ORTA Internship Supervisor Award Honorees And Winner

The Ohio Recreational Therapy Association (ORTA), in conjunction with The University of Toledo Recreational Therapy Club, co-sponsored ORTA’s first-ever award: Outstanding Recreational Therapy Internship Supervisor for 2020.

Elizabeth Earley

Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital
Nominated by: Kelly Walker

Top Three Qualities:
1. Patience
2. Attentiveness
3. Ability to educate

“Liz is a phenomenal therapist. She exemplifies everything a Recreation Therapist should, and she sets the standard high. All of her work is extremely calculated and patient oriented. She does not let herself get into an “easy” activity routine, and it is evident in the progress of her patients. Liz rocks!”

Stacy Remington

Clark Retirement Communities
Nominated by: Kortny Overhiser

Top Three Qualities:
1. Resiliency
2. Intentionality
3. Empowerment

“Overall, Stacy is an eager, knowledgeable, welcoming, passionate CTRS who deserves recognition for the exceptional work she does with her residents at Clark Retirement Communities. She desires to make recreation therapy known by residents and families and is constantly working to improve her personal skills as a professional and her department’s knowledge of person-centered care. She is a strong advocate for her role as a CTRS and will be substantially impactful throughout her career.”

Heather Steiner

Columbus Springs Dublin
Nominated by: Morgan Paaverud

Top Three Qualities:
1. Resiliency
2. Intentionality
3. Empowerment

“Heather has shaped me into the entry level therapist I can be. She  was encouraging to keep being great each and every day. She challenged me to come up with new  interventions for the behavioral health populations. She taught me how to go with the flow when  the mood of the group changes. And lastly she was a great mentor to learn from on how to be a  recreational therapist and how to be the best therapist you can be for your patients!”

Tyra Warner

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Nominated by: Lindsay Bedlion, CTRS, Sara Warner, CTRS, Kristi VanVranken, CTRS, & Sarah Hosel

Top Three Qualities:
1. Adaptability
2. Willingness to learn
3. Flexibility

“Tyra has an amazing heart and always wants what is best for her students. COVID threw her a curveball during her intern supervision this year, but Tyra continually found ways to help her student complete her internship and provide her with the best experience she could.”

And the winner is … 

Tyra Warner

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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