Instructor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Kayla Riegel is an Assistant Professor for Alvernia University's Occupational Therapy department. She first joined the Alvernia community in 2011 as an adjunct instructor, and then came on board full time in 2012. Dr. Riegel obtained her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006 from Misericordia University, with a Minor in Psychology. She returned to Misericordia and received her clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) in 2011. While pursuing her post-professional degree, Dr. Riegel also completed her certificate in Geriatric Case Management (GCMC). Dr. Riegel has recently obtained her Car-fit Coordinator and Technician Certification, and is currently working with local community programs to facilitate opportunities to increase older driver safety. She is currently an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA).
Her work experience includes acute care, post-acute/sub-acute rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, chronic pain and geriatrics. She currently works for the Reading Health System, acute care, where she evaluates and treats patients with strokes, multiple trauma accidents or injuries, orthopedic and cardiac conditions. Outside of the classroom Dr. Riegel presented to various community groups with focus on Occupational Therapy's Role in Chronic Pain, Vestibular Rehabilitation in-service, MoCA vs. MMSE in Detecting Mild Cognitive Impairments, and Aquatic Therapy to Improve ADLs Post-Stroke.
During her time here at Alvernia, Dr. Riegel currently teaches courses in foundational knowledge including kinesiology, activity analysis, and OT theory, as well as courses using low technology, ergonomics, work site evaluations, and occupational performance in the adult and geriatric populations. Dr. Riegel has also taught courses in the graduate program including professional ethics, and serving as the research chair of 3 student projects. Dr. Riegel has also served as a tutor for students preparing for the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Dr. Riegel's current research interests include wellness and prevention for the older adult population, topics on independence, activity participation, and aging in place for older adult with chronic illness, as well as OT's role in providing community services. She has had two presentations accepted at the AOTA conference, and her last research project, Impact of the Barriers to Aging in Place, was recently accepted for presentation at the POTA conference in November 2014.