Are you a current MOTA member?  Log into the website and go to your Profile to renew.

Everyone else, click this button:


Please Visit the Maryland Moments tab to take a walk back in time.  This tab is being updated frequently with new Maryland Historical "Finds"

  • Home


Upcoming Events!

Lymphedema Hot Topic Event

DATE:  August 26th from 9am-11am


Layhill Rehab Center 

3227 Bel Pre Road

Silver Spring, MD 20906

SPEAKER Details: 

Christa Schestag, MS, OTR/L, CLT

A very hands on hot topics event that goes over the requirements to become a CLT, introductory knowledge surrounding lymphedema, practical hands-on application, and how to develop your own lymphedema toolkit. **This course is introductory only and is not a component of a formal CLT course**


RSVP by August 19th 


Traumatic Brain Injury for Behavioral Health Professionals Hot Topic Event

DATE: September 30th from 9am-12pm


Towson University 

Enrollment Services Room #117

8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252

SPEAKER Details:

Anastasia Edmondson, MS, CRC

This is not an event to miss. Anastasia is a true advocate with a heart for educating the public on all things TBI through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She will be focusing on "TBI and the behavioral health professional" and tying in all that core knowledge into practical applications for occupational therapists. 


RSVP by September 23rd


Details for Registration:

Please contact if you are interested in attending one or both of these events. 

**You MUST be a MOTA Member to attend.   

Thank you for supporting MOTA!




MOTA Celebrating the Centennial 

MOTA is compiling information on the important role that Maryland had in the development of our profession.  If you would like to help with this project, please email

All help is welcome and you can give as much or as little time as you would like!

Please join us is showing everyone just how special OT in Maryland is!


Please visit the Maryland Moments tab for updates as this process continues!

April 4th at 5:30pm and April 8th (time to be determined) we will be getting together to sift through OT history.  If you are interested in helping please contact me at the above email.


37th Annual MOTA Conference

November 10, 2017

Radisson Hotel North Baltimore

** Celebrating the OT Centennial **

Keynote Speaker:  

Donna AshmanExecutive Director of MD Board of OT    

"Important Dates in Occupational Therapy History"

Multiple Options for Contact Hours:  7.0 Total 

NEW this year: *Education Track Option*


2017 Official MOTA Vendor Packet.pdf

**Please click on the "Events!" tab to register

Please contact Lauren Carls Deaver (VP Events) with questions


Below are a list of nominees for the MOTA vacant Board Positions.  Voting to take place in September.


Lori Patria, MS, OTR/L:  I respectfully submit my name for consideration for MOTA Treasurer.  I have  privilege of serving as the current MOTA Treasurer where I have been responsible for preparing the budget for board approval, keeping an account of all financial transactions and tracking performance to budget, ensuring completion of all tax related documents, and actively participating in all board activities to name a few key activities.  In my 25+ years of experience as an occupational therapist I have served in many roles such as  Director of Therapy Services at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, Adjunct Faculty at Towson University and Community College of Baltimore County, Communication Liaison for AOTA Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section (2 terms), member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, and manager for the Maryland Mayhem wheelchair rugby team.  All of these roles have provided me with experience in leadership, financial management, teaching/mentoring, advocacy, and project management.  These skills are valuable to the role of treasurer in not only managing the finances of our association but also playing a role in our mission which is to represent, support and advance the practice of occupational therapy in the State of Maryland.  I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve another term and work with our board and membership to grow and strengthen our professional association.

VP Awards and Nominations

Derek Piggott, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science at Towson University. He has served on the MOTA Executive Board as VP of Nominations & Awards from 2014-2017. His area of clinical expertise is mental health practice in inpatient and community settings. His teaching and scholarship are focused on mental health practice and fieldwork education. He serves as a fieldwork educator at the Institute for Well-Being in both the Occupational Therapy Center and the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism in various programs focused on improving occupational engagement for individuals living in the community. He also works PRN at UMMS St. Joseph Medical Center in inpatient psychiatry and the partial hospitalization program.

VP of Advocacy

Caitlin Felker graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a dual degree in Politics and Spanish. After working for the American Composites Manufacturers Association and the American Society for Association Executives building education programs for a wide variety of professions, Caitlin decided to follow her dream and return to school to become an occupational therapist. In doing so, she exchanged her associate directorship inside a trade association for membership in the various professional associations for OTs. She recently served as the president of Towson University’s Student Occupational Therapy Association for the 2016-2017 academic year and is currently completing her Level II fieldwork requirements for graduation this December. During her student experience, Caitlin was very involved with the MOTA Legislative Committee and has a passion for policy as it relates to OT.  In her free time, Caitlin enjoys rock climbing, trail running, reading the newspaper, and perfecting her recipe for vegetable risotto. 

VP Communications

Awaiting Nominations

Student Representative

 OTA -Kaitlyn Fitzhugh is currently an OTA student at Wor-Wic Community College.  She takes a special interest in emerging practice areas such as animal assisted therapy.  In her career, she hopes to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy and provide the most realistic, purposeful, and meaningful activities for the clients she encounters. 

Upcoming Vacancies

The following board positions will be available effective January 2018. We are now taking self-nominations for:

Treasurer - 3 year term
VP Communications - 3 year term
VP Awards and Nominations - 3 year term
Student Representative - 

Please refer to the reference documents tab under By-Laws for responsibilities of each office. If you are interested in any of these positions, please email with a brief bio by August 25, 2017.
Biographies will be placed on the website for review prior to voting in October

(c) Maryland Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
PO Box 131
Stevenson, MD 21153-9998
Rules of Use are explained in our Website Disclaimer.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software