Rehabilitation Medicine Class Notes

Occupational Therapy


Roger Isamu Ideishi, JD, BS ’84 (occupational therapy), writes, “In 2022, I was named one of the ‘Next 50’ people by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, for making a significant social impact through the arts. I guide arts organizations and advocates for accessibility and inclusion with people with disabilities at a programmatic, institutional and policy level across the country and the globe, including in Japan, China, UK, Ireland, Romania and Russia.”


Marina Picinich, MOT ’89, writes, “Becoming an OT…one of the best choices I’ve made! I love being an OT! I started in adult physical disabilities and became a dementia specialist. I am now in schools and loving it. OT was the best career choice for me! This year of COVID has been interesting…

  • Remote work
  • Three of my four children experienced COVID graduations (dental school at UWMC, nursing school at Grand Canyon University, high school and Running Start)
  • One of my children is getting married, with all the functions adhering to COVID regulations (showers, rehearsal, wedding, etc.)

What a year!”


Troy C. Shelton, BS ’96 (occupational therapy), writes, “In 2022, I was honored as the Top Occupational Therapist of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals for my accomplishments related to my profession and my continued path of going above and beyond for helping patients heal utilizing functional and energy medicine as well as traditional hand therapy.”

Physical Therapy


Marsha M. Novak, BS ’85 (physical therapy), writes, “About two years ago, I retired my physical therapist license. In 2003, I became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner. I continue with a small private practice doing that work as well as mentoring newer Feldenkrais practitioners. I live and practice on Bainbridge Island, where I live with my husband and two fur babies of the feline persuasion.”