Bebe Makena

Podcast "Talking Occupation - Because What We Do Matters"

Bebe Makena is a Masters of Occupational Therapy student at the University of New Mexico.  She has a Masters of Science degree in Psychology and is a member of the New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.  Prior to her graduate education, Bebe worked in business and performed over a decade of volunteer community service.  Her work in business has been recognized five times as a best practice within the State of Ohio.  As a volunteer, she has served as a mediator, search and rescue responder, and community educator.  Bebe is currently collaborating on a systematic review of occupational therapy interventions for osteoarthritis that will be submitted for publication in 2017.  Bebe Makena lives in Taos, New Mexico.

Terri Abraham is a member of the Laguna Pueblo and is a licensed pro-fessional clinical counselor. She has worked in the field of disability, often within tribal programs, since 1973. In this podcast, she shares her experiences working alongside occupational therapists within Native American communities. She talks about how occupational therapy can benefit Native American communities, what she has learned from oc-cupational therapists, and how occupational therapists can improve their services to Native American communities 

OT Stories

Dec 12, 2016

We asked Occupational Therapists if they would share a story about a person that they were able to help through the use of OT. Their re-sponses were as diverse as they and their specialty areas are. These memories continue to inspire them to be OTs. We think they will inspire you, too. The identity of the person(s) discussed was concealed to protect their privacy.


Occupational Therapists tell us what OT is in their own words. Their definitions are often personal, and tell us how OT comes to life in their specialty areas.