Health Sciences

Health care occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups—mainly due to an aging population—leading to greater demand for health care services.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health care occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. 

And a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Keuka College will help fill that demand. Career opportunities are widespread with a major in health sciences, and our world-class faculty will provide you with the skills, knowledge, opportunities, and values to work and contribute to the challenging and ever-changing health care environment. 

Keuka College’s health sciences degree aims to guide students toward immediate employment in health promotion, or continued graduate study in a variety of allied health fields. Positions in the health sciences range from clinical work with frequent patient contact to office work at private corporations. Because healthcare is such a diverse field, health sciences graduates have the ability to move both laterally and upward as career interests and goals change. a degree in health science could be applicable to a variety of health professions.

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Health sciences combines science and healthcare into a number of career fields that are committed to improving the healthcare industry and delivering quality care to patients, no matter what the population. Our program of study prepares you to assume roles as health and wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings. 

You will be able to demonstrate an application of foundational and liberal arts coursework to your specific future career through the Keuka College Field Period® program.

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Program Highlights

Health science is the application of science to health, including the study of medicine, nutrition, and other health-related topics. Keuka College’s health sciences major will provide you with the opportunity to study health care systems, health promotion, and health research methods. You will develop foundational knowledge in biological sciences, including human anatomy and physiology, physics, and chemistry.

Our program provides a solid grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, including coursework in the social determinants of health, medical ethics, and population health. Special focus will be on experiential education, along with a specially-designed capstone experience. 

A bachelor’s degree in health sciences provides essential healthcare knowledge and skills while building professional skills sought by healthcare employers, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, information literacy, and information management.

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Christopher Alterio, Dr.OT, OTR/L

Division Chair of Applied Health and Wellness
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Director of Disability Services

Academic Credentials

Nova Southeastern University
Dr.OT
SUNY at Buffalo
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Alterio graduated cum laude from the SUNY at Buffalo Occupational Therapy program in 1987. He worked as a clinician, educator, and manager before completing his post-professional clinical doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in 2007.

He authored the textbook “Clinically oriented theory for occupational therapy” and co-authored "Caring for someone in your home." He writes extensively on a professional blog that covers occupational therapy topics. His clinical experience ranges across practice areas but his primary interest and focus is in pediatrics. He has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from pediatric clinical care and injury prevention programs, certification standards for occupational therapists, occupational therapy history, and appropriate use of social media in a professional context.

He has volunteered for 27 years for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, serving as pediatric subject matter expert on various exam and product development committees, and in all Board of Director leadership positions including Board Chairperson from 2010-12. He owns ABC Therapeutics, a private occupational and physical therapy practice in Western New York. He has served at Keuka College in various roles since 1992 and is currently Associate Professor, Chair, and Program Director of the occupational therapy division.

Professional Interests

Pediatrics, private practice, entrepreneurship, social media, occupational therapy theory, occupational therapy history.

Kristen Bacon, O.T.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Chatham University
O.T.D.
Utica College
M.S.
Syracuse University at Utica College
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Kristen Bacon began her career working as an occupational therapy assistant in 2003 while attending the weekend program at Utica College. After graduating in 2006 with a B.S. from Syracuse University at Utica College and M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in 2007, she then earned a post-professional clinical doctorate from Chatham University in 2011.

Dr. Bacon has presented at several national occupational therapy conferences and currently volunteers for organizations including AOTA and NBCOT. She is working on AOTA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and a Flipped Learning 3.0 Certification, Level I. Her professional focus includes the adult and geriatric populations with a special interest in TBI and orthopedics.

Dr. Bacon began her academic work as adjunct professor for Keuka College in 2014. Since then, she has continued on as full-time academician and is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Bacon was appointed to faculty development committee, is co-advisor for the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), a national occupational therapy honor society, and completed a three-year term for Sigma Lambda Sigma (SLS) advisor the college wide honor society.

Michele Bennett ’05 M’06, O.T.D., OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Chatham University
O.T.D.
Keuka College
M.S.
Keuka College
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Bennett graduated from Keuka College in the first OT master's program. After college she worked in local hospital and rehabilitation sites serving children to older adults. As she transitioned from rehabilitation sites to teaching she completed her post-professional clinical doctorate at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 2013.

Dr. Bennett has presented topics at national conferences that have included international, interprofessional service learning, program evaluation/outcome reporting and fieldwork level I experiences in emerging areas of practice. Dr. Bennett is currently Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and remains active working with adults in their homes as a per-diem therapist for Visiting Nursing Association/Kaleida Health in the Steuben County region. Dr. Bennett joined the Arc of Yates board of directors for a three year term. 

Professional Interests

Adults with developmental disabilities, middle to older adult populations, and professional development of the OT students of Keuka College.

Kelly Christensen ’10 M’11, O.T.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Academic Credentials

Chatham University
O.T.D.
Keuka College
M.S.
Keuka College
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Christensen graduated with her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College. She went on to complete her post-professional clinical doctorate at Chatham University in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor and also the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Keuka College. Dr. Christensen remains active working with the adult population in a variety of settings including acute rehabilitation, inpatient hospital, short term rehabilitation, and long term care. Her research interests include neurological diagnoses and sports related concussion care.

Cassie Hey ’04 M’07, D.B.H., M.S., OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Arizona State University
D.B.H.
Keuka College
M.S.
Keuka College
B.S.

Beth Jordan, O.T.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Chatham University
O.T.D.
Utica College
M.S.
Syracuse University at Utica College
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Jordan began her professional career as an occupational therapy assistant in 1989. She continued her education at Utica College and graduated with a M.S. in Occupational Therapy in 2007 and earned a post-professional clinical doctorate from Chatham University in 2011. Dr. Jordan began teaching adjunct before transitioning from clinician to academician. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Keuka College.

Dr. Jordan has presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) national conference and actively volunteers through AOTA as a peer reviewer and member of Community of Leaders. She is also currently volunteering with the National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy as a pediatric subject matter expert on an exam development committee. Dr. Jordan is in the preliminary stages of engaging in scholarly research with faculty from three other universities with a focus on improving engagement and intentionality of learning in college students. She is an advisor for Keuka College’s Sigma Lambda Sigma Honor Society and is the faculty liaison and chair for the DRIVE Steering Committee. Dr. Jordan continues to work as a senior occupational therapist at Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center in Syracuse, NY.

Carrie Roberts ’02, O.T.D., OTR/L

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Chatham University
O.T.D.
Keuka College
B.S.

Biography

Dr. Carrie Roberts has been an occupational therapist for over 15 years, with experience in various areas of  practice including the hospital and nursing home, with a greater focus in pediatrics birth-21 years old. She graduated from Keuka College with a degree in occupational therapy; she also graduated from Chatham University in 2013 with her clinical occupational therapy doctoral degree in which her research focus was related to children with Autism Spectrum. Dr. Roberts was an adjunct professor for Keuka College before joining the Occupational Therapy program full time in 2013.

Dianne Trickey-Rokenbrod, O.T.D., M.B.A., OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Chatham University
O.T.D.
Alfred University
M.B.A.
University at Buffalo
B.S.

Biography

 

Dr. Trickey graduated with honors with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from SUNY at Buffalo in 1980. She completed an M.B.A. at Alfred University and then completed her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Chatham University.

Her clinical career has been through service in a variety of health care settings specializing in physical dysfunction rehabilitation in hospital-based outpatient clinics, inpatient acute units, home care and geriatric settings, as well as some acute psychiatric experience early in her career. Across these settings, Dr. Trickey has developed management expertise by operating multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs, developing and operating hospital-based nursing homes, and offering management consulting to healthcare agencies in trouble.

After teaching courses in both business and Occupational Therapy as an adjunct at higher education institutions including Alfred University, Alfred State College of Technology, and Keuka College, she joined the faculty at Keuka College full-time in 2009. Dr. Trickey is currently a tenured faculty member with the rank of Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Division.

Dr. Trickey has published a textbook, "Therapy in Action: A library of realistic case studies with Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins" in February, 2016. She continues to conduct research related to driving independently as well as housing insecurity.

Sunny Winstead, Ed.D., OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

University of New England
Ed.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S.
Binghamton University
B.A.

Holly Young, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Academic Credentials

Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
M.S.
University of North Carolina
B.S.

Contact Information

Christopher Alterio, Dr.OT, OTR/L

Division Chair of Applied Health and Wellness

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Director of Disability Services

(315) 279-5483
calterio1@keuka.edu