Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Faculty

Dr. Susan Charnley

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

Program Director & Assistant Professor

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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

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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

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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

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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. Janet Alonso

Dr. Janet Alonso, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Dr. Alonso received her undergraduate occupational therapy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a strong Model of Human Occupation influence under Dr. Gary Kielhofner. She earned her post-professional OTD from Rocky Mountain University with an emphasis on education. She brings over 30 years of experience to the classroom in areas of acute care, home health, clinical pediatric, and school-based practice. She currently holds a leadership position in a local school district and brings this knowledge to Lewis as an adjunct professor. She currently teaches the Leadership and Advocacy course for the Masters of Science Occupational Therapy program.

Dr. Alonso’s scholarly interests include evidence to support working with children and adults on the autism spectrum, supporting the sensory needs of clients in a natural setting, and creating leaders to ensure a strong future for the occupational therapy profession.




Dr. Eron Bozec

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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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. Melissa Brottman

Dr. Melissa Brottman, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Dr. Brottman is an adjunct professor in the Master of Science Occupational Therapy Program at Lewis University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Communication Deficits with a Leadership minor from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2014. She received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis. While at Washington University in Saint Louis, Dr. Brottman was involved with the medical school program and co-authored a systematic review titled, “Toward Cultural Competency in Health Care: A Scoping Review of the Diversity and Inclusion Education Literature.” Her clinical experience thus far has been with adult and older adult populations in inpatient rehabilitation and acute care hospital-based settings in the Chicago downtown area. She has spent the majority of her career treating patients with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and more. During the initial outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Brottman worked on one of the first inpatient rehabilitation units for COVID patients in Chicago and developed a continuing education course for professionals to use to guide them through evaluations and treatments.

Dr. Brottman’s areas of interest include spinal cord, ICU care in the hospitals, multi-level trauma, and spasticity management. She is excited to be working at Lewis University to prepare and get to know the brilliant minds of the future Occupational Therapists here at Lewis University.




John M. Dudzik

John M. Dudzik, DHS, OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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John Dudzik is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Madison, BA in History (1977), University of Puget Sound, BS in OT (1981), University of Indianapolis, MHS in OT (2015) and DHSc in OT (2021). He has been an occupational therapist for nearly 40 years, with extensive experience in patient care, with a focus in rehabilitation of individuals with changes in their neurologic status including stroke and brain injury.

Mr. Dudzik served as OT supervisor for brain injury, pediatric, and subacute programs at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan Ability Lab) from 1991 to 1997, and as Clinical Lead for OT at Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital in Elk Grove Village, IL from 2003-2019. He has completed numerous educational presentations to healthcare providers including OTs, PTs, SP, and nurses. Mr. Dudzik is also the current chairperson of the Illinois OT Association Leadership Development Program (LDP).




Dr. Corrie Lukkes

Dr. Corrie Lukkes, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Dr. Lukkes received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, NE in 2011. She has specialized in working with children with sensory processing and modulation disorders, autism, genetic disorders, and generalized developmental delay.

Dr. Lukkes is focused on early childhood development, including working with infants and their families. She also has experience working with children in a group setting. She has worked in a variety of settings, including early intervention, outpatient pediatrics, aquatic therapy, and most recently in academia as an adjunct professor of occupational therapy at Lewis University. Dr. Lukkes has also spent time mentoring occupational therapy students and new graduates coming into the field to help educate the next generation of amazing pediatric occupational therapists.

Dr. Lukkes is a certified instructor of infant massage, as well as a trained clinician in the use of the SOS approach to feeding and Therapeutic Listening. She also has experience working with adults with developmental delay.