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Bio: John (Johnny) Rider is an occupational therapist, educator, researcher, and American Sign Language interpreter. He currently works at Touro University Nevada as an assistant professor in the school of occupational therapy and as an OT in a community-based rehabilitation. He has advanced training and practice in orthopedic, neurological and mental health rehabilitation and has a passion for helping others live life to the fullest.
Current primary professional role: I currently work in academia, research, and clinical practice.
Discipline: Occupational therapy.
State license: Nevada: #15-0601
NBCOT license: 346581
Licensed American Sign Language Interpreter – Advanced National Interpreter Certification (#61002)
Areas of Expertise: Orthopedic rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, neurodegenerative disorders, adults and older adults, chronic conditions, pain, ergonomics, functional cognition, fear avoidance, mental health, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, primary care, anatomy.
Teaching philosophy: I have been the recipient of professional and personal mentoring and value the mentoring relationship. My hope is to share my passion for occupation- and evidence-based practice with the next generation of OTs as they shape their own lives and the direction of the profession. I am excited to help other clinicians find ways to achieve their personal and professional goals in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.