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Libby Stephens

"What I do is the perfect expression of both my passions: the arts and the sciences. As a Music Therapist I'm able to use this almost magical emotional change that music creates in people to help them heal."

Music therapists provide a wide array of services to individual patients throughout the continuum of care. Physicians have the ability to consult them on a need by need basis. At UAB, music therapy provides relaxation, entertainment, therapeutic intervention for anxiety, depression, pain and emotional/spiritual support as needed per patient in the acute care setting, inpatient rehab setting, palliative and psychiatric services. Music therapists are allowed autonomy with frequency and type of treatment indicated for neonatal, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy.

Other Requirements:

  • Currently certified as a Board Certified Musician Therapist (MT-BC) by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

Learn more about the Music Therapy Internship Program here.

 

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Joni Talton

"As an Audiologist, nothing makes me happier than when I see a child's eyes light up when they first truly hear something, or when a patient tells me they hear birds chirp or wind blow for the first time."

Audiologists at UAB treat a broad spectrum of patients from neonates to geriatrics. They supervise the Universal Hearing Screens for newborns and provide follow-up in the outpatient clinic as needed. The audiologists at UAB evaluate, prescribe and fit hearing aids for all ages (infants to geriatrics). They provide services across the continuum of care from the acute hospital setting with its 1000+ beds to inpatient rehabilitation at Spain Rehab Center to outpatient services located within SRC. Audiologists here have the ability to independently schedule and treat patients one on one per the professional’s discretion.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Audiology or a related field required.
  • Certificate of clinical competency from the American Speech- Language Hearing Association.
  • Must be licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Other Requirements:

  • Currently licensed with a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA).
  • Currently certified with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

 

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Felicia Sanders

"I work with some of the most acute patients. I wouldn't be involved with these patients if I weren't at UAB. And, because I'm here, I'm deeply involved. I can't imagine a more rewarding career than being an OT at UAB."

Occupational therapists at UAB enjoy opportunities to work with patients with a variety of diagnoses. They participate in cutting edge research and treatment to improve a person’s overall function with a goal of improving quality of life and reintegrating them to home and community. Occupational therapists focus on maximizing a person’s abilities to perform activities of daily living through assessment and treatment of functional performance. Components of the assessment and plan of care created by the OT include neuromuscular re-education, ADL training with and without adapted techniques and equipment, therapeutic exercise and activities, modalities with fabrication/application of splints and casts to improve function and position. OTs also focus on visual and perceptual training and compensatory mechanisms, joint protection, energy conservation, IADL training, work simplification and adaptive and assistive technologies. Family education and hands on involvement during patient care is a vital part of treatment while at UAB throughout the continuum of care.

Where you’ll Work
  • Acute Care
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • Outpatient Therapy
  • Inpatient and Residential Psychiatric Services
  • Taub Therapy Clinic
  • Driving Program

Occupational Therapists

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy.

Other Requirements:

  • Currently licensed as an Occupational Therapist (OT) by the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association (ALOTA).
  • Currently certified with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) required. 
     

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduate from an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program.


Other Requirements:

  • Currently licensed as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy (ASBOT).
  • Currently certified with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) required. 

 

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Julie Gamble

"I fell in love with PT as an athlete in high school. But I fell in love with being a Physical Therapist working with patients at UAB who faced much more serious challenges..."

Physical therapists at UAB enjoy working in a learning environment. Working at Alabama’s only adult Level 1 trauma center, UAB Hospital therapists use their skill and creativity to treat the highest acuity patients. Always learning, therapists attend continuing education to advance their skills, and students from PT and PTA programs look forward to clinical rotations at UAB. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have the opportunity to take part in ongoing research and incorporate the latest evidence- and research-based therapies into their one-on-one treatment of a challenging and diverse patient population. With the opportunity to rotate to multiple work settings, the physical therapy staff enjoys developing strong work relationships with physicians, occupational therapists, speech therapists and nurses to really make a difference in the lives of the patients and families at UAB.

Physical Therapists

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduate from an accredited School of Physical Therapy.

Other Requirements:

  • Currently licensed as a Physical Therapist by the State of Alabama Board of Physical Therapy.
  • Currently certified with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) required.

Physical Therapist Assistants

Minimum Education Required:

  • Graduate from an accredited School of Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Other Requirements:

  • Currently licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant by the State of Alabama Board of Physical Therapy required.
  • Currently certified with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) required.

 

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Jack Quanstrum

"UAB trusts me to do what I think is best for the patient. So, my goal as a Recreational Therapist is to keep the work spontaneous and fun. If you turn the work into play, you're halfway there."

Recreational therapists at UAB work primarily in inpatient rehabilitation at Spain Rehab Center and inpatient psychiatry. Recreational therapists play a key role in community re-entry and restoration of leisure skills and activities that positively improve their patients' quality of life. They also provide patients with the knowledge to eliminate physical, emotional, social, and cognitive barriers to leisure activities through adaptations, alternatives, and community resources that are available.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

Other Requirements:

  • Certified with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation.

 

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Duane Trahan

"Both of my parents are deaf. There was a time I went through Speech Therapy myself. I just a child, but even at a young age I knew what I wanted to do."

Speech and language therapists at UAB provide comprehensive treatment for dysphagia, dysarthria, aphasia, cognitive-linguistic disorders and tracheostomy patients from neonates to geriatrics. Speech and language therapists have the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology and research across the continuum of care for all populations. For those patients with swallowing disorders, SLPs use fluoroscopy and endoscopic studies for diagnostics and then use surface electromyography and neuromuscular electrical stimulation as treatment options. Another specialty area within speech therapy at UAB includes constraint induced aphasia treatment as well as general aphasia treatment across the UAB continuum. Collaboration with physicians on a daily basis for UAB speech therapists is an important part of their treatment planning throughout many of the medical specialties. 

The Speech Therapy department at UAB annually hosts a continuing education forum with nationally recognized speakers that provides educational hours and opportunities to learn the most up to date research and treatments available. 
 

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Minimum Requirements:
  • Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Other Requirements:

  • Currently licensed with a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) by the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA).
  • Currently certified or eligible to be certified with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship and Intership Opportunities:

  • Clinical Fellowship Year in Medical Speech Pathology - UAB's CFY is a 12-month fellowship involving clinical evaluation and treatment experience in acute care and rehabilitation. Fellows will be exposed to evaluation and treatment of adult and geriatric patients with speech, language, and communication deficits who require extensive dysphagia workups including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP) in addition to other current dysphagia instrumentation and treatments. Applications are accepted each year from February to June. Click here to apply.
  • Graduate-Level Internships in Medical Speech Pathology - Internships are available each semester. Your institution must have a contract with UAB Hospital in order for you to begin an internship. Click here to apply for a speech pathology internship or initiate a contract with UAB Hospital. The interview process involves coming to UAB (if possible), observing,  and interviewing with a team of therapists. Internships are offered in the following areas, and interns are subject to UAB’s employment policies (i.e. completion of competencies, vaccinations, CPR): 
    • Acute Care Speech Pathology Internship
      • Full-time (Monday-Friday)
      • Must have completed graduate-level dysphagia course work
      • MBSImP encouraged
    • Rehabilitation Speech Pathology Internship
      • Full-time (Monday-Friday)
      • Must have completed all major coursework 
    • Pediatric Speech Pathology Internship
      • Full-time (Monday-Friday)
      • Must have completed graduate-level pediatric dyshpagia coursework

 

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