Nancy Murphy, OTD, OTR/L, CLA, CBIST, CLT 
Program Chair and OT Instructor

Dr. Murphy completed her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2015.  She received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.


Dr. Murphy has been a team member of Atrium Health for 15 years with experience providing clinical occupational therapy services, in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, to patients across the lifespan, with a particular focus on neurological, pediatric brachial plexus injury, and lymphedema populations, as well as engaging as a member of the leadership team.


In 2018, Dr. Murphy achieved her credential as a Leader in Academia from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her clinical practice certifications include, Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist.  She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association.


Prior to her appointment as the Occupational Therapy Program Chair, Dr. Murphy served as an Occupational Therapy (OT) Instructor, and has been an integral member of the faculty team focusing on continued program development and establishing a collaborative community-based free student-administered OT clinic. 


Originally from New York, Dr. Murphy moved to the southern region living in Florida, South Carolina, and now making Charlotte home with her spouse for the past 15 years. Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with her family, and engaging in outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking.

Alisha Baker, OTD, OTR/L
OT Instructor

Prior to becoming an instructor, Alisha S. Baker, OTD, OTR/L was the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Master of Occupational Therapy program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Mars Hill University, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.            

Dr. Baker's professional experience has been in the role of a lead school-based occupational therapist. She has a passion for working with children with autism spectrum disorder. 

Dr. Baker has served as the Pediatric Special Interest Section Co-Chair for the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association and is currently serving as the Education and Research Special Interest Section Co-Chair. She has participated in professional development activities with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy as a Pediatric Subject Matter Expert and the American Occupational Therapy Association as a Critically Appraised Paper Reviewer. She is a member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the American Occupational Therapy Association.  

Trevor St. Clair, MS, MOT, OTR/L

OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Trevor received his Master of Occupational Therapy degree (MOT) from University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Since then, he has primarily worked in school systems in North Carolina. He also has experience in the acute care and pediatric outpatient settings.    

Prior to working as an occupational therapist, Trevor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fairmont State University and then went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Applied Developmental Psychology at University of Pittsburgh in 2009. He then worked in the field of mental health with children and adults before deciding to become an occupational therapist.

Trevor is originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, and lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for several years before relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina.  He enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with his miniature dachshund.




Cassandra Dooling, MOT, OTR/L 
MOT, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
BA, Multidisciplinary Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Amber Ward, MOT, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP
MOT, Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI
BSOT, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Karol Young, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
OTD, Thomas Jefferson University School of Health Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

MSOT, Rush University School of Allied Health, Chicago, IL

BA, Human Services and Development, Mercer University, Macon, GA