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The purpose of this life-history study was to provide current and future generations of occupational therapists a view of the history and how occupational therapy practice has evolved through the lens of Dr. Charlotte Royeen. This study aimed to understand how Dr. Charlotte Royeen’s experiences and service has influenced the occupational therapy profession. The methodology used was a semi-structured interview conducted by two student researchers with the participant, Dr. Royeen. Data were analyzed through transcription and coding. Three categories emerged from coding: personality, professional development and occupational therapy. The researchers concluded a final assertion that is as follows: As a forward thinker and strong self-advocate, Dr. Royeen is mindful in making decisions and is willing to embrace adversity to advance occupational therapy practice and education.