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The purpose of study is to provide current and future generations of occupational therapists a view of the history and how occupational therapy practice has evolved from its inception to current practice through the life history stories of occupational therapists who have held leadership roles at the national level and beyond. It is anticipated that the life history process will be a powerful way to gather this information. An in-depth interview with the selected participant, Kuzhilethu “Shep” Kshepakaran, as well as his resume and the internet were used to gather information. The categories created symbolized Shep’s life history which included personal experiences, perspectives and practice influence. The themes represented Shep’s personal values and beliefs, perspectives regarding practice and cultural awareness as well as commitment to the overall value of occupational therapy profession. The themes highlight the important aspects that led to Shep’s contributions to the OT profession regarding legislation as well as educational enhancement. By staying true to his personal motivations, Shep was able to use education and life experiences to accomplish various achievements which allowed him to increase his involvement in the field of occupational therapy as it grew and developed overtime.

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Occupational Therapists, personal motivations, Positive mindset, Education, life experiences


Occupational Therapy

Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: Life History of Kuzhilethu “Shep” Kshepakaran, M. Ed., OTR/S, CAPS, FAOTA