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As assistant professor for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program, Dr. Warnaar’s teaching focuses on occupation-based practice, OT theories/frameworks, and methodologies for assessing and overcoming dysfunction in adult populations. Students in her classes are empowered to "learn by doing" through application of skills.
Her first career was as a history teacher. She taught public school grades 6-12 for a few years. She sometimes felt that she wasn't reaching all of her students, and in her search to meet the needs of her student population, she discovered occupational therapy. Once she learned more about the great scope and breadth of this profession, she knew it was the career for her. Dr. Warnaar went back to school to obtain her Doctor in Occupational Therapy, and for the past 5 years, has worked as an acute care OT at a Level II Trauma Center. Her areas of expertise are neurological deficits (TBI, SCI, CVA) and critical care (especially management of the mechanically-ventilated patient). She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.
Outside of teaching, Dr. Warnaar enjoys skiing, camping, hiking with her dog, and maintaining her clinical practice skills within the acute care hospital setting. She is also active in advocating for the profession of OT, and maintains a leadership position with the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado (OTAC) – Western Slope.