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Glen Rock, N.J. Resident Working with Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga.

UNION, NJ - Sara Hope Levin, a resident of Glen Rock, N.J., is completing an internship with the Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga. Levin is a graduate student in the Occupational Therapy (OT) program at Kean University and a member of the universityís Student Occupational Therapy Association.

In her first year in Keanís OT graduate program, Levin was elected as representative to the Assembly of Student Delegates of the American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA) and now serves as treasurer. Levin became interested in working with the army after attending several national AOTA conferences.

"I felt the Army would expose me to a wide range of injuries and would best prepare me for a career as an occupational therapist," Levin said. "I love that I am able to give back to my country by helping the people who are serving it."

Levinís responsibilities include conducting patient evaluations in the Armyís outpatient clinic for people with various disabilities, ranging from traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities to outpatient upper extremity rehabilitation and inpatient psychiatric therapy. She will complete her duties in Fort Benning in December and return to Kean to receive her masterís degree.

"Sara is a very motivated student and an extremely caring person," said Dr. Laurie Knis-Matthews, acting chairperson and associate professor in the Keanís OT program. "Now she is able to apply her knowledge and innate sense of compassion while working with wounded soldiers."

Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that promotes wellness for individuals and assists people with illness, injury or disabilities in living a productive lifestyle. The occupational therapy program at Kean University is the first accredited program of its kind in New Jersey. The program has been in existence for over thirty years and continues to prepare leaders in the healthcare profession. U.S. News and World Report recently named occupational therapist to its "Best Careers in 2009" list. For more information about Keanís occupational therapy program, please contact Dr. Knis-Matthews at or 908-737-3380.