Teaches courses within the Transitional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (t-OTD) and Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) degree programs.
Dr. Sandra Groger began her career as a therapeutic recreation specialist working with mentally ill veterans in an outpatient program. She discovered the occupational therapy profession and returned to school, receiving her BS through Barry University, in Miami Shores, FL and later went on to receive her OTD from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She worked at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center within the mental health, geriatric psychiatry and outpatient rehabilitation departments until moving to Huntsville, AL. She spent several years providing contract therapy services for various pediatric populations, specializing in occupation-based therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Groger is also certified in the Interactive Metronome and The Listening Program.
Dr. Groger recently began a new trajectory in her career as the first district-hired OT in a local rural school district. This position has afforded her the opportunity to develop protocols and procedures for all aspects of occupational therapy service delivery for the school district, including producing a library of training videos for teachers and paraprofessionals in the district to learn how to embed occupations and sensory strategies into the academic curriculum.