Occupational Therapy, M.S.


Dr. Susan Charnley

Dr. Susan Charnley, DrOT, OTR/L, CHT

Program Director & Assistant Professor


Dr. Charnley has enjoyed working as an occupational therapist for over 20 years. She earned a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996, a MS in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 1998, and a Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Governors State University in 2016. Dr. Charnley is also a Certified Hand Therapist. Her clinical experience includes bedside acute care, inpatient rehab, hospital based outpatient, therapist owned private practice and surgeon's private practice. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Charnley has over 10 years of experience teaching in master's level OT programs in the Chicago area.

Dr. Charnley's scholarly interests include: OT and diabetes, health literacy, interventions to reduce edema, OT following reconstruction and traumatic injuries of the hand, and the Kawa Model of occupational therapy. She has presented locally and nationally on these topics. Dr. Charnley is also interested in interprofessional education for OT students, and the use of simulated learning experiences to develop OT students' clinical reasoning skills.

Dr. Charnley serves on the Continuing Competence Committee for National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy, the Executive Board of the Chicago Metropolitan Hand Study Group, and the Editing Committee for the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association's Communique Newsletter.

Dr. Megan Eads

Dr. Megan Eads, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor


Dr. Eads earned her OTD from Creighton University. Her primary areas of interest include assessment and intervention in pediatric practice, specializing in feeding, sensory processing, and movement disorders. Her clinical experience includes early intervention, school-based settings, outpatient clinics, feeding, assistive technology, and community practice. She supports team based evaluations for feeding clinic and medical and autism diagnostics. She is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Lewis University. She teaches courses

with focus on occupational therapy foundational content, pediatrics, evidence-based practice, and occupational justice.

Dr. Eads is an experienced home evaluator and has also provided services to adults with developmental, intellectual, and sensory disabilities. Dr. Eads has worked with the Brookfield Zoo to increase accessibility for individuals with autism by recommending environmental modifications, adaptations, and high and low technology supports to improve safety and participation. Inspired by her doctoral research in the Dominican Republic, Dr Eads continues to explore occupational therapy in emerging practice areas to increase participation and engagement for marginalized populations.

Dr. Allison Richardson

Dr. Allison Richardson, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor


Dr. Richardson is an assistant professor in the Master of Science Occupational Therapy Program at Lewis University. She teaches courses in aging, theory, and evidence based practice. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Winthrop University in 2009, a Graduate Diploma in Zoology from University of Western Australia in 2011, and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in 2016. Her clinical experience thus far has been with the adult and older adult population in settings including memory care, skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, and inpatient rehab. Dr. Richardson has had experience as an adjunct professor at Charleston Southern University in the Health Promotion Department.

Dr. Richardson's areas of interest include aging in place, dementia and memory care, spirituality, and community reintegration for Veterans. Dr. Richardson also has interest in research and has worked with the non-profit organization REBOOT Recovery as a research investigator. She is excited for the opportunity to give back to the next generation of OTs through teaching at Lewis University.

Puja Gooptus

Puja Gooptu, MS, OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Instructor


Puja Gooptu earned her BS in Psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago, and her MS in Occupational Therapy from Rush University Medical Center. Ms. Gooptu is the academic fieldwork coordinator and an instructor in the Master of Science Occupational Therapy program at Lewis University. She teaches courses in rehabilitation, aging, and functional movement. Her primary areas of interest are inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and pediatrics as well as working with populations diagnosed with neurological conditions. Puja Gooptu has worked in acute care (including neuro, cardiac, trauma, and burn ICU), inpatient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation, and pediatrics settings as well as telehealth rehabilitation services.

In her years as a clinical fieldwork educator, Ms. Gooptu has incorporated her knowledge and skillset to promote students' clinical reasoning skills using current evidence-based methods of assessment and intervention. She is excited for the opportunity to support Lewis students in dynamic and practical learning experiences to equip them with the foundational knowledge and clinical skills essential for their future practice.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Eron Bozec

Dr. Eron Bozec, OTD, OTR/L, CSRS

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Bozec has been an occupational therapist for more than 19 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rockford University in 1998. Her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University in 2001 and her Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2019. She has an advanced practice certificate in neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University and has been a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist since 2013. Dr. Bozec has worked with adult clients across the rehabilitation spectrum of care from acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient, and day rehabilitation programs. She is an adjunct professor and teaches courses in rehabilitation.

Dr. Bozec's scholarly interests include upper extremity motor recovery through task-specific training, implementation of assessments into clinical practice, knowledge translation and implementation science integrating research into clinical practice. She has presented nationally on neurological interventions for evidence-based practice and manual development in knowledge translation.

Dr. Andrea LeFlore

Dr. Andrea LeFlore, OTR, OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. LeFlore serves as Adjunct Faculty at Lewis University in the M.S. Occupational Therapy (OT) Department. She also has experience teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for undergraduate and masters level OT courses. She is the lead OT at ReVive Center for Housing and Healing where she helped to establish two full-time OT positions in supportive housing with people who have experienced homelessness. She serves as the Vice President of Operations for Chicago Street Medicine, where she is co-leading a Community Needs Assessment to inform best practices in service provision with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. She is a 2018-2019 Schweitzer Fellow. Andrea's doctoral work involved the design, implementation, and evaluation of a Participatory Community Assessment at ReVive Center, where she continues to guide the participatory action research process. She contributes to various homeless service initiatives as a collaborator on MacNeal Hospital's Medical Respite program and as an Affiliate Consultant for the National Institute for Medical Respite Care with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. She speaks locally and internationally in efforts to promote strengths-based, equity-focused, and community-informed health, housing and homeless services.

Dr. Joanna Seber

Dr. Joanna Seber, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Seber earned her bachelor's degree in politics from the University of San Francisco and her masters and doctorate in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been an occupational therapist for over 10 years. Dr. Seber has worked with children and adolescents in school systems practice and has a passion for addressing the needs of underserved children and their families.

Dr. Seber's scholarship interests involve the use of the Model of Human Occupation in the schools. She is also interested in active learning models and supporting students' clinical reasoning skills.

Dr. Caitlin Smith

Dr. Caitlin Smith, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Smith has been in the occupational therapy field for over 10 years working with adult and pediatric clients in a wide range of settings including day rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, and home health. She earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, her masters and doctorate in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to being adjunct faculty, she manages her own practice in Chicago offering outpatient occupational therapy services to adults and children with a focus on repetitive strain injuries, orthopedic conditions, and the cancer survivor population. She also provides ergonomic evaluations and education around the Chicagoland area.

Dr. Smith's scholarship interests include the role of occupational therapy with the cancer population, educating patients and practitioners of the special needs of this population and developing resources for this emerging practice area. She presents locally and nationally on the role of occupational therapy with cancer survivors.