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My OT Spot is Going on Tour and We’d Love to Meet Up!

Big news from the My OT Spot team! My husband Brad (AKA the My OT Spot tech whiz/guru) and I just left our home in Atlanta for our unofficial My OT Spot tour!

We’re traveling across the U.S. in a teardrop RV… and we want to meet you!

Why are we doing this? 

It’s been our dream for the past 4 years to be able to go full time on the website and grow it while exploring all our beautiful country has to offer. We were so inspired by our friends Jessica and Jorge, a graphic designer couple adventuring and working full time in their VW Vanagon. They showed us that it’s actually possible to travel for extended periods while also getting work done along the way.

It’s been quite a journey for us to get to this point and we still can’t believe this dream is finally becoming a reality.

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What does this have to do with occupational therapy?

As we’ve thought more about taking this trip, we realized it would also be the perfect opportunity to meet occupational therapists, students, and members of the My OT Spot community wherever we might be!

There are so many differences in the field of occupational therapy from state to state – best practices, job market, trends, requirements, etc. – and we really want to learn about these things directly from OTs and COTAs and share our findings with you all.

We’d love to feature you on the blog if we get the chance to meet you and ask you some questions. We’re so excited to hopefully get to meet you, talk with you, and learn about what being an OT is like in your state.

Our schedule is tentative, but if you live in one of these states or you know an occupational therapy practitioner that does, leave a comment or email me directly at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to set something up.

If we’re not coming to your state this Fall, we are planning on visiting more states next Spring and Summer. In the meantime, we’d still love to hear from you and we can always meet up virtually!

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Here’s where we will be this Fall:

⦁ Tennessee: Chattanooga, Knoxville
⦁ Kentucky: Lexington
⦁ Ohio: Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo
⦁ Michigan: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
⦁ Illinois: Chicago, Springfield
⦁ Missouri: St. Louis, Columbia, Kansas City
⦁ Kansas: Lawrence, Topeka, Salina
⦁ Colorado: Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, Keystone, Carbondale, Durango
⦁ Utah: Salt Lake City, Moab, St. George
⦁ Arizona: Flagstaff, Phoenix
⦁ New Mexico: Albuquerque, Santa Fe
⦁ Texas: Austin, Dallas
⦁ Louisiana: New Orleans
⦁ Florida: Pensacola, Tallahassee

Then we’re headed back to Atlanta to my hospital position for a few months of holiday work.

I hope you’re able to meet us during this adventure, but if not, I’d love to talk with you at AOTA Conference 2019!

We’ll also be adding more cities next Spring for My OT Spot Tour #2 when the weather gets warm again. We will be sure to send an update on the next regions to complete this OT Across the US series. Hope to see you soon!

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29 comments

  • Maya Magier September 7, 2018   Reply →

    Awesome! I love this idea! Come to NJ or NY next time please!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 7, 2018   Reply →

      We are for sure going all the way up the East Coast next spring and summer! Stay tuned! 🙂

  • Brenna Ehrhard September 7, 2018   Reply →

    I’m in Phoenix (Scottsdale) and would be so excited to talk to you! Atlanta is my hometown ❤️ I’ve been in Arizona for 11 years.

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 7, 2018   Reply →

      Great! I’ll email you tonight with more detail about meeting up 🙂

  • Tiffany McDannald September 7, 2018   Reply →

    So exciting! I’m a COTA in Springfield, Illinois!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 7, 2018   Reply →

      Awesome, I’ll send you an email tonight!

  • Natalie Flaugher September 7, 2018   Reply →

    I’m an OTR in St. Louis!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 8, 2018   Reply →

      My hometown! We’ll be there in a week and a half! Emailing you now to plan something 🙂

  • Sharon Fields September 7, 2018   Reply →

    Let us know when you will be in Dayton Ohio. Would love to invite you to our rehab unit and you can talk to all sorts of us!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 9, 2018   Reply →

      We will definitely add that to the list for next year! Would love to come to your unit 🙂

  • Salimata Cisse September 7, 2018   Reply →

    That’s awesome, I am a COTA and an OT student at SSU bridge program. Hopefully you will make it to MA in the spring. I would love to meet you !

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 8, 2018   Reply →

      We will definitely head up that way next spring! We’re trying to hit all the states for our scratch-off map 🙂 #goals

      • Salimata Cisse September 8, 2018   Reply →

        Looking forward to it. Safe travels!

  • Hardi September 7, 2018   Reply →

    Can’t wait till you visit the east coast! 🙌🏽

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 8, 2018   Reply →

      We can’t wait either! There’s so much of it we haven’t seen yet!

  • Lisa Trentham September 7, 2018   Reply →

    I’m in Idaho on a travel OT position which ends soon and I live in an RV full time. Then on to Utah for a vacay and back home to Knoxville, TN to be near my family> I would be happy to meet you both! Knox and Chatt are both amazing towns! My girlfriend and I have a blog if you’d like to check it out…www.twoscruffynomads.com
    we live on the road and love it!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 8, 2018   Reply →

      Love your blog! That’s awesome that you two have been living the RV life full-time. We have SO much to learn from you for sure 🙂 Sending you an email now to plan something!

  • Ashleigh September 8, 2018   Reply →

    What a fun idea! I’m an OT in KC and would love to meet up!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 8, 2018   Reply →

      Awesome, emailing you now!

  • Kaitlyn Theisen September 8, 2018   Reply →

    I’m a new grad OTR (graduated in December 2017), and I’m currently a PRN OTR at Mary Free Bed and Spectrum Health on the inpatient rehab units in Grand Rapids, MI ! I love advocating for our profession, so I love that you’re doing this to help grow the profession and help others within it. And I’d love to help you!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 8, 2018   Reply →

      Sent you an email! In case we miss you tomorrow, would love to have a virtual call!

  • Becky September 8, 2018   Reply →

    Sooooo AWESOME! I am an OT in Detroit, work for Rehab company providing service to SNF’s… Would love to meet you!
    I also have a small RV. Have considered on-the-road work, but don’t really know where to start….

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 8, 2018   Reply →

      Emailing you now!

  • Heidi J Dubuque MS OTR/L September 11, 2018   Reply →

    Hi! What a great idea! Come visit us in NH in the spring. We are school system OTs. Just an hour from Boston.

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 12, 2018   Reply →

      We would love to come by! I’ll add it to the spreadsheet and get in touch!

  • Kimberly Kearney September 11, 2018   Reply →

    We would love to see you in Boulder, CO! We have a nice size therapy team…acute, rehab, outpt., peds. I have a teardrop too, only mine is teeny comparatively. Seems like you are living the dream, can’t wait to hear how it’s going. Plus, I’d love to talk about what we are doing with AOTAs Commission on Practice!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 11, 2018   Reply →

      Hi Kimberly, great to hear from you! I’d LOVE to meet your team in Boulder this month and talk teardrop trailers as well 🙂 I’ll send you an email now.

  • Paula ostlund September 15, 2018   Reply →

    I wish I lived in Boulder , CO yet my daughter in Engineering program there! Beautiful spot! I actually live in Redmond , WA and would love to have a get together at small SNF therapy unit on Mercer Island ( another beautiful spot and just east of Seattle) . Let me know when you are in our area!!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 17, 2018   Reply →

      We will definitely keep you posted about coming to visit the Pacific Northwest next year for sure! That is one of my favorite areas and we have family there so I would love to set something up when we head that way.

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