Melissa Cummings

Podcast "Talking Occupation - Because What We Do Matters"

Melissa Cummings is a Masters of Occupational Therapy student at University of New Mexico.  She received her baccalaureate from Utah State University, majoring in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Gender and Cultural Differences.  She is a member of the New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.  Melissa has been a successful entrepreneur in northern New Mexico for the last twenty years.  In addition, she has served as a community board member for 15 years both as a vice president and president.  In her roles Melissa has supported mental health services, focused on creating well-rounded educational services for children, and broken ground for women business owners.  She is currently participating in research regarding tractor seating adaptations for farmers and ranchers.  Melissa Cummings 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.