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About Karen M Sames, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Karen M Sames, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA started teaching at St. Kate's in 1995. Karen primarily teaches content related to foundational knowledge of occupational science and occupational therapy, management of occupational therapy services, entrepreneurship, and political influences on occupational therapy practice. Karen takes an active role in advocating for the profession of occupational therapy through her leadership of the Government Affairs Committee of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. She is active in the American Occupational Therapy Association, currently serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. She authored the text Documenting Occupational Therapy Practice, and is a frequent presenter at local, state, national, and international venues.


Present Professor, Occupational Therapy, St. Catherine University Occupational Therapy Department

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Chair, Health Professions Services Program Advisory Committee
2017 - 2020 Treasurer, American Occupational Therapy Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Lindy Boggs Award, American Occupaitonal Therapy Association
  • Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Occupational Therapis of the Year, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
  • Communication Award, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association


2013 PhD, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ‐ Occupational Therapy
1990 MBA, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota ‐ Healthcare Management
1980 BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin ‐ Occupational Therapy

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-8805

2004 Randolph Ave. #4158
St. Paul, MN 55105


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