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Kara Welke, OTD, OTR/L CLT, CAPS, SHSS, PWP, Skills2Care

Kara Welke, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, graduated from the University of South Dakota Occupational Therapy program in 2000. She has always been passionate about Occupational Therapy. In fact, she started sharing the word about occupational therapy before even being an occupational therapy student as she started the pre-occupational therapy group on campus as an undergraduate. Since graduation, she has had a wide variety of experiences. She has worked with pediatrics through geriatrics in various settings. She even ventured away from traditional occupational therapy for a few years and had the privilege of starting an Early Head Start program from the ground up and was the director of the EHS program. Kara has been teaching in an OTA program as well as serving as the academic fieldwork coordinator for the past 7 years. She is passionate about teaching students and other professionals to be the best occupational therapy professional as possible. In order to provide client centered, occupation based, and evidence-based practice, Kara started her own business to help older adults age in place. She has independent contractors to help her in her business: PT, ST, and other OTs. She provides Medicare Part B services in the home as well as contracts with a local HHA company. Due to the lack of resources for helping occupational therapy professionals start their own business, Kara created the Next Level Occupational Therapy Facebook group. This group has grown into a mission to help as many Occupational Therapy Professionals start their own business or to LEVEL UP their current Practice. Kara is so excited to start mentoring and coaching other OT professionals!

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kara Welke is the owner of Home Therapy Solutions, LLC and Next Level Occupational Therapy. She is an occupational therapist with Altru Health System Outreach Therapy Services. Kara Welke has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kara Welke has no relevant non-financial relationships.