Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructors

Kory Hall

Kory Hall

occupational therapy assistant

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Koryl, BS, COTA/L, joined the staff in January of 2008, as an instructor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Kory graduated from the OTA program at LATI in 2001 and graduated from Mount Marty College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Selected Studies in 2005. Koryís previous employment as an Occupational Therapy Assistant has included Prairie Lakes Hospital, Watertown School District, and Sanford Clinic. Her occupational experiences include: six years of pediatrics, geriatrics, rehabilitation, outpatient/inpatient care and Occupational Medicine. Kory is an active member of the South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association. She grew up in Winner, SD, but has called Watertown home for the last nine years with her husband Greg and their 3 children, Kaylee, Maddie and Gage.

Julie Kalahar

Julie Kalahar

occupational therapy assistant

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Julie, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, is the Director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1992 from Augustana College and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1994 from USD. Since graduating she has held various leadership positions within the South Dakota Occupational Therapy Associationís (SDOTA) organization. The roles have included: fundraising chairperson, secretary, vice president and government relations chairperson. She has served two terms as South Dakota Representative to the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Representative Assembly (RA). In 2008, she was elected by the AOTA RA to the position of Recorder. In 2005 and 2010, the SDOTA honored Kalahar by presenting her and Randy Breske, COTA/L, and Kory Hall, BS, COTA/L respectively, with the OTA/OT Partnership Award for their collaboration in the education of occupational therapy practitioners and their dedication to the organization. Julie was also awarded the 2005 Dorothy Anne Elsberry Award of Merit, which is the highest honor awarded by SDOTA, for her continued dedication and work on behalf of the field of occupational therapy. Currently she is serving the SDOTA as President and AOTA as the OTA Education AdHoc Committee Chairperson. In April of 2014 AOTA will award her with the Roster of Fellows Award for Exemplary Dedication through Service and Leadership. Julie enjoys hunting, gardening, dancing and spending time with her dogs Katie, Scout, Augustana and Gator.