Executive Board

IOTA President

Megan Doyle, MS, OTR/L, TPS, FPS, Cert-APHPT

Megan graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Exercise Science and a Psychology Minor in 2010, then obtained a MS in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University in 2012. In her initial years as an occupational therapist, she worked in a multitude of settings focused on adult populations, including acute care, long term care, work site injury prevention, and outpatient ortho/neuro/post-concussion, but always felt drawn to mental and behavioral health, wellness, and pain management. She also has extensive experience working with the geriatric population. In 2017, Megan completed certification as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist, then in 2020 achieving her Fellowship in Pain Sciences, both through Evidence in Motion. In addition, she has certification as an Applied Prevention Health Promotion Therapist. She practices at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID and used these skills initially to provide holistic pain treatment in an inpatient therapist role, also providing routine training in pain related topics to both nursing and therapy staff. In 2023, she transitioned to the role of Rehabilitation Clinical Program Manager for St. Luke’s new multidisciplinary outpatient chronic pain program, of which she also provides the occupational therapy services. Megan thrives on being a mentor and educator to others, hosting level II fieldwork students every chance she gets, and routinely presents locally and nationally on pain and wellness topics within the scope of both occupational therapy and a broader healthcare audience. She is also INCREDIBLY passionate and truly in love with the scope of practice that occupational therapy provides, and this is exactly why she became involved with IOTA, first via the Tech Committee to support the creation of the first multi-state virtual conference IOTA has ever put on in 2020, then President-Elect from 2020 to 2022, and now President from 2022 to 2024. Her passion is fueled each and every day by her husband, Joe who works full time as a Major in the National Guard, and her two children, 8 year old James and 4 year old Morgan.

President Elect

Megan Doyle, MS, OTR/L, FPS, Cert-APHPT

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Vice President

Daniel Aldama

Daniel grew up in Sacramento, CA where he received his BS in Kinesiology at California State University Sacramento in 2008. He went on to receive a master’s degree from the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Utah in 2011. Most of his professional career has been providing services to the geriatric population, while working in skilled nursing and home health settings. He achieved the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation through the National Association of Homebuilder’s (NAHB) and has worked alongside contractors in his community to improve occupational performance through modifications to physical environments. Daniel values ongoing education and constantly searches for opportunities to serve the underserved. After recently transitioning to a role in the hospice line of services, Daniel quickly discovered a unique opportunity for the profession of occupational therapy to provide meaningful therapy services to individuals and their family members during the terminal stages of life. He has taken a special interest in OT’s role in pediatric palliative and hospice care and hopes to contribute to the profession’s growth and body of research to providing services to this precious population. He is excited to be joining the IOTA as its Vice President, and contributing to the growth and support of occupational therapy practitioners within the state. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys adventures with his family, and completing restoration projects around his house.

Secretary

Lexi Searle, OTR/L

Lexi Searle is a native of Idaho and a graduate of Idaho State University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. As a new practitioner, Lexi is committed to continuing and broadening her education with an emphasis in the treatment of a neurodiverse pediatric population, and currently works at the Children's Therapy & Learning Center in Eagle, Idaho. As a student, Lexi served as the Social Media / Publicity Chairperson for ISU's Master of Occupational Therapy Association and now serves on the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association board as Secretary. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Zach, and her therapy-dog-in-training, Duke. She also enjoys snow skiing, hiking, wakeboarding, paddle-boarding, baking, volunteering with her church, and spending time with family. Lexi is eager to learn, serve, and advocate!

Treasurer & Administrator

Lisa Smallwood, OTR/L, BCPR, CNDT

Graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2012 from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. She began her career working in various rehabilitation settings in North Carolina and Minnesota with a focus on rehabilitation of neurological disorders, working as the lead therapist on a neuro team at the Mayo Clinic. She is a Certified Neuro-Developmental Treatment (CNDT) specialist and Board Certified in Physical Rehabilitation (BCPR) through the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her love for travel and adventure has led to clinical work in Haiti and Guatemala, and recently led her to Idaho as a traveling therapist where she worked with the hospital systems and now works in Twin Falls. She lives with her husband Eric, her son Samuel, and golden retriever Bert in Twin Falls and enjoys exploring the adventures Idaho has to offer. She looks forward to working with IOTA in the Treasurer position.

Legislative/Reimbursement Chair

Lisa Baxter Hong

Lisa Baxter Hong is a native of Eastern Idaho. She graduated from Idaho State University’s MOT program and has worked in the area since then in several areas including skilled nursing, home health and outpatient. She started an OT contracting business, Generations Occupational Therapy in 2010 and has developed it into a solid member of the OT community. Lisa worked previously in ISU’s MOT program teaching and providing outpatient services. While there, she earned her doctorate in OT from Eastern Kentucky University. Her passion area within OT has been dementia care, especially caregiver support and education. She has enjoyed giving presentations with the Alzheimer's Association in the area, and presenting to OT and other practitioners on the state and national level. While studying in the OTD program, she realized the need for more advocacy within the profession and has been getting her feet wet in that area. Aside from OT, Lisa loves spending time with her family, including her three adorable grandchildren, playing volleyball and oboe, and traveling.

Outreach Coordinator

Cameo Curnutt

My name is Cameo Curnutt and I currently live and work in Pocatello as a COTA with Infinity Rehab at the Veterans Home. There the therapy staff has been known to call me “The Charmer” regarding my patient care. It started back in sixth grade when I honed my communication and organization skills to win the class election to become the class Track 3C secretary while selling keychains to my classmates for extra candy money. Additionally, I am a practicing cosmetologist, barber, and a server. I am a mother to a beautiful first grader who is just as unique as me! My core values include altruism, integrity, grit, efficiency, individualism, authenticity, education, and resiliency! Achievements I’ve earned consist of graduating Valedictorian of my high school class, active on the intercollegiate ISU Debate Team at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals Comprehensive Tournament and earning 3rd place in sweeps, elected secretary for the ISU Debate Team, invited to be on the Buffalo Wild Wings Training Team to uphold customer service standards at three national restaurants, a successful weekly event planner for single-adults in my area, and the mother of a 6-year-old brown belt in karate. I enjoy people, learning, baking, and living a wholesome life body, mind, and soul and am a proud but wild member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Continuing Education Chair

Lauren Harvey

Lauren attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana for her BS in Elementary Education. During this time she began working for a non-profit organization providing services for adults with developmental disabilities. Upon graduating, she spent three years teaching fourth grade and a junior high PE class while continuing her work with adults. It was during this time, Lauren learned of her passion for teaching and helping people be independent and interact with the community. She then discovered occupational therapy, and she decided to go back to school. She went to University of North Dakota at their Casper, WY campus where she received her BA in General Studies with an emphasis in Health Sciences in 2014 and MOT in 2015. Since becoming an occupational therapist, Lauren has primarily worked in acute care, but has spent time working in inpatient rehab, subacute rehab, outpatient neuro, and as a traveler. Lauren enjoys traveling, being active, and spending time with her dog, Fritz. She has continued her love of education and learning and looks forward to contributing experience as the continuing education chair.

Student Representatives

ISU MOT Program Co-Rep

Alyssa Shirley

Alyssa recently graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science from Idaho State University (ISU) in May 2022, and she is excited to continue her education at ISU while earning her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree. Alyssa has a passion for advocacy of the OT profession which led her to be a part of IOTA through the position of a Student Co-Representative, a co-student delegate for AOTA's Assembly of Student Delegates, and a general member of ISU's Masters of Occupational Therapy Student Association (MOTSA). Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and her energetic border collie named Artie.

ISU MOT Program Co-Rep

Renee Phillips

Renee is a student at Idaho State University's Masters of Occupational Therapy Program. Renee also serves on ISU's Masters of Occupational Therapy Student Association's Executive Board as Treasurer and is a co-delegate for AOTA's Assembly of Student Delegates. Her favorite thing about Occupational Therapy is how client centered it is and hopes to help the profession grow and reach more people.Her other interests are quilting, cooking, and taking care of her dog, Oreo.

ISU OTA Program Co-Rep

Emily Marsh

Emily is studying to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Idaho State University and is in the graduating class of 2024. She has completed her level one fieldwork at Meridian Meadows Transitional Care. Emily fell in love with Occupational Therapy while shadowing at a pediatric clinic in Meridian, Idaho where she was able to see how Occupational Therapy makes a difference in the lives of those around her. In her free time, Emily loves to sing, dance, and be involved in outdoor activities. She also enjoys spending time to reading.

ISU OTA Program Co-Rep

Michael Rizor

Michael Rizor is studying in the Class of 2024 ISU OTA program. He completed his level one fieldwork at HandX in Pocatello, has been elected as a SOTA Club Officer in charge of Professional Development, and continues to search for ways to go above and beyond in his commitment to learning. When he isn’t studying he draws, spends time outdoors, and makes music.

CWI OTA Program Co-Rep

Kaila Boeck

Kaila graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (K-12), a certification in early childhood literacy, and a music minor from Boise State University. In her time nannying throughout college, camp counseling at summer camps, teaching saxophone lessons, and long-term substituting, she fell in love with working one-on-one with other people. After stumbling accross Occupational Therapy during her last semester at Boise State, she began seeking out programs where she could pursue this unknown gem of an occupation. Kaila is learning towards working in pediatrics, but is eager to learn about other fields throughout her program. She just completed level one fieldword at Maddison Early Childhood Center. Outside of school, she plays her saxophone, loves being outdoors, and is involved in her church. She is proud to be a co-representative for CWI's Occuapational Therapy Assistant program alongside her peer, Megan Gibb.

CWI OTA Program Co-Rep

Megan Gibb

Megan Gibb is in her first year of an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at the College of Western Idaho and is in the graduating class of 2024. After many years of contemplating the right career path for herself, she discovered Occupational Therapy through a family friend. This discovery led to multiple hours of shadowing and volunteering for Boise Outdoor Occupational Therapy, where she fell in love with the profession and decided to pursue it for herself. Megan is very passionate about working in pediatrics in the future and hopes that soon she will be able to make this dream come true. She just completed her level one fieldwork at Madison Early Learning Center and is eager to learn more. Her favorite part about occupational therapy is the holistic approach that every individual receives and the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. In her free time, Megan enjoys backpacking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and anything that allows her to be in nature. She is proud to be a co-representative for CWI's Occupational Therapy Assistant program alongside her peer, Kaila Boeck.

OTA Representative

Andrea Belcoe

Andrea graduated from Brown Mackie College's Occupational Therapy Assistant program in 2017. Andrea's interest in occupational therapy began with her involvement as a volunteer for Fort Boise Community Center’s adapted recreation program, AdVenture, and the annual Idaho Youth Wheelchair Sports Camp held in conjunction with the Idaho Elks Rehab. Andrea has found fulfillment working with a wonderful therapy and nursing team at Meadow View Nursing and Rehabilitation; a skilled nursing and long term care facility located in Nampa, ID. Being a part of a passionate team has inspired her to become an advocate for her profession and those we serve. Andrea lives on a “hobby farm” raising baby goats with her husband and 3 sons.

Regional Representatives

Southwest District Co-Representative

Katie Broderius

Katie is a licensed occupational therapist and is passionate about working with children. She loves to support and help each child she works with blossom into the unique individual they were meant to become. Katie eagerly applies her knowledge and creativity to each child and family she interacts with to best meet their needs. Katie served on the IOTA board as a student of the ISU MOT program and is looking forward to continuing her professional development by serving the IOTA Board as a practitioner! When not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, baby, and dog. She also loves hiking, swimming, baking, and secretly loves to clean and organize!

Southwest District Co-Representative

Bryn Foote

South Central (Twin Falls) Co-Representative

Kylie Hohwieler

Kylie graduated with a clinical doctorate from Creighton University Occupational Therapy Program in 2020. Kylie moved to Idaho and started her career in pediatric occupational therapy. Kylie currently works at Children's Therapy Place in Twin Falls. Kylie has a background with working in the Infant Toddler Program and currently works with children from 3-16 years old with developmental delays, sensory processing challenges, and ADHD/behavior concerns. Kylie, is a new momma to a sweet baby girl, Hallie, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband. Together they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, and skiing.

South Central (Twin Falls) Co-Representative

Rachael Dorton

Rachael graduated in 2021 from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy. At the start of 2022, Rachael made the move from Montana to Idaho to persue a job with the Infant Toddler Program in Twin Falls. Rachael has a passion for working with children and their families and plans to obtain her IBCLC in the next year to provide lactation support services in southern Idaho. Rachael grew up a military brat and lived in several places including Alaska, New Mexico, and Louisiana. This lifestyle instilled a passion for traveling, which Rachael does whenever she can. She has a goal to visit all 50 states. In her free time, Rachael enjoys baking and doing ridiculously hard puzzles. She looks forward to being part of the IOTA board and growing in professional knowledge, mentorship, and collaboration.

Northern Representative

Christi Shelley

Christi graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eastern Washington University and with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2016. She currently works in pediatric private practice in Hayden Idaho. Christi has specialized training in sensory processing and integration, complex developmental trauma, and use of assistive technology to support independence in every day life. As a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner she believes that the most important part of clinical practice is providing felt safety and giving voice to children. Christi is very excited to join the IOTA team to continue to build relationships within the occupational therapy community, advocate for current needs within her region, and continue progressing in her own professional development. When she isn’t working she lives at home with her husband and dog and enjoys outdoor activities, reading, traveling, and board games with friends and family.

Central District Representative

Currently Open

Southeast (Pocatello) District Representative

Currently Open

Previous Presidents

Past President

Kari Thompson, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC, CAS, CLE

Kari Thompson is a pediatric occupational therapist and the owner of The Children’s Therapy & Learning Center in Eagle, ID. She holds a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, is AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics, is Sensory Integration (SIPT) Certified, holds an Advanced Practice Certificate in Swallowing, and is a Certified Autism Specialist. Kari has been practicing for 20 years and has extensive experience working with children in acute and out-patient rehabilitative settings, sensory integration clinics, school and home-based settings and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Kari has lectured extensively at educational the association conferences, professional and teacher in-service trainings, and parenting groups locally, nationally, and internationally.

Past President

Mel Henderson, MOTR/MBA

Mel has been a registered occupational therapist for 22 years and has worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and educational settings. He currently works with adult patients in outpatient neuro. Mel holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in occupational therapy, as well as a master's degree in business administration with a focus in management. Mel has served as the president of the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association and is currently serving as the AOTA RA Representative for the state of Idaho. He is the founder and executive director of The Pebble Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide school and sports equipment to very poor and underserved children in Third World countries.

Outreach Coordinator

Jessica Given COTA/L

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MOT Student Representative

Abigail Schwarte

Abby is currently a second year Master of Occupational Therapy student at Idaho State University. Over the past two years, she has enjoyed learning about the intricacies of OT and the extensive benefits of the services that OT's can provide. Abby is looking forward to learning and serving alongside practicioners in our wonderful state of Idaho!

Outreach Coordinator

Sarah Neiwert OTR/L

Sarah has been an occupational therapist for over 6 years. She has worked in many settings including, skilled nursing, home health, private contracting, academia, and pediatrics. Pediatrics is where Sarah spends the majority of her time, but occasionally ventures out to another setting. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boise State University and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Idaho State University. Originally from Montana, Sarah loves spending time in the outdoors with her husband and 2 dogs, doing anything from fishing to riding dirt bikes to camping. She also enjoys flying around the area and over to Montana in their small airplane. Sarah is eager to be involved in this new role with IOTA and to bring occupational therapists together and foster a strong OT community in Idaho.

OTA Student Representative

Lindsay Barlow

Lindsay is currently a student in the Occupation Therapy Assisting Program at ISU. I have always had a desire to serve and help those around me, and becoming an OTA will allow me to do that. I am excited, passionate, and optimistic about occupational therapy and how it allows individuals to become more independent. Occupational therapy is empowering to all involved. A little more about myself is that I love to spend time outdoors in the sun. Camping, boating,and swimming are some of my favorite hobbies. I also love to spend time with friends and family. I love to adventure and to be creative.