Career Profile: Occupational Therapist - Karoline D. Harvey
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Karoline D. Harvey, Occupational Therapist, Internship Director of Occupational Therapy, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education
I chose this career because…
I chose to become an occupational therapist because I always liked science. I began to consider occupational therapy (OT) as a career when my identical twin sister fell-off a horse and broke her arm. She required OT during her recovery. While working on my biology degree, I was further inspired to consider OT. I worked in the lab of my mentor whose daughter was an occupational therapist.
My undergraduate training required fieldwork, and I completed rotations in:
• Physical disabilities at the Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
• Pediatrics at the Gonzales Rehabilitation Center in Gonzales, Texas
• Psychiatry at the Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma
After I obtained my certification in occupational therapy, I entered the military. I completed my internship through the military under the direction of Col. Howard.
Education and Certification
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, Occupational Therapy, Texas Women’s University, Denton, Texas
• Master of Science, Gerontology, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
• Certification, Occupational Therapy, National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOTA)
My typical workday involves…
My typical workday is divided between my student training, clinical and research responsibilities.
As the Occupational Therapy Internship Director, I meet with students in the morning to:
• Organize their schedules and track their progress towards meeting their goals;
• Review patient evaluations, assessments and treatment plans and
• Complete patient rounds in the clinic.
On Monday and Wednesday mornings, I:
• Complete paperwork and administrative duties and
• See walk-in patients