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The purpose of this qualitative Life History project is to gather information about the history and evolution of occupational therapy practice in North Dakota and Wyoming through life histories of individuals who have been influential in developing occupational therapy in these two states. A onetime semi-structured interview was conducted with Jeff McMenamy, an occupational therapist in rural Wyoming. The questions were structured from an interview schedule that was provided by the project research directors, which was inspired by the Kawa model. In addition, the questions from the interview schedule were modified by the researchers to ask specific and applicable questions to the individual’s unique experiences. The interview was audio recorded and transcribed verbatim and was then later formed into codes, categories, and themes. The categories that were created by the researchers consisted of Interprofessional Relationships, Entrepreneur, and Cutting Edge Occupational Therapist. Jeff formed his own business through his inspiration and passions of what he believes occupational therapy should look like and continues to improve himself to better serve the needs of his clients.