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Objective: The purpose of this life history of Amanda Wahlin was to gather information about the history of occupational therapy in North Dakota and Wyoming, and how it has evolved over time.

Methods: A semi-structured 70-minute interview was conducted via Skype. The interview was then coded for categories and themes.

Results: Twelve codes were established leading to three emergent categories

. Values education, and practicing as an occupational therapist were identified as major themes in Amanda’s life. Through the development of these themes, it became clear that Amanda has had a significant and positive impact on her rural community.

Conclusion: Amanda Wahlin has had many diverse opportunities while working in a rural community which has shaped her education and has enabled her to be an independent and driven occupational therapist. Throughout the opportunities she has had, she emphasizes family relationships and empowering community well-being.