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The purpose of this study was to gather information about the history and evolution of occupational therapy (OT) through the life history of Diane Norell, MSW, OTR/L, who has been influential in developing OT through her practice. The researchers conducted a semi-structured, one-and-a-half-hour phone interview with Diane. The interview was audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The Kawa model was used to guide the research. Data analysis and a document review of Diane’s curriculum vitae (CV) were done to develop codes. From those codes, the categories of personal life, professional life, healthcare, and academia were developed along with corresponding themes and a final assertion. Through the data analysis, the researchers developed the assertion that despite the constant changes and challenges of the field, Diane has become a successful occupational therapy practitioner, researcher, and professor by staying true to her values of mental health, research, and family.