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Jacqueline Mayo, OTD, OTR/L 
Program Chair and OT Instructor

Dr. Mayo completed her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2010. She also received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University.

Dr. Mayo has been an Occupational Therapist for 37 years with experience providing clinical occupational therapy services, in both the inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation settings, home health and schools-based settings to patients across the lifespan, with a particular focus on neurological and pediatric populations. Dr. Mayo’s clinical practice certifications include Sensory Integration and Praxis Test certification. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association.

Prior to her appointment as the Occupational Therapy Program Chair, Dr. Mayo served as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Instructor, at Central Piedmont Community College where she was an integral member of the faculty team focusing on continued program development and inter-professional collaborative student learning.

Originally from New York, Dr. Mayo moved to the southern region from Illinois, making Charlotte home with her spouse for the past 34 years. Dr. Mayo enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in cultural activities throughout the city.

Jennifer L. Smith, MS, OTR/L
Coordinator - OT/OTA Academic Fieldwork

Jennifer Smith received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University in 2012 and went on to pursue her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2015. 

Since then, she has been working as an occupational therapist for 7 years in acute care settings primarily specializing in adult oncology at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center at The James Cancer Hospital. Specifically, during her time in clinical practice she gained experience with populations including neuro-oncology, bone marrow transplant as well as with general surgical and ortho-oncology services. Jennifer spent several years working as a clinical fieldwork educator as well as the OT site coordinator of clinical education.

Jennifer is originally from Columbus, Ohio and recently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, taking walks with her morkie Allie and exploring new places in Charlotte. 

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Kayleigh Fessenden, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Instructor

Kayleigh Fessenden has been an occupational therapist for 9 years working in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation environment specializing in hip fractures, amputations, fall prevention and balance. Kayleigh designed and led a joint commission accredited hip fracture program in the inpatient rehabilitation environment, as well as played the role of Student Fieldwork Coordinator. Most recently, she held a Director of Rehabilitation role for an outpatient clinic. Kayleigh has guest lectured at Nova Southeastern University and lectured at numerous CEU events on amputations. Kayleigh is originally from South Florida and recently relocated to North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, running, doing yoga, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Adjunct Faculty

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

Florencia Robertson MOT, OTR/L
MOT (Occupational Therapy), Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
BS (Exercise Sports Science), Elon University, Elon, NC

Janice Robinson MS, OTR/L
MS (Occupational Therapy), Rush University, Chicago, IL
BS (Business Administration), Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
AA (Occupational Therapy), Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC
AA (Business Administration), Anderson University, Anderson, SC

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