"I love hearing the story of someone's life. I use each person's interests to guide my therapy interventions and make their OT sessions meaningful."
I always wanted to work in healthcare. I discovered the field of occupational therapy while I was an undergraduate student and realized it was a perfect fit for me. I love being an OT; I've worked in a variety of settings in pediatrics and geriatrics. I especially enjoy working with the elderly because of their rich life experiences.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor at D'Youville, I teach Pediatric Evaluation and Documentation I Lab. I'm also the Fieldwork Coordinator for the department. In my Occupational Development class, I run activity groups at the Richmond Summer Senior Center, West Side Community Center, and the Santa Maria Towers (senior apartments). The senior citizens love the interaction with the students and the interesting groups we run.
I'm involved in IPEC (Interprofessional Education) and have participated in several simulation sessions. I have been involved in several research articles and have also presented in both NYSOTA and AOTA conferences. I am an active member in the NYSOTA and am also involved in many committees on campus. I especially enjoy taking students to local community centers to work with both senior citizens and students on Buffalo's West Side.
Students who do well in the Occupational Therapy Program are smart, compassionate, and like working with people. As an OT, you have to be able to develop a rapport with your patients so they will work with you toward their goals of improved independence with activities of daily living.
Donna Brzykcy, MS, OTR
Clinical Assistant Professor; Fieldwork Coordinator
Dept. of Occupational Therapy