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.

Marlene J. Morgan Ed.D, OTR/L

Dr. Morgan is an Instructor for TherapyEd and an Associate Professor and former Program Director in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Scranton. She received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in occupational therapy (MOT) from Texas Woman's University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Temple University. Dr. Morgan has over 25 years of academic and clinical experience. She has held a number of academic positions including appointments at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and her clinical experiences include a combination of patient care and administrative responsibilities. Dr. Morgan has published and presented nationally and internationally.

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 had to take the time to write you and let you know that I am so grateful for the course! I took my COTA exam 2 times and failed by 9 pts. Then I took the TherapyEd course with Toni Thompson (truly an amazing instructor) 3 days before my exam and raised my score by 31 points!! On the day I took my test I didn’t feel as much anxiety and left unsure as usual, however I knew that I used the methods I had been taught in the course during testing and THAT is what guided me to passing. I have celebrated every day since I passed doing what I absolutely love; as a pediatric COTA! Mrs. Thompson was right when she said “All the studying and all the hard work, this is what it takes to be a COTA”. Those words ran through my mind over and over and encouraged me to do this for myself! On scoring day when I passed she was one of the first people I notified! I can’t thank her enough! 

Shelby Hall, COTA