Upper Extremity Orthopaedics and Cancer Management. Dr. Maher has mentored seven Critically Appraised Papers (CAPS) that are published on AOTAs Evidence Exchange. 

Paula Carey OTD,OTR/L


Dr. Paula D. Carey, OTD, OTR/L has been an instructor for TherapyEd for over 18 years and has been an occupational therapy educator for over 30 years at Utica College. She served as the weekend coordinator and as the program director for occupational therapy at Utica College, but has now retired from full-time teaching.  She earned her Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University, Master of Science in Adult Education from Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Utica College, and Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Herkimer College.  She is invested in facilitating exam candidates' successful preparation for the occupational therapy and the occupational therapy assistant certification examinations.  Her primary research interests relate to occupational therapy education and productive aging in the areas of driving and stress management and coping.

Regina M. Lehman M.S., OTR/L

Regina Lehman is an Assistant Professor and Program Director at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY in New York.

Heather Panczykowski D.H. Sc., OTR/L

Dr. Panczykowski is an Instructor for TherapyEd and an Associate Professor and Program Director at Jamestown Community College, SUNY in Jamestown, NY. She received her doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, her Master’s from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College. She serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Academic Leadership Council of the AOTA, and has worked in a variety of health-care settings including in-patient rehabilitation, school systems, early intervention, and in-home health. She continues her clinical practice while teaching, believing that to be a good teacher she needs to continue to be in the practice environment.

Jeanine Stancanelli OTR/L

Jeanine Stancanelli is an Associate Professor at Mercy College in New York.

Toni Thompson DrOT, OTR/L, C/NDT

Ms. Thompson received her Occupational Therapy education at the University of Illinois. She earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Ms. Thompson was formerly a Team Leader of Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology at the Shriners Hospital for Children of Tampa, FL and her work experience includes service with the Peace Corps in Ecuador and Venezuela. She has significant experience in SI and NDT-Pediatrics, and has written numerous articles for a variety of Occupational Therapy and Orthopedic publications. Her area of concentration is the implementation of health care programs for Hispanic populations. In 1995 she received the Award of Excellence from the Florida Occupational Therapy Association.

I took a workshop with you at Lincoln Land Community College in Nov. 2019. Due to an unexpected surgery and COVID, I just completed my fieldwork in Dec. 2020. I took the COTA exam March 4th and passed! My score was 508. Thanks for all the tips you shared about test-taking and critical thinking. After not being in the classroom for over a year, I spent a lot of time studying from the Therapy Ed big book and going over the rationale for each question I missed on the practice tests. That really helped!


Lisa P